The novels language is fairly confusing and hard to keep up with but after you continue reading you can get caught up on the happenings. While that sounds like a bad thing, it is my favorite. The language, while complicated, is really beautiful by using words that have been neglected over time. Even though it is confusing sometimes I like the challenge to understand who is saying what and what it really means. I guess I just enjoy a challenging book.
This is what I have trouble with also when reading. After a while of diving into the pages, it becomes easier. It's almost poetic, and I find it somewhat refreshing to read. It's different, and makes you think. I'm getting more into the story line as it goes on, and I'm finding that I am enjoying it more than I anticipated!
I don't know if I actually enjoy the story line as much I thought. I kept reading in hopes that it would get better but I guess it's just not the right book for me. I still love the language though.
For me, the best part of the novel is when Elizabeth reads Darcy's letter (chapter 35). This is when the whole story turns around. Before the letter, Elizabeth did not like Darcy because of her prejudice against him. She thought he was rude and proud just from what she could gather. She never tried to listen to his side of things, and this letter gave her a chance to. The letter also changed Darcy. Elizabeth's rejection of him hurt his pride and forced him to explain himself to her. The letter makes both Elizabeth and Darcy think about the other person differently. I think Darcy's letter is the best part of the novel because it flips the story around and makes it more interesting.
That was also one of my favorite parts! Because after Elizabeth flipped out on Darcy she then had to turn around and regret her own words for making judgment before both sides of the story was heard. So it other words that was Darcy's way of getting-back at Elizabeth.
That's also how I think about it, Drew! Elizabeth also had to regret her rude behavior because Darcy simply left and wrote the letter instead of yelling back at her. This could have gotten a little crazy between them. So she really did have a lot to feel sorry about, and Darcy got a little justice for being wrongly judged.
The many moments in which Mrs. Bennett is outspoken and obnoxious add a humorous aspect to the novel. For that reason, I find the moment during the ball at Netherfield in which she speaks ill of Darcy within earshot of him to be my favorite moment. This embarrasses her family, and it is obvious that Darcy can hear her as shown by his body language. And, even with these developments, she continues to vex her family and slander Mr. Darcy. She does so long enough that her food turns cold. Her character in this moment adds a brilliant touch of satire to the novel.
Yes, I completely agree. Her obnoxiousness gives her some character and personality. It gives some color to the book, made it a little more interesting.
And, as the book wraps up, she completely takes back her previous statements. A nice humorous break in a difficult read.
My favorite part of the whole book is the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Bennett. It adds humor and brings out a timeless concept in storytelling: the overly dramatic wife and the husband that couldn't care less. Their interactions when Mrs. Bennett frets about marrying her girls off made me laugh every time.
I also enjoy reading about the interaction between Mr. And Mrs. Bennett. It adds a little comedy to the story, which is refreshing. I can also read these scenes a little easier. We really get to know a lot about Mr. and Mrs. Bennett's characters while they are communicating to each other! One of my favorite moments is when Mrs. Bennett refuses to see Elizabeth again if she doesn't marry Mr. Collins, while Mr. Bennett refuses to see her if she does!
I love that part too. I also agree that these scenes are easier to read. I think it is easier because it is an interaction that we are familiar with which makes it easier to follow. Their relationship seems to be a common theme in entertainment all throughout history, and I am pretty sure it is one that will always be around. In a way it is universal.
I thought the humor betweem Mr. and Mrs. Bennet made the novel a little but more interesting. I feel like they relate to married couples in this day of age. The mother of most families are only worried about getting their daughters married, and the fathers only want to protect their little girls. I would always chuckles as well when Mrs.Bennet tried setting the girls up with a man.
My favorite part of the book was the cover. I enjoy the detail that was put into the fine young woman, the curly hair, the luscious red lips, the soft blue eyes, the frill and wrinkle of the dress, how the green bow thing really pops out, and would you look at that background! Gorgeous. OH and don't get me started on the lettering of the title, would you LOOK at those P's! I didn't like the book too much.
Really? I wouldn't have guessed that! :)
My favorite part of the novel is when the drama unfolds after Lydia runs off with Wickham. For me it is one of the only parts of the book that I can distinguish between dialog and narration. Also the story quickly speeds up adding suspense and keeping a person on edge as the book comes to a close. This is what I look for in a book; something that can't be put down.
NO WAY, that was my favorite part too! I agree that the dialog was hard to seperate with the old english and multiple names of one of character.
Thanks Frew! The conversations where Jane and Elizabeth were talking to people that refered to them as Miss Bennet confused me most. You just can't do that there are five Miss Bennets!
HIGH-FIVE! MYSELF! NO FRIENDS!
My favorite part of the novel is when Jane was invited to dinner by Mr.Bingley. Then she asked her mother if she could take the carriage to his house. Mrs. Bennet does not allow Jane to take the carriage. She knows it is going to rain, so she hopes Jane will have to spend the night. I find it funny how Mrs. Bennet is always setting her daughters up to find a man. The only thing is the little scheme to set Jane up, comes back to bite Mrs.Bennet in the butt. Jane became sick and had to stay at Mr.Bingley's house until she recovered.
I was thinking the same thing, Brit! I thought Mrs. Bennet was extremely desperate and needed to chill out. She would be driving me crazy if she was my mother. It was a little too far to have her spend the night. Mr. Bingley should not be responsible for Jane. He could think of her as a burden. Getting Jane to marry for money made everything worse. She got sick for nothing.
Exactly,now mothers are trying to prevent their daughters from staying the night at a males house. Mrs.Bennett was so pushy towards Jane, and it was all for nothing. Two people should be together for love, not money.
It really got me when Mr. Collins asked Elizabeth for her hand in marriage. I found it hilarious when she shut the guy down, but he still would not want to take no for an answer. I understood why she said no. She does not deserve to be stuck with some man just to have financial security. She believed in happiness and knew that her man was somewhere out there. No marriage is worth having the image. I see it in life and Hollywood. There are a few couples who are together for all the wrong reasons. Mr. Collins was so cocky to think he was the one for her. I guess parts of this worked out in the end. I liked how the author was sure to emphasize the downfall to love.
Oh my goodness that is also one of my favorite scenes in the book too! I especially loved it when he was trying to tell her that she is in denial, confused, and that most women normally don't say yes when the man asks for their hand in marriage! Her come-back was so epic and hilarious!
I'm glad someone thought it was funny. While I was reading it, I said to myself, "Boy, he's got to be kidding!" To me, everything he said was ridiculous. She was not in denial and she was not in love with him. In the words of Tina Tina, "What's Love Got To Do With?"
I feel as though when Mr.Darcy continually denies his attraction toward Elizabeth is the best part of the novel. Seeing young love unfold, and seeing useless arguments occur between two young people is sooo cute! While reading I feel as though Mr. Darcy is definitely into Elizabeth. Elizabeth is hard headed and is unaware of the attraction she seems to attract because of her unique personality! To tell you the truth the only couple I would like seeing get together is Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth! They would make a perfect couple!
I want Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth together too. They both try to deny their feelings which adds some drama and helps keep the story interesting. I didn't like the way he finally expressed his love though. I felt like he cornered Elizabeth, and in her shoes I would have freaked out as well.
Honestly there are no good parts to this novel except the last page. This is because that means you are finally finished with this book!! But if I were to be asked what was my favorite part I'd have to say meeting all the characters. In this novel there were a lot of characters and keeping track of who was who was a challenge for me. Once you get a feel of each character though and start understanding who they actually are it becomes easier.
I agree that this novel had some colorful characters. Austen really made a point to distinguish her characters from one another, and was able to create tension and other fun events by bouncing the characters off of each other.
Yes! I really like how you used the word "distinguish". It's a great word because that really is what Austen is doing. She has a great way of "distinguishing" the characters.
My favorite part of the novel was finding out Darcy paid for Lydia's wedding, it changed the whole way I looked at him as a character.
I wasn't that surprised, because of his reaction when Elizabeth told him. I think he only did it for his love of Elizabeth. He didn't want her family's image to be destroyed.
Yeah I kind of saw it coming too.
I agree. When I was first introduced to Darcy in the book I thought of him as selfish, as did Lizzie, but reading further and to this point his character softened up.
I believe the best part of the book is how Elizabeth practically shuts down everyone who asks her hand in marriage. Of course near the end of the book, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy marry but, she stayed single throughout most of it. I believe it made the book a little more interesting.
I agree Wes! Definitely built some suspense in the book
Thank you for your responds! I'm glad you agreed with me. :)
Haha yeah I agree Wes, I thought it was pretty funny.
The best part of the novel to me is when Elizabeth reads Darcy's letter. That letter forced Darcy to swallow his pride and tell her how he feels, and it made Elizabeth drop her prejudice or judgement on him. I love how this novel shows how pride and prejudice really are toxic to the success of a relationship.
I agree! That's most likely one most important part in the book. It's nice to know that Darcy is able to swallow his pride and Elizabeth is able to be less prejudice against him. :)
In my opinion, the best part of the novel is when Lady Dabourg arrives in attempt to scare Lizzie from accepting a proposal from Mr. Darcy. I find this part more intersting because it shows Lizzie's pride in herself. She doesn't coward down, and didn't when she was confronted. It also showed that she really did love Mr. Darcy and enough to stand up for herself, and her love for him, to his own aunt.
I agree, this was another good part of the book! It did take a lot of courage from both of them and it showed how much they loved each other.
Yeah, I lived how she "maned up" to her. In the book, everyone treated Lady with so much respect. Almost as if she were the Queen, so that took a lot for her to do that. The family and Lady were in complete shock .
In my opinion, the best part of the novel was when Elizabeth came to the realization that she was really in love with Darcy, and wanted to be with him. I like this part because it shows that people shouldn't judge someone else by their first impression, that their really is more to someone than you may think.
I totally agree with you Mackenzie. i thought that was a good part in the book. I knew she would fall in love in love with him, i was just wonder when that would happen.
my favorite part is when Elizabeth turns down Mr.Collins and Mrs. Bennet threatens to never talk to her again. I thought that was funny because Mrs. Bennet didn't get her way so she was willy to never talk to her daughter ever again over it.
Just like Mackenzie, my favorite part of this book is when Elizabeth finally realized that she really did love Mr. Darcy. Even though you may think you know someone and what their about, people can surprise you, and that's why I feel you should never judge someone on their first impression.
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