Cooperation: co·op·er·a·tion. n. the process of working together until the end (“Cooperation” def. 1). However, cooperation is not the only thing that a marriage should depend on. In the novel, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen conveys traits significant to a successful marriage. She presents a happily-ever-after type of relationship, making the reader fall in hopes of having a successful partnership; then compares it to a selfish, greedy, compassionless, civilized union. Mr. Gardiner and Mrs. Gardiner present a successful marriage with their communication, cooperation, and sympathy for others.
The Gardiners represent the best marriage in the entire novel by Austen. "The Gardiners [were] suitableness of companions; a suitableness which comprehended health and temper to bear inconveniences—cheerfulness to enhance every pleasure—and affection and intelligence..." (Austen 444). The couple never argues once throughout the entire book. They were always discussing how to work things out or how to help out one another. Another trait the lovely couple acquires is cooperation. “… A letter from Jane informs Elizabeth that Lydia has run away with Wickham. Elizabeth tells Darcy what had happened, and she and the Gardiners leave for home at once” (Moore). No matter what the situation is, the two are together and decide what to do in situations as a team. The Gardiners also reflect sympathy. "With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate on terms… and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude…” (Austen 268). The second the pair found out about Lydia running off with Wickham, Mr. Gardiner set out to search for them. This tells the reader, that even though the situation does not directly affect them, they go out of their way to help an individual. Austen makes situations like this, to prove that with the Gardiner’s communication, cooperation, and sympathy, they truly have the most successful marriage of all the couples.
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