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The first line of the novel is such a classic that it must be posted here! That Jane Austen can so precisely sum up the entire basis of the novel in a single line is pure genius. When you also consider what Mrs. Bennet's tone would be if she were delivering the line aloud versus how Austen intends the audience to read it, you have a whole other level of the theme brought to light.
Personally (and perhaps rather cruelly) I really like the proposal scene of Mr. Collins to Lizzie. This is the culmination of pages of misreadings of various signs by Mr. Collins. He is so full of himself and his own importance that he cannot possibily predict or contemplate a refusal. Of course, Mrs. Bennet's involvement with this and her response is also highly funny. I do feel for Lizzie as she sits there and, although she tries to stop him and then to get him to accept her refusal, she is trapped, and only is able to storm off to make him understand she isn't interested. High comedy!
My favorite scene would have to be when Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle are 'caught' at Pemberley. She is so flustered, and Darcy presents himself in such an amiable manner that her realization of her incorrect assumptions up to this point cause her to be even more flustered. She is also faced with the reality that she had been offered the position of mistress of Pemberley, but she forcefully declined the offer...and now she is seeing all that she thinks she will be missing. But as a reader who has read it over a dozen times, I enjoy relishing the reality of the happy ending to come.
Any of Mr. Bennet's responses to Mrs. Bennet's ditherings rank up there with my favorites...
Mrs. Bennet: "Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves."
Mr. Bennet: "You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least."
He absolutely cracks me up! :)
Oh, by far my favorite scene is the initial proposal by Darcy to Elizabeth. His assuredness and her self-righteousness make this head to head battle classic in romantic literature. As a reader, it was the moment at which I most wanted them to get together. When Elizabeth announces, "I had hardly known you for a month when I felt you were the last man in the world whom I could ever marry," readers know that Austen has just foreshadowed the ending. Priceless!
my favourite scene would be when darcy gave the letter to Elizabeth,i think that this is the most beautiful and important scene in all the novel,because it is the turning point that will change Elyzabeth 's feelings towa'rds Darcy.(and it is also showing how classy Darcy is).
I think the whole novel is completely fabulous. However, I must say I think the best part is when Lizzy starts to realise that Darcy is not bad... and has done everything for a reason. The letter off Darcy to Lizzy is wonderfully written.
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