Sunday, September 22, 2013
Prim and Proper
Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice was published 200 years ago in 1813. The novel centers around the Bennett family and the marrying off of their daughters, in particular, Elizabeth Bennett, who warms up to Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy over time. Reading Pride and Prejudice was kind of like watching Downton Abbey, but with none of the dramas outside of the romance plot lines. Pride and Prejudice is particularly insular, focusing on the restrained interactions between the Bennetts, their neighbors, immediate family, and potential suitors. While I don't think a 200 year old book need be stodgy, I found that to be so in this case. Austen was no doubt a master of her time, but this is not a book that provoked much thought for me or caught my interest.
"'My dear, dear aunt,' she rapturously cried, what delight! what felicity! You give me fresh life and vigour. Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men to rocks and mountains?""
"This is a most unfortunate affair; and will probably be much talked of. But we must stem the tide of malice, and pour into the wounded bosoms of each other, the balm of sisterly consolation."