Pride and Prejudice

 

"Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her."

 

With all the forces of the world conspiring to keep Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy apart, how will fate manage to bring them together?  His pride, her prejudice threaten to keep them from discovering a love that could surpass all they could imagine in the way of happiness.  As the two trade barbs and dance around their unacknowledged feelings, four more Bennet sisters navigate the shoals of the Regency marriage market, turning their household upside down and pushing the bounds of polite society in the process.

Literary Works / Novels

Below is a brief excerpt from or description of each Jane Austen novel

Sense and Sensibility

 

'Oh! Mama, how spiritless, how tame was Edward's manner in reading to us last night! I felt for my sister most severely. Yet she bore it with so much composure, she seemed scarcely to notice it. I could hardly keep my seat.'

 

Spirited and impulsive, Marianne Dashwood is the polar opposite of her controlled and sensible sister, Elinor.  While Marianne is courted by the dashing man who personifies all she hopes for in the way of ecstatic love, Elinor loves quietly and agonizingly, the shy and soft-spoken man who is engaged to another. 

Emma

 

When her former governess finds happiness as the bride of a local widower, the brilliant and beautiful Emma Woodhouse — Austen's favorite heroine — flatters herself that she alone has secured the marriage and that she possesses a special talent for bringing lovers together. The young heiress next busies herself with finding a suitable husband for her friend and protégé, Harriet Smith, setting off an entertaining sequence of comic mishaps and misunderstanding in this sparkling comedy of English-village romance.

Mansfield Park

 

Into this Cinderella existence comes Henry Crawford and his sister, Mary, who are visiting relatives in the neighborhood. Soon Mansfield Park is given over to all kinds of gaiety, including a daring interlude spent dabbling in theatricals. Young Edmund is smitten with Mary, and Henry Crawford woos Fanny. Yet these two charming, gifted, and attractive siblings gradually reveal themselves to be lacking in one essential Austenian quality: principle.

 

Northanger Abbey

 

In this spirited comedy of manners, Catherine Morland falls in love with a young clergyman while vacationing in Bath, and his father, thinking her wealthy, invites her to be a guest at Northanger Abbey, the family's ancient country estate.  Catherine's obsession with Gothic romance novels sends her imagination soaring upon entering the mysterious Abbey causing her to draw conclusions that could cost her the love of her life.

Persuasion

 

Anne Elliot is a perfect catch. Born to a landed family, she’s observant and intelligent. When Anne came of age, she accepted a proposal from the ambitious officer Frederick Wentworth. Unfortunately, Wentworth’s modest means made him a poor choice for the Elliot family, and Anne was persuaded to call off the engagement.

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