The provincial Bennet family, home to five unmarried daughters, is
turned upside down when a wealthy bachelor takes up a house nearby. Mr. Bingley
enhances his instant popularity by hosting a ball and taking an interest in the
eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s even wealthier
friend, makes himself equally unpopular by his aloof disdain
of country manners. Yet he is drawn in spite of himself to the spirited and
intelligent Elizabeth Bennet, who proves to be his match in both wit and pride.
Their sparkling repartee is a splendid performance of civilized sparring
infused with unacknowledged romantic tension.
Pride and Prejudice delightfully
captures the affectations and rivalries of class-conscious English families in
an age when status and security for women hung entirely on matrimonial
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