Today is the second discussion for the Pride and Prejudice readalong that I’m hosting with Wendy from Wensend. We are doing this readalong for the Austen in August event, hosted by Lost Generation Reader. Following the first discussions on Chapter 1 – 20, I hope you all are ready to be discussing Chapters 21 – 40! Please comment and join in the discussions, even if you didn’t sign up initially. You’re also welcome to tweet us with hashtags #AustenInAugustLGR and#PandPReadalong.
Here are my thoughts:
The humor that played a big role in the beginning of the novel seems to have fanned out a bit in these chapters. They are a lot more serious in content and I took a bit longer to read them as I did the first twenty. As I said in previous discussion, I really do like Elizabeth for her strength and opinionated nature, but she is quite motherly as well. I like how she is very concerned about her sister Jane’s wellbeing. I’m impartial to Jane (see what I’m doing there?) she is so…weak, but that’s probably to be expected of women in that era, but I would’ve expected her to have more of a motherly nature. She guarded herself, not showing too much of her feelings and that has cost her Bingley (apart from her family’s influence). I may be wrong in saying that! I can’t remember now, but did she advise Lizzie to guard herself against Wickham? She seems a bit selfish to me.
I thought Darcy to be crossing the line between confident and arrogant, but I feel less inclined to say so now. I am actually happy that his character has improved and I found his proposal to Lizzie to be quite romantic. It’s a pity she refused him, but at that time she still believed all the untruths Wickham has told her about Darcy. She might have slightly changed her mind on her opinion of him, but her decision of refusing him is still valid. I know what is going to happen towards the third part of the book, so it might be pointless to say I hope she changes her mind. As much as I think Elizabeth has a strong character, she is still pretty naïve and I hope she learns from it. Just goes to show again – never judge a book by it’s cover. Looks can be so deceiving (Wickham vs Darcy)
I like Bingley, but I think that he just took Darcy’s opinion on Jane at face value. Should I blame him? Surely his friend has his best interest at heart and if we think about it, nothing Darcy has said is entirely untrue, is it? i.e. His observations about Jane’s behavior towards Bingley and that blasted Mrs Bennett. Can someone hand her a gag-order? 🙂 Having said that, Bingley can also be more of a man and speak to Jane himself after what he has heard. I guess he is too proud? I still don’t like Bingley’s sisters…
Lady Catherine – there is only one person I find more annoying than her and that’s Mrs Bennett. What did you think of her opinion that Mrs Bennett must be a slave to her five daughters since she brought them up WITHOUT A GOVERNESS? HOW UNTHINKABLE! What do you think of the other Bennett sisters? Mary is a little anti-social, but I can identify with her, because sometimes I also prefer books over people. Haha. Lydia, is one snarky little girl. Did you also catch on how she seems to be quite a snob? And mean. That comment she made about Miss King and why would anyone care about such a “nasty freckled little thing!”
So what do you guys think? Out with it!