Hey readers! I thought I’ll end the month of March with one of my most anticipated classics: Pride And Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’ve always wanted to read Jane Austen but I don’t really know why I kept procrastinating it. I think it has something to do with the ambivalent thoughts I have before reading any classic. I’m usually exhilarated and apprehensive at the same time. I think it’s because of my past experiences with classics, especially The Handmaid’s Tale. I expected a lot from this modern classic but it wasn’t worthwhile at all and since then the thought of reading a classic seems somewhat foreboding. Nevertheless, I managed to read this one and I’m glad I did. Jane Austen was an extremely proficient writer and a brilliant storyteller of British society in the Georgian period. Like many writers, Austen’s works gained prominence after her demise and are still widely read after almost two centuries. It just amazes me how literary works are so well preserved even after so long a time period such as this one and I have nothing but the utmost respect for it. I’ve realised that I’m quite fascinated by the lives of accomplished authors and I think I would love to read autobiographies of authors I can find.
The Bennets are a middle-class family that lives off a quite meagre sum of money. Having no sons and five daughters, Mrs. Bennet wants nothing more than seeing her daughters in white and sent off to their new households. She is perpetually anxious and querulous, and when a certain Mr. Bingley arrives in town and tales of his wealth and inheritance reach Mrs. Bennet, her heart fills up with sanguine hope. She starts having fantasies involving her eldest daughter, Jane, and Mr. Bingley. While Mr. Bingley’s good-humour and humbleness are talked about throughout Hertfordshire, his best friend, Mr. Darcy, is condemned as the most shameful of men. He is deemed despicable and full of pride.
From their very first acquaintance, Elizabeth Bennet deems Darcy to be a very “disagreeable man”. Just the thought of him disturbs her state of mind and she wants nothing but to stay away from that man. However, this negative response was mutual. At first, Mr. Darcy finds Elizabeth to be just tolerable and not handsome enough for him. But her indifference to him is exactly what changes his mind. He starts falling for her and even his rigid pride cannot force him to forget about her. While life tries its best to keep them apart, these warm souls start looking at each other from a different perspective and it all comes down to this one question: Will one’s pride and other’s prejudice let them love each other?
This book was a very witty satire about life in eighteenth-century England. Like other Austen novels, this one also explores the dependence of single women on matrimony in the pursuit of favourable social standing. One of my favourite quotes from the novel was this:
“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
I really liked the writing style of the novel and I recommend everyone to read it. I would love to read other Jane Austen classics in the future.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️