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  • Pride and Prejudice Themes
    • Marriage
      • Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. - Charlotte Lucas
      • It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
    • Love
      • No one who has ever seen you together can doubt his affection. - Elizabeth talking about
      • Mr Collins switches his love interests very quickly.
      • There are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement - Charlotte Lucas talking about her views on love
    • Wealth
      • Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien, and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.
        • Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want.
    • Women
      • we learn how powerless women are: there's literally no respectable way for the Bennet girls to meet Bingley unless their dad makes the first move. "It will be no use to us, if twenty such should come, since you will not visit them."
      • A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking
    • Family
      • An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.
        • Lydia will never be easy until she has exposed herself in some public place or other, and we can never expect her to do it with so little expense or inconvenience to her family as under the present circumstances.
    • Reputation
      • Darcy is concerned about his reputation, but not as much as other characters believe. He has two faces: one public, one private. In public, although he acts with manners and formality, many believe he's arrogant and aloof.. But in private he's loving and caring.
      • Elizabeth is not as concerned as others are about someone's reputation. She won't be intimidated by either Darcy or Lady Catherine, despite their 'reputations'.  When she finds out Jane is ill, she thinks nothing of walking three miles. Something which does not add to a lady's reputation.
      • Lydia doesn't understand that by becoming Wickham's lover outside of marriage her reputation as a lady would be completely destroyed. whichis why Darcy makes sure Wickham marries her. But this isn't enough for Collins, who feels she should still be disowned.
      • Mrs Bennet is concerned with reputation, but on a very basic level. She would be hysterical if she knew what others really thought of her. She believes she's well regarded and tries hard to be so, all the while making things worse for herself through her loud, embarrassing actions.
    • Prejudice
      • His pride never deserts him; but with the rich he is liberal-minded, just, sincere, rational, honourable, and perhaps agreeable—allowing something for fortune and figure
        • With a strong prejudice against everything he might say, she began his account of what had happened at Netherfield. - About Mr Darcy
    • Pride
      • Darcy is shown to be too proud of his own social standing. He looks down on people, especially the Bennets. This is made worse by his natural quietness, which makes him seem even more aloof.
      • Elizabeth isn't naturally proud in the same sense as Darcy. But when she's slighted by him at the first ball, her pride is hurt. As a result, she compensates by becoming more proud of herself and defensive about her family.
      • Collins' pride changes according to whom he's speaking. In the company of people he believes to be below him socially, he revels in taking the moral high ground and bragging about his standing. With those above him, his pride vanishes and he often humiliates himself.
    • Class
      • They were in fact very fine ladies; not deficient in good humour when they were pleased, nor in the power of making themselves agreeable when they chose it, but proud and conceited. - Bingly Sisters
      • Lady Catherine will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed.  She likes to have the distinction of rank preserved
    • Language
      • Darcy can't actually tell Miss Bingley that she doesn't stand a chance, but he lets her know in the only way he can—by shutting down her flirtation through bluntness.It doesn't work.
        • Mr. Bennet's style of communication is a kind of passive aggressive, teasing banter, most of which goes way, way over his wife's head.


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