Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen


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

So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilised sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."

"My Favourite Quotes from the Book"

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

“Angry people are not always wise.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

 “For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbours, and laugh at them in our turn?”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice 

 “A girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.
It is something to think of”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice


Pride and Prejudice is one of my most favourite classic romance novels. It is, in my point of view, Jane Austen's master piece. The character of Elizabeth Bennet (Lizzy) is the wittiest, most lovable fiction character ever created by any author. 
She is second eldest of the five Bennet sisters. She is stubborn, courageous and never fails to speak up her mind. Mr. Darcy  on the other hand is the haughty young gentleman who considered Lizzy headstrong but still ended up falling in love with her. Their relationship develops from mutual disliking to utter love and regard for each other.
Another one of my favourite characters from this book is Mr. Collins, the self-righteous cousin. The story revolves around the five sisters and their mother's ambition to see them all wed and settled before long. Her disastrous matchmaking skills lead to one after the other unfortunate incidents but in the end all is well.
It is one of the most humorous romantic comedy I had the good fortune to read, also the book that made me fall in love with classic literature.

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P.S. If you are not a reader and find it tedious I'll suggest do watch the movie, at the very least :)

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