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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Next to the exhortation at the beginning of Moby-Dick, "Call me Ishmael," the first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice must be among the most quoted in literature. And certainly what Melville did for whaling Austen does for marriage--tracing th"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." Next to the exhortation at the beginning of Moby-Dick, "Call me Ishmael," the first sentence of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice must be among the most quoted in literature. And certainly what Melville did for whaling Austen does for marriage--tracing the intricacies (not to mention the economics) of 19th-century British mating rituals with a sure hand and an unblinking eye. As usual, Austen trains her sights on a country village and a few families--in this case, the Bennets, the Philips, and the Lucases. Into their midst comes Mr. Bingley, a single man of good fortune, and his friend, Mr. Darcy, who is even richer. Mrs. Bennet, who married above her station, sees their arrival as an opportunity to marry off at least one of her five daughters. Bingley is complaisant and easily charmed by the eldest Bennet girl, Jane; Darcy, however, is harder to please. Put off by Mrs. Bennet's vulgarity and the untoward behavior of the three younger daughters, he is unable to see the true worth of the older girls, Jane and Elizabeth. His excessive pride offends Lizzy, who is more than willing to believe the worst that other people have to say of him; when George Wickham, a soldier stationed in the village, does indeed have a discreditable tale to tell, his words fall on fertile ground. Having set up the central misunderstanding of the novel, Austen then brings in her cast of fascinating secondary characters: Mr. Collins, the sycophantic clergyman who aspires to Lizzy's hand but settles for her best friend, Charlotte, instead; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy's insufferably snobbish aunt; and the Gardiners, Jane and Elizabeth's low-born but noble-hearted aunt and uncle. Some of Austen's best comedy comes from mixing and matching these representatives of different classes and economic strata, demonstrating the hypocrisy at the heart of so many social interactions. And though the novel is rife with romantic misunderstandings, rejected proposals, disastrous elopements, and a requisite happy ending for those who deserve one, Austen never gets so carried away with the romance that she loses sight of the hard economic realities of 19th-century matrimonial maneuvering. Good marriages for penniless girls such as the Bennets are hard to come by, and even Lizzy, who comes to sincerely value Mr. Darcy, remarks when asked when she first began to love him: "It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley." She may be joking, but there's more than a little truth to her sentiment, as well. Jane Austen considered Elizabeth Bennet "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print". Readers of Pride and Prejudice would be hard-pressed to disagree. --Alix Wilber...

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A Study Guide to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Reviews

  • Ashley S.
    2019-02-02 14:16

    One of the most captivating stories ever. I love that for once the main 'female' character Elizabeth isn't some crazy 'oh i'm in love' person. Her love, like Darcy's took time and over time they realized that they loved each other, it didn't just happen over night and all flighty. It was amazing, if you understand the book you'll understand the funny parts and actually see them as funny. I loved how Elizabeth wasn't afraid to speak her mind and even though her and Darcy were snapping back and forth at each other...it was quite amusing, because only two people who really loved each other could actually be able to prick each others tempers as these two do in this book. I LOVED IT. At first it went by slowly but as it continues you see why it had to start off so slow, towards the end there were a lot of humor. I hope any one who reads this book enjoyed it as much as I did...

  • Paul Dann
    2019-02-08 14:01

    What can be said about a classic that hasn't been said before? I was familiar with the BBC TV series, and though it's been a few years I remembered the story quite well. In reading the book, I realise how faithful they were in creating that series. I found the book a little slow-going at first, with the first half building the necessary characters and context. The second half is quite the roller-coaster (if that's a term I'm allowed to use of period drama!) I found the end more satisfying than the series, as it expands a little more on what happens to the various characters.All in all, I'm very happy I took the time to read this; well worth it. I was surprised how readable the book was for one written quite some time ago. There was really only one sentence that completely baffled me for any considerable time. There is in fact much enjoyment to be had in appreciating Austin's fantastic way with words, even if some of the language is a little alien nowadays.

  • Love2read
    2019-02-18 13:59

    this is one of my faveourite books of all time. i love the characters - they are all so individual and distinctive. there are also some very funny scenes:) the language that jane austen uses is so expressive that its easy to get drawn in. this is unputdownable!

  • Krishna Srinivasamurthy
    2019-01-30 19:00

    Amazing read - especially if you want to know the social conditions and the morals of the time !Cannot be read in a jiffy - reader must soak in and comprehend the behavior pattern of the times and not become judgmental....

  • Richie Moran
    2019-02-08 18:15

    Kindle

  • L. Carroll
    2019-02-03 13:00

    I love the word play and the story. Every time I read this I think "Wow, sometimes I wish we still spoke like this. Definitely one of my favorites!

  • Heather Bender
    2019-02-21 16:12

    This is hands down my favorite book. The love story between the two main characters is truly touching. I cried several times while reading this, both from sadness and joy.

  • Alicia Von
    2019-01-27 18:53

    Every year or so I just have to reread it and remind myself why I fell in love in the first place...

  • Madhatter90
    2019-01-22 12:15

    Thought it might be boring, but it's timeless, really.

  • Skasowski
    2019-02-18 11:18

    i like the style and the old time feeling.if you are not an experience reader it will be very confusing to you.

  • Erin
    2019-02-19 18:12

    Favorite.Book.Ever.