I just finished reading Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which, if you’ve been following my Tumblr, probably comes as no surprise.
First off, let me say thank you to the creators of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, without whom I probably would not have been inspired to read it and subsequently discover one of my new favorite pieces of literature.
My favorite character is without a doubt Mr. Darcy, as he and I are so similar in terms of personality. (After all, we’re both INTJs.) So many great lines of his, or about him, spoke directly to who I am as a person, that it was impossible not to identify with him:
There were also a few quotes that I didn’t necessarily identify with as much, but found quite fascinating.
Elizabeth herself is probably my second favorite, since identifying so much with Darcy, I see in her a portrait of what I want. I think this line sums it up nicely:
She began now to comrehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her. His understanding and temper, though unlike her own, would have answered all her wishes. It was a union that must have been to the advantage of both: by her ease and liveliness, his mind might have been softened, his manners improved; and from his judgement, information, and knowledge of the world, she must have received benefit of greater importance.
Lastly, outside of the protagonistic couple, Mr. Bennet is amazing. I love that guy.
I’m so glad I read it, and I’m eager to see what the rest of the LBD series has in store!
I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected to me.
Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice