Ughhhh. The first line of Pride and Prejudice is probably one of my most disliked opening sentences in my reading pastime. A sentence which plagued the entire concept of the novel. I admit that the following paragraphs provided the most wit of the entire novel and there after affixing Mr. Bennett’s sarcasm as a cool nod, however he disappointed me later in the story. Thus, the full loaded effect of being charmed off by irony and sarcasm became dampen. Am I the only one who wonders when Mr. Bentley speaks of his favourite son in law that he is perhaps being sarcastic?
Forgive me for bringing my 21st century eyes for an outlook of a 19th century premise but I cannot fathom how a mother can be so obsessed with marrying her daughters off. It is not only the constant talk of nuptials in such a turn off way for the first half of Pride and Prejudice but the shameless manner in which Mrs. Bennett paraded her girls. Of course Mr. Bennett did not help when he prefer the comforts of his private space of his library when he should have guided the girls. See how he checked Kitty, after Lydia’ s choosen route to marriage, so it demonstrates that he knew the necessary lessons in code of conduct. True, parents are not perfect but Mr. Bennett could have done better and his wife did not have to attach her girls to every ‘eligible’ man who sniffs around. The way she passed Mr. Collins to Elizabeth made me fume. How the hell can a mother listen to a man tell her he is interested in the first daughter but persuades him to look to the second one instead. Seriously! Not just any man but Mr. Collins who is no longer comical to me but preposterous, ass kissing buffoon. Mrs. Bennett in my eyes acted like she was the Miss Bennett of the family and not Mrs. She needs to grow up from her infatuation of the militia, perhaps if she had she would guide Lydia’ s better. The way she lamented and blame others for Lydia’ s sided trip from Brighton but suddenly turns around in gaiety when she learns of a later wedding is just ridiculous. Not once did she cautious Lydia for her actions but she encouraged the way the foolish girl parade her ring and loudness afterwards in Longbourn.
Longbourn family created a frustrating plot flow because the Bennett family members and acquaintances pissed me off even more- character frustrations. How could Mr. Darcy be so uncouth to bad mouth a woman then later blame it on how he raised. I guess if he did not meet Elizabeth then he would continue life being a jerk to outsider when inside he is caring. Speaking of caring, I am still not sold on Elizabeth transition of love for Mr. Darcy. Something just feels mechanical on her end. Now Jane and Mr. Bingley still remains the couple I felt the heartstrings tug. I agree with Mr. Bennett that the couple suit each other very well. I just wish Mr. Bingley would not allow Mr. Darcy some much control over his thoughts and action. Rebuke him just as Elizabeth put that pompous, needs a slap de Bourgh. I honestly do not know how no one has ever stood up to Catherine de Bourgh. I guess it all part of the conformed mannerisms of the time period.
It is such mannerisms displayed all over the novel which hammered home Jane Austen views of her society; it is that writing which kept Pride and Prejudice afloat. I notice that when Mr. Collins appeared on the scene it was not only to vex me but explain entailment and its consequences for a family without a male heir. I suppose, one can now argue using the issue of entitlement of Mrs. Bennett’s actions towards her daughter’s future marriages. However, her modus operandi was lacking. Mr. Collins choice of Charlotte soon after his horrifying proposal to Elizabeth is quite bizarre yet interesting. Since, I think most of us consider Mr. Collins as ridiculous and impertinent, I will look at the matter from Charlotte’ s point of view. She choose to accept the very soon ditched pretended ‘lover’ of her best friend. Why would Charlotte accept a man hand so close to that of her best friend’s family and risk destroying a long cherished bond? In my opinion, Jane Austen used Charlotte as a practical woman. Charlotte said it herself that she is not romantic and given her age, made a match to safeguard her future. In the end, Charlotte determined her marriage to Mr. Collins, all he had to do was respond to her designs. She took matters into her hand.