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Pride and Prejudice Summary

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Pride and Prejudice PDFFirst encounters are not enough. First impressions are often wrong.

Read about the characters of this book in the following text, and join them on their journey as they realize the complexity of human nature and the many faces of truth.

Who Should Read “Pride and Prejudice”? And Why?

“Pride and Prejudice” is a novel about the five daughters of the Bennet family, and their quest to do what was thought of as the greatest achievement of women in Jane Austen’s time: to marry off well.

We recommend this book to all Jane Austen lovers, and to lovers of romances in general.

Jane Austen Biography

Jane AustenJane Austen was an English novelist who even two centuries after her death remains as one of the leading writers of romance novels in the literary world.

Lately, the discussion about adapting her classics for modern readers has divided critics and the public.


The story of “Pride and Prejudice” starts as the villagers of Longbourn receive the news that a wealthy young fella has rented Netherfield Park.

We are first taken to the Bennet household, where the news has stirred their everyday activities.

Mrs. Bennet has five unmarried daughters and wants to see them all married into good households.

So, it is only natural that the news of a young unmarried gentleman coming to the village makes her hope for the best.

Mr. Benner, her husband, pays a visit to Mr. Bingley, and as a result, they all attend a ball on which Mr. Bingley is also present.

As the Bennets expected, Mr. Bingley is quite taken by the beauty of the oldest daughter, Jane, and asks her to dance several times that evening.

Along with him, he brings a friend, Mr. Darcy, who is far richer than he is, but he also seems to be too prideful and not as nice.

Elizabeth, the oldest after Jane, overhears him refusing to ask her to dance since she is not good enough to tempt him, and this news makes everyone see him as obnoxious.

However, Mr. Darcy meets Elizabeth on several other occasions and cannot help but notice her intelligence and charm.

One day, Jane, who is in continuous contact with Mr. Bingley, which makes it seem like a marriage proposal is on its way, pays him a visit to his house.

However, on her way there, she is caught in a storm and catches a cold. Her health condition makes her stay in Mr. Bingley’s house for a few days until she gets better.

Her sister, Elizabeth, is naturally worried and decides to go and look for her sister.

She hikes to Netherfield Park and arrives there all muddy and sweaty. She is confronted by Miss. Bingley, a woman of a snobbish nature who is pursuing Mr. Darcy.

When Elizabeth arrives, she notices that Mr. Darcy is paying quite the attention to Elizabeth, so she starts feeling spiteful towards her.

When the girls return to their house, they find a visitor there – Mr. Collins, who is the next one in line to inherit Mr. Bennet’s property after his death, since he has no direct male heirs.

He is not amusing to the girls, but he finds them amusing in turn, especially Elizabeth, whom he makes a marriage proposal to.

Although her mother would like her to get married and keep the estate in their family’s possession, she turns him down, and later on, he marries her best friend, Charlotte.

She is not happy, because she believes that Charlotte cannot love him, but her friend assures her of her happiness: as she is getting older, it is much harder to get a marriage prospect, so she is happy that she finally can create a family.

Elizabeth promises to visit her in her new home and does so later on.

In the meantime, the girls make friends with a young soldier Mr. Wickham, whom Elizabeth finds quite charming.

Soon she hears his story about how Darcy tricked him out of his inheritance, and so her bad feelings toward this “prideful” man become only stronger.

As the winter begins, Mr. Bingley, his sister, and Mr. Darcy leave Netherfield and return to their home in London.

Jane’s hopes are shattered. She goes to London to visit friends, hoping she would also run to Mr. Bingley.

However, they never see each other, and even her family’s thoughts on marriage are no longer present.

The following spring, Elizabeth goes to visit Charlotte as she promised. Charlotte and her husband Mr. Collins live in the house of Lady Catherine de Bourgh who is not only Collins’s patron, but she is also Darcy’s aunt.

Hence, Elizabeth encounters Darcy, and she is shocked by his sudden proposal of marriage during one of their meetings.

Her refusal is far from just a disinterested one: she tells him about all the bad feelings and opinions she has about him, especially after he urges his friend to distance himself from her sister.

Provoked by these words, he leaves, but feeling like he has to tell his side of the story, he later sends her a letter explaining why he did what he did.

He admits that he is at fault for Bingley distancing himself from Jane, but that he urged him to do so only because he did not feel that their feelings were serious.

In this letter, he also tells her the story of his and Wickham’s disagreement, which was rooted in Wickham’s idea to elope with his younger sister.

What will Elizabeth do? Does she change her mind about Mr. Darcy?

What does their future hold?

Pride and Prejudice Epilogue

After Darcy’s letter, Elizabeth reevaluates her feelings and opinions about him. However, that is not the only thing that makes her do it.

She also faces situations in which he shows another side of himself. Or, at least, she is able to see that side of him and realize how wrong she was the whole time.

As Elizabeth navigates through the complexities of her feelings towards Mr. Darcy, she finds herself confronting her own prejudices and preconceptions.

Yet, amidst the societal expectations and personal misunderstandings, she discovers the transformative power of empathy and self-awareness.

Through her journey, Austen intricately weaves a narrative that not only unravels the intricacies of love and class but also serves as a timeless reminder of the importance of introspection and growth in the pursuit of genuine connection.

In revisiting “Pride and Prejudice,” readers are invited not only to witness Elizabeth and Darcy’s evolution but also to reflect on their own perceptions and biases, making this classic novel a perennial source of insight and inspiration.

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“Pride and Prejudice Summary Quotes”

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Our Critical Review

“Pride and Prejudice” was one of those books I was obsessed with when I was younger, but mainly because I was idolizing the romance between the characters.

As I grew older, I learned Austin’s worth as an author, and why her works are considered classics. In her books, she is depicting women’s life in her time, interpreting and criticising society.

So, this book is a great story for romance lovers, but if you look deeper, you will find much bigger meaning hidden under the surface.

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