Pride and Prejudice is one of Jane Austen ‘darling child’ work that also received critical acclaim. The draft was written in 1796-1797 and originally named First Impressions, but later on published as Pride and Prejudice. Egerton first published the novel on January 28, 1813, the novel itself consists of 61 chapters in three hardcover volumes. It was instantly sold out and demands for the second published appeared right away in the same year. Up to now, Pride and Prejudice is still one of the most popular novel ever written.
Elizabeth Bennet, also known as Lizzy, was the second daughter from Mr. and Mrs. Bennet who live in Longbourn, Hertfordshire. One day, news spread out that a young wealthy man, Mr. Bingley, bought Netherfield Park (one of the luxurious house in Hertfordshire). All five Miss Bennet was excited to see Mr. Bingley as they hope he will marry one of them. The Bennet went to the town party that evening, and so Mr. Bingley. He entered the party with his sister and other friends. After a moment, everyone at the party agreed that Mr.Bingley is a humble, affectionate, and warm person. Yet, unlike Mr. Bingley, his best friend, Mr. Darcy, is a proud man, ill-behaved, and very unpleasant to be with. After the party, Mrs. Bennet was certain
that Mr. Bingley was in love with Jane, her eldest daughter. But soon, the thought of marriage was vanished because Mr. Bingley set off back to London. Not long after that, Mr. Bennet received a letter from Mr. Collins, their cousin who will inherit Longbourn (because Mr. Bennet doesn’t have a son). Mr. Collins is a clergyman at Hunsford, he boasted a lot about Lady Catherine de Bourgh who live near his house and also kind to him. He also mentioned that his coming to Longbourn is in search for a wife. He intended to marry one of Miss Bennet, and for that, he follows them everywhere they go, even when they went to Meryton to see the officers. All of the officers were handsome, but Mr. Wickham is the only heartthrob for the girls. He have good manners, friendly. Every time the girls were in Meryton, he tend to make conversation with Lizzy. One of them is that he used to live in Pemberley with Mr. Darcy since infancy. He said that the Mr. Darcy’s father used to take care of him like his own son, but when the late Mr. Darcy died, Mr. Darcy pushed him away. Lizzy felt sorry for Wickham. She was sure that Mr. Darcy is the most disagreeable man that walked on earth.
After many times spent with the Bennet, Mr. Collins set his heart on Lizzy and proposed a marriage to her. Lizzy immediately refuse the proposal and assured him that she is the last person on earth that can make him happy. In despair, Mr. Collin than marry to Charlotte Lucas, Lizzy’s best friend, and move together to Hunsford. Charlotte then invites her dad, sister, and Lizzy to Hunsford to visit her. Lizzy was just observing and admiring her best friend’s residence when suddenly they got an invitation from Lady Catherine to dine with her in Rosings. Unpredicted, Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam were at Rosings too. Lizzy greet Mr. Darcy just for politeness, but to her surprise, Mr. Darcy began a conversation with her. Days went on at Kent; Lizzy is walking on the park when he accidently met Colonel Fitzwilliam. While walking togehter, Colonel Fitzwilliam said that Mr. Darcy is a kind man and he had just save his best friend from an unequal marriage. Lizzy was disturb to hear that because Mr. Darcy’s best friend is Mr. Bingley and he was about to marry her sister before living Netherfield. Lizzy’s mind was in tumult, she hurried back to Hunsford. Soon, the door was opened and appeared Mr. Darcy. He comes in and tells her that he can’t help it anymore that he must say it; he loves her. Shocked, Lizzy charged him with arguments that he is a man full of pride and evil that he had interfered on his sister and Mr. Bingley’s relationship and also that he had hurt Mr. Wickham. Mr. Darcy didn’t expect that kind of respond and with anger burst out from the door.
The next morning, Lizzy is still confused for what had just happend last night. She walks around the park and suddenly bump into Mr. Darcy. Without saying a word, he gave her a letter and left her. Elizabeth open the letter; peruse it again and again. It was a letter about reasons why Mr. Darcy interfere on Mr. Bingley’s relationship with Jane and why he push away Mr. Wickham. The more she read it, the more she become ashamed for herself. How could she been so blind and wrong? She can’t endure the pain in Kent and so Lizzy went home to Longbourn. She didn’t tell anyone, but her uncle and aunt noticed her gloomy mood. They felt sorry for her and ask her to join them on vacation. Lizzy felt that it would be a great idea, so she follows Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner. In the middle of their journey, they decided to visit Derbyshire, at Pemberley. Derbyshire is Mr. Darcy’s house, it is a very huge and classy house with a vast yard that is open for visitors. Lizzy, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner were welcomed by a housekeeper, she informed them that Mr. Darcy is not at home. They take a tour around the house and just about to come out when they saw a handsome man walk up to the house; he is Mr. Darcy. Lizzy was uncomfartable by being there but Mr. Darcy met her and begin a conversation. He also went up to her uncle and aunt, invited her uncle to go fishing with him and invited them all to have a lunch with him. Mr. Darcy gave on good impressions to Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner and Lizzy was very impressed to see the respectable side of Mr. Darcy. Everything was going great when suddenly a letter from Jane put them in sorrow. Lydia, the youngest Miss Bennet, elopes with Mr. Wickham to London. Mr. Bennet already gone to London searching for them, and Longbourn needed Mr. Gardiner to help Mr. Bennet. This give grieves to all of them, especially Lizzy.
At Longbourn, Mrs. Bennet was in misery; four Miss Bennet sited next to her bed, comforting her. One day, a letter arrives; it is from their uncle. He said that he had found them and urged them to married with conditions. It is a relief for the Bennet, Mrs. Bennet is the most joyful and pleased, knowing one of her daughter is going to marry at a young age. But this is not the only good news they received; they also hear that Mr. Bingley is going to visit Netherfield again. On one fine day, without any anouncement, Mr. Bingley comes to Longbourn together with Mr. Darcy. And to that, a happy proposal of marriage from Mr. Bingley to Jane added the happiness of this graceful family. Not long after that, Mr Darcy courage himself talk to Mr. Bennet to have his second daughter. After a talk with Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bennet called Lizzy, he ask her does she really like him? Is she sure enough to marry him? Because he thought she hated him. Lizzy then explained everything how she has been so blind and how kind is Mr. Darcy, she also tells her father how Mr. Darcy has helped the family so much. Mr. Bennet then understand and approve the marriage. And so, everyone becomes happy, Mr. bingley bought a house near Pemeberley so that the Darcy and Bingley can often meet.
- “Vanity and pride are different thing, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us”
– Mary Bennet
- “There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well the more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it.”
– Elizabeth Bennet
- “My courage always rises with every attempt to intimidate me”
– Elizabeth Bennet
- “In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you”
– Mr. Darcy
- “You have bewitched me body and soul and I love, love, love you”
– Mr. Darcy