Pride and Prejudice: Mrs. Bennet really wants her five daughters to get married as soon as possible. When a rich man named Charles Bingley moves to their neighborhood, she is thrilled! When the Bennet daughters meet him at a ball, they are impressed by his outgoing personality and friendly disposition. They are pretty much disgusted by Bingley's friend, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Mr. Bingley and the oldest daughter, Jane, soon form a subtle relationship towards each other. Any serious relationship between the two is opposed by Bingley's sisters because they don’t want Bingley to marry lower status citizens. Meanwhile, Darcy finds himself attracted to Elizabeth, despite his objections to her family. As Darcy grows more interested in Elizabeth, Elizabeth continues to despise him and is instead attracted to George Wickham, who is a militia officer. George tells Elizabeth that his father worked for Darcy's father and that he and Darcy grew up together, and told her stories of Darcy disobeying his father. George’s tales make Darcy appear not only proud but rather cruel. Elizabeth then ends up disliking Darcy even more because of them. While this is all going on, the Bennet family is visited by Mr. Bennet's cousin, William Collins, a clergyman who will inherit Mr. Bennet's estate when he dies. Mr. Collins then tells Mrs. Bennet that he has been instructed to marry and that he plans to choose a wife from the Bennet daughters. He wants to marry Elizabeth, but she refuses, leaving Collins stunned. He quickly turns his attention to Elizabeth's friend, and the two are soon engaged and married. Bingley and the entire Netherfield party have unexpectedly left for London. Caroline Bingley writes to Jane saying they’re not planning on returning. She says that Bingley and Darcy's sister, Georgiana, who is also in London, look like they could be good together. Although Jane quietly resigns herself to a life without Bingley, Elizabeth gets angry for her sister and she suspects that Bingley's sisters are trying to keep him from Jane. One day, Darcy surprises Elizabeth by proposing to her. Still repelled by his pride and believing that he is responsible for Bingley's separation from Jane, Elizabeth refuses him. The next day, Darcy gives her a letter explaining his role in influencing Bingley away from Jane and such. A careful examination of the facts reveals that Darcy, while proud, is innocent, leaving Elizabeth shocked, and feeling as though she is the prideful one for accusing such things toward Darcy. After returning home for awhile, Elizabeth goes on a trip with her aunt and uncle, where they visit Darcy's estate. There they meet Darcy unexpectedly and are all surprised at how graciously he treats them. He calls on Elizabeth at her inn, introduces her to his sister, and invites her to his estate for dinner. Darcy is still in love with Elizabeth, and Elizabeth is starting to have feelings towards him as well. Bingley returns to Netherfield and soon asks Jane to marry him, and she accepts. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's happiness for her sister is interrupted by a visit from Lady Catherine, who has heard a rumor that Darcy and Elizabeth are engaged (although they’re not). Lady Catherine lectures Elizabeth and attempts that Elizabeth promise not to accept any proposal from Darcy. Elizabeth refuses, causing Lady Catherine to scold him about the engagement between them. When Lady Catherine's describes what Elizabeth's response was to her demands, Darcy has hope that Elizabeth has had a change of heart. He proposes (again) to Elizabeth and she accepts!
Elizabeth Bennet: Elizabeth is rather witty, and smart as well. She likes to think through things before making immediate decisions. Her sharp tongue and tendency to make hasty judgments do however often lead her astray; She (and her true love, Darcy) overcome a lot of obstacles, including the bickering and tenseness between one another to find romantic happiness. Elizabeth had to...
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