Memorable Lines: P&P (Part 2)


Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.  -Mr. Bennett declares calmly/dryly to Lizzie while a horrified Mrs. Bennett looks on

I’m not romantic you know.  I never was.  I only ask a comfortable home. -Charlotte admits to Lizzie her reason for marrying (settling for) Mr. Collins


There are few people in the world whom I truly love… The more I see of the world, the more I’m dissatisfied with it.  -Lizzie admits to Jane


Beauty is not the only virtue, Maria.  I hear Miss King has recently inherited 10,000 pounds.

-Charlotte explains to her teenage sister, Maria, and Mrs. Phillips (one of Lizzie’s aunts) after Maria comments that Miss King is not very pretty.


Shelves in the closet- happy thought indeed.  -Lizzie comments on the closet in her bedchamber at Hunsford (the Collins’ house)

Oh, do not concern yourself with your appearance, my dear cousin.  She [Lady Catherine de Bourgh] likes to have the distinction of rank preserved.  -Mr. Collins 


What?  All out at one time- the younger ones before the elder are married?  -Lady Catherine reveals her surprise when Lizzie explains that all her sisters are out in society at the same time.


I feel I’m ill qualified to recommend myself to strangers.  -Mr. Darcy


In vain I have struggled, it will not do. My feelings will not be repressed – you must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. In declaring myself thus I am fully aware that I will be going expressly against the wishes of my family, my friends and I hardly need add my own better judgement. The relative situation of our families is such that any alliance between us must be regarded as a highly reprehensible connection. Indeed as a rational man I cannot but regard it as such myself – but it cannot be helped. Almost from the earliest moments of our acquaintance I have come to feel for you a passionate admiration and regard, which despite all my struggles has overcome every rational objection and I beg you most fervently to relieve my suffering and consent to be my wife.  -Darcy’s first proposal


The mode of your declaration merely spared me any concern I might had felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner. You could not have made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that could have tempted me to accept it. From the very beginning your manners impressed me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit and your selfish distain for the feelings of others. I had not known you a month before I felt you were the last man in the world whom I could ever marry.  -Lizzie’s reply to Darcy

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