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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Pride & Prejudice read-along ~ Update 2

I'm back again a little late for Amber's Pride & Prejudice read-along!
"About a month ago I received this letter, and about a fortnight ago I answered it, for I thought it a case of some delicacy. and requiring early attention."
This shows how I am exactly like Mr. Bennet, I am always a little late. Sorry about that!
For Amber's opinions on chapters 7-20 click HERE.

Also, watch out, there might be a few SPOILERS.

Pride & Prejudice Volume I: Chapters 7-20

Discussion Format: One favorite quote, some general impressions, and three questions for each week's reading.

Favorite Quote:

*groans* How in the world am I going to pick one!? I am cheating again and picking five.

1. Mr. Bennet raised his eyes from his book as she entered, and fixed them on her face with a calm unconcern which was not in the least altered by her communication.

2. "It shows an affection for her sister that is very pleasing."
                                                                                         ~Mr. Bingley

3. "I did not know before," continued Bingley immediately. "that you were a studier of character. It must be an amusing study."

4. "...for what painter could do justice to those beautiful eyes?" (Another sarcasm one!)
                                                                                          ~Miss Bingley

5. "Very true. indeed;---and now, my dear Jane, what have you got to say in the behalf of the interested people who have probably been concerned in the business?---Do clear them too, or we shall be obliged to think ill of somebody."
                                                                                          ~Elizabeth Bennet

General Impressions:

Elizabeth could not but smile at such a conclusion of such a beginning...

"It is difficult indeed--it is distressing.--One does not know what to think."
"I beg you pardon---one knows exactly what to think."

...That this book is amazing!!! 

The characters really depend on society and place. They sometimes ignore other things, more important things when they are focused on class and wealth.

Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have stated an important element in this book, pride vs. prejudice:
"And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody."
"And yours, " he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them." 

As I said, Jane Austen is mocking society for what people care most about. Especially this quote, everyone always uses tit, but it is said in sarcasm!
"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!"

Elizabeth: ...there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody... 
This fits her pretty well!

Sorry, it's pretty late and it's been a long day so this is all I can think of.

Discussion Questions:

1. Which quote or scene made you laugh/smile the most?

Haha! This one:
...and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day.

And this one:

"Can he be a sensible man, sir?"
"No, my dear; I think not. I have great hopes of finding him quite the reverse."

2. Mr. Darcy is often silent: in social settings, in his feelings toward Elizabeth, and in defense of his side of Wickham's story. Do you think his silence is "golden" (a wise choice), or do you think he should have been more vocal in these chapters?

"Upon my word I cannot exactly explain the matter, Darcy must speak for himself."

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

I think I silence is his best choice here. If it was me I would blurt something and sound crazy. Mr. Darcy is very thoughtful and I think that is a wise choice.

3. How would you respond to Mr. Collins if he proposed to you?

If, I was Elizabeth I would say, "Mr. Collins, I do not love you, but one of my sisters really does, talk to her about the matter."

If I was Mary I would say, "I admire the activity of your benevolence," observed Mary, "but every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is requires." then, "I have considered and I will accept."

If I was me, I would laugh in his face and say, "You must be joking!"

Then he would say to Lizzy and I, "From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced."

Thanks for reading!! Sorry this is so late!



  1. Oh, I like the point about Mr. Darcy being wise in his silence. I hadn't really thought about it, but it probably was smart to keep quiet about Wickham's affairs. After all, no one had asked him, and it seemed to be a delicate subject where Georgiana was concerned. So, yes, I agree, it was for the best that he remained silent...that is, until Elizabeth directly accused him. Then, of course, he had to speak up.

    1. Yes, he didn't want what might have happened with Georgiana to be public. Then Caroline would probably not let her see Mr. Bingley, and we all know that it would be a good in Darcy's mind. Most defintely good for him to speak up when the time came, and only to Elizabeth because as the only person she would tell would be Jane.

      Thanks for commenting, Elanor! :D

  2. Okay, your response to Question #3 is PERFECT! That is brilliant and hilarious! :D Nicely done!

    Also, I love the way you use quotes from the book to share your thoughts. :) So fun!

    And I so agree about how strange it is that we (the general public) take some quotes out of context... I didn't realize how some of these popular quotes were meant sarcastically until now!

    Great post, friend, and thanks so much for participating in the read-along!


    1. Aw, you're making me blush! You are too kind! :D Thank you!

      I just had my page of notes all randomly typed up on the page and was just throwing them everywhere trying to get as many in. :)

      Did they even read the book, or did they just learn the quote when they use it out of context all the time? Caroline's quotes are all pretty sarcastic. :)

      Thank you, again Amber! Thank you so much for hosting this! :D

  3. Gaaah I need to read this book again!

    I LOVE those quotes! Okay, so I love like ALL P&P quotes, but I STILL LOVE THOSE ONES ESPECIALLY.

    I love this, all of this!!! It really makes me want to reread P&P right now. Maybe I will. :D

    1. Oh yes! One can never reread one's favorite books too much. :)

      I know the feeling! They are all so good, how can you pick favorites!? :D

      That would be great! Everytime you reread a book, you usually love it more! (If that is even possible. :D)


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