My Review of Pride and Prejudice, Age 10

by | January 18, 2012
filed under Feminism

Elizabeth is reading Jane's LettersIn the process of moving, I came across a book report for Pride and Prejudice, which I did in Grade 5.

I wanted to include it here because I think it demonstrates an early feminist awakening for me (in the fact that I was basically disgusted with Elizabeth’s options and couldn’t understand why she married anyone), and because it’s painfully obvious that at this point I wrote this without having actually finished the book.

Luckily by now I’ve read it several times. Pride and Prejudice is among my favourite books and I recommend you not consider factual my 10-year-old impression. Note: the parenthetical comments are part of the original report.

 

Pride and Prejudice. A Book Report by Jarrah Hodge. 1996.

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Title page: Yes that is my attempt at a Star Trek font


Pride and Prejudice is a story about a wealthy family with a couple and five daughters. Their social levels are not very high but Mr. and Mrs. Bennet of England are always trying to get Elizabeth, the main character, and her sisters Jane, Kitty, Lydia, and Mary married off.

This book was set in about 1810, which is near the publishing date. It was written by Jane Austen who later died of Addison’s Disease, a type of tuberculosis. It is her second novel.

Mr. Bingley brings his best friend and their sisters to a dance and he falls in love with Jane.

Mr. Darcy is proud and prejudiced (fitting title!) and he says that Elizabeth is not pretty enough to temp him to ask her to dance but he sees something in her eyes.

Jane goes to visit but catches a cold and has to stay there longer. Elizabeth, Kitty, Lydia and their mother go to see Jane. Lydia leaves her friends and elopes with an officer from a town nearby.

A drunk fell in love with Elizabeth and asks her to marry him. She refuses (Good for Her!). Mr. Bingley asks Jane to marry him and she accepts.

The sisters didn’t want Mr. Bingley to marry someone with so low social class.

When Jane returns home for a while, the sisters write her, telling her Mr. Bingley has left and the marriage is off. Jane doesn’t believe it and she marries him, much to the dismay of the sisters.

Kittie gets very sick and dies.

down by the riverMr. Darcy falls in love with Elizabeth and asks her to marry him. She accepts him. (Why? She heard the comments he made earlier.)

I found this book sort of monotonous. Why did Elizabeth marry him? What happened to Mary?

I would recommend this book to people who like old books. I thought there was too much dialogue in it and it was confusing.

-Jarrah


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  • Clare

    I haven’t read the book, only seen the movie(s) and it’s quite accurate! Your prescient use of parentheses is priceless.

  • Kaitlin

    I love it! “I would recommend this book to people who like old books.”

  • Maya

    This book report is hilarious. Lovely illustrations.