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Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice is a story about society and the relationships of family. It focuses mainly on the Bennet's, specifically the two eldest daughters; Elizabeth (Lizzy) and Jane. Societal law demands upon the death of the supporting male, all funds and fortune are entailed to the next living 'male' relative. This puts the Bennet family at a disadvantage because they have five daughters. Mr. Bennet's fortune will pass to his estranged cousin, Mr. Collins.
Because of these circumstances it is Mrs. Bennet's direst wish to make sure her daughters are married off to stately gentlemen as soon as possible. Pride and Prejudice opens with the arrival of Mr. Bingley who brings high hopes of a possible suitor. They are all amenably introduced and attend a few parties where they had the delight of meeting the most wonderful [in his own mind] Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy leaves a cold and rude impression on Elizabeth.
Bingley and Jane hit it off immediately and everyone thinks it's a matter of time before they announce their engagement but without notice to the Bennet's or anyone else Bingley and his catty sisters, along with Darcy, pack up and head back to London leaving Jane depressed and wallowing in her loss. This is just one of the on again off again possible matrimonies in Pride & Prejudice. With so many daughters to find husbands for it is no wonder the extremes Mrs. Bennet has to go to find them mates. Including sending one off in the rain to become deathly ill and sending another off to visit with soldiers in a neighboring county.
All the semantics is quite fun despite being somewhat confusing at times. You almost need a map to keep the lineage, women and suitors straight. It took a few pages to get into the dialogue. Strangely, I find it easier to read it aloud, although, someone listening to me probably wouldn't think so. There's a formality to reading Jane Austen not present in today's writing. Even the way the characters address one another. Mrs. Bennet refers to her husband as "Mr. Bennet". I wondered if this formality carried on into private moments.
Despite having unique personalities I found it confusing to keep each "Miss Bennet" straight when more than one was involved in a scene and didn't know who was who or that the perspective had changed until the next paragraph. Austen switches back and forth between their formal and given names. I also find the point of view flips back and forth carelessly.
Pride and Prejudice has a comedic feel to it but I didn't find my self chuckling or laughing aloud from their antics and dialogue. It is really quite dramatic. I found the story to be more ironic than comedic. What I really enjoy about the novel is the look into society, culture, relationship dynamics and women in an era. It's a historical lesson hidden within a love story and once the journey was over, most enjoyable.
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