Bookclub meeting 6:30 pm Session one
Bookclub meeting 6:30 pm Session one (By Rashdah ) (Thanked: 3 times)
hey guys this was suppose to be short version, but cross fingers i'll make it shorter next time.
Elizabeth Bennet is one of the five daughters of Mrs.Bennet and Mr. Bennet, and she is the most practical of all the women in her family. Mrs. Bennet, very conscious of the rules of society, tells her husband that he must go and meet Mr. Bingley, a wealthy, young bachelor who is moving into the neighborhood. Mr. Bennet has no desire to go meet the man, but Mrs. Bennet insists that he must introduce himself to Bingley so that the family can get to know him. She believes its her life business to get her daughter’s married.
Mr Bennet was going to visit Mr Bingley anyway, however he enjoys contradicting and annoying his wife. He doesn’t tell her till the afternnon that he has visited. When he does so they are all surprised. Mr Bennet professes that this was her plan along and that she knew he would go. She then predicts that, Lydia, although the youngest will be the one that Mr Bingley dances with the most
Bennet household wait for him to return their father's visit, however. Although the Bennet girls catch a glimpse of Bingley as he visits their father, they are unable to see him face to face before the ball because he has to return to London to bring some of his friends to the ball. He brings back his sisters, a cousin, and his friend, Mr. Darcy. Mr Darcy is far more handsome than Bingley and he is wealthier as well, but it escapes no one's notice that Darcy is a snob. Mr. Darcy refuses to dance with any of the ladies at the ball because he does not find any of them attractive enough to dance with. Elizabeth even overhears Darcy say that she, in particular, is not pretty enough for him to ask her to dance. Bingley dances with Jane twice.
Jane likes Bingley and admits it when she's alone with Elizabeth. He's handsome, charming, and kind. She also hit it off with Bingley's sisters, Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst. Between Elizabeth and Jane, cannot figure out how someone as agreeable as Bingley would be friends with the proud and rude Mr. Darcy.
Bingley is pleased with the ball and the society of the country people, but Mr. Darcy, a man more difficult to impress, is not as happy with the evening or the people. While Darcy agrees that Jane is pretty, he, like Bingley's sisters, thinks that she smiles too much. Bingley's sisters forgive Jane her smiling and think that she is sweet anyway.
The next day the Bennet's neighbors, the Lucases, talk abt the ball. Elizabeth's good friend, Charlotte, tells Elizabeth that she overheard Bingley say that Jane was the prettiest girl in the room. Elizabeth tells Charlotte about how she overheard the stuffy Mr. Darcy insulting her. But both women agree that a man as wealthy and handsome as Mr. Darcy does have a right to be a proud man, but that doesn't make them like him.
Elizabeth can tell that Jane's interest in Bingley is growing, but she is also pleased to note that Jane keeps her composure around him and doesn't act boy-crazy the way that other young women behave around handsome men. Charlotte points out to Elizabeth that it might be a mistake for Jane to seem so cool around Bingley because he might not realize that Jane likes him. Elizabeth, being practical, looks at the situation logically and thinks that Jane should guard her feelings until she knows Bingley better to make sure that Jane doesn't get hurt or humiliated in front of everyone they know.
Meanwhile, Mr. Darcy finds that after assuring all of his friends that he doesn't think Elizabeth Bennet is at all pretty, he actually does like her. But instead of talking to her, he listens in on her conversations with other people.
When Darcy comes near to where she and Charlotte are talking. Elizabeth asks Darcy what he thought of a conversation she saw him listening in on earlier in the evening. Before she can embarrass him further. Sir William Lucas, Charlotte's father, talks with Darcy who once again does not join the dancing. Sir William tries to get Elizabeth and Darcy to dance together. Darcy would not mind dancing with Elizabeth, but she refuses. Miss Bingley comes over to Darcy and tells him that she can tell that he's bored and that he hates Netherfield and the country society. But Darcy tells her that she's wrong. He's thinking about Elizabeth and Miss Bingley is unpleasantly surprised by Darcy's interest in Elizabeth
Mrs. Bennet desperately wants her daughters to be well-settled. A large part of her obsession is that Longbourn, their home, goes to another branch of the family when Mr. Bennet dies because he has no male heir and women cannot own or inherit property. Elizabeth's youngest sisters, are fascinated by a regiment of soldiers stationed near a nearby town.
Bingley's sisters invite Jane to have lunch with them, and Mrs. Bennet hopes for rain so that Jane will have to stay overnight at Netherfiel