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--''You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Advantages: beautifully written, great read, enjoyable.
''You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."--- Darcy speaks of his true feelings for Elizabeth. My favourite part of the whole novel!
I'm ashamed to say that even though Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of the most well-known and highly respected pieces of literature, I had only heard of it - never mind read of it - last year, as it was a piece in my literature course.
Pride and Prejudice is a pleasant story however, not one filled with action, twists or unexpected plots.
It is the romantic, love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. The novel follows Elizabeths life in Netherfield in the 1800's, where she lives with Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and her four sisters. With no sons, their estate of Longbourne is passed to Mr. Bennets nephew, Mr. Collins, meaning the search for potnetial husbands for the sisters begins. Luckily, three wealthy men - Mr. Collins, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley - have arrived, potential husbands for the girls.
What makes this book so special, I think personally, is the characters. They are elegantly crafted and incredibly well written.
If Darcy was a real person, i'd have snapped him up already. He's proud. He's arrogant. He's rude. But, he's Darcy. His character has been written with obvious exceptional care. I love the fact that he misjudges Elizabeth from the point go, calling her ''Tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me'' to proposing marriage - twice! - later in the novel.
Elizabeths character is one where i'm stuck in the middle. Although she has good reasons, I hate that she refuses Darcy, he ends up gutted!
But I am in love with Elizabeth and Darcy's unpredictable romance. One minute, Darcy is too proud to even consider Elizabeth and Elizabeth is too prejudiced against Darcy for his pride, and then next minute, they're in love.
I also really love the romance between Mr. Bingley and Jane (elizabeths sister). It was a 'love at first sight' type of romance and despite the different social class, difference in wealth and the horrid individuals who opposed their love, they still managed to be together. True love provails!
My least favourite character had to be, of course, Mr. Collins. He's creepy, annoying, rude, condescending and the list goes on and on. Especially the worshipping of Lady Catherine de Bourgh throughout, give it a break already. Lydia is another character I disliked, she was deserving of a slap! Cheekily though, i quite liked Wickham. Even though he's a lying, cheating toerag, he definetely made for a good read!
Pride and Prejudice is one, from a small minority of novels, that you can pick up, read yet again, and still delve into the enjoyable world of Elizabeth and Darcy.
I'm not a fan of mushy romances so i'm glad that the romance is more of an elegant, old-fashioned and refined romance. What defines the book and makes it so special is that despite blinded by pride and prejudice, true love provails. The power of love, eh?
This timeless classic has became my favourite novel. It's beautiful, elegant and a novel that should be read by all!
I definetely recommend this novel to everyone! It's a must read!
Summary: The perfect love story.