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Pride and Prejudice: A Brief Review



There it was on page 274.  The conversation I had been rather impatiently waiting for.

“The happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never felt before; and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do.”

I did not finish this book quite as quickly as most books I start. Probably due to some impossibly long sentences and even longer paragraphs that, upon the slightest interruption, I was forced to reread.  I believe if I had been raised in the 1800s, my attention span would be much longer, and I’m sure I’d have read the book from cover to cover in a day or two. But as it is, I had to digest each new scene in the story before moving on to the next one.

But I loved it. I really did. I loved the story. Loved the characters. (though Jane was just a little too perfect and a little too naive for me.) Loved that I was totally engrossed in a completely different time period. Loved that fornication was frowned upon instead of glorified.  And I loved that though Mr. Darcy seemed conceited, he was really just an introvert. Gotta love an introvert.  And, of course, I loved most of all that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy fell violently in love.

You may wonder how a girl with a degree in English Literary Studies made it to age 37 without reading this book. I’ll tell ya. When you are forced to read stacks of classic literature to pass a college course, the books become horrible, even if they are wonderful. That’s what happened with Sense and Sensibility. It was one of many books I had to read in a very short span of time, and I hated every minute of it. So I had no desire to pick up another Jane Austen book. Ever.

Then a couple friends told me I had to give Pride and Prejudice a chance. So I did. Mostly for them. And I was most pleasantly surprised. 🙂 (Thanks Deanna and Marisa.)

I guess I made need to add Sense and Sensibility to my list of books to reread!


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

5 thoughts on “Pride and Prejudice: A Brief Review

  1. Now you need to read “Death at Pemberly!” I just finished it and really enjoyed it. Tara

  2. So glad you finally got around to reading this wonderful book. I’ve read it, oh, probably three times which is saying something since I seldom reread books. Hope you’re ready to read some more Austen now. I really like “Emma”.

  3. My Jane Austen list is growing! Deanna suggested I read Jane Eyre before reading another Jane Austen, so I’m in the middle of it right now. I love that all of these books have movies and mini-series to go with them. Wathching the movie is kind of like a reward to myself for finishing the book 😉

  4. I’ve never read it and I’m almost 44!

  5. Yay! LOVE Jane Eyre!

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