Wednesday 19 January 2011

First Impressions

Woof, so we have been reading for a week now, and have just made it to chapter 15.  Now Mum loves to read, and I did make an awful mistake when I was a newly home and chew a book cover.  I soon learnt.  Mum is a chic lit, autobiography book lover, but has always looked at the classics with a wanting to read them.  Then she took A Level English Literature and had to read Tess of the D’Urbervilles and some of that wanting was lost! Bol

Thankfully we’re finding Pride and Prejudice enjoyable, and even with the funny words that pop up (Mum’s dyslexic and is quite use to not understanding everything she reads!!).  Quite a bit of it has made us smile, and even if it is set in the late 1700’s early 1800’s, how true much within still is today.  (I sounded like quite an intellectual doggie then!) Talking of old fings, mum did start on the ibone for reading, but has swapped back to an old fashioned book!  Some fings will never change.

Anyone else finding it a ‘will they won’t they’ story….I know, I know, we kinda know how it all ends, and have heard much over the years and have even watched some of the tv shows of the book, but haven’t ever read the full book.  It certainly has everyfing a modern day romantic chick lit has.  And somefing that Austen manages to capture is the relationships between husband and wife, families, friends both between male friends and female friends, between those getting to know each other and between those in society. (Altho no dogs so far, horses yes, but horses not as good as dogs and I fink I can run just as fast. I fink a re-write maybe needed).

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

It seems to me that Austen captures a lot of thoughts that people have and manages to put it into words. Often in sentences that you find yourself smiling at and if indeed, you were actually there at the time, maybe even cringing at slightly

We’re loving the portray of the marriage between Mr and Mrs Bennet, and how he plays his wife.  She’ll suggest something he plays it down while actually knowing it to be sensible and to have already made his own plans, as we saw with the meeting of Bingley.  Perhaps quite an honest look at marriage and the difference between males and females! 

We quite like the Bennet sisters, and mum says she can understand and see a little bit of each in her.  But that she very happy that her Mum and Dad didn’t try and find a man for her in the same ways!  Especially in sending her off then letting her stay somewhere else when poorly!  

We finks it captures the getting to know people in a very good light, even when you’re not 100% sure you even want to like them.  It shows the lengths some woman will go to capture the eye of someone (Miss Bingley), and also in Elizabeth and Darcy’s case, the less interest you the more appealing you become. 
 And as for Mr Collins, having only just been introduced in chapter 13, I hope the first impression of him is wrong, and that he isn’t just making amends to benefit himself.  Whatever, we fink Mr Collins is only looking out for number one and may make waves while doing so.

I finks we leave it there for this week.  We as enjoyed reading it so far and is looking forward to what it to come, hopefully lots of dogs, er,I means love and stuff.  We can’t wait to see…..


  1. Great post. I, too, love Mr. Bennet. In fact, I posted about him today. He plays the game, but he's always teasing her. He's a guy's guy, for sure.

    Have a great day... and keep reading and I will too.

    pawhugs, Max

  2. Oh yes, we love each of the Bennet sisters for their own personalities. I do think that Elizabeth is our fave - we enjoy how she can hold her own during a dialogue!

    I haven't even put my post on my blog yet. BOL! I wanted to check around to see how everyone else is doing.

    I am so glad you are enjoying the book so far. I can't wait to see what happens next!
    xxx Oz

  3. Austen is right on with her descriptive-ness. It's what she's known for! It's been a while since I've read this one and her eye always comes through. Mr. Bennet is pret-ty cool!

  4. I agree! Mr. Bennet is pawesome! Living in house with 6 women...completely out-numbered...and still able to keep his wit about him. Love it!

  5. We are not that great at understanding why humans do things. Oddly, neither is Mama, even though she IS one! So we didn't get, until just now, that Miss Bingley was throwing herself at Mr. Darcy. We thought she just talked a lot!

  6. Wow! Well done Missy! We did enjoy readin' ur post. And, we glad we not the only doggies who be strugglin' wiph all that old english language stuff!

    We did like Mr. Darcy's tactics on playin' hard to get too. Griff gonna try that one out on the Lexie @dogstoyevsky to see if it works for doggies to :-p

  7. You are right Mr Bennet is understated & a brilliant character. I think he comes across as really warm too.

  8. Ello Moo. We dint be readin that book but we like readin yor blog of corse