Thursday, November 6

"Everytime I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone." ~ Mark Twain

As much as I love Mark Twain, I can't quite agree with his opinion on Jane Austen. As cliche as
it may be, I love Pride and Prejudice. As I've gotten older, it's not longer my favorite Jane Austen novel (Persuasion, read it), but I still read it a couple times every year, and I still love it. There was a time when I read it once a month! The wonderful thing about Pride and Prejudice, is it's a romantic story that you can immerse yourself in even when you're hating men, and it doesn't make you feel bad. At least not me. Generally speaking, after a breakup, reading a romance story makes me angry with the world, but Pride and Prejudice somehow manages to give me hope. It has taught me a lot since I discovered it over 10 years ago.

Top Ten Things Pride and Prejudice has taught me: 

1. That a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife!
2. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. 
3. One cannot always be laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
4. Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast. 
5. It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion, to be secure of judging properly at first.
6. There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil— a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome.
7. If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavor to conceal it, he must find it out. 
8. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.
9. Good opinion, once lost, is lost forever.
10. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing after all.

I've got 7 copies of the book. 1 paperback that is to beat up (read in the bath, write notes, etc . . .), 1 hardback that is little and will fit in any purse, a paperback that I purchased in England for a souvenir, a hardback with illustrations that I got for my 18th birthday, a HUGE hardback that I got for my 21st birthday, and 2 that are inside Jane Austen anthologies. Now that I think about it . . . I think I may have a copy in Taiwan too. I do! So that's 8 . . . I'm glad my dad doesn't read this, he already thinks I have too many books! If he knew there were multiple copies. . . 

1 comment:

Laura Essendine said...

But are you like me. Do you read the end, holding your breath in case the ending turns out differently?

Laura Essendine
Author – The Accidental Guru
Read the first chapter here for free