PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - JANE AUSTENFor the Bennet sisters, marriage is more than just finding the right person to spend their lives with. It also determines the future security, wealth, and happiness of the entire family. Due to having all daughters, Mr. Bennet's property will be inherited by their Rich cousin. Meanwhile, the rich Mr. Bingley rents a house in the country for the summer, bringing along his arrogant friend, Mr. Darcy, who takes pride in his wealth (for he is even more rich than Bingely himself). Jane, one of the Bennet daughters, recieves an invitation to visit Bingely's residence from his sister, Caroline. She becomes very ill and must stay there until she is well enough to go home. During this time, the infamous Mr. Darcy becomes more and more interested in Elizabeth, Jane's sister, who frequently comes to visit her. Although she is beginning to fall for him, Elizabeth is ashamed because Darcy is immensely disliked by everyone in town, and therefore she convinces herself that she loathes him. Caroline begins to notice the relationship building, and becomes jealous; for she was hoping to gain Mr. Darcy's affections (and therefore his wealth by marriage). Mr. Collins, the future owner of the Longbourn Estate, comes to make mends with the Bennet family over an earlier argument. After a ball (and many times afterwards), Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth, only to be denied. Instead he proposes to Elizabeth's friend, Charlotte Lucas, who happily accepts. After all of the excitement, Bingely, his sister, and Mr. Darcy take off to London, where Caroline writes to Jane, who has become quite fond of Bingely after he allowed her to recover in his home, telling her that the Bingely family is encouraging him to marry to Mr. Darcy's younger sister, and that he will not be returning to Netherfield any time soon. Jane and Elizabeth take a trip to London to visit with their aunt and uncle. While staying there, Mr. Bingely makes no effort to contact Jane whatsoever, even though his sister makes a clear effort to be rude to her. Later on, while visiting Charlotte (who is now married to Mr. Collins), Elizabeth again runs into Mr. Darcy, who is accompanied by his friend, Colonel Fitzwilliam. After Elizabeth begins spending more time with Darcy, Fitzwilliam tells her a false story, making Elizabeth believe that Darcy is a horrible person. Fitzwilliam also convinces Elizabeth that Darcy talked Mr. Bingely out of proposing to her sister, Jane. Elizabeth does not go to dinner that night in order to avoid Darcy in her state of anger. Still, Darcy manages to find her, and tells her that he has fallen in love with her (despite her family's low connections). He then proposes, to which Elizabeth declines in rage, questioning how he could be so inconsiderate to propose to her in such a manner, especially after he had talked Mr. Bingely out of marrying Jane. The next morning, Darcy hands Elizabeth a letter wordlessly, and walks away. The letter explains in detail the explanation behind his actions, and Elizabeth feels remorse for yelling at him. She and Jane return home temporarily, until she leaves once again on vacation. During this time, she visits Darcy's estate, only agreeing to accompany the Gardiners because he is out on business. He returns early, however, and seems overjoyed by the visitors, and then introduces Elizabeth to his sister. During this meeting, Mr. Bingely is present, and still shows obvious signs of attachment to Jane. One morning Elizabeth recieves a letter and must return home due to a family crisis. Meanwhile, Darcy is again off on business. When he and Mr. Bingely return once more, the ball is in their feild. Will the Bennet sisters be married? Or will they be rejected due to their low social class?
1. Elizabeth at first rejects her feelings for Mr. Darcy because he made a bad first impression. Do you think that one should be judged based on their first impression?
2. Mr. Darcy is often arrogant because of his wealth, and is therefore strongly disliked. Elizabeth, on the other hand, intrigues many people, even those higher in class. Do you believe that a person's social nature is significant than their social class? Why or why not?