- Lizzy is the second daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennet and the most daring, witty and intelligent. It is through her eyes that we are told the story.
- Mr. and Mrs Bennet are parents to all five sisters, who really are the only thing the two of them have in common.
- Mr. Bingly is a very dashing gentleman who later, through trail, becomes betrothed to Jane the eldest sister.
- Mr. Darcy is the obnoxiously proud gentleman who later loses the obnoxious bit and falls in love with Lizzy (Elizabeth Bennet).
- I found Jane Austen incredibly witty in that dry English humour kind of way which for me is the most enjoyable form of comedy.
- Eighteen hundreds England came alive. The story is so beautifully written that in my mind’s eye the scenery is laid out so out clearly I felt I was physically there, watching the unfolding events rather than reading them.
- Despite the excessive observance of respectability and decorum which stifled creativity and spontaneity in this period, human nature fought to break free of such fetters. I see this in the way Mr Bennet supports independence, choice and intellectual stimulation in his older daughters and how he seems look down on the frivolous nature of his wife and younger daughters.
- The diverse personalities which made up the Bennet household. The only people who seemed to be very alike are Mrs Bennet and her youngest daughter. I think Jane Austen was a great observer of people because she built rich characters for each player in the story. If you were meant to love, admire, hate someone, you did. For instance I totally dislike (most probably hate) Lady Cathrine and Mr. Bingley’s manipulative sisters. I love and admire Lizzy and I want to love Mr. Bennet but am irritated by his passive role in his family and cannot help but think he feels a little too sorry for himself, especially in view of his disdain for his wife and youngest daughters.
- How well the author articulated the pretentious nature of high society in the Regency period. An example being when Mr. Collin’s feeling slighted by Lizzy’s rejection of his proposal makes a point of being offensive to the Bennet family in his letter about Lydia and later sends a fawning complimentary note congratulating Lizzy on her impending marriage to Mr. Darcy because of the connection to her wealthy husband to be.
Nothing could have made this story better but of course a reader can always daydream so for one:
- I wish Mrs. Bennet had not been allowed to carry on as she did, being an embarrassment to her family. Someone should have put her in her place. Oh the woman was irritating. I can still hear her whining.
I have read, listened to and watched this book so many times that I know I will continue to do so for years to come.