Jane Austen's most celebrated work, Pride and Prejudice is the story of a family with 5 daughters and no sons.
The eldest daughters, Jane and Elizabeth Bennett, are truly lovely young ladies; intelligent, demure, proper, cordial, courteous, etc. etc. The other 3 daughters are all foolishness and embarrassment, as is their mother, their cringe-worthy mother.
The story deals with these girls, who do not have much money to their name. As their father did not have a male heir, the estate will go to a distant male cousin, leaving the 5 daughters homeless and poor, so their mother is forever trying to get them married. Problem is, with a mother and sisters as these, no one will go near them. They are an embarrassment.
Enter new single, rich neighbor, Mr. Bingley, with his sisters and his friend, Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley is kind and generous, enjoying his new country life, while his sisters and friends are rude, mean and disdainful of these country bumpkins, and make sure their pride shows through.
"Pride and Prejudice" is a great tale about the manners and prejudices involved in falling or not falling for someone not in your station. It's about misunderstandings, changes of hearts, incredibly stupid mothers and sisters, and love winning out in the end over riches and class.
I enjoyed this one tremendously and recommend you read it.
I also rented the BBC version of P&P, which I thought was MUCH better than the Keira Knightly newer version.
And in his vein, I now present my review of: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!!