Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen


Pride and prejudice by Jane AustenThe first time I read this book back in my Sixth Form days, I felt so intellectually cultured as though I possessed a literary depth that my peers lacked. After all, most of the prose flew right over my head, so it just had to be a work of higher intellect. Now that I’m older and have had another crack at this iconic romance, I can honestly say that I’ve never read a book more about marriage and nothing much else than this one.* Mrs Bennett cares for nothing other than the business of ensuring that her five daughters are duly wedded in high station and this just about sets the tone of the story.


Our headstrong protagonist, Elizabeth Bennett, the second eldest of the five girls and her father’s favourite, is the greatest credit to the story. She is not the archetypal young lady of her time, rather she is intuitive and calculating, though she does virtually nothing to advance the plot (except for when she goes to visit her sick sister, Jane at Netherfield). What makes her character so disarming is her unwavering resolve and the fact that she thinks beyond marriage and affluence. Such is what draws the affections of Mr Darcy.

This novel is aimed at proving that love transcends the segregating boundaries of class and rank. Pride and Prejudice is largely character driven and is written sequentially with antiquated prose, so be prepared to re-read a few sentences, if you’re reading this before bed or with a second glass of wine. I loved how naturally the romance blossomed between Elizabeth and Mr Darcy, and I loved the growth of the characters, particularly Mr Darcy, whose development exhibited a certain catharsis towards the end of the novel and for those reasons, I rate Pride and Prejudice




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About Pride And Prejudice: Originally named, First Impressions, this novel was written between 1796-97 and was published anonymously in 1813, as the second of Jane Austen’s four novels.


Best Elizabeth Bennett Quotes;

“What are men to rocks and mountains?”

“My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me.”

“A scheme of which every part promises delight can never be successful;…”

“I do not pretend to possess equal frankness with your ladyship. You may ask questions, which I shall not choose to answer.”

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*I’m only joking 😅….. (I’m not joking) it’s not just about marriage, it’s about confronting one’s own pre-conceived ideas.