Jane Austen's classic dissection of early 19th century manners, "Pride and Prejudice," introduces us to Elizabeth Bennett, a heroine even modern readers will sympathize with and root for (etext found
This part of his intelligence, though unheard by Lydia, was caught by Elizabeth, and as it assured her that Darcy was not less answerable for Wickham's absence than if her first
surmise had been just, every feeling of displeasure against the former was so sharpened by immediate disappointment, that she could hardly reply with tolerable civility to the polite inquiries which he directly afterwards approached to make.
We are each of an unsocial,
taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the éclat of a proverb."
in Christianity, members of a religious community that do not have the priestly responsibilities of ordained clergy
Mr. Collins listened to her with the determined air of following his own inclination, and, when she ceased speaking, replied thus:--"My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding; but permit me to say that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the
laity and those which regulate the clergy;
It was, moreover, such a promising thing for her younger daughters, as Jane's marrying so greatly must throw them in the way of other rich men; and lastly, it was so pleasant at her time of life to be able to
consign her single daughters to the care of their sister, that she might not be obliged to go into company more than she liked.
You will find her manners beyond anything I can describe; and your wit and
vivacity, I think, must be acceptable to her, especially when tempered with the silence and respect which her rank will inevitably excite.
He scarcely ever spoke to her, and the
assiduous attentions which he had been so sensible of himself were transferred for the rest of the day to Miss Lucas, whose civility in listening to him, was a seasonable relief to them all, and especially to her friend.
She highly approved his forbearance, and they had leisure for a full discussion of it, and for all the
commendation which they civilly bestowed on each other, as Wickham and another officer walked back with them to Longbourn, and during the walk he particularly attended to her.
They agreed that Mrs. Bennet should only hear of the departure of the family, without being alarmed on the score of the gentleman's conduct; but even this partial communication gave her a great deal of concern, and she
bewailed it as exceedingly unlucky that the ladies should happen to go away just as they were all getting so intimate together.
righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
Her disappointment in Charlotte made her turn with fonder regard to her sister, of whose
rectitude and delicacy she was sure her opinion could never be shaken, and for whose happiness she grew daily more anxious, as Bingley had now been gone a week, and nothing was heard of his return.
Mrs. Bennet still continued to wonder and
repine at his returning no more, and though a day seldom passed in which Elizabeth did not account for it clearly, there seemed little chance of her ever considering it with less perplexity.
the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
Miss Bennet was the only creature who could suppose there might be any extenuating circumstances in the case, unknown to the society of Hertfordshire; her mild and steady candour always pleaded for allowances, and urged the possibility of mistakes--but by everybody else Mr. Darcy was condemned as the worst of men.
The pain of separation, however, might be
alleviated on his side, by preparations for the reception of his bride; as he had reason to hope that, shortly after his next return into Hertfordshire, the day would be fixed that was to make him the happiest of men.
unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous
A young man, such as you describe Mr. Bingley, so easily falls in love with a pretty girl for a few weeks, and when accident separates them, so easily forgets her, that these sort of
inconstancies are very frequent."
Nothing, on the contrary, could be more natural; and while able to suppose that it cost him a few struggles to
relinquish her, she was ready to allow it a wise and desirable measure for both, and could very sincerely wish him happy.