I remembered my mom telling me that this was one of her favorite books. If I'm not mistaken we were on a plane ride home (to which country I don't remember, both are home to me). So when I had the chance to download it from iBooks, i did!
The story revolves around Elizabeth Bennet and her family. The time and setting is on the turn of the 19th century in England. The Bennet family consists of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters: Jane, Elizabeth, Lydia, Kitty and Mary.
One day, a gentleman, his best friend and his sister arrives in town. Mr. Bingley, a rich man just bought an estate nearby and will be attending the ball from which most of town will be attending as well. He meets Jane Benett. Jane is described as the most beautiful of the Bennet sisters.
While Jane and Mr. Bingley danced two times, Mr. Darcy on the other hand rejected to dance with Elizabeth. Mrs. Bennet was so proud of Jane, she starts spreading gossip that her daughter is about to marry soon. Elizabeth expresses hatred towards Mr. Darcy because of his seemingly arrogant manners.
Jane is invited to Mr. Bingley's estate but because of the rain and the refusal of Mrs. Bennet to lend her a carriage, she fell ill riding a horse and was soaked in rainwater. Mrs. Bennet couldn't be more delighted of the incident as Mr. Bingley insists on Jane staying while she's sick. Worried sister Elizabeth came to her sister's rescue and soon she's invited to stay as well.
Jane gets better and they all come home safely. Mr. Bingley and his crew soon leaves town and modest Jane is left pretending that she's fine when she herself thought that Mr. Bingley liked her as much as she did.
Mr. Bennet's clergyman cousin Mr. Collins arrives, he is the heir to Mr. Bennet's estate. Mr. Collins decided to marry one of the Bennet sisters. He is left with the choice to marry Elizabeth. Elizabeth refuses him and soon he marries Charlotte Lucas, a family friend.
Elizabeth meets Mr. Darcy again when she was invited by Charlotte and Mr. Collins to visit their home. Mr. Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, asks her hand in marriage but she refuses it as there are a lot of things about Mr. Darcy that she needs to know about.
Mr. Wickham had spread tales about Mr. Darcy that were incriminating. Also, Elizabeth knew that it was Mr. Darcy that discouraged the relationship between Jane and Mr. Bingley.
Are the accusations true? Is Mr. Darcy a horrible arrogant man? Then why has Lydia run away... with Mr. Wickham! Who fixes it all? Will there be any marriage happening for the Bennet sisters?
I'm in love with this classic. I just love how conservative it was. It isn't just a romance novel. It's got everything you could call out on every family, friends, community and society. It deliberately serves the readers the egos of every character. My time was not wasted, I thought I'd hate classics like this. I was wrong.