Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Pride and Prejudice, Chapters 1 -15

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Now, back to business. 

We've signed up to be part of the Anipal Book Club, where we will be studying the classics! Recently, we started reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  Today is our first scheduled blog entry about it!

We're supposed to have read chapters 1 through 15... which, amazingly, we managed! We thought we'd be lagging behind. But Mama read to us at night when she couldn't sleep, and we got caught up.

Today, we thought we'd tell you a little about the characters we've met in the book so far. 

The main characters are the Bennet family, Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters. (We think its funny that the husband and wife call each other Mr. and Mrs!) Their daughters are all teenagers or older, and Mrs. Bennet is starting to get obsessed with marrying them off. Mr. Bennet is more good natured, and likes to tease his wife and daughters. For instance, in the beginning of the book, when Mrs. Bennet begs him to go meet a new neighbor who is an eligible bachelor that would make a good prospective husband for one of the daughters, Mr. Bennet pretends he is not going to go... and then he does go, but keeps on pretending he hasn't, until the last minute, just to torment his wife! 

The daughters are Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, Catherine (Kitty), and Lydia. Elizabeth and Jane are the ones that are the most important in the story. They are the oldest, and the ones who need to get married first. They are very close to each other and are usually with each other.  Both have very sweet temperaments. Elizabeth points out that Jane is very kind and never has a bad word to say about anyone, and that she sees the good in everyone, almost to a fault. Elizabeth is a little more cynical. She is still nice, but she doesn't mind getting into arguments or standing up for what she believes in. 

Lydia and Catherine are only about 15 and 16 years old, and they're obsessed with trying to befriend the soldiers who are staying in the town. They are not in the story yet very often. Neither is Mary, the middle sister, who has some sort of Middle Child Syndrome. She barely exists in the story! When she is mentioned, she's described as being sort of plain, not particularly smart although she reads a lot, and wanting for attention. 

Mr. Bingley is the new bachelor who has moved into the estate called Netherfield. He's brought with him his two sisters, a brother-in-law, and a friend named Mr. Darcy. When he first moves in, he and his family attend a ball, where they meet all of the neighbors. Mr. Bingley has a great time at the ball, and dances with all of the ladies, but he particularly likes Jane.

Mr. Darcy, on the other hand, is not that nice of a guy. He is grouchy and refuses to dance with anyone at the ball. When Bingley points out that Elizabeth isn't dancing with anyone, Darcy says that she is just "tolerable" and not worth his attention. Later on in the story he will start to change his mind, but Elizabeth will stay pretty mad at him for that comment. 

Bingley's sisters, Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst, are kind of mean. They are always gossiping about the Bennet family. They look down on the Bennets. They are always very nice to the Bennets to their faces, but as soon as the family members are gone, they start talking rudely about them. They think Mrs. Bennet and the younger sisters talk too much, and that Elizabeth is a little weird. They do seem to be friends with Jane, though!

Later on in the story, one more character appears... Mr. Collins. He is a cousin of Mr. Bennet. Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet do not like him that much because he is supposed to be inheriting the house that they live in, and someday he will be able to throw them all out if he wants to. Mr. Collins comes, and he says he wants to be friends with them and get along, although they have a feeling he is inspecting the house and furniture because he knows it will be his someday. 

The weirdest thing that happens, in Chapter 15, is that Mr. Collins announces that he would like to marry one of the Bennet girls. He thinks this would be a good way of making up for the fact that he is going to inherit their home. At first he thinks he'd like to marry Jane, but since Mrs. Bennet assumes Jane might marry Mr. Bingley, she says he'll have to marry Elizabeth. He is fine with this. We think this is really weird because they are cousins! Well, first cousins once removed, but still. 

Anyway, that's as far as we've read.  So far, we think its very interesting to read about how humans acted back in those days. There sure was a lot of pressure for girls to get married! It was as if their lives, and their families' lives, depended on it! Poor Elizabeth is going to be pressured to marry her own cousin, who is her father's age, just to keep the family going! We're glad things are not like that anymore. We wouldn't want our Mama being told she had to marry some random guy. What if he didn't like animals???

If you'd like to read this book, you can actually get it in e-book version for free! We got our copy at Project Gutenburg.  You can download it for an e-reader, or for your regular computer. 

Happy reading!  

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GOBros said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

WOAH!!!!!! Soo THATS who inherits the property! (we wondered where all that talk wos goin' at the start of chapter 7: seemed a bit out of place!) - we has only read to Chapter 10 though..(shhh).

And there's incest to come???!!! Wicked! Can't wait till we get to THAT chapter :)

Missy_Moo said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Lovely post! Yoos as summed everyfing up wonderfully! I opes that Mr Collins doesnt get to stay in the story coz we dussent like him!! I finks even grumpy Mr Darcy is nicer than im!

Hopes the rest of the book is just as good! Licks and hugs Missy x

Remington said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This book is so good! I have enjoyed reading it. You did a great job in summarizing it.

Oz the Terrier said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great post! I love Elizabeth and definitely like Jane; I especially like their relationship and how they look out for one another.

Mr. Collins just plain grosses me out and Mrs. Bennet drives me nuts with all her chatter and dramatics! But bless Mr. Bennett, with that sly wit of his...he is terrific!
xxx Oz

Brian said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Y'all sure have been busy reading! Me? I've been playing Turbo Track!!!

Millie Dog said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great synopsis of the story so far. I think to some extent girls' lives did depend on them getting married back then if they wanted any kind of respectable and secure future. BTW Mr Collins is only 25. I think it used to be acceptable to marry cousins back then.

♥I am Holly♥ said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great post!! You gave a wonderful synopsis of the story! I used to read most of the time and have gotten out of it lately. It's a great way to spend a day and learn new things....I'll have to start again! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Cat Mandu said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi, guys!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment.
Mandu

Samantha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

A wonderful book that I read sooooo long ago, but should read again - nothing so terrific as the Classics - you all rock (and write a good review too!)
Hugs xoxoxo
Sammie, Avalon, Oz and Mom

brandi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you for the lovely compliment you left on my blog! You guys are sweeties.
Jane Austen is one of my mama's favorite classic authors. She took an independent study on her in college (mom was an English major) many many years ago.
She hopes your review sparks more beans to read it and other classics!

Annette and Snoopy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, seeing this post takes me back a while.......I remember reading this, erm, let's just say a few years ago.....:) The classicals seem timeless!!

Enjoy :)

Cat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hi there Trixie, Lily and Sammy-Joe, I wanted to pop by to thank you for visiting my blog today and leaving a comment :-)

I'm thrilled to read that you are enjoying Pride and Prejudice, it is one of my favourite books!!!

Those Elgin Pugs said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Oh my goodness!! You did a wonderful job narrating this story for us~

Super Cute!!

Yes, Momma finds that behavior facinating...
Wonder how antiquated we will seem to the future...
I can hear it now... ** gasp** not everyone had a doggie?? What?? 'da nerve!!! hee hee,

Very Cute Posty!!

Hugs,
IzZY, Josie, TriXie "carrot eating" Pixie, and Anakin Man

Max the Quilt Cat said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great summary of all the characters. Love it and will refer to it if my brain gets mixed up as I continue to read. I'm glad civilization has outgrown the concentration on marrying off all the females, but it is fun to read about. Especially how Mr. Bennet copes with it all.

Great post. Have a good day.

pawhugs, Max

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a cool book club! We'll have to let Moms know about it, since she's a librarian!

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