Pride and Prejudice , romantic novel by Jane Austen , published anonymously in three volumes in A classic of English literature , written with incisive wit and superb character delineation, it centres on the turbulent relationship between Elizabeth Bennet, the daughter of a country gentleman, and Fitzwilliam Darcy , a rich aristocratic landowner. Pride and Prejudice is set in rural England in the early 19th century, and it follows the Bennet family , which includes five very different sisters. Bennet is anxious to see all her daughters married, especially as the modest family estate is to be inherited by William Collins when Mr.
Bennet dies. At a ball, the wealthy and newly arrived Charles Bingley takes an immediate interest in the eldest Bennet daughter, the beautiful and shy Jane. The encounter between his friend Darcy and Elizabeth is less cordial. The pompous Collins subsequently arrives, hoping to marry one of the Bennet sisters. Elizabeth, however, refuses his offer of marriage , and he instead becomes engaged to her friend Charlotte Lucas.
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During this time, Elizabeth encounters the charming George Wickham, a military officer. There is a mutual attraction between the two, and he informs her that Darcy has denied him his inheritance. Darcy, however, has grown increasingly fond of Elizabeth, admiring her intelligence and vitality. While visiting the now-married Charlotte, Elizabeth sees Darcy, who professes his love for her and proposes.
A surprised Elizabeth refuses his offer, and, when Darcy demands an explanation, she accuses him of breaking up Jane and Bingley. With these revelations, Elizabeth begins to see Darcy in a new light. Shortly thereafter the youngest Bennet sister, Lydia, elopes with Wickham. The news is met with great alarm by Elizabeth, since the scandalous affair—which is unlikely to end in marriage—could ruin the reputation of the other Bennet sisters. When she tells Darcy, he persuades Wickham to marry Lydia, offering him money.
At the encouragement of Darcy, Bingley subsequently returns, and he and Jane become engaged. Finally, Darcy proposes again to Elizabeth, who this time accepts. The work, which Austen initially titled First Impressions , is the second of four novels that Austen published during her lifetime. Although Pride and Prejudice has been criticized for its lack of historical context , the existence of its characters in a social bubble that is rarely penetrated by events beyond it is an accurate portrayal of the enclosed social world in which Austen lived. She depicted that world, in all its own narrow pride and prejudice, with unswerving accuracy and satire.
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Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London. Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of 'most loved books' such as The Big Read. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.
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Pride and Prejudice, love and infatuation, honor and virtue,by and by This story of romance and love in early 19th century England is a finely crafted work that brings to life the world of the upper class from a feminine point of view. It is such a great book. Anyone who has not read this book has not been educated. It is unfortunate that it is not on the BBC book list. The greatest novel I've read. I know it is one worth reading again.
The representation of the characters are so well described, you compare them with people you know. This was my third Austen and, after enjoying the previous two, this one blew me away. The Bennet family, especially the strong-willed, independant Elizabeth, were a highly entertaining mixture of personalities. But Elizabeth proved us wrong. She showed us that women should choose freely and speak her heart.
She also taught us that we should not judge people so quickly. All in all, this book is stunning. The writing is really nice and the characters are very much relatable. Mar 23, Tiffany McCall rated it did not like it. I hated this book so much. I won't be reading the original. I hated it so much I couldn't wait for it to end. It sounds harsh but its true. I don't agree with anything in the story especially the mother wanting to marry off her daughters to rich men so she can live comfortable.
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The whole thing is a mess. Jan 31, Mely Rodz rated it it was amazing. I liked reading this version. Easy to read and with illustrations. I plan to read the original version. Jun 29, Grace rated it it was amazing. I just don't understand why Mr. Jan 03, Carmen rated it it was ok. I read this because I wanted to read the real version. I tried and it was to hard. So I read this one. I didn't like how the first sentence was changed! It was okay. But the real is far better. At least when I figure out what they're saying! The version that we read is abridged and illustrated for younger readers.
We read this together as a family and I enjoyed watching the anticipation of the children's faces as I read. The abridged version is not near as good as the original but is an excellent start for very young children. Aug 05, Emilee M. I loved reading this version of Pride and Prejudice. It was a different read from the original but it was interesting how the author made it so that a youth could understand the novel.
It's a good book, you should read it instead of the hard, complex version of Pride and Prejudice.
Jul 19, Sparrow12 rated it liked it Shelves: classics. I like reading this version it helped me get the basics. I plan to read the original version soon. Sep 29, Brad rated it really liked it. Man asks girl to marry him. She says no. Eventually they get married. Dec 22, Mpietrasz1yahoo. Its a romantic book. Sherri Chadwell rated it it was amazing Mar 03, Marquita Hartsfield rated it it was amazing Dec 25, Janice rated it liked it May 31,