Recently Reread: Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen’s most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice, was published on the 28th of January 1813. Here is the front page from a first edition copy of the book.

I reread Pride and Prejudice (and Persuasion) every so often, because why not?!

Unlike many people, who seem to have studied Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters at school or university, I never did. Even though I majored in English in college (the finally two years of high school) and in literature at university, I’ve had to discover some of these classics on my own.

I think I develop a greater appreciation for Austen every time I read her work. However, one thing I noticed in this reread is that Elizabeth Bennet considers herself an “I’m not like other women!” lady. She actually makes several statements to that effect, including directly to Mr Darcy near the end. Funny, that in 2019 we still can’t get authors to stop writing characters who think like that!

Anyway, other than that little discovery, I still liked it. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Recently Reread: Pride and Prejudice

  1. I’ve read it and, of course, watched several of the movies and I still think of Darcy as a bully and unattractively arrogant. I can’t figure out why so many think he is swoon worthy. I will give him points for the Lydia fiasco but he is still doing this for his own desires. Still, I love the story and all of Austen’s work. My favorite is Emma.

    1. My opinions about Pride and Prejudice change all the time. Superficial of me, but if ever overheard a man publicly discussing how unattractive I am, I wouldn’t marry him – or forgive him!

      I haven’t read Emma for years, but the Kate Beckinsale adaptation is on TV here pretty often (I think the network must have paid for a million reruns!), so I’ve seen it heaps of times in the years since it came out.

      1. Re Emma: Sonya, please search out the version with Romola Garai and Jonny Lee Miller. It is a BBC Masterpiece production and the best I’ve seen. 2009 or 2010. You won’t be sorry. It is so much better than the earlier productions.

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