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|I always remember that first sentence
Written by Glenn
(4/7/2013 12:26 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Beginning at the beginning (as one ought): Chapter 1, penned by kathleen (elder)
Of course, Pride and Prejudice was the first Austen novel that I read and it has become my favorite. If a man is wealthy, he probably wants a son who can inherit that wealth (since English custom often required the eldest son to inherit) and thus needs a wife. The question is- should the wife also have a large dowry? None of the Bennet sisters would have a large dowry. This is where Bingley and Darcy, although friends, disagreed. Bingley was quickly falling in love with Jane Bennet and did not care if she had a large dowry.
"I would not be so fastidious as you are," cried Bingley, "for a kingdom! Upon my honour, I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life as I have this evening; and there are several of them you see uncommonly pretty."
"You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room," said Mr. Darcy, looking at the eldest Miss Bennet.
Darcy was gradually falling in love with Elizabeth Bennet in Chapter 6:
But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness.
“I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow."
Miss Bingley immediately fixed her eyes on his face, and desired he would tell her what lady had the credit of inspiring such reflections. Mr. Darcy replied with great intrepidity –
"Miss Elizabeth Bennet."
Chapter 10 : Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her (Elizabeth). However, when Darcy became “bewitched” by Elizabeth, he resisted his impulse in Chapter 12:
To Mr. Darcy it was welcome intelligence: Elizabeth had been at Netherfield long enough. She attracted him more than he liked -- and Miss Bingley was uncivil to her, and more teasing than usual to himself. He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration should now escape him, nothing that could elevate her with the hope of influencing his felicity; sensible that if such an idea had been suggested, his behaviour during the last day must have material weight in confirming or crushing it. Steady to his purpose, he scarcely spoke ten words to her through the whole of Saturday, and though they were at one time left by themselves for half an hour, he adhered most conscientiously to his book, and would not even look at her.
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