Morals of the Story — 5 Comments

  1. I learned a lesson from Jane. She was always too trusting. You can’t always take people at face value sometimes you need to look a little deeper and see if there are ulterior motives, unfortunately.

    • Deborah,
      Very, very true.
      In real life, I’ve encountered some people who work to polish a slick exterior — one that can seem genuine at first glance but, as you said, is just a disguise for ulterior motives. Often a difficult situation will give them away and the mask is dropped for a moment, but it can be hard to let ourselves really see the truth. I know I’ve wished hard more than once that their act had been the real thing… But, as Maya Angelou so wisely said: “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”

  2. There is so much in P&P that I could relate to from my own life. Having grown up along the Upper Main Line outside of Philly in PA I witnessed first hand how much society judged people by where they lived, their home, their profession, their clothes, etc. that I was embarrassed by my situation. I also had a father (not a mother) who caused me to attempt to keep any boyfriend away from my home so that he would not have to endure a painful experience ala Mrs. Bennet. I have grown and those values no longer have any place in my life but I did relate. The fact that Darcy changed and loved Elizabeth for herself is the main romantic value in that book, which makes me love it…and then her changes in how she learns her own misconceptions and sees his changes AND sees how he is valued at Pemberley, etc.

    The Upper Main Line, in my youth at least, had a Blue Book in which were listed “members of the ton” and their background. Many women belonged to DAR. On Chester Co. Day once a year the rich opened their homes for others to view as a fund raiser for a hospital.

    • Sheila,
      I can relate to that situation, too, having both grown up and taught in areas where there were lots of societal judgments in one form or another. I very much remember reading P&P as a high school freshman and *recognizing* people I knew (or were related to) among the characters. I’ve known a couple of real-life Wickhams, a Mr. Collins or two, and am related by marriage to a man who could pass for Lady Catherine, if costumed correctly, LOL. Certainly there are no shortage of opinions when he speaks… 😉 To me, this further signals Austen’s genius — that she was able to create characters so universal and timeless. The older I get, the more I admire her work.

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