Monday, January 11, 2010

The Pride and the Prejudice

Moggach. Pride and the Prejudice, a novel by Jane Austen. First published in 1813, as her second novel, she started it 1796 as her first persevering effort for publication. She finished the original manuscript by 1797 in Steventon, Hampshire, where she lived with her parents and siblings in the town rectory. Austen originally called the story First Impressions, but it was never published under that title.

Main characters

Elizabeth Bennet is the main female protagonist. The reader sees the unfolding plot and the other characters mostly from her viewpoint. The second of the Bennet daughters at twenty years old, she is portrayed as intelligent, lively, attractive, and witty, with her faults being a tendency to judge on first impressions and perhaps being a little selective of the evidence she uses to base her judgments upon. As the plot begins, her closest relationships are with her father, her sister Jane, her aunt Mrs Gardiner, and her neighbour Charlotte Lucas.

Fitzwilliam Darcy is the main male protagonist. Twenty-eight years old and unmarried, Darcy is the wealthy owner of the famously superior estate Pemberley in Derbyshire. Portrayed as handsome, tall, and intelligent, but not convivial, his concern with decorum and moral rectitude is seen by many as an excessive concern for social status. He makes a poor impression on strangers, such as the people of Meryton, but is valued by those who know him well.

Mr Bennet has a wife and five daughters. Portrayed as a bookish and intelligent man somewhat withdrawn from society and one who dislikes the frivolity of his wife and three younger daughters, he offers nothing but mockery by way of correction. Rather than trying to lead his younger daughters down a more sensible path, he is rather content to laugh at them. His relationship with his two eldest daughters Jane and Elizabeth is much better and he appears to love and respect them far more than his wife and three younger daughters.

Mrs Bennet is the wife of Mr Bennet and mother of Elizabeth and her sisters. She is frivolous, excitable, and narrow-minded. She is susceptible to attacks of tremors and palpitations; her public manners and obsession with social climbing are embarrassing to Jane and Elizabeth. Her favorite daughter is the youngest, Lydia.

Jane Bennet is the eldest Bennet sister. Twenty-two years old when the novel begins, she is considered the most beautiful young lady in the neighborhood. Her character is contrasted with Elizabeth's as sweeter, shyer, and equally sensible, but not as clever; her most notable trait is a desire to see only the good in others. Jane is closest to Elizabeth and her character is often contrasted with Elizabeth. She, at the end, marries Mr Bingley.

Mary Bennet is the only plain Bennet sister, and rather than join in some of the family activities, she reads, although is often impatient for display. She works hard for knowledge and accomplishment, but has neither genius nor taste. At the ball at Netherfield, she embarrasses Elizabeth by singing badly.

Catherine "Kitty" Bennet is the fourth Bennet sister, aged seventeen. Portrayed as a less headstrong but equally silly shadow of Lydia.

Lydia Bennet is the youngest Bennet sister, aged fifteen. She is repeatedly described as frivolous and headstrong. Her main activity in life is socializing, especially flirting with the military officers stationed in the nearby town of Meryton. She dominates her older sister Kitty and is supported in the family by her mother. After she elopes with Wickham and he is paid to marry her, she shows no remorse for the embarrassment that her actions caused for her family, but acts as if she has made a wonderful match of which her sisters should be jealous.

Charles Bingley is a young gentleman without an estate; his wealth was made by trade and he is seeking a permanent home. He rents the Netherfield estate near Longbourn when the novel opens. Twenty-two years old at the start of the novel, handsome, good-natured, and wealthy, he is contrasted with his friend Darcy as being less intelligent but kinder and more charming, and hence more popular in Meryton. He lacks resolve and is easily influenced by others.

Caroline Bingley is the proud and snobbish sister of Charles Bingley. Clearly harbouring romantic intentions on Darcy herself, she views his growing attachment to Elizabeth Bennet with some jealousy, resulting in frequent attempts to verbally undermine and disdain Elizabeth and her society.

George Wickham is an old acquaintance of Darcy, and an officer in the militia unit stationed near Meryton. Superficially charming, he rapidly forms a friendship with Elizabeth Bennet, prompting remarks upon his suitability as a potential husband. He spreads numerous tales about the wrongs Darcy has done to him, colouring the popular perception of the other man in local society; it is eventually revealed that these tales are distortions, and that Darcy was the more wronged man in their acquaintance.

William Collins, age twenty-five, is Mr Bennet's clergyman cousin and, as the Bennets have no son(s), heir to his estate. Austen described him as "not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society." Collins boasts about his acquaintance with - and advantageous patronage from - Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Considered pompous and lacking in discernment and common sense by Mr Bennet, such views are shared by Jane and Elizabeth and the latter's rejection of Collins' marriage proposal is accepted by her father, despite the benefits to the family of such a match. Elizabeth is later somewhat distressed - although understanding - when her closest friend, Charlotte Lucas, consents to marry Collins out of her need for a settled position and to avoid the low status and lack of autonomy of an old maid.

Lady Catherine De Bourgh, because of her wealth and social standing, is haughty, domineering and condescending. Mr Collins, among others, enables these characteristics by deferring to her opinions and desires. Elizabeth, however, is duly respectful but not intimidated. Darcy, whilst likewise respectful of both her high station and their shared family connection, is offended by her lack of manners, especially towards Elizabeth, and later - when pressed by her demand that he not marry Elizabeth - is quick to assert his intentions to marry whom he wishes.

Mr Gardiner is Mrs Bennet's brother, and is quite sensible and gentlemanlike. He tries to help Lydia when she elopes with Wickham. His wife has close relationships with Elizabeth and Jane. Jane stays with the Gardiners in London for a while, and Elizabeth travels with them to Derbyshire, where she again meets Darcy.


Pride and Prejudice (1940) film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel of the same name. Robert Z. Leonard directed, and Aldous Huxley served as one of the screenwriters of the film. It is adapted specifically from the stage adaptation by Helen Jerome in addition to Jane Austen's novel. The period of the film is later than that of Austen's novel, a move motivated by a desire to reuse costumes from Gone with the Wind, and use more elaborate and flamboyant costumes than those from Austen's time period. The film is relatively faithful to the novel; however, the confrontation near the end of the film between Lady DeBourgh and Elizabeth Bennet was radically changing DeBourgh's haughty demand that Elizabeth never marry Darcy into a hoax to test the mettle and sincerity of Elizabeth's love. In the novel, this confrontation is an authentic demand motivated by Lady DeBourgh's classicism. Starring: Laurence Olivier, Greer Garson, Maureen O'Sullivan, Edna May Oliver, Mary Boland, Edmund Gwenn.

Pride & Prejudice (2005) - film based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. This second major motion-picture was produced by Working Title Films, directed by Joe Wright and based on a screenplay by Deborah It was released on September 16, 2005 in the UK and on November 11, 2005 in the US. Starring: Keira Knightley, Matthew Macfadyen, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland, Tom Hollander, Rosamund Pike, Jena Malone, Judi Dench, Simon Woods, Rupert Friend, Carey Mulligan, and Talulah Riley.

I cannot get enough of this movie, watching it over and over!

Pride and the Prejudice, and Polyvore:
Most of the sets below belong to my Polyvore friends. They are so beautiful and are a wonderful complement to such a great movie and love story.

Elizabeth Bennett



Lizzy Bennet


Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy

Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy

Matthew Macfadyen as the True Mr. Darcy

Lizzy and Darcy

Pride and Prejudice

Elizabeth's Thoughts

Go to the Ball


Cameo Rings - Love these!

The Ball
Ball by vivien22 featuring Kg shoes

Country Ball

Jane Austen Story

Pride & Prejudice - The Ball

Pride and Prejudice - The Ball (Another Rendition)

Jane Austin Story



Lizzy and Jane

Scrapbook of Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Sweet Jane Bennet

Lizzy and Jane

Love Story 1800s



Lizzy and Darcy, True Love

English Country



In the Bedroom

Lizzie's Walk

Pride and Prejudice

Lizzy Bennet

Loving Mr. Darcy

Modern Take:

Modern Day Mr. Darcy

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