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What does "rob it of a few petrified spars" mean in "Pride and Prejudice"?

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, when the idea of visiting Derbyshire is first brought up to Elizabeth, she immediately thinks of Pemberley and Mr. Darcy, who lives there, and then makes a ...
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Were Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bennet formally equal in rank?

Were any of the main characters in Pride and Prejudice (Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, Lady Catherine de Bourgh) more than gentry? Did any of them belong to the peerage? Was there any formal difference in ...
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What does "much too full of lines under the words to be made public" mean?

In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, after the regiment leaves Meryton, Lydia heads off to Brighton, where she promises to keep in touch with her family: When Lydia went away, she promised to write ...
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Meaning of "her parish and her poultry" in "Pride and Prejudice"

From volume 2, chapter 5 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: Elizabeth could safely say that it was a great happiness where that was the case, and with equal sincerity could add, that she firmly ...
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What motivation did Wickham have for running away with Lydia Bennet?

In Pride and Prejudice, it is made abundantly clear that the Bennet girls do not have any type of fortune to offer prospective husbands. Mr. Wickham is well aware of this as he was acquainted with ...
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Why was Elizabeth shocked at Mr. Collins introducing himself to Mr. Darcy?

In Chapter 18 of Pride and Prejudice, the Bennett family are attending a ball at the Bingley's rented estate at Netherfield. Mr. Collins is speaking to Elizabeth explaining to her that he is going to ...
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First-person point of view in chapter 61 of Pride and Prejudice

Why does Austen use the first-person point of view in the following passage of chapter 61 of Pride and Prejudice? Does this first-person narration have any relevance to the story, or what's the ...
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Mrs Bennet excluded from Pemberley?

The final chapter of "Pride and Prejudice" is rather an epilogue telling what happens to the main characters after the two couples get married. Is it meant that Mrs Bennet never visits ...
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What is the use of Mr. Hurst in "Pride and Prejudice"?

Mr. Hurst is like a shadow or thin air, saying nothing and doing nothing more than eating, so he has no use in the development of the whole story. Why does the author put such a man in the novel?
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In "Pride and Prejudice", what does Darcy mean by "Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable"?

In chapter 8 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Mr. Darcy says, "[T]here is a meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. Whatever bears affinity to ...
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In Pride and Prejudice, how did Lady Catherine find out about Darcy's proposal?

In Pride and Prejudice, there is a part where Lady Catherine visited the Bennets. She wished to ward off Elizabeth and wanted her to refuse Darcy's proposal and was stumped. How did Lady Catherine ...
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I am having trouble understanding a passage from "Pride And Prejudice"

A paragraph from Chapter 38 of Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth could safely say that it was a great happiness where that was the case, and with equal sincerity could add, that she firmly believed and ...
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Why is Mr William Collins never referred to as the Rev Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice?

Mr William Collins is an ordained clergyman in the Church of England, and becomes the priest of the Hunsford parish. I realize that neither Miss Elizabeth Bennet nor her father particularly revere Mr ...
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In 'Pride and Prejudice',why was Mary's performance bad compared to Elizabeth's?

Mary, who having, in consequence of being the only plain one in the family, worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments, and was always impatient for display... had neither genius nor taste, and ...
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Why were Mr Darcy's discoveries "mortifying" in "Pride and Prejudice"?

What do the phrases in bold mean in this passage from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice? Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ...
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Why does Mr Darcy immediately suspect Mrs Gardiner of telling Elizabeth of his hand in marrying Lydia?

Now was the moment for her resolution to be executed, and, while her courage was high, she immediately said, 'Mr Darcy, I am a very selfish creature; and, for the sake of giving relief to my own ...
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Why might Mr. Bingley "leave the next generation to purchase" in "Pride and Prejudice"?

From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (volume 1, chapter 4): Mr. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly a hundred thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase an ...
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What makes Elizabeth Bennet "life-like" in "Pride and Prejudice"?

This is an essay prompt from my literature class: "The women in Jane Austen's novels are more life-like than men". How far is this comment applicable to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice? What ...
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Pride and Prejudice: Why did Elizabeth think "my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me"?

In chapter 43 of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, when Elizabeth visits Pemberley with her aunt Mrs. Gardiner, she looks at the splendour of Pemberley, and thinks: “And of this place, I might ...
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Why don't Mr. Bennet's daughters get to inherit the Longbourn estate?

In the book Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Collins comments that Lady Catherine de Bourgh's daughter will one day inherit the de Bourgh fortune. From previous chapters, we know that the five daughters of ...
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Meaning of "moralize over every morning visit" in Pride and Prejudice

In the final chapter of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen writes Mary was the only daughter who remained at home; and she was necessarily drawn from the pursuit of accomplishments by Mrs. Bennet's ...
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What does Mr Darcy refer to when objecting to Mr Bennet's "want of propriety"?

In Mr Darcy's letter to Elizabeth, he writes: The situation of your mother's family, though objectionable, was nothing in comparison of that total want of propriety so frequently, so almost ...
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In Pride and Prejudice, what is meant by the phrase 'at York'?

In Chapter 20 of Pride and Prejudice, after Lizzy refuses to marry Mr Collins, Mrs Bennet says of her: There she comes... looking as unconcerned as may be, and caring no more for us than if we were ...
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