Pride and Prejudice: FREE NOTES / LITERARY ANALYSIS by Jane Austen
The first marriage we encounter in Pride and Prejudice is Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's. These two illustrate magnificently by negative example just. Mr. Edward Gardiner is the brother of misjon.info He is a London businessman. Both of them begin to play an important role from Ch onwards when they. The Gardiners are a happily married couple with four children. Mr Mrs Gardiner is particularly close to Jane and Elizabeth and offers them good advice.
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No mediaeval scuffle has ever occurred in them; no celebrated church hoards its monuments; no City hall cherishes its relics there; no celebrated person has honoured it by birth or death. Gracechurch Street is one of these unambitious streets. It derived its name, says Stow, from the grass or herb market there kept in old time, and which gave its name to the parish church of St. We had just visited Tower Hill and were heading for St.
My husband and I wandered here and there and got lost, no nearer to our destination. This part of London seemed a mismash of old and mostly modern buildings, with wide and narrow streets, some twisting and winding, others straight. It was nothing like the old London my year-old self had expected to see, for at that time I did not fully realize the extent of the devastation that the great fire of had wrought.
Early modern map of Cheapside. We finally boarded a transit bus and missed noticing Gracechurch Street. Not that I would have searched for it. Gardiner was a sensible, gentlemanlike man, greatly superior to his sister, as well by nature as education.
The Netherfield ladies would have had difficulty in believing that a man who lived by trade, and within view of his own warehouses, could have been so well bred and agreeable. Gardiner, who was several years younger than Mrs. Philips, was an amiable, intelligent, elegant woman, and a great favourite with all her Longbourn nieces. Between the two eldest and herself especially, there subsisted a very particular regard.
They had frequently been staying with her in town. The first part of Mrs. I love the Gardiners, two sane people in a novel filled with characters and oddballs. They provide ballast and sound advice to Elizabeth, who wisely turned to Mrs. Gardiner, not her mother, when mulling a problem about love and life. Gardiner was a merchant who lived close to his warehouse. Despite their middle class background, the Gardiners are more refined and sensible than many of their social betters.
Elizabeth is proud to introduce them to Mr. Darcy when visiting his estate, knowing that their restrained behavior would not make him or her cringe. Cheapside in the mid 18th century. Social calls, their timing and length — or lack thereof — could be used to extend a friendship or give the cut direct, which in this instance Miss Bingley chose to do to Jane.
This was an event that Mrs. Gardiner and Lizzy correctly predicted beforehand: The Gardiners and their brood, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter I am sorry for her, because, with her disposition, she may not get over it [her failed love affair with Bingley] immediately.
But do you think she would be prevailed on to go back with us?
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Change of scene might be of service — and perhaps a little relief from home, may be as useful as anything. To think her good opinion of him- nay, her thorough adoration of him! A soft knock sounded upon the door, and as Jane was the least indisposed of the two, she rose to open it. Worse still for her aunt to discover what sordid information had unsettled her! Mrs Gardiner rested a light hand upon the door frame, glancing between her two nieces with a knowing smile.
Lizzy, do stop grinding your teeth so. Mrs Gardiner accepted the little chair Jane offered, and settled herself with a sympathetic pursing of her lips.
I presume your mother has told you everything? As you both look to have seen a ghost, shall I assume that your mother painted it all as a most disagreeable experience? Well, I cannot dispute some of what she says, for she was likely accurate about the physical details.
However, it need not be so dire as your faces would indicate. As a matter of fact, it can be quite wonderful, if you will only permit it. Now, what particularly has you both so distressed? Perhaps I may address it. Now listen girls, do you not find it pleasant to be in the company of your betrotheds? And what of more private intimacies?
Has either of your gentlemen whispered soft words for only you, revealing parts of himself which are not meant for others? Has Mr Darcy ever done so, Lizzy? He is very proper, you know- or at least, so I had thought! I never thought it so very improper, Lizzy.
Have either of you experienced such? Aunt, Mr Darcy is honourable! I would have welcomed them from him, certainly, had they been appropriate, but it is men such as Mr Wickham who impose themselves on ladies who are not yet their wives! Mr Darcy has behaved the perfect gentleman because he is such, and because I would tolerate nothing less.
He would be terrified of displeasing you. Do you mean he has not kissed you on the lips, Lizzy? Oh, Mr Bingley has kissed me many times. Did I do wrong, Aunt? Where is the fun of an engagement without a stolen kiss or two?
Did you find it an agreeable experience? Have you been equally as pleased with them? Bravely, she forced herself to confess all, for her aunt seemed not only permissive on the subject, but nearly insistent. You are decently engaged, and some strong feeling is natural, even right. I think him quite taken with you, Jane. It is plain for anyone to see that he thinks of nothing but you.
You have nothing to fear in regards to the marriage bed. Surely he will be gentle with you, and though he may not be perfectly innocent, neither has he cause to select a fashionable wife and keep a mistress.
He may marry where he pleases, and he was pleased to offer for you. You have eased my mind so greatly! I had feared that when he calls today, I must in all conscience deny him those little affections which he might request, now that I know what they naturally lead to after marriage. I do not know how I could bear disappointing him! He has not taken truly improper liberties, only allowed you to taste some little of the delights in store. All while only engaged! Modest Jane and her diffident Mr Bingley were the last couple she would have suspected of such chicanery.
I do not disparage your excellent Mr Bingley, but his education and experiences must of necessity dictate different levels of personal restraint. Mr Darcy was brought up with such strict expectations! Mama has already informed us of far more than we should ever have wished to know.
I am sorry it has come as such a shock to you, but it is the way of the world, you know. Lizzy, did not you once say that Mr Darcy roundly insulted you upon his first proposal, claiming your connections beneath him and you and Jane the sole exceptions to his disdain? His address has altered so essentially that I have come to know his better qualities- why, you have seen him for the kind, generous man that he is!
Did you ever, even for a moment, labour under the misapprehension that he could be anything but violently in love with you to have spoken thus? For a man of his standing and sense of duty to be driven to wrestle with his misgivings and at last surrender to act upon his heart, you must confess it reveals much of his character and intentions toward you.
For all his goodness, he is still a man, and a man of the ton, and I am to grace his arm and provide his heir. All the glittering appeal- mistress of his estate, hostess at his home- those things mean nothing to me in comparison to himself.
I never desired such a connection, and now I fear that I shall regret loving him. How can I bear the disappointment of knowing him as a wife would, forced to acknowledge the baser instincts and faults common to men even in one I admired and held so dear? Oh, my dear girl, do you not see? Mr Darcy was expected to do exactly as your mother has described.
He was to find a woman whose connections and wealth would bring honour to his family name, and his personal desires were to be a matter of his private business.
Now, you know how I feel about your suitability for him- he has chosen his life partner wisely with respect to all matters save those he was taught to consider first. She has largely spent her life here in comfortable Meryton, where Longbourn is a principal estate and herself a person of standing. Therefore, she may not properly understand, as you and I do, the social sacrifices that Mr Darcy made out of love for you.
He surrendered much to ask for your hand. How he mortified me when he first confessed his scruples! He is a deeply private man, and I doubt he has often given himself the trouble of trying to please a woman. I believe you frightened the wits out of the poor man when he discovered you owned his heart. Is it at all conceivable that he would abandon everything he was taught, risking the displeasure his family and complaining not about your lack of fortune, so that he could first marry you and then humiliate you?
Mrs Gardiner nodded in satisfaction. She gestured vaguely with her hands, unable to form the disgraceful question she would ask. A girlish flush stained her cheeks and she opened her mouth hesitantly.
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There need be no shame between a married couple. Surely Mr Darcy will be considerate of your innocence, both with respect to your physical as well as your emotional discomfort. Aunt, perhaps I do not know him as well as I shall very soon, but he is and shall always be a man of deep reserve. I would rather he did not approach me at all than that he should be mortified by doing his duty!