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RG - Pride and Prejudice

Postby Pattertwigs Pal » Nov 07, 2017 3:21 pm

Welcome to the Pride and Prejudice Reading Group! This is an informal reading group. In other words, I shan't be coming up with a list of questions for each chapter. The readers will be allowed to chose what they post and how much they post. They may post by chapter, by sections, or after reading the whole book. Since people will be going at their own pace, please label posts with the chapter or chapters you are discussing so people may choose what they read based on where they are in the book.

Now this may seem a bit like a random thread (although for people who know me know my passion for reading groups). Hopefully, it will be the first in a series of informal reading groups. My friend and I read through The Politically Incorrect Guide of English and American Literature. In it is a list of Literature that the author recommends. We read a couple of the pieces on the list and then it kind of fell through the cracks. I mention it to another friend of ours and she was interested in it. Others in our group decided to join in and since we are all on NarniaWeb we decided NarniaWeb was a great place to have our discussion. It also allows for even more people to join in! We picked Pride and Prejudice as a starting point because 2017 is the 100th anniversary of her death and there is a local Jane Austen event.
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Re: RG - Pride and Prejudice

Postby the4signs[repeat] » Nov 11, 2017 3:49 pm

This is a wonderful idea for a reading group! :ymhug: I was just reading a C.S. Lewis essay entitled On Three Ways of Writing for Children and in it he says, “I now enjoy … Jane Austen … as well as fairy tales.” So this is something we have in common with him!
I am presently in the second chapter of Volume 2 of Pride and Prejudice. I have read this book before, but it has been a while. What strikes me is the richness of the language used by the characters. Also, I did not remember, and film and television versions of the story don’t have time to show, just how much time Lizzy and Mr. Wickham spend together. He is at their house a lot over Christmas and at other times. They are good friends! She basically tells her aunt she is not in love with him yet, but she could easily be if he was in love with her. Also, the TV/film versions show a certain “sizzle” between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, which is there in the book to some degree. But I am surprised at HOW MUCH she dislikes Mr. Darcy. She makes it her pastime to despise and make fun of him, and gets her whole town doing it too. Her attitude toward these two men really make for a big surprise later! I love watching film and TV versions, but I find that reading the book helps me to slow down and better savor the twists and feel the emotional impacts of the story. ;;)
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Re: RG - Pride and Prejudice

Postby SummerSnow » Jan 05, 2018 9:00 am

I have just finished reading the first chapter, which is possibly as far as I have ever gotten. It is hard to say for certain. Since I am so familiar with the story, I am not sure if my impressions of certain characters and events come from varied forms of media, or if I actually have read more of the book.

While I have come to this conclusion before, I am reminded of my dislike for Mr. Bennet. While he is quite a humorous character (and enjoyable to read), he is not a particularly good father. Perhaps I am being a bit hasty, as this is only the first chapter (and am letting the various adaptations of the book influence me), but how he refers to his daughters, as well as the clear favoritism for Lizzie (as well as Jane) has always bothered me.

My feelings toward the matter were quite influenced (in this chapter) by this bit of the conversation between Mrs. and Mr. Bennet:

“I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good-humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.”

“They have none of them much to recommend them,” replied he; “they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.”

Anyway, those were my "first" impressions. :p
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Re: RG - Pride and Prejudice

Postby Grandmama » Feb 27, 2018 9:49 am

P&P is one of my favorite books! It is also one of few books I own (besides the Bible) that I can quote the first line. ;;)
The first chapter does fix my interest. With so many books available to read, if a book doesn't catch my interest in the first chapter, often I will not continue reading it. Of course, having read it before, I know I like it, but re-reading the first chapter, I've noticed that it does pique the interest.

I have to agree with summersnow that Mr. Bennet is not a particularly good father. If his daughters are silly and ignorant, he should have been more involved in their upbringing so that they were not so. We find out much later in the book that they had no governess, so I think we can lay the upbringing or lack thereof, squarely at Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's feet.
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