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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Pride & Prejudice read-along ~ Update 3

Miss Late to the Party, here! I am back again for Amber's Pride & Prejudice read-along because...
"I must have my say in the conversation!"
For Amber's thoughts on Volume I: Chapters 21-23 and Volume II: Chapters 1-11, click HERE!

There will be a few spoilers.

Pride & Prejudice Volume I: Chapters 21-23 and 
Volume II: Chapters 1-11
Discussion Format: One favorite quote, some general impressions, and three questions for each wee

Favorite Quote:

I'm not going to say it because of spoiler reasons, but I will tell you that it is one of the most famous quotes from the book (They didn't do it right in the 2005 movie!), and I read it over four times once I got there. "In vain..."

"What think you of this sentence my dear Lizzy?"said Jane as she finished it. "Is it not clear enough?"

General Impressions:

Mr. Collins is one of the silliest people ever.
'Mr. Collins to be sure was neither sensible nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must be imaginary.'

Lady Catherine is very self-centered.

Jane is the most perfect person possible. I wonder about her name...is Miss Austen saying what she is? Or is she saying what she would like to be? Or is it another person entirely?
"'My dear Jane!'  exclaimed Elizabeth, 'you are too good. Your sweetness and disinterestedness are really angelic; I do not know what to say to you. I feel as if I had never done you justice, or loved you a you deserve.'"

Mr. Darcy might be a little bit self-centered as well.

Miss Bingley is not nice at all.

Are we not all rooting for Bingley and Jane?
"Indeed Jane you ought to believe me. - No one who has ever seen you together can doubt his affection."

'Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want.'

Discussion Questions: (Spoilers Ahead!!!)

1. In chapter 1 of volume II Jane tells Elizabeth, "Let me take it in the best light"—referring to the situation with the Bingleys. Do you admire Jane for her way of approaching life, or do you think she's too naive? Is it better to always think positively, or are there times when it's more harmful than good?

You know, my book that I'm writing is actually all about that. I think it is wonderful to think positively! Just be a tiny bit cautious too.

"Nay," said Elizabeth, "this is not fair. You wish to think all the world respectable, and are hurt if I speak ill of anybody. I only want to think you perfect, and you set yourself against it."

2. Pick a character from this section of reading and imagine yourself having a conversation with him or her. How would it go? What would you talk about, and how would you respond to this person's attitude and manners?

'Mrs. Bennet was in fact too much overpowered to say a great deal while Sir William remained; but no sooner had he left them than her feelings found a rapid vent.'

Mary. We would talk nonsense and books. It would be a great time!

'she thought that if encouraged to read and improve himself by such an example as hers, he might become a very agreeable companion.'

3. How would you respond to Mr. Darcy's proposal in this section?

"I leave it to yourself to determine."
I would probably just be too shocked to answer. Then, at that point in time, yell at him.

Thank you for hosting this, Amber! Sorry for how late it is, and how short.



  1. I LOVE this book, and these are so much fun to read, omw! :D

    1. It is so good, one of my favorites!!! Thank you!!! :D :D

  2. I should re-reread P&P sometime soon. Your posts on it have been reminding me how much I adore this book!:)

    1. You should! One can never re-read ones favorite book too many times! :) It is a very good book! :)

  3. I agree with Gray and Elanor - your posts for this read-along have been so fun! I'm glad you're participating, and no need to feel bad at all about any delays. :) It's never too late to talk books, right??

    Also, I love your point about Jane's name. I didn't really think of it, but how interesting would it be as an author to name a character after yourself... What would it say about the character? In this case, is it just a common name everyone would use, or is she saying something more, as you suggest? Very thought-provoking! I do so love Jane's character in this story. :)

    Thank you again for participating! And is the book you're working on fiction or non-fiction? Exciting that you're writing a book!


    1. Aw, thank you so much Amber! Thank you so much for hosting this! Today is the last day but I won't do it for awhile. You are write, it is NEVER too late to talk books! :D

      Jane's character is really awesome, she is one of my favorites! Some people say they don't like her because she is "too perfect", but that is not the case with me! It would be weird to name someone in my book with my name, would people think I was saying that is me? :)

      Thank you for hosting! :) It's ficton. It's for FPA. (I finally read FER, sooo good!)

  4. Ahh. So agree with you on the proposal scene. I probably would have slapped him. And I sooooo root for Bingley and Jane (cutest Austen couple ever).

    And yes, the 2005 movie definitely bungled a few key scenes of the book.


    1. Haha! What would he think of that? Definitely the first thing that comes into my mind. Bingley and Jane!!!! Come on, they are perfect for each other!

      He didn't even say it right!!!! How can people like that!!?? Colin Firth is the best!!!

  5. Mm, yes, excellent choice for a favourite quote (and that scene in Fake P&P is simply dreadful). HOWEVER MR. DARCY (Colin Firth) HIMSELF SAID IT BEAUTIFULLY AND IT'S AAAAA
    And also MR. COLLINS IS AMAZING. Hilariously cringy.

    LOVE THIS!!!

    1. It is! It is one of the most famous quotes. (WHAT HAPPENED THERE!? I was yelling at the screen when I watched fake P&P.) It is one of my favorite quotes in the whole book and COLIN FIRTH DOES IT PERFECTLY!!!!!!!!!
      "Come back, Mr. Collins!" :D

      Thank you, Rae!! :)


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