The novel centres on Elizabeth Bennet, the second of the five daughters of a landed country gentleman. Bennet, is a bookish man and somewhat neglectful of his responsibilities. Bennet, a woman who lacks social graces, is primarily concerned with finding suitable husbands for her five daughters, who will inherit little or nothing from their father due to primogeniture laws.
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By contrast, Darcy slights Elizabeth, who overhears and jokes about it despite feeling a budding resentment. Bingley's sister, Caroline, Jane is caught in a heavy downpour, catching cold, and is forced to stay at Netherfield for several days. Collins, a clergyman and heir to Longbourn, the Bennet estate, pays a visit to the Bennets. Bennet and Elizabeth are much amused by his obsequious veneration of his employer, the noble Lady Catherine de Bourgh, as well as by his self-important and pedantic nature. Collins has come to Longbourn to choose a wife from among the Bennet sisters (his cousins), and Jane is initially singled out, but because of Jane's budding romance with Mr. Wickham, a militia officer who relates having been very seriously mistreated by Mr. Jane is persuaded by letters from Caroline Bingley that Mr.
Elizabeth arrives to nurse her sister and is thrown into frequent company with Mr. Darcy despite having been a godson and favourite of Darcy's father. Bingley is not in love with her but goes on an extended visit to Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in London in the hope of maintaining her relationship with Caroline, if not with Charles Bingley. Elizabeth and her hosts are frequently invited to Rosings Park, the home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Darcy's aunt; coincidentally, Darcy also arrives to visit.
There, she visits Caroline and, eventually, her visit is returned. Bingley and is forced to realise that Caroline does not care for her. Elizabeth meets Darcy's cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, who vouches for Darcy's loyalty by using as an example how Darcy had recently stepped in on behalf of a friend, who had formed an attachment to a woman against whom "there were some very strong objection".
Pride and Prejudice retains a fascination for modern readers, continuing near the top of lists of "most loved books".
It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, selling over 20 million copies, and receives considerable attention from literary scholars.
Likewise, it has paved the way for archetypes that abound in many contemporary literature of our time.
Modern interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.
Pride and Prejudice is a novel of manners by Jane Austen, first published in 1813.
The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency.
Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, Mr. Set in England in the late 18th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. Bennet's five unmarried daughters after two gentlemen have moved into their neighbourhood: the rich and eligible Mr.
Bingley, and his status-conscious friend, the even richer and more eligible Mr. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy is disdainful of local society and repeatedly clashes with the Bennets' lively second daughter, Elizabeth.