Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (annotated) Read online free

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (annotated) Read online free

Pride and Prejudice

By

Jane Austen


Pride and prejudice is an epistolary novel about two families who meet at a ball. We follow them through letters they exchange over many years.

Full Book Summary: Pride and Prejudice 

There is excitement in the neighbouring town of Longbourn after it is revealed that a wealthy young man named Charles Bingley has leased the house in Netherfield Park, specifically the Bennet residence. The Bennets have five unmarried daughters, eldest to youngest, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia, and Mrs Bennet is keen for them all to be married. After Mr Bennet pays Mr Bingley a social visit, the Bennets attend a dance at which Mr Bingley is present. He has a crush on Jane and spends much of the night dancing with her. Her close friend, Mr Darcy, is less than pleased with the evening and haughtily refuses to dance with Elizabeth, causing everyone to see him as arrogant and obnoxious.

However, Mr Darcy gradually became attracted to Elizabeth’s appeal and knowledge over the next week. Jane’s friendship with Mr Bingley flourished, and Jane went to Bingley’s chat. He finds himself in a storm and falls ill at his process home, forcing him to stay in the Netherlands for a few days. Elizabeth crosses the sloping field and shows off a perforated dress to see Jane, which undoubtedly arouses contempt for Charles Bingley’s sister, the arrogant Miss Bingley. Miss Bingley’s violence probably increases when she realizes that Darcy, looking for her, thinks a lot about Elizabeth.

When Elizabeth and Jane return, they see Mr Collins coming to their home. Mr Collins is a young pastor who will acquire Mr Bennett’s domain, a ‘membership’, which means it must be given to male beneficiaries. Mr Collins is a Boumastic Dolt, though Bennett’s young women have deceived him. Long after his appearance, he offers to reunite with Isabel. She dismisses him and hurts his pride. The Bennett young women met volunteer army officers stationed near the city at this time. Wickham is an attractive young soldier who was Elizabeth’s companion and told her how Darcy brutally betrayed her from a legacy.

With the onset of winter, Binglis and Darcys flew over the Netherlands and unfortunately returned to London. Another unexpected news is that Mr Collins has been attracted to Elizabeth’s most beloved companion Charlotte Lucas and the unfortunate daughter of a respected person nearby. Charlotte made it clear to Elizabeth that she was going downhill and needed a partner for financial reasons. Charlotte and Mr Collins are parting ways, and Elizabeth promises to see her in her new home. As winter sets in, Jane goes to town to meet friends (she wants to see Mr Bingley). Yet, Miss Bingley goes to see him and behaves irrationally, while Mr Bingley does not see her by any imagination. Bennett finds the prospects for marriage frustrating for young women.

That spring, he met Elizabeth Charlotte, who now lives near the home of Lady Catherine de Berg, a patron of Mr Collins, who is Darcy’s Antonio. Darcy meets Lady Katherine and meets Elizabeth, whose presence prompts her to go to Collins’ house, where she has been staying several times. One day he surprisingly offers to meet her, which Elizabeth quickly rejects. He lets Darcy know that he tracks her arrogantly and maliciously and then scolds her for removing Bingley from Jane and dropping Wickham. Darcy leaves him but gives him a letter long ago. In the letter, he admits that he told Bingley to cut down on most, if not all, connections with Jane but guarantees that he did so because he thought their problem was not a joke. Out of respect for Wickham, he enlightened Elizabeth that the young officer was a liar. The objective justification behind their conflict was Wickham’s attempt to travel with his younger sister, Georgiana Darcy.

The letter prompted Elizabeth to reconsider her affection for Darcy. He returned home and treated Wickham calmly. The local army leaves the city, which annoys Bennett’s young women, who are younger and more male-insane. Lydia gets her father’s consent to enjoy the end of spring with an old colonel in Brighton, where Wickham’s regiment is stationed. With the advent of June, Elizabeth embarks on another tour, this time with the Gardiners, Bennett’s men. The tour took him north and, in the long run, to the vicinity of Will Pemberley in Darcy. After confirming that Darcy was gone, he went to Pemberley and received word from Darcy’s staff that he was a pleasant and generous teacher. Suddenly Darcy shows up and treats him cheerfully. He became involved with the Gardiners and welcomed Elizabeth without mentioning his offer to meet his sister.

However, virtually no time before the service, a letter from home corrects Elizabeth that Lydia has left with Wickham and the couple has not been found, suggesting that they may go through the experience separately. Elizabeth returns, believing that what will happen will affect the whole family. Mr Gardiner and Mr Bennett are looking for Lydia, but Mr Bennett is getting nothing. Although all assurances seem to have been lost, a letter from Mr Gardiner shows that something has been found and that Wickham was prepared to marry Lydia for an annual salary. Bennetts is sure that Mr Gardiner paid Wickham, but Elizabeth sees the source of the cash and the person who saved her family, to be honest, Darcy.

Now married, Wickham and Lydia briefly return to Longbourne, where Mr Bennett used the cold with them. They then set out for Wickham’s new mission north of England. After a while, Bingley returns to the Netherlands and falls in love with Jane again. Darcy stays with him and meets Bennett but does not mention his intention to marry Elizabeth. On the other hand, Bingley presses and takes off her suit and proposes to Jane that everyone is happy except Bingley’s arrogant sister. While the family is celebrating, Lady Catherine de Berg visits Longborne. He cornered Elizabeth and said that he had heard that his nephew. Darcy was planning to marry him. Lady Catherine sees Bennett as an unsuitable match for Darcy and asks Elizabeth to promise to reject him. Elizabeth vehemently denies it, saying she did not engage Darcy but made some promises against her happiness. After a while, Elizabeth and Darcy go for a walk together, and she tells him that her feelings have not changed since spring. He gently accepted her offer and married Jane and Elizabeth.

Full Book Analysis: Pride and Prejudice 

The plot of pride and superstition follows a straightforward and sequential design. Elizabeth Bennett is the protagonist, and despite the obstacles presented by the friendly show and her deception, the focal conflict revolves around her fight to find an effective life partner. She feels an advancement of imperfect people who hinder her and happy marriage. These major bad guys can be divided into two assemblies. Previous characters try to persuade Elizabeth to marry him to some unacceptable man. These include Mrs Bennett (who doesn’t understand the type of marriage she needs and thinks Elizabeth should follow her guidelines) and Mr Collins (who tries to persuade Elizabeth to agree to a wedding that never meets her). The second gathering of opponents is the characters, including Miss Bingley and Lady Catherine de Berg, trying to prevent Elizabeth’s reunion with Darcy. There are times when Elizabeth drives with her primary opponent. Her restlessness and inability to understand that Darcy is a decent opponent for her push her away from the purpose of her satisfaction as opposed to coming close.

The main plot of Elizabeth’s wedding path is purposefully covered with subplots that focus on the precious lives of other female characters. The division similarly illustrates the structure of the property into volumes. Pride and Prejudice are first distributed in three books. In the original volume, the early events of the story centre on Jane’s admiration for Bingley, Elizabeth’s collaboration with Darcy, and her daily fascination with meeting him as an optional event. The primary battle in this first part of the novel is whether Jane and Bingley can get married, as Darcy and Bingley’s sister shed light on their separation. Another question arose when Mr Collins began searching for Elizabeth, and she was forced to dismiss him. These two initial disputes were roughly resolved towards the end of the original volume when Mr Collins finally agreed to the rate and married Charlotte Lucas. The Bingley family left the Netherlands again and headed for London. The second of these plots points to a depressing place because none of the Bennett sisters has much karma, and many people kick buckets for cash and prestige at weddings.

The plot resurfaces with a new focus on the possibility of a couple between Elizabeth and Darcy. Elizabeth’s visit to Charlotte and Mr Collins creates a unique opportunity for her to interact with Mr Darcy, leading to him proposing to her. This suggestion comes about halfway through the story and represents the culmination of attraction Darcy has been trying to resist since meeting Elizabeth. His rejection of his proposal matches his favourite from Mr Collins. At this point, Elizabeth believes that Darcy is the wrong person and that she will not agree to marry a man she doesn’t love, no matter what he offers her. However, the intrigue of Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship intensifies after she rejects him. The rejected proposal prompts her to reveal new information that leads her to question her perception of him. A new conflict is interrupted by Darcy and Elizabeth’s plan of growing affection: Lydia’s escape. This conflict dominates the plot of the novel until its resolution.

Once Lydia’s storyline IS settled with her respectable marriage, attention turns to a return to Jane’s storyline. When he meets Bingley, he quickly compromises and resolves the conflict that has raged since the novel’s beginning. All that remains is a final conflict in the form of Lady de Bourgh’s attempt to prevent Elizabeth from marrying Darcy. The subsequent plot events, which Elizabeth kept to herself, have prepared her for this moment, and she refuses to back down. With the characters finally overcoming every obstacle in their path, the novel’s climax comes when Darcy proposes to her a second time and accepts Elizabeth. The conclusion is followed by brief drop action, including wedding preparations and the projected futures of the three couples.

Pride and Prejudice were instrumental in showing that realistically portrayed everyday events and domestic struggles can be just as interesting as the most sensational stories. The readers experience the plot’s events the same way as the characters, without any unique narrative technique. This choice of plot structure helps tie the events of the novel together. The book ends with a classic comic ending, in which three of the Bennet sisters marry, and the virtuous characters (Jane, Elizabeth, Bingley, and Darcy) are rewarded with wealth and fortune. In contrast, the foolish or evil characters (Lydia and Wickham) are rewarded and face a more active existence.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (annotated)

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