Pride and Prejudice quotes

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Elizabeth Bennet

"She is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia" she is less attractive and fun loving than some young women.

"Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles" she is 'unlady like', determined and unconventional.

Her face "was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes" Mr Darcy recognises her lively mind.

"You taught me a lesson....By you I was properly humbled" She has the intelligence and wisdom to gain Darcy's respect.

"I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine"

"She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who in disposition and talents would most suit her"

"In spite of her deeply-rooted dislike, she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection" kind and warm hearted, can not be cruel.

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Mr Darcy

He "drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien"

"The proudest most disagreeable man in the world"

Elizabeth "attracted him more than he liked"

"He is the best landlord, and the best master...that ever lived...Some people call him proud; but i am sure i never saw anything of it"

"My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you"

"She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me"

"For he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing"

"Your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others"

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Jane Bennet

"We must not be so ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured" So inclined not to feel badly of people even if they are hurtful.

"Her mild and steady candour always pleaded for allowances" Gentle and credits people for good actions.

"She is not half so handsome as Jane" Beautiful.

"Poor Jane! Who would willingly have gone through the world without believing that so much wickedness existed in the whole race of makind"

"It was not in her nature to question the veracity of a young man of such amiable appearance"

"I have an excessive regard for Jane Bennet, she is really a very sweet girl"

"Oh, Lizzy! Do anything rather than marry without affection"

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Mrs Bennet

"Mr Bennet how can you abuse your own children in such a way!" Ironic as she is worse and favours Lydia.

"I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least"

"Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins"

"Oh, poor thing. It is a shame she's not more handsome"

 "A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls"

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Mr Wickham

"He had the best part of beauty, a fine countenance, a good figure and very pleasing address" Very charming, able to make any woman like him.

"Elizabeth thought with pleasure of dancing a great deal with Mr Wickham" Even the clear sighted Elizabeth is initially won over by his charms.

"Wickham is by no means a respectable young man" Jane realises Wickham is not what he seems.

"His attention to Miss King were now the consequence of views solely and hatefully mercenary" Wickham's interests were only in money.

"Wickham's affection for Lydia, was just what Elizabeth had expected to find it; not equal to Lydia's for him" Wickhams lack of feeling and consideration for anyone else is confirmed.

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Mr Collins

"He was a tall, heavy looking young man of five and twenty. His air was grave and stately" He is a solemn and self-important young man who appears older than he really is.

"Mr Collins was not a sensible man" He lacks intelligence and good judgement.

"His society was irksome" He is tiresome and tedious company.

"The idea of Mr Collins, with all his solemn composure, being run away with his feelings, made Elizabeth so near laughing" Comic character who is over the top.

"I think it a right thing for every clergyman is easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish"

"No ungenerous reproach shall ever pass my lips when we are married" Arrogant and assumes Lizzy will marry him.

"It is usual with young ladies to refect the addresses of the man whom they secretely mean to accept....I am therefore by no means discouraged" Foolish enough to think Elizabeth is teasing him.

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Mr Bennet

"You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves" He teases her on purpose.

"“It certainly is a most iniquitous affair,” said Mr. Bennet, “and nothing can clear Mr. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn.” Mr Bennet is rational when it comes to situations like this.

“Mary wished to say something very sensible, but knew not how.” Mr. Bennet tries to provoke Mary, mocking his children as well as his wife.

 

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Other quotes

Charlotte Lucas

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance"

Extract

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

 

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Lydia Bennet

"Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower because I am a married woman"

"What do you think of my husband? Is not he a charming man?"

"Not equal to Lydia's for him" Lydia is stupid and does not realise how Wickham does not truly love her, he loves her for looks and money.

"La! You are so strange" Shows how she is still child like and not mature enough to understand how to communicate.

"I recollected afterwards that if he had been prevented going, the wedding need not be put off, for Mr Darcy might have done as well" She let slip that Darcy was at the wedding, none of the other characters would have done this, irresponsible and foolish

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