Pride and Prejudice quotes

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  1. She [Mrs. Bennet] was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. (Ch. 1).
    Characterization uA description of Mrs. Bennet’s personality.  She was an unintelligent woman and didn’t want to know anything.  She was also easily upset.
  2. She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me." (Mr Darcy to Mr. Bingley about Elizabeth Bennet; Ch. 3)
    Irony-Mr. Darcy is really attracted to Elizabeth Bennet.  It is ironic that he points out all her faults and ends up attracted to her.
  3. "Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us." (Mary; Ch. 5)
    Satire and Foreshadowing-Vanity and pride are the basic premises of the book.  Pride is going to cause the characters in the book to do many stupid things.
  4. If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out. (Elizabeth, about Bingley Ch. 6)
    Foreshadowing-Elizabeth is foreshadowing that Jane will lose Bingley if she does not let him know her feelings.
  5. A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. (Darcy to Miss Bingley, Ch. 6)
    Characterization-Darcy is giving insight into his character by the way he speaks of women in general.
  6. A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment. (Darcy to Miss Bingley, Ch. 6)
    Characterization-Darcy is giving insight into his character by the way he speaks of women in general.
  7. Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast." (Ch. 10)
    Characterization-Darcy is defining one of the themes of the book.  Pride through false humility and explaining how he really feels about people.  Indirectly, he is defining his own character.
  8. ,"Ihave made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope,of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too littleyielding—certainly too little for the convenience of the world
    Conflict-The quote illustrates how Elizabeth and Darcy really felt about each other.
  9. "I had not thought Mr. Darcy so bad as this—though I have never liked him. I had not thought so very ill of him. I had supposed him to be despising his fellow-creatures in general, but did not suspect him of descending to such malicious revenge, such injustice, such inhumanity as this." (Ch. 16)
    Characterization and foreshadowing-explains how people view Mr. Darcy and the rumors spread by Mr. Wickham.  It also gives a clue as to the suspicion that Mr. Wickham may not be like he portrays himself.
  10. "It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy. I talked about the dance, and you ought to make some kind of remark on the size of the room, or the number of couples." (Ch. 18)
    Conflict-The underlying tone of the conversation betrays the constant bickering between Elizabeth and Darcy.
  11. "Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends—whether he may be equally capable of retaining them, is less certain." (Ch. 18)
    Characterization-Mr. Bennet is describing sarcastically the personality of Mr. Wickham.  Reading between the lines that fact that Mr. Bennet does not approve of Mr. Wickham.
  12. "I remember hearing you once say, Mr. Darcy, that you hardly ever forgave, that your resentment once created was unappeasable. You are very cautious, I suppose, as to its being created." (Ch. 18)
    Foreshadowing- It gives a clue into how the couple are going to have to forgive each other and let pride take a back seat.
  13. Thereare few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. Themore I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it;
    Mood/Tone- It gives insight to how Jane Austin feels about he world.
  14. "And is this all?" cried Elizabeth. "I expected at least that the pigs were got into the garden, and here is nothing but Lady Catherine and her daughter..." (Ch. 28)
    Satire-Gives us a glimpse of how silly Mr. Collins is about position and Catherine DeBurgh.
  15. "I like her appearance," said Elizabeth, struck with other ideas. "She looks sickly and cross. Yes, she will do for him very well. She will make him a very proper wife." (Ch. 28)
    Imagery and Satire-Elizabeth describes with humor Catherine DeBurgh’s daughter and how well-suited she is for Mr. Darcy because his personality is as ill-suited as his betrothed health.
  16. Thisis the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully.My faults, according to this calculation, are heavy indeed!
    Conflict- The source of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s conflict is made evident by this conversation-Pride and Prejudice
  17. "You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.“
    Conflict-As the conversation progresses, the conflict reaches it peak when each cuts each other in the harshest way.
  18. "You have said quite enough, madam. I perfectly comprehend your feelings, and have now only to be ashamed of what my own have been. Forgive me for having taken up so much of your time, and accept my best wishes for your health and happiness." (Ch. 34)
    Foreshadowing-Darcy is saying this to Elizabeth after her refusal of his marriage proposal.  Little does he know that her refusing him makes them well suited for one another.  Their health and happiness is enter-twined.
  19. Her astonishment, as she reflected on what had passed, was increased by every review of it. That she should receive an offer of marriage from Mr. Darcy! That he should have been in love with her for so many months! So much in love as to wish to marry her in spite of all the objections which had made him prevent his friend's marrying her sister, and which must appear at least with equal force in his own case—was almost incredible
    Irony-Darcy discourages his friend to marry Jane, but Darcy wants to marry Elizabeth.
  20. "Be not alarmed, madam, on receiving this letter, by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of those sentiments or renewal of those offers which were last night so disgusting to you.
    Mood/Tone-Darcy displays his hurt by the way he writes the letter.
  21. Nobody can tell what I suffer! — But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied." (Mrs Bennet, Ch. 20)
    Characterization-Mrs. Bennet turns the focus on herself without thinking about the turmoil of the daughter.
  22. "When I consider," she added, in a yet more agitated voice, "that I might have prevented it! — I who knew what he was. Had I but explained some part of it only — some part of what I learnt — to my own family! Had his character been known, this could not have happened. But it is all, all too late now." - (Elizabeth) Chapter 46
    Hyperbole-Elizabeth’s reaction to Lydia’s elopment
  23. "But how little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue, she could easily conjecture." - Chapter 50
    Foreshadowing-the prediction that Lydia and Mr. Wickham will not be happy in their marriage.
  24. "You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever." (Ch. 58) proposal.
    Climax-The resolution of the plot is foreshadowed while we wait for Elizabeth’s answer to Darcy’s
  25. It was painful, exceedingly painful, to know that they were under obligations to a person who could never receive a return. (Ch. 52).
    Theme-Pride is once again defeated by an obligation
  26. You have widely mistaken my character, if you think I can be worked on by such persuasions as these. How far your nephew might approve of your interference in his affairs, I cannot tell; but you have certainly no right to concern yourself in mine. I must beg, therefore, to be importuned no farther on the subject." (Ch. 56).
    Characterization-It gives a clue as to how prideful and domineering Catherine Deburgh is and how it does not intimidate Elizabeth.
  27. "We will not quarrel for the greater share of blame annexed to that evening," said Elizabeth. "The conduct of neither, if strictly examined, will be irreproachable; but since then, we have both, I hope, improved in civility.“
    Plot resolution – Elizabeth admits her part in the conflict with Darcy.
  28. "When I wrote that letter," replied Darcy, "I believed myself perfectly calm and cool, but I am since convinced that it was written in a dreadful bitterness of spirit.“
    Plot-Darcy admits his part in the conflict with Elizabeth.
  29. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit.
    Plot Resolution-Darcy explains his mistakes and offers an apology.
  30. "It has been coming on so gradually, that I hardly know when it began. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley."
    Satire-Elizabeth to Jane-making fun of her change in opinion of Mr. Darcy.
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