I just finished reading Chapter 25 of Pride and Prejudice. That puts me at about one-third of the way through the book. So far, I’m pleased with the complex web of character relations and am enjoying seeing how they all interact, but I believe there is a lack in individual character development, at least thus far. I hope the latter two-thirds of the book will be different in this regard.
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t read P&P and are planning on doing so (which I do recommend; it is acclaimed to be a classic piece of literature, and so far so good a mon avi) I recommend that you DO NOT READ THE REMAINDER OF THIS POST.
A Rambling Summary of My Thoughts on the First Twenty Five Chapters of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
First, I must address the relationship between Jane and Mr. Bingley. Honestly, I feel for Jane. Nothing would suck so bad as to have the man you love leave town suddenly one night, not to return for at least another six months. But HELLOOOO, he left out of nowhere, without saying goodbye, without so much as writing a letter– his SISTER had to do it for him— and certainly without so much as riding his noble steed in the cover of night to awaken her from her slumber by throwing pebbles at her bedroom window and bestowing upon her lips true love’s first kiss. THIS GUY IS NOT PRINCE CHARMING. Sure, he’s well mannered and amiable and great at parties, but he has no backbone and no mind of his own! Why else would he spend his days with the likes of a public cockhead like Mr. Darcy? Jane needs to understand that she deserves better and stop worrying about his existence.
It would help, too, if Mrs. Bennet, Jane’s mother, would quit whining about the misfortune of the Bingleys leaving town. I understand that she wants nothing more than for her girls to be married to a rich, charming man with good connections regardless of his terrible personality (more on Mr. Collins later) but the Bingleys leaving town without a trace was NOT Jane’s fault! Jane is upset enough about it as it is, what with the bitchy letters Caroline Bingley keeps sending her, backhandedly implying to her that Mr. Bingley is doing just fine without her; she doesn’t need the constant daily reminders that her mother is yet disapproving of the departure of the MAN SHE LOVED.
Ah, yes. Mr. Collins. Ten points for Elizabeth for shutting this goon’s proposal down. Here’s a thought: If you don’t want to have to apologize for constantly intruding on someone’s home, STOP CONSTANTLY INTRUDING ON SOMEONE’S HOME. If he had a pound for every time he invites himself to stay at the Bennets’, he might save enough money to no longer have to rub his nose into Lady Catherine’s bottom. Oh, and proposing to two girls in three days? #thirsty. And regarding Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth’s best friend, for accepting the offer: A moment’s hesitation before taking the hand of the man you’ve been assigned the role to distract in marriage would have been a rather courteous gesture to your lifelong best friend, don’t you think?
And finally, Mr. Darcy. Let’s be real. Mr. Darcy is Mr. Misunderstood. He doesn’t have the best manners (far from it,) but isn’t that what makes him so darn lovable? He doesn’t give a darn about the civilities of this stupid era and I LOVE IT. He’s at a disadvantage, too, since Mr. Wickham is going around telling everybody and their mother why they shouldn’t like him, like a 13-year old girl. Mr. Darcy would NEVER think so much as to engage in that sort of childish behavior. For example, not going to the Bingleys’ ball JUST to avoid Mr. Darcy? Way to make a big, stinky statement. I think Elizabeth is secretly attracted to Mr. Darcy, and is trying to convince herself that she’s not by insisting she feels well when receiving confirmation that his character is, in fact, aligned with all that Mr. Wickham has to say about him.
Now I knew two things about this book before I decided to read it: It’s a classic, and it’s romantic. I chose to read it because need to catch up on my literature, and I’ve been feeling rather romantic lately. (Sue me.) That being said, I still know nothing about the direction the plot will take, nor the main conflict of the story. SO HERE IS MY HOPE NOW: I predict (with fingers crossed) that Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth will fall madly in love, but not instantly. I hope that she will slowly fall for him, as he persists in his attempts to not let her know how he truly feels about her. I hope that they will both try not to love each other, and then, upon realizing simultaneously how truly, violently in love they are with each other, get married, have kids, and let Mrs. Bennet, Mr. Wickham, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, and anybody else who thought Mr. Darcy was a bad guy stand there and think dumb of it.
Mrs. Bennet: Have a drink.
Mr. Bingley: Grow a pair.
Mr. Collins: Pick up Charlotte Lucas and gfto of town.
Jane: Go to another ball and realize that Mr. Bingley is not the only fish in the sea who would want to love you.
Mr. Darcy: When the time is right, drop down on your knees and confess your love for Elizabeth with as much passion as I know you feel deep down under your serious, unaimable veneer.
Elizabeth: Nothing. Elizabeth is the bomb. Do you, girl. Do you. Oh, and when Mr. Darcy proposes, realize that you truly love him too and say yes. Please. For me. Just say yes.