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Written by Therese
(4/8/2013 8:08 a.m.)
The title of the first version of "Pride and Prejdice" was 3first Impressions".
I think that, after for chapters, the characters that have been introduced to us have already their "first impressions" one about the other; and we readers, may have our "first impression" about these characters and, maybe, their interactions.
In France there is a quote of screenwriter Henri Jeanson, that is considered a proverb and present in everybody's mind : "La première impression est toujours la bonne, surtout quand elle est mauvaise", playing on "bonne" that can mean right as well as good. It means : first impression is always right, above all when it is bad.
Well, who is supposed to be bad here? On account of whom?
The narrator describes Mrs Bennet as "a woman of mean understanding, little information and uncertain temper" and "fancied herself nervous"; but she is a mother confident in her daughters' marriability and wants them to be well married, which until now speaks no special selfishness. And she seems attached to her husband and ready to forgive his witticisms... when she understands part of one, which seldom happens.
Mr Bennet shows himself both rather clever as a man, bitter on his wife's understanding and keeping teasing her; he seems to think very poorly of his daughters and has a favorite among them, Elizabeth.
Their daughters have already a sketch :
Mr Bingley is "a single man in possession of a good fortune", and in addition, handsome, with pleasant and open manners, "just what a young man ought to be" says Jane.
The two Bingley sisters, Mrs Hurst and Miss Bingley, at the moment seem alike; women "of fashion", conceited...
Mr Hurst "merely looked the gentleman" and was "a man of more fashion than fortune", how can it be? And it seems that his own wife was unwelcomed in his own house? I have always found him to be a mistery.
I let you the other characters...
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