Pride and Prejudice- Discussion

P&P is widely regarded as a romance novel done good (and I mean goooood) and that is not without good reasons.

“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.”

This quote sums up why everyone loves Mr Darcy. It’s the way he listens to Elisa and changes himself without expecting her to love him for it. Can we have more Mr Darcy-s in this world please?

My personal feelings for Darcy aside, you definitely should read it. Or listen to it. For some reason, I DNF-ed the book thrice before moving onto an audiobook and god, Kate Benkinsale made the book so…wonderful. I found myself snorting over the subtle humor of Austen which I hadn’t quite managed to “catch” while reading. So, if you’re annoyed with the reading, listen to it. It’s beautiful.

Now, about the story itself, can we all sigh in unison about the way Austen starts her book?

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”

Me: cackles

I don’t think I have to convince anyone to read this book. READ IT, HOOMAN!

But if anyone sees this, there’s just one thing I don’t understand about the story. Why does Wickham elope with Lydia? She, from what we know, has no money, no connections, and basically comes off as an airhead. Why would he want to marry her?

Did you find reading the book better while reading? Do you think P&P is better than contemporary romances? What makes P&P memorable for you? And which characters do you love the best?

4 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice- Discussion

  1. I actually found (and married) Mr. Darcy. Well, my husband is a better version of Mr. Darcy: he is so good he made me a better person. It is just as Gwendolen told Deronda: “it shall be better with me because I have known you.” It is better with me, because I met this wonderful man. To me Austen’s stories bring to our drab world the sense of honor, chivalry, romantic love and restrain in manners/language we no longer uphold. Old fashioned? Me? Of course! My favorite character is Mr. Bennett. His lines are simply delicious: “If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite at leisure.” And: “An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.” You can’t get better than that! I don’t know if it is true that he is Austen; it makes sense when you read her letters and get acquainted with her way of thinking–that is also expressed in her fiction. I love everything of the past. And when people tell me I wouldn’t like all they lacked that we now have, I tell them they did not know what we have hence couldn’t possibly miss it. (My favorite of her novels is Mansfield Park, though.)

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