Pride and Prejudice Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How long have the Bennets been married at the beginning of the book?

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have been married for 23 years.

2. Why does Mr. Bennet scold his wife for not telling him she was sick of Mr. Bingley?

Mr. Bennet chides his wife for not telling him she was sick of Mr. Bennet because he would not have wasted his efforts in calling on Mr. Bingley had he known his wife did not care to meet him.

3. What does Darcy say about Elizabeth just after meeting her that wounds her pride?

Just after meeting Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy says, "She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men."

4. What are Elizabeth's immediate feelings of Mr. Bingley and his sisters when she first meets them?

Elizabeth senses immediately that while Mr. Bingley is a perfect gentleman in every sense of the word, his sisters are not equal to him in manners and good breeding.

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