Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice, was born on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, U.K. She was the seventh child out of eight children and the second female of the siblings. Her father, George Austen, was a reverend and was married to Cassandra Leigh (who was later changed to Cassandra Austen after marriage). She went to a boarding school along with her sister, Cassandra. After they came back home, they began writing professionally and that is when Jane would write Pride and Prejudice (first named First Impressions). Her first draft was written in 1799 and was first published in January 28, 1813. Four years later, on July 18, 1817, Jane Austen died of Addison’s disease. Pride and Prejudice was a historical fiction romance that was set in a town in England in the year 1813. The setting of the plot varies from estate to estate and town to town, though begins in Longbourn (the Bennet’s estate).
Our heroine of our story is Elizabeth Bennet; she starts off as a 20 year old witty young woman with dark hair and dark eyes. She is clever, independent and sometimes even haughty. She is the second eldest daughter of the Bennets and the surprising love interest of Mr. Darcy. Fitzwilliam J. Darcy is an arrogant, intelligent, and unagreeable man. Well, that is how he appears to only seem at first. He ends up falling in love with Elizabeth, later becoming her spouse. On the surface, Charles Bingley is the exact opposite. He is witty, kind and agreeable man who has moved into Netherfield Park. Though as perfect as he seems, he still looks for his good friend Mr. Darcy for help when he is in need.
In the beginning of Pride and Prejudice, Charles Bingley moves into Netherfield Park. Bingley is wealthy, handsome, kind, socially agreeable and is seen as a perfect candidate to be the new spouse of everyone’s daughter. The Bennet’s household is all unmarried girls (not including Mr. and Mrs. Bennet of course) and Mrs. Bennet is ecstatic at Bingley’s appearance. Mr. Bennet is unenthusiastic but is still open to the idea of one of his daughters getting married. Mr. Bingley plans out a wedding and it seems like a competition for parents (mostly mothers) to see if they can get their daughter to pull at Bingley’s heart strings. At the ball, they introduce Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley, along with getting to know the Bennet girls. During the ball, Dary gets to dance with Elizabeth which only boost the hopes for marriage for Mrs. Bennet. Mrs. bennet goes and squeals about it to Mr. Bennet and he remains stoic as ever. Later on, Mr. Bingley invites them to a dinner where they get to know eachother better. Darcy continues to present himself as a man that does not care about anyone but himself. Darcy sees everyone as unfit for him to be attracted to. That all changes when the Bennets begin to get to know the Bingleys better along with Mr. Darcy. Darcy starts to grow feelings for Elizabeth. (idk if this is done or not tbh:/)
Later on, Lydia, Darcy’s sister, falls in love with Wickham, a militia officer. Wickham a manipulative snake and has the charm to get anyone to wrap around his finger. In this particular game of manipulation, he pretends to be the victim of Darcy’s cruelty. Though in reality it was a trick to get the Darcy’s fortune. Elizabeth and Lydia both fall for his lies. This begins to cause more conflict in Elizabeth’s and Darcy’s relationship. Darcy fixes the whole situation and regains his trust from Elizabeth as well as his sister.
Later on in the story, Darcy and Elizabeth go on a walk in Longborn, the Bennets estate. Elizabeth thanks Darcy for all he has done and Darcy replies, I thought only of you (Austen *insert page number*). After this, he proposes to the dark haired girl the second time and this time she accepts. They both are obviously giddy with love even though neither are very romantic.
After the proposal, Elizabeth must convince her parents that she truly loves Darcy before marrying him. She explains to him that he paid off Wickham only out of his love for Elizabeth. Her mother, as expected, is ecstatic at the news. After the weddings of the Elizabeth and Darcy along with Jane and Bingley and Wickham and Lydia, Elizabeth finally ends the feuds with Miss.Bingley, Charles Bingley’s sister, who was also not-so-subtly fighting for Darcy’s heart. Lady Catherine, a rich neighbor against Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship who even confronts Elizabeth about it, finally comes to terms and accepts their marriage.
I personally did not enjoy this book, it is just not my cup of tea. I would not suggest this book if you do not enjoy older writing or vague descriptions. For example, Pride and Prejudice hardly gives any scenic description or any descriptions of even the main characters which is usually my favorite part of reading. I also don’t recommend this if you don’t enjoy the culture of 1800’s. For me, it was a little hard to get through because of the culture. For example, everyone needed to get married and the moment Mr. Bingley moved in town everyone wanted their daughter on his mind just from knowing that he is young and has money which bothers me a great deal where even the book glorifies this mindset.
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