Set in the early nineteenth century, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice tells the love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.
Mrs. Bennet, Elizabeth's ambitious but well-intentioned mother, wishes to see all of her daughters married, especially her eldest ones, Jane and Elizabeth. Soon, the entire community is invited to attend a ball, which Mrs. Bennet believes is a lovely opportunity for her daughters to mingle and find potential husbands. At the ball, we meet the kind and cheerful Charles Bingley and his sisters, Caroline and Louisa, as well as his best friend, the arrogant and vain Fitzwilliam Darcy. Charles takes an immediate liking to Jane, and so his sisters invite her to dine with them in Netherfield.
Jane agrees, as she too likes Charles; however, she catches a cold due to the heavy rain and must stay in Netherfield to recover. Elizabeth hears about her sister's condition and rushes to the estate, where she meets with the Bingleys and Mr. Darcy, who begins to fall for her attractiveness, charm, wit, and intelligence.
There is another ball hosted at Netherfield, where Mr. Darcy asks Elizabeth for a dance, and she reluctantly accepts, having previously learned from Mr. Wickham—the young and handsome soldier—that Mr. Darcy practically ruined his future because he was blinded by jealousy, as Mr. Darcy's father saw Mr. Wickham as his own son.
Soon we meet the snobbish Mr. Collins, who wishes to marry Jane, but because Mrs. Bennet informs him that Jane might soon become engaged, he decides to propose to Elizabeth instead. Elizabeth refuses, and Mr. Collins asks Elizabeth's best friend, Charlotte, to marry him; Charlotte agrees, and they both leave for Kent. The Bingleys and Mr. Darcy also leave for London, and Jane is saddened that Charles suddenly lost interest in her.
Elizabeth decides to visit her friend in Kent and she, Charlotte, and Mr. Collins are invited to the home of Lady Catherine de Bourg (Mr. Darcy's aunt), where Elizabeth is reunited with Mr. Darcy and learns from his cousin that Mr. Darcy recently saved his best friend from an awful marriage. Realizing that Colonel Fitzwilliam is talking about her sister, Elizabeth confronts Mr. Darcy, telling him that what he's done to her sister and Mr. Wickham is unforgivable, and she rejects his love and his marriage proposal.
Heartbroken and confused, Mr. Darcy writes Elizabeth a letter in which he explains that the greedy Mr. Wickham was only after his family's money and even tried to marry his teenage sister, and that he truly believed that Jane was only interested in Charles because of his wealth—a conclusion he made after witnessing her family's behavior at the ball.
Some time later, Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle visit Mr. Darcy's home, where Mr. Darcy—shy and still in love with Elizabeth—introduces her to his sister, Georgiana. Unfortunately, Elizabeth soon learns that her younger sister Lydia has ran away with Mr. Wickham, and Elizabeth leaves the estate. Mr. Darcy, however, manages to convince Mr. Wickham to marry Lydia and saves the Bennet's family name and honor.
Finally, Charles and Mr. Darcy return to Netherfield; Charles asks Jane to marry him, and Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth once again, insinuating that he will never stop loving her, and Elizabeth accepts.