Family Drama. That is all there is to this novel. This Jane Austen work is another of those which was part of coursework at school. True to its name, it does have a lot of Pride and Prejudice. I have never been able to fathom why women tend to swoon over Darcy, the male protagonist.
I personally find Elizabeth’s (the female protagonist) character strong, charming, and worthy of respect. The whole lot of the other characters, especially Mrs. Bennet are all rather Hindi filmy, something that I loathe. She is constantly trying her best to get her five daughters married off to handsome suitors from good households.
Women chase after men, they are ignored, then men chase after women; it is all very good; but for me, it lacks the elements of a literary work. The depth of thoughts, emotions, and language is missing. The book is extremely famous, but the content is what sells it. If one has to fill time between taxing novels, one could give this a read.
Quote: “Elizabeth was much too embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause, her companion added, “You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever.” Elizabeth feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation, now forced herself to speak; and immediately, though not very fluently, gave him to understand, that her sentiments had undergone so material a change, since the period to which he alluded, as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure, his present assurances.”