Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice
written by Jane Austen

“It is a truth well known to all the world that an unmarried man in possession of a large fortune must be in need of a wife.” Jane Austen called this brilliant work "her own daring child" and its vivacious heroine, Elizabeth Bennet, "as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print." Just like Jane Austen’s other novels, the theme of Pride and Prejudice is also about the joy and pain of love and the pursuit of happiness. Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five unmarried daughters. The plot revolves mainly around the clever and amusing second daughter, Elizabeth, and her troublesome romance with the wealthy but too proud Mr Darcy. Mr Darcy represents the pride of the novel’s title, while prejudice is represented by Elizabeth’s attitude towards Mr Darcy.

Pride—Mr Darcy
Previously Elizabeth thought that Darcy was too proud.
Some descriptions of Mr Darcy’s pride:
‘Of course, she is only an unfashionable village girl,’ he told himself, ‘but her conversation is often quite amusing.’ He really believed that if she did not have such vulgar relations, he might be in danger of falling in love with her. But Mr Darcy looked as cold and proud as ever, and after greeting Mrs Collins, spoke only a few stiffly polite words to Elizabeth. After a silence of several minutes, he came towards her, with none of his usual calmness, and said, ‘In vain have I struggled. It is no good. I cannot conquer my feelings. You must allow me to tell you how warmly I admire and love you.’ He also talked of his pride, and his sense of her social inferiority, which had made him struggle against his feelings for so long. Mr Darcy’s confession of his pride:

‘I certainly deserved all your accusations. As an only son, I was brought up to be selfish and proud, and to consider myself superior to others. I would have continued like that if you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth, had not taught me a lesson. I owe you a...
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