An Assembly Such as This Short Essay - Answer Key

Pamela Aidan
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1. What work of literature is "An Assembly Such as This" based on? How does "An Assembly Such as This" differ from the original story?

"An Assembly Such as This" is a retelling of Jane Austen's novel, "Pride and Prejudice". In "Pride and Prejudice" the story is told from Elizabeth Bennet's point of view, but in "An Assembly Such as This" the story is retold from the point of view of Fitzwilliam Darcy.

2. How did Darcy and Bingley come to be friends?

In Chapter 1, it is explained that Bingley's innocent nature lead him to be the target of cruel jokes by the young men in town, and Darcy felt obliged to warn and help Bingley in this manner. From this point their friendship grew.

3. What upsets Darcy when he sees Bingley dancing with the most handsome girl at the party?

When Bingley dances with the most handsome girl at the party, Darcy is filled with disdain for the girl's family, as he can see her mother's thoughts have already turned to matrimony.

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