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
They were then, with no other delay than his pointing out the neatness of the entrance, taken into the house; and as soon as they were in the parlour he welcomed them a second time, with
ostentatious formality, to his humble abode, and punctually repeated all his wife's offers of refreshment.
characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions
Mr. Collins and Charlotte were both standing at the gate in conversation with the ladies; and Sir William, to Elizabeth's high diversion, was stationed in the doorway, in
earnest contemplation of the greatness before him, and constantly bowing whenever Miss De Bourgh looked that way.
formidable accounts of her ladyship, and her manner of living, quite frightened Maria Lucas, who had been little used to company, and she looked forward to her introduction at Rosings with as much apprehension, as her father had done to his presentation at St. James's.
She had heard nothing of Lady Catherine that spoke her awful from any extraordinary talents or miraculous virtue, and the mere stateliness of money and rank she thought she could witness without
(behavioral attributes) the way a person behaves toward other people
When, after examining the mother, in whose countenance and
deportment she soon found some resemblance of Mr. Darcy, she turned her eyes on the daughter, she could almost have joined in Maria's astonishment at her being so thin, and so small.
When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner as proved that she was not used to have her judgment
Mr. Darcy looked just as he had been used to look in Hertfordshire--paid his compliments, with his usual reserve, to Mrs. Collins, and whatever might be his feelings towards her friend, met her with every appearance of
composure. Elizabeth merely curtseyed to him, without saying a word.
Indeed, Mr. Darcy, it is very ungenerous in you to mention all that you knew to my disadvantage in Hertfordshire--and, give me leave to say, very
impolitic too--for it is provoking me to retaliate, and such things may come out as will shock your relations to hear."
reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
But when Elizabeth told of his silence, it did not seem very likely, even to Charlotte's wishes, to be the case; and after various
conjectures, they could at last only suppose his visit to proceed from the difficulty of finding anything to do, which was the more probable from the time of year.
voluntary self-punishment in order to atone for some wrongdoing
It seemed like wilful ill-nature, or a voluntary
penance, for on these occasions it was not merely a few formal enquiries and an awkward pause and then away, but he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her.
When she remembered the style of his address, she was still full of indignation; but when she considered how unjustly she had condemned and
upbraided him, her anger was turned against herself; and his disappointed feelings became the object of compassion.