Plot Summary of Pride and Prejudiceby Jane Austen
Set in the English countryside in a county roughly thirty milesfrom London, the novel opens with the Bennet family inLongbourn and their five unmarried daughters. The family itself isnot nearly as rich as those they interact with and because theyhave no sons, the property is entailed to pass to a male heir, inthis case Mr. Collins. Mrs. Bennet is intent on seeing herdaughters married off to wealthy men and when Charles Bingleyarrives at nearby Netherfield Park she is excited by the prospectof introducing her daughters to him. She immediately sends herhusband to visit him on the first day he arrives.When he next arrives, Bingley brings with him Mr. Darcy and histwo sisters, Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst. Bingley is immediatelyattracted to Jane Bennet, the oldest of the five sisters. Darcy,unlike the social apt Bingley, is proud and rude, immediatelyinsulting Elizabeth Bennet when someone suggests he asks her todance, insulting her appearance. Later, at the next dance afterwitnessing the sharpness of her mind, Darcy displays anattraction to Elizabeth at a second ball, but she refuses himbecause of how the insults he heaped upon her before. Jane and Bingley however only become closer and when Janebecomes ill on a visit to Netherfield, she stays there for a fewdays, asking Elizabeth to join her and help care for her. Duringher stay, Elizabeth is forced to confront Darcy again and againand while she is still disinterested in him, he begins to fall for herwit and frank approach to conversation, being so used to prettywords from other women. Elizabeth quickly realizes that MissBingley largely dislikes the Bennet family and that she onlypretends to be friends with Jane.Soon after, Bingley, his sisters, and Darcy depart for London,announcing to Jane that they have no intentions of returning toNetherfield anytime soon and that Bingley will likely marryanother woman, Miss Darcy, Mr. Darcy’s sister. Meanwhile,Elizabeth meets Mr. Wickham who she immediately is drawntowards. He tells her falsehoods about his relationship with Mr.