Once, the guests were supposed to come. All day long my mother continued to give us instructions. I remember she asked us to behave properly and said, “Always remember that first impression is the last impression!”.
She was right at that time but I guess it’s not always true.
I have just finished reading “Pride and Prejudice” and I’m still rambling in the shrubs of Longbourn. Marriage and the difference between reality and appearance are the major themes present in the novel. I really admire the character of Elizabeth Benet. She was not a charming girl, yet her keen intelligence and lively nature make her a popular heroine of classic literature.
It so happen that the black clouds of pride and prejudice obscures the vision of Elizabeth and Darcy. They both misjudged each other. Thus, their wrong judgment and false precision at their first meeting, provide basis for the development of novel.
Jane Austen gives us several examples of good and bad marriages here. She gives us an example of bad marriage and tells us that passion and love at first sight often prove fatal for the relationship of marriage. I love the way in which Elizabeth and Darcy accept the fact that they both love each other. It was a gradual process which also enables them to get rid of their attitude of pride and prejudice.
Unlike, the passionate desire of love which blinds Lydia and unlike the only want of economic relief which Charlotte seeks in her marriage, Elizabeth looks for an honest man.
Reading the novel was a great experience. It makes me to think upon this topic and I came to conclusion that trust, honesty and wisdom provide firm basis for the successful relationship of marriage. I believe that first impression is not always the last impression. Human nature is quite complex and our first impression about someone can mislead us. The pure relationship of marriage requires trust and honesty and the love bond between Elizabeth and Darcy beautifully depicts this message.
I love Elizabeth Benet. She’s not naive rather she’s bold in expressing her feelings. Have you read this novel? What is your perception about the successful marriage?