“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Book: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Genre:Romance Novel; Fiction
Publisher: Amazing Reads
Page Count: 353
Blurb: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
These are the most iconic lines of all times. And through these lines, Austen encourages us, as readers to acknowledge the farce she sees in this ‘universal truth’. Hence, making us think about other universally acknowledged truths told to us by our society, and wonder how true they actually are.
Based on this topic is the story of Mr. Bennet, an english gentleman, who lives in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters. The bennet girls; the graceful Jane, the dexterous Elizabeth, the studious Mary, the juvenile Kitty and the wild Lydia; although very distinct in nature from one another are living happily with their parents in their town house. But, to their dismay, if Mr.Bennet dies their distant cousin with inherit this house.Hence, the security and prosperity of the family depends on the daughters marrying into rich families. Soon a wealthy bachelor Mr. Bingley along with his uptight friend Mr.Darcy moves into a new house nearby. This new turn of events make Mrs. Bennet hopeful for her daughters’ future and soon enough the beautiful Jane falls for Mr.Bingley. While this hopeful union is taking place, Elizabeth and Mr.Darcy start up battles of sexes eventually falling for each other.
This amusing story of love and life in the class-conscious England of late 18th century, is sure to bring you moments of cheer,love and laughter.
Overview and Review: This is a book which I and you after reading would classify as “above all”. Before we get deeper into the review and summary, I’d like to tell you that if you have’t read it then what the hell were you doing?! I’m in love with this book. Pride and Prejudice is the story of Mrs. Bennet’s daughters. Probably my inclination towards this book is because of the hidden but obviously mentioned feminism. I would have really loved to interview Jane Austen if it was possible. So in this story Mrs. Bennet is anxious about her girls as they would not inherit their father’s property instead it will go to a clergyman and a distant cousin of Mr.Bennet. Trust me he’s an absurd.
Mrs. Bennet’s hopes are on cloud nine as a wealthy bachelor moves into Netherfield, that is their neighbourhood. It seems that the main protagonist is Jane Bennet but it is not, it was the side-role of Elizabeth whom I would call Lizzie now. As the love between Jane and Mr.Bingley nourishes. The two humans who hated each other, Mr.Darcy and Elizabeth started falling for each other.
The above displayed diagram would definitely help you understand the storyline. I confess that the book seemed to be a lot difficult in the beginning but as my interest gradually developed , the book was nothing but an easy lovely cozy read. The book is indeed intended to bring cheer, love and laughter on the readers’ faces but I believe it also ironically mentions the condition of the society back then. It is so bad that Mr.Bennet’s property would not be inherited by the his daughters but an idiot serving the church.
The best moment in the book was when Lizzie refused Collin’s proposal which I believe was not out of love but rather other intentions. Lizzie knew if she would have accepted the offer, she could have if not fully inherit have a partial claim on her father’s property but not!! cause the lovely author was a true feminist. Latter Lizzie got a husband who earns 10,000 pounds a year and she loved him too. Though her friend was not fortunate enough to live an independent life ahead as she valued money above liberty. This book has many aspects but I uncommonly got deviated towards the cruelty of society. At first I had thought Mrs. Bennet was no more than a crack but it is only wise who can observe her condition, she will have five daughters without a penny after her husband’s death if they remain unmarried. Though she still was a bit greedy.
I would highly recommend this book to everyone of any age. It may seem a difficult read but trust me once you develop the interest you’d not hesitate to count it as one of your favorite reads.
P.s: Happy Married Life dear Lizzie and Darcy ;P