Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen's Works

Pride and Prejudice in One Minute or Less!

Tile page of Pride and Prejudice, Doubleday (1940)If zombies, time portals, aliens and sequels have recently overwhelmed your genteel sensibilities, here’s a quick Austen fix to bring you back to our roots. 

Pride and Prejudice in one minute or less, by Jane Austen 

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be want of a wife. 

“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me.” 

“I am all astonishment. How long has she has she been such a favorite? — and pray, when am I to wish you joy?” 

“No, my dear, you had better go on horseback, because it seems likely to rain; and then you must stay all night.” 

“It is my cousin, Mr. Collins, who when I am dead, may turn you all out of the house.” 

“I had not thought Mr. Darcy so bad as this — though I have never liked him.” 

“Engaged to Mr. Collins! My dear Charlotte–impossible!” 

“Why should they try to influence him? [Mr. Bingley] They can only wish his happiness; and if he is attached to me, no other woman can secure it.” 

“Neither of us perform to strangers.” 

“I must tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” 

“This will not do,” said Elizabeth “you will never be able to make both of them good.” 

“For my part, I am inclined to believe it all Mr. Darcy.” 

“Oh yes! — If one could but go to Brighton!” 

“I am grieved indeed,” cried Darcy; “grieved — shocked.” 

“It is possible?” cried Elizabeth “Can it be possible that he will marry her?” 

“But gracious me! I quite forgot! I ought not to have said a word about it. I promised them so faithfully. What will Wickham say?” 

“‘Tis too much,” she added, “by far too much. I do not deserve it. Oh! Why is not everbody as happy?” 

“Not so hasty if you please.” 

“You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me at once.” 

“Oh Lizzy! It cannot be. I know how much you dislike him.” 

“But in such cases as these a good memory is unpardonable.” 

“If any young men come for Kitty or Mary, send them in, for I am quite at leisure.” 

Pride and Prejudice illustrated by Robert Ball, Doubleday (1940)Just in case. :-)

Everyone, please have a great spring break!


Laurel Ann

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