Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

prideThe greatest regency era love story of all time between proud Mr. Darcy, who fights his love for a woman who comes from a much humbler background, and prejudiced Lizzie, who at first thinks Mr. Darcy snobbish and vain.  The Bennets are part of the English gentility living in Hartfordshire although in reduced circumstances.  They have five daughters, beautiful Jane, clever Lizzie, bookish Mary, easily led Kitty and wild Lydia. There is no son to inherit the small estate which is entailed and earmarked for a distant cousin.  Mrs. Bennet is thus desperate for her daughters to make good matches.  Much of her hope is pinned on beautiful Jane, especially when rich Mr. Bingley arrives and rents a large house nearby. Mr. Bingley’s friend, Mr. Darcy arrives with him — a man even richer than Bingley.  Soon love is in the air for several of the Bennet girls, although many obstacles stand between them and marriage, including other suitors, class snobbery, gossip and scandal.

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