Pride and Prejudice A summary by Lauren Lindsay

The story begins at Longbourn in the country of Hertfordshire, the ancestral home of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet, and their five daughters, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Catherine, and Lydia. All of the occupants of Longbourn and the nearby town of Meryton are excited about the news that a rich and single man is leasing the estate nearest to Longbourn, called Netherfield. Mrs. Bennet is determined to make the man, Mr. Bingley, fall in love with her oldest and most beautiful daughter, Jane.

Top: (from left to right) Charlotte, Elizabeth, and Jane look on eagerly as the newest residents of Netherfield arrive at the assembly in Meryton. Bottom left: Mr. Darcy appears cold and disapproving and is quickly disliked by all in Meryton. Bottom right: Darcy's friend, Mr. Bingley, is pleasant and lighthearted and quickly becomes popular.

At an Assembly in Meryton, the Bennets and their friend, Charlotte, meet the delightful Mr. Bingley, as well as his unpleasant companions, his sisters, Caroline and Lousia, and his friend, Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley is immediately enamored with Jane, but Mr. Darcy unwittingly insults Elizabeth and she overhears him. She quickly decides that he is the most unpleasant man she has ever met. her opinion is only more solidly settled when she and jane are forced to spend a few days at netherfield and mr. darcy is cold and imposing.

Left: The Bennets' cousin, Mr. Collins, is a pompous rector for Lady Catherine DeBourgh in Kent. Right: Mr. Wickham becomes well liked by Elizabeth for his easy manners and compliments.

At this point, two other men come into the Bennet sisters' lives: their servile cousin, Mr. Collins, who stands to inherit Longbourn as the closest male relative, and the charming Mr. Wickham. At a gathering at the Bennets' aunt's house, Wickham reveals to Elizabeth that Mr. Darcy cheated him out of a living that Darcy's father had promised him. Elizabeth is quite taken with Wickham and believes his story immediately.

Mr. Bingley holds a ball at Netherfield, and showers Jane with attention. Mrs. Bennet loudly boasts about her success in the match, and celebrates having a daughter soom to be married to such a wealthy man who lives so close by. Meanwhile, Elizabeth has to deal with Mr. Collins' attentions and her disappointment when Mr. Wickham fails to come despite his promise that he would. It turns out that Mr. Collins actually the parson employed by Mr. Darcy's Aunt Catherine. To Elizabeth's surprise, Mr. Darcy asks her to dance, and in her shock, she agrees.

After Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins' marriage proposal (much to her mother's chagrin), her best friend Charlotte agrees to marry him instead. News also arrives that Mr. Bingley and company have suddenly departed from Netherfield with no suggestion of returning. Mrs. Bennet is utterly distressed, and life seems to take a turn for the worse for the Bennet family. As such, when an invitation to visit the new Mrs. Collins in Kent, Elizabeth jumps on the opportunity to get away.

Elizabeth is thrilled to see Charlotte, but when they go to dine with Lady Catherine, she finds out that Catherine's two nephews are also visiting. She is pleased to make the acquaintance of cheerful and kind Colonel Fitzwilliam, but horrified to see Mr. Darcy. She spends quite a bit of time with the two men, and finds out that it was mr. darcy who convinced mr. bingley to leave hertfordshire so suddenly because he opposed his relationship with jane. To her even greater shock, mr. darcy suddenly proposes to her, admitting that he's been in love with her the whole time. unfortunately for him, he proposes in the most offensive way possible and elizabeth is still salty about him ruining her favorite sister's chance for happiness.

After a sound rejection, DArcy writes elizabeth a letter that explains all of his actions and the truth of what happened with wickham. He convinced Bingley to leave because he didn't think that jane felt as strongly about him as he did about her. It turns out, wickham was given the living he was owed and gambled it all away, then came back begging for more. when darcy said no, wickham tried to elope with darcy's 15 year old sister, who was nearly ruined in the process. that was why he was so cranky when he got to netherfield and insulted elizabeth without thinking. elizabeth regrets how prejudiced she was against him.

Elizabeth goes on a trip with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner to derbyshire, and on a whim they visit pemberley estate, the ancestral home of mr. darcy. though they were told mr. darcy was away, they run into him and elizabeth is taken aback by how kind and welcoming he is. she begins to think she may fall in love with him, when news arrives that the youngest and flightiest bennet sister, lydia, has run away with mr. wickham. elizabeth and the Aunt gardiner are forced to return to longbourn at once while uncle gardiner and mr. bennet head to london to attempt to recover lydia.

Lydia and Wickham return to Longbourn married

With mr. bingley and jane all ready for their happily ever after, things seem ready to settle down... until lady catherine shows up in the middle of the night and demands to see elizabeth. she comes to warn elizabeth against pursuing mr. darcy and claims that he is engaged to her(lady catherine's) daughter, even though he definitely isn't. elizabeth refuses to promise that she won't accept mr. darcy's proposal if he were to ask again, and lady catherine leaves in a huff. But the next day, darcy shows up and tells elizabeth that his aunt told him everything, and that is what convinced him that Elizabeth might have changed her mind about him. he asks if she still hates him, and she says that she feels quite the opposite, and everyone breathes a sigh of relief because they're finally together!!! mr. bennet gives his consent to their engagement after Elizabeth tells him about all the great things that darcy has done for the family, and they all live happily ever after because it's a jane austen novel.

If you would like a more brief summary, as well as some peremptory analysis, i would recommend the video below.

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