This is my second time reading Pride and Prejudice, so it was a bit like going to visit an old friend. I knew I’d enjoy it, and I also hoped I’d discover something new. I was not disappointed!
The story opens with the famous line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Charles Bingley is the aforementioned single man, and when he arrives in the neighborhood Mrs. Bennet is determined to marry off one of her five daughters. Jane, the eldest, catches Bingley’s eye. At the same time Jane’s younger and feistier sister Elizabeth verbally spars with Bingley’s more reserved friend Mr. Darcy. Misinterpretation and poor communication keep Lizzie and Darcy apart for far too long. During that time Lizzie works to bring Jane and Bingley together, and rejects an offer of marriage from Mr. Collins, a distant relative who is set to inherit her father’s estate. And there’s so much more: balls, elopements, kind relatives, nasty relatives … and of course true love conquers all.
I most enjoyed rediscovering Jane Austen’s marvelous wit. Characters like Mr. Collins, and Lizzie’s mother Mrs. Bennet, were so ridiculous I just had to laugh. And even though Pride and Prejudice was written two hundred years ago, the book and its characters seem just as realistic and relevant today.
This really isn’t much of a review, just a few impressions of a book I know I will re-read many more times.