So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the "most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works," and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as "irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be."~First Line: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
~Last Line: "Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them."
Review: I had been wanting to read this classic novel for years; I finally got the chance. In my opinion, the fact that I listened to it on audiobook made it even better. (Although I think it was just the British accent in which it was read.)
The main character, Elizabeth Bennett, is the second eldest of five girls, preceded by Jane, and followed by Mary, Kitty (is her real name Katherine??), and Lydia. She is very down-to-earth, and her opinions are more different than other people's; however, they aren't necessarily wrong or ignorant, just more thought out that others.
I would think that my favorite characters were Jane and Mr. Darcy. Jane, for one, was very compassionate, and, even when she most definitely disagreed with someone, she let them finish talking before stating her opinion.
Mr. Darcy was, at first, someone that I thought was just a truly terrible person, but as the story progressed, you saw other sides to him. He, too, was compassionate and cared for Elizabeth like no other. He was touchy on some subjects, and had certain peoploe that he just most definitely despised, but at least he wasn't two-faced about it; they knew that he had no means of liking them whatsoever.
Pride and Prejudice was a fantastic novel. The romance over the whole tale was what made it so interesting. The characters never really ended up with who you thought they would. Or at least that's how it happened for me.
I think everyone should unquestionably read this novel before death :).