Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen



Someone please gift me this edition.

Goodreads synopsis


“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” 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.”

Goodreads Rating: 4.24 / 5

My Rating: 5 /5


When I first read this book back in school, I was in awe of it. I still love it, but this time around when I read it, I could see the scenarios in a different light.

Previously I used to think how awesome it is that all characters get their share of the story because in any story it is not just the two involved because of whom the story happens. Even though it still holds true, now I feel all the other people were only mentioned so that major characters could shine against the stupidity of the others.

Charlotte Lucas, because she went on to marry Mr Collins, was dubbed of not the intelligence Elizabeth had thought her friend had. This shows that Lizzy, herself, was way too vain for the likes of normal people living about in society. Keeping in view the time under consideration, Charlotte indeed is in possession of intellect as she uttered these words, “If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it, she may lose the opportunity of fixing him; and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark.”

However much Elizabeth is said to be woman of high intelligence, there are so many instances that lead me to think otherwise. It was Lizzy’s prejudice that led more than half the society to think well of Wickham. Which sort of paved a path for Lydia’s elopement later on.

I understand that it a time where hardly anybody takes any responsibility of another, but if there is so much wrong that Miss Elizabeth Bennet sees in her sisters and mother that she despairs of, why not do something about it?

Elizabeth for the most part goes on insulting everyone and believes herself not to be vain! Darcy at least was keeping his mouth shut for the most part (though that was insulting in itself as well).

Then, there is Jane who is neither a fool nor immensely wise. She says, “It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.” She never got her due for being who she was while Elizabeth held the spotlight. With a heavy heart I must say that Elizabeth did not make use of her intelligence the way I assumed she did when I was younger. Saying thus, I must also add that in the face of hard evidence still believing in the yet to be seen goodness in a person is sheer foolishness. Therefore, I don’t know how to categorise this character. This happens to be a couple of instances but the book is full of such examples as far as Jane goes.

This book is about prejudices but not just those held by the characters but by the author herself, as well. Refer to the discussion(s) between Mrs Gardiner and Elizabeth; how people gossip and judge even when they say that is not their purpose of speaking about person(s) or event(s). The same discussion would have been called gossip had it been done by other less important characters but because it is the major character, it is, but, a discussion. The discrimination!

Is there something I have forgotten to talk about? Ping me in here and I’ll oblige.

Saying all that I have, let me also add that even with all these things that I have come up with, I am neither going to be changing the rating I have previously given this book (5 stars) and nor does this book gets removed from my favourites shelf.

10 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  1. Jorie says:

    Hallo, Hallo Hina,

    Whilst happily chatting with you today on Twitter, I wanted to seek out your own thoughts on behalf of “Pride and Prejudice” – as I had a feeling you had blogged about the story! This is just a short note to let you know I’ve found the lovely review you’ve left and I will be re-visiting you later tonight as I want to read this in full. I’m in the middle of prepping for my Romance/Women’s Fiction chat tomorrow – (linked on my Twitter profile: @SatBookChat) to where I need to put my attention on that featured novel and iron out the discussion points.

    Reading this review will be delightful and I can’t wait!! Truly thankful our paths have crossed as I have been trying to find bloggers who love both the Regency and Jane Austen for awhile! As said, I’ve lost my footing with reading Austen’s original canon inasmuch as the after canon selections I’m most curious about to read next. Pride & Prejudice has remained a fixture in my life and it reflects in what I gravitate towards reading! Til soon!

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      • Jorie says:

        Forgive me, I clearly forgot to follow-up with you on this review and offer my reactions –

        One thing I’ve learnt the hard way is that sometimes it is best not to re-visit a beloved read because time can alter our perceptions of it and our interpretation of its heart. This happened to me when I read The Shell Seekers as a teenager muddling through high school bored out of her eyeballs and seeking something she could sink her teeth into that had a bit of challenge to it and a story that was wholly more interesting than her lessons! lol (big smile) When I went to re-read this in my mid-twenties — ooh what a disaster! My memories and the reality of the story then were not a good match and I truly regretted I ever re-picked it up to read! (*le sigh*)

        I cannot share the same thoughts you’ve had about Elizabeth, Darcy or the fuller scope of the characters because I didn’t take this hard of a discerning look into their lives.. I treated it a bit more like a play wherein their living their lives in front of me and I, in turn am full of the humour of how their lives are being engaged. I do agree on some points though – it is a wonderfully keen thesis about how both the pride and the prejudices of persons can become the hidden layers against all their actions.

        For me, all the characters were equally vain (ie. proud) and prejudiced against each other – they all had emotional baggage and they were in part influenced by how their lives, station of status and their condition of wealth dictated their lives. From that social perspective I love how Austen interlaced their paths and how she choose to poke fun at how absurd these kinds of interactions can become if you are solely focused on the superficiality of what life can involve.

        I love differing points of view and reactions to literature. I always lament I encourage conversations on my blog – it doesn’t always happen but when it does I get wicked giddy as I became a blogger to engage with readers and to seek a way to converse about the stories which catch our eye and our hearts; or in other instances our consternations!


      • Hina Tabassum says:

        I wholeheartedly agree with the rereading bit but then some books become so integral to us that we pick them up anyway. I have a few of those. Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter are the only ones from my childhood though. The rest of them, my opinion has thus far remained unchanged.

        Another point that you raised, about engagement, I agree to that as well. The basic reason when I started the blog all those ages ago was to interact with like minded people from across the globe but it is more like people liking a post and then moving on. There’s hardly any meaningful conversation.

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      • Jorie says:

        I miss the meaningful conversations I had felt would evolve through my own comment threads. I hadn’t realised how many would rather say less than more or how as you said, most would visit, enjoy your post but only hit the like button and you miss that interaction bit of knowing why they liked it and what it was you said that resonated with them as much as it had. I strove to change the cycle and to sort out a way to engage with my readers better but there is no clear way of understanding why some comment and why others simply hit the like button; unless as you said its become habit.


      • Hina Tabassum says:

        I am in the same conundrum to be honest. I always wonder that maybe my content is not engaging enough and that I must make more of an effort in the way I word my reviews and other posts but none of that yields anything either.

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      • Jorie says:

        It is a difficult situation when you like to talk and have conversations with people — I had to make peace with it over the years but ever so often I look for comments only to realise the after post convo is just not going to be happening…. *le sigh* Perhaps one day,… nice to know I haven’t been alone in this quaduary!


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