Hidden Beneath the Surface

Set up at formal balls, with fancy gowns, and foremost dates are normal for the Bennet family girls of 19th century, Longbourn, England. With the many characters introduced in the novel Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, dialect is an important aspect to understanding characters.

Elizabeth Bennet, intelligent and quick-witted, was positively the most sensible of the five sisters. Others often overlooked the second born child because of her sister’s beauty; however, her humbleness is what draws others in: “‘She is a great reader, and has no pleasure in anything else.’ ‘I deserve neither such praise nor such censure,’ cried Elizabeth…” (36). In this passage, we learn a little more about Elizabeth, or as others call her, Lizzy. Her humbling spirit is just one way to distract others from her devilish personality. Though well read and sharp, she isn’t sweet as sugar. Living with high standards requires a lot of effort – being elegant, poised, and looking spectacular – such pressure and really affects a person, such as Elizabeth. Masked under her beauty and icing, hides a lot.

Another example of Elizabeth’s persona was what others considered her ‘bad side’. Not only was she intelligent and witty, she was sometimes rude, snappy and judgmental. Elizabeth was constantly turning down marriage proposals due her judgmental nature, “Miss Lizzy—if you take it into your head to go on refusing every offer of marriage in this way, you will never get a husband at all… and so I warn you… I have no pleasure in talking to undutiful children” (106). Her mother deals with a lot, having 5 daughters and all. Trying to set up bright futures with a perfectionist attitude is hard enough without a rebel in the making. Lizzy, though smart and modest, needs a shot of empathy in her soul. Still learning to be sympathetic of others, Elizabeth has a long road ahead of her.

In conclusion the Bennet family is an interesting one, most fascinating being Elizabeth. Gossip throughout the novel supports us when understanding characters. As pressure intensifies, attitude develops, who knows what’s bubbling in the pot, waiting to be served.