"It is a truth universally acknowledge that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be a what of a wife" Pride & Prejudice Chapter 1
The business of her life was to get her daughters married.
Pride & Prejudice Mrs. Bennett, Chapter 1.
Oh Mrs. Bennett. I must say, I laughed almost everything she said. As most would say Mrs.Bennett in the terms we use now, is a gold digger ? lol. My opinion on this is, things have not really change. Women now I would agree are more independent, but I would still say that marriage is still based on profit; In the name Ms. Gaskell "Trousseau". Regency marriage was based of dowry & social standing, now marriage is based what kind of empire we can make together or lust. In reality things haven't changed . Marriage is also going to be based on benefits. Now this what I loved about Mrs.Bennett, is that she could say things that people were thinking and feeling. Inappropriate.Yes, but you have to respect her for her honesty.
"A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment."
Pride & Prejudice Elizabeth Bennett Chapter 6
Elizabeth Bennett or should I say Elizabeth Darcy? I should hate her right? she stole my man? lol am joking.Oh I love, love , love Lizzy. I see myself as her sometimes, most of the bad traits I would say. Very stubborn girl, but with a lot of heart ( am guessing Mr.Darcy saw this also) Too much passion for a young lady in the regency?. I admire her strength for turning down Mr. Collins. Elizabeth had to know turning Mr. Collins down could be the end of her family, or of her ever getting a better offer. A women before her time? Yes. I actually admire Elizabeth more for her walking, shows her appreciation for nature and her humble character. Elizabeth dislike her mother for blunt honesty. Elizabeth personality is actually similar to Ms. Bennett, I mean nothing compare to Lydia; LOL. As a heroine, I admire her, even her flaws.
Pride & Prejudice Lady Catherine De Bourgh Chapter 56
Lady Catherine De Bourgh ... I actually liked her (I know don't laugh). Bold and cocky? can it get any better? . There is not much I can say about her, but she left a big impression. Mostly, negative to most of the world. I would never say I hate her, or love her. I would always say " everyone come with flaws. Most people give what they have received from the world".
"Ah! Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am a married woman"
Pride & Prejudice Lydia, Chapter 51.
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life."
Pride & Prejudice Charlotte Lucas, Chapter 6
How true is this quote? I must say I agree with Charlotte. This is my favorite quote. I feel most relationships starts with vanity. Dating is what it is ""dating". relationships goes with your partner telling you how great you are etc. In my basic terms people tend to charm you.. eh in smaller terms they wear a mask until you actually see them for who they are. Am am not saying all relationships are this way. But most are. Charlotte marriage to Mr.Collins was a marriage of convenience. Or just survivor? I admire her. A strong character stuck in her ways. I must say, I was surprised when she announce her engagement to Mr. Collins? Hey I guess we all need love . lol
"She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me."
Pride & Prejudice Mr. Darcy to Mr. Bingley about Elizabeth Bennett, Chapter 3.
I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.
Pride & Prejudice Darcy to Miss Bingley, Chapter 6.
Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody; and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really believed, that were it not for the inferiority of her connections, he should be in some danger.
Pride & Prejudice Chapter 10.
"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."
Pride & Prejudice Chapter 34
"You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever."
Pride & Prejudice Darcy to Elizabeth, Chapter 58.
You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them.
Pride &Prejudice Elizabeth to Darcy, Chapter 60.
Let me stop here. Because I know I can go on and on and on. LOL. I am very sorry I left out most of the characters. But these characters, either touched my heart, or made think of life in a new prospective. And I thank Jane Austen for giving birth to "her own darling child" also for bringing me to the wonderful world of English Literature.