Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

‘The moment I first met you, I noticed your pride, your sense of superiority, and your selfish disdain for the feelings of others. You are the last man in the world whom I could ever be persuaded to marry,’ said Elizabeth Bennet.

And so Elizabeth rejects the proud Mr Darcy. Can nothing overcome her prejudice against him? And what of the other Bennet girls – their fortunes, and misfortunes, in the business of getting husbands?

This famous novel by Jane Austen is full of wise and humorous observation of the people and manners of her times.



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  1. Accomplished: well trained or educated in social skills such as conversation, art, music, etc.
  2. affection: a strong feeling of liking or love
  3. agreeable: pleasant, charming
  4. amends, make amends to put right a mistake or an injustice done to somebody
  5. apparent: seeming, not real
  6. astonishment: great surprise
  7. attachment: a feeling of liking or love for a place or person
  8. ball: a grand, formal dance
  9. blush: (v) to become red in the face, especially when embarrassed
  10. the Church: the Church of England
  11. colonel an army title; the head of a regiment
  12. compliment: (n and v) a remark expressing respect or admiration
  13. conquer: to repress or control; (n) conquest
  14. considerate: thoughtful; careful not to hurt other people’s feelings
  15. contempt: a feeling that someone or something is worthless
  16. desire: (n) a strong wish
  17. disdain: (n) a feeling or show of superiority or dislike
  18. elder/eldest: older/oldest (used only of people, especially of members of a family)
  19. elegance: good taste in clothes, appearance, and manner
  20. elope: to run away from home in order to get married secretly
  21. favourable: giving or showing approval
  22. flatter: (v) to praise someone too much or insincerely
  23. Gentleman: a man of good family and social position, usually wealthy
  24. haste: a hurry; quickness of action
  25. honour: (n) moral principles; a privilege or pleasure
  26. indifference: a complete lack of concern or interest
  27. inferior: less clever or important than other people, or of lower social position
  28. justice: right and fair behaviour or treatment
  29. ladyship: a title used in speaking to or about a titled lady
  30. late: no longer alive
  31. library: a room in a house, used for keeping books
  32. long: (v) to want to do something very much
  33. master, mistress: a man or woman who owns a house and employs servants
  34. mock: (v) to laugh unkindly at someone, to make fun of them
  35. morals: an understanding of right and wrong behaviour
  36. mutual: of a feeling shared by two people
  37. obstinate: refusing to change one’s opinion or actions; (n) obstinacy
  38. party: a group of people doing something together
  39. patron: (here) a person who has the right to give someone a Church of England post (e.g. the post of rector)
  40. penniless: very poor; having no money at all
  41. propose: to ask someone to marry you
  42. rector: a priest in the Church of England
  43. rectory: a rector’s house
  44. regiment: a large number of soldiers, part of an army
  45. reject: (v) to refuse to accept
  46. Right: (n) a proper claim to something
  47. servility: being too ready to obey other people and behave like a servant
  48. sister/brother-in-law: a sister/brother by marriage (e.g. your husband’s sister)
  49. sociable: fond of being with other people; friendly
  50. superior: better, cleverer, more important than other people, or of higher social position
  51. taste: (here) the ability to enjoy or to choose things which are elegant, attractive and pleasing
  52. underestimate: (v) to have too low an opinion of something or someone
  53. vulgar: low, common, coarse, lacking in taste or manners.


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