Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Volume One, Chapter 1 Summary and Analysis

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Mr. Bennet: The sarcastic, indifferent father

Mrs. Bennet: The foolish and unrestrained mother

Summary
Mr. and Mrs. Bennet are in their country home, and Mrs. Bennet informs her husband that a neighboring country estate has been rented by a young, wealthy, single gentleman named Bingley.

She insists that as soon as the young man settles in, Mr. Bennet must go visit him.

She already has made up her mind to snare him as the husband of one of her five eligible daughters.

Although Mr. Bennet teases his wife by saying all the daughters are silly and ignorant, he agrees to send Bingley a note telling him that, if he desires any of their daughters, it should be his favorite, Lizzy. Mr. Bennet favors Lizzy because he feels she is more intelligent than his other daughters.

They banter, and Mrs. Bennet again reminds him that he must go calling in person. Then, she complains of her nerves, and Mr. Bennet teases her more.

Discussion and Analysis
The opening sentence of this...

(The entire section is 341 words.)