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Thoughts on Pride and Prejudice

April 12th, 2016 · No Comments

I’ll admit to having trouble with this one.

While S&S seems to be about two likable people overcoming their nature to find love. Their nature being common traits of youth or…just common.

P&P’s main characters don’t seem all that likable. It’s the story of a pain in the neck chick and a emotionally detached (is he autistic?) dude. They’re both at ages where these problems should be behind them or else they should just move on.

I’ve not much interest in the story of a barely likable woman finding a boyfriend…who isn’t likable.

In my mind, I have an image of Darcy and Elizabeth’s marriage in 5 years. I picture it as one of the nastier ones. One’s where Darcy is failing to live up to Elizabeth’s hire standards and Darcy is unable to communicate what he wants in the least so he lashes out in anger and she plots about all day devising ways to twist the knife into him.

Also unlike S&S, the writing seemed a bit more cluttered. For instance, there’s this 82 word sentence:

Having never even fancied herself in love before, her regard had all the warmth of first attachment, and, from her age and disposition, greater steadiness than most first attachments often boast; and so fervently did she value his remembrance, and prefer him to every other man, that all her good sense, and all her attention to the feelings of her friends, were requisite to check the indulgence of those regrets which must have been injurious to her own health and their tranquility.

An 82 words and 9 comma sentence! Ugh.

Darcy’s servants were at least mentioned in this book – to give testimony to his greatness. Otherwise, they get short shrift in the Bennett household.

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