Questions tagged [pride-and-prejudice]

Questions related to Jane Austen's 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice, published anonymously as "By the Author of Sense and Sensibility". Use this tag with the [jane-austen] tag.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 Chaper 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 ...