Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen
Volume 1 (Chapters 1-23)
Mrs. Bennet heard from her friend, Mrs. Long that a
wealthy man named Mr. Bingley, had bought the Netherfield
Park, and was believed to be looking for a wife. She told
her husband to visit Mr. Bingley once he arrived at the
Netherfield and hoping that Mr. Bingley would fall in love
with one of their five daughters, but Mr. Bennet refused.
However, without Mrs. Bennet’s knowledge, he had always
intended to visit Mr. Bingley, and so he did. He and the girls
were talking about Mr. Bingley when Mrs. Bennet entered
the room. When Mrs. Bennet finally knew about his visit to
Mr. Bingley, she was glad about it and couldn’t wait for Mr.
Bingley to visit them.
When Mr. Bingley arrived on their house, he was
expecting to see their five daughters but unfortunately, he
only had a chance to talk to Mr. Bennet for ten minutes in
the library. Mrs. Bennet invited him to have a dinner in their
house but was unable to accept the invitation because he’s
needed to be in town soon to leave for London. Before the
ball, the girls were saddened by news that Mr. Bingley
would bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen to the ball,
but soon comforted because he only brought his two
sisters, the husband of the eldest and a young man named
Mr. Darcy, who attracted attention in the room; he is a tall
person and handsome. People were talking about him
having ten thousand a year five minutes after he entered
the room. But after a while, people were disgusted at him
because of his mannerisms.
At the ball, Mr. Bingley danced with Jane Bennet, the
eldest of the Bennet sisters, twice while Mr. Darcy only
danced with Mr. Bingley’s sisters. Mr. Bingley approached
Mr. Darcy and invited him to dance with Elizabeth, who is
just standing near them. Mr. Darcy looked at her and said
to Mr. Bingley that she is not beautiful enough to attract
him, which Elizabeth overheard.
After the ball, Mrs. Bennet was delighted that Mr.
Bingley had danced with her daughter, Jane, twice which
puts her in hope that Mr. Bingley liked her daughter.
The Lucas family, Bennets’ intimate friend
who live in Meryton, near Longbourn where the
Bennets live, visited them. They conversed about the
ball and Mrs. Bennet complimented Charlotte Lucas
by starting the evening well and that she was Mr.
Bingley’s first choice. However, they concluded that
Mr. Bingley admires Jane better because he danced
with her twice. Afterwards, Charlotte changed the
discussion to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. She said that
she wished Mr. Darcy had danced with Elizabeth, but
Elizabeth told them she would not dance with him
because of his pride.
The Bingley sisters paid a visit to the Bennets and were
only interested on talking to Jane and Elizabeth. The
Bingley sisters paid their attention to Jane, while Elizabeth
still doubts their attitude. She believes that Mrs. Hurst and
Miss Bingley attitude towards Jane was only influenced by
their brother’s admiration to Jane. She observed that Jane
is very much in love with Mr. Bingley and trying to conceal
it. She mentioned it to her friend, Charlotte. Charlotte said
that if Jane is trying to hide it from him, she would lose the
opportunity of Mr. Bingley liking her. However, Elizabeth
told Charlotte that Jane must know Mr. Bingley very well
first to know her real feelings towards him.
On the other hand, while Elizabeth is busy observing
Mr. Bingley’s attention to her sister, little did she know that
Mr. Darcy is having an interest on her and he wants to
know more of her. At another party, Mr. Darcy started to
listen to Elizabeth’s conversation with Charlotte and was too
much occupied he didn’t notice Sir William Lucas is near
him. Sir William Lucas started a discussion with him. When
Elizabeth was walking towards them, Sir Lucas called out to
her and tried to convince Elizabeth to dance with Mr. Darcy;
she declined. Thereafter, Mr. Darcy was accompanied by
Miss Bingley and told her that his eyes is fixed on Elizabeth
Chapter 7 and 8
Mr. Bennet’s property is entailed which means that only a male
could inherit it after his death; a very unfortunate thing for them
because Mr. Bennet doesn’t have a son. Meanwhile, the two
youngest of the family, Catherine and Lydia, are having fun visiting
Mrs. Bennet’s sister in Meryton, which is a mile away from
Longbourn, because a militia regiment was to remain in Meryton
for the whole winter. On their visits to Mrs. Phillips, they began to
know the officers’ names.
After Mr. and Mrs. Bennet listened to this, Mr. Bennet said
Catherine and Lydia are silly which started a little argument
between him and Mrs. Bennet, but was cut off because a man
came with a letter for Miss Bennet, that they opened and read
immediately. The letter was happened to be from Miss Bingley,
inviting Jane to come to Netherfield. Jane asked Mrs. Bennet to
borrow the carriage but she did not let her. Instead, she told Jane
to better go on horseback since it is likely to rain, and so she could
stay there all night. Jane went on horseback and Mrs. Bennet’s
prayer had been answered. A letter came to their house the next
day, informing them that Jane is very ill and could not be back
home until she is well.
Elizabeth decided to go to the Netherfield through feet;
she couldn’t have the carriage and she does not know how to
ride a horse and left her with no choice. Mrs. Bennet didn’t
agree on this but Elizabeth was decided already. Since it will be
a long walk to Netherfield from Longbourn, Catherine and Lydia
decided to walk with her as far as Meryton. When Elizabeth
arrived at Netherfield, they were surprised. She asked for her
sister and Miss Bingley brought her where Jane is staying and
left them there. When the breakfast was over, they were
accompanied by the Bingley sisters and Elizabeth started to
like them herself through seeing the affection they had shown
to her sister. Afterwards, Elizabeth decided to leave but Jane
did not let her; Miss Bingley was forced to let her stay in
Netherfield. Elizabeth accepted the invitation with pleasure and
they sent a servant to Longbourn to inform their family of her
stay and to bring back clothes.
When the dinner was ended, Miss Bingley started to judge
her and Mrs. Hurst joined in. They discussed how she walked to
Netherfield, the untidy hair and her petticoat six inches deep in
mud. Mr. Bingley commented that it only shows how she cares for
Jane. Miss Bingley attempted to persuade Mr. Darcy that Elizabeth
is not a fine woman and his perspective of her must have
changed, but Mr. Darcy defended Elizabeth. The Bingley sisters
also discussed the lack of fortune of the Bennets and although
Jane is a sweet girl, she could not marry Mr. Bingley.
Elizabeth returned to the room and was invited to join
them to play cards; she declined and informed them that she
would just read a book. The subject was turned to Mr. Darcy’s
library in Pemberley and eventually, Elizabeth put down her book
and sat between Mr. Bingley and Mrs. Hurst near the card table to
observe the game. Then the discussion was turned to Mr. Darcy’s
sister and afterwards, to their definition of an “accomplished
woman”. When Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy said their opinion about
what an accomplished woman should possess, Elizabeth declared
she never saw such a woman that they described. Elizabeth left
the room again to check upon her sister. She came back and told
Mr. Bingley her sister is worse. Mr. Bingley insisted that Mrs.
Bennet would be sent immediately.
Mrs. Bennet arrived at the Netherfield after breakfast with
her two youngest daughters, Catherine and Lydia. Mrs. Bennet
was not worried on Jane’s condition because it is not severe
that will put her in danger. She was, in fact, satisfied on her
daughter’s condition and does not wish for her soon recovery
that would probably remove her at Netherfield. Jane requested
to her mother to be carried home but she did not agree and
convinced Mr. Bingley that it would be dangerous for her to be
Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy had a discussion
about the differences between a country and a town that led in
a disagreement between Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Darcy because
Mr. Darcy said there are fewer things to do in a country than in
town which Mrs. Bennet objected to. Mr. Darcy turned away
from them to drop the argument; Mrs. Bennet thought the she
had gained a complete victory over him. However, Elizabeth
was embarrassed for her mother.
Before Mrs. Bennet, Catherine and Lydia said good bye
to them, Mrs. Bennet thanked Mr. Bingley again and
apologized for Elizabeth’s stay, too. Also, Lydia reminded
Mr. Bingley of his promise of holding a ball at Netherfield.
Mr. Bingley assured them that he would hold the ball after
Jane has recovered from her illness. Mrs. Bennet and her
two youngest daughters left the Netherfield, afterwards.
Miss Bingley seated beside Mr. Darcy in the table as he
writes a letter to his sister, Miss Darcy; Elizabeth is in the
same room as them. Miss Bingley did nothing but observe
the way Mr. Darcy writes his letter. Miss Bingley, then,
compared how careless Mr. Bingley writes than Mr. Darcy,
until it came to the point that Mr. Darcy compared himself
to Mr. Bingley that caused tension. Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley
and Elizabeth discussed how someone could be influenced
or brainwashed by a friend which they argued about.
Elizabeth cooled down the situation by telling Mr. Darcy that
he should finish his letter. When he finished his letter, he
requested to Miss Bingley and Elizabeth for music. Miss
Bingley moved towards the piano; waited for Elizabeth to
lead the way, but Miss Bingley waited for nothing and just
Miss Bingley noticed that Mr. Darcy’s attention is
completely going towards Elizabeth, and she’s jealous
about it; she wants to get rid of Elizabeth as soon as
possible. After the entertainment performed by Miss
Bingley and Mrs. Hurst, Mr. Darcy and Miss Bingley went for
a walk, and so did Mrs. Hurst and Elizabeth. They met on
their walk and Miss Bingley said something to Mrs. Hurst
that offended her; Mrs. Hurst left the three of them there.
As Mr. Darcy felt the tension in their surroundings, he said
to Miss Bingley that they should just walk to the avenue
because the walk wasn’t wide enough for them. However,
Elizabeth volunteered to leave and went to her still ill sister.