Friday, March 28, 2008
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I love this classic! A lot of interesting characters. Some are quite funny like the irritating Mr. Collins or the obnoxious Mrs. Bennet. Then there are the silly sisters chasing after the military men. Jane's a little too perfect. She always puts the best construction on everything and on everyone's actions which really is a wonderful way to be, but she doesn't always see (or acknowledge) what's really going on. I love Elizabeth who doesn't give in to the expectations and pressures of her mother or society. She tells it how it is. I relate to her in that pride is something I abhor in a man. And perhaps I judge men quickly if they seem full of pride. This book is a good reminder of the prejudices we have. And all people do have prejudices and are fooling themselves if they think they don't! Often situations and people are not what we first think (or judge) they are. Elizabeth and Darcy's relationship and how it evolves is quite fascinating. And I also like seeing the affectionate, supportive relationship the sisters Elizabeth and Jane have with each other. It's interesting to get a glimpse of life in Britain in the nineteenth century--what society was like, reasons people married etc.