Hosts Catrina Mayer and Elle Kammerer talk all things Austen as they read through her collection of novels. As fans of literature and history, the two discuss the history of the time, how to translate the novels to today's world, and what it's like reading these novel for fun in your 30s.
A Proper Proposal
Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 52- 56We finally have one, everyone! We finally have a proper and welcomed proposal! It's taken a while to get here, but at least someone knows what they are doing.But first - we have the most tea ever spilled in an Austen novel. Lizzy hears back from her aunt about WTF happened at Lydia's wedding. Why was Darcy there? Well, turns out, he did a lot more than just attend the nuptials. Lets just say that Darcy has finally warmed even Catrina's heart!Back to that proposal. There is love and happiness and joy. We swoon. It truly is a happily ever after - except it isn't the end.
Oh Thoughtless, Thoughtless Lydia!
Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 46-51Ungovernable Lydia + Sketchy Wickham = Trouble for the BennetsLetters, letters, letters. So. Many. Letters! Why, you ask? Because Lydia has absconded with Wickham in the night! (GASP) She believes she’s going to Scotland to be married to him, but there's no proof of this and the structure of the Bennet’s domesticity is destabilized. Lizzy’s trip is cut short, Mrs. Bennet is teetering on the edge of insanity (more than usual), Mr. Bennet is run off to find the lovers, Kitty and Mary are, well, Kitty and Mary, and Jane is carrying the brunt of the stress on her shoulders. How could this possibly be resolved? What are people going to say about the entire affair?
Pemberly and Its "Proud" Owner
Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 41- 45Lizzy Bennet finally gets to see the estate she could have been the mistress of - and she starts to regret her decision. She is in awe of the grounds, and so are we. Let's just say that Pemberly is better at flirting than Mr. Darcy.While on vacation with the Gardiners, her really cool aunt and uncle from London, the three of them decide to go to the famous Pemberly. As you might expect, Lizzy is nervous, but is assured Mr. Darcy isn't home. Well, that is until he shows up. Now Lizzy has to deal with the embarrassment of finding herself touring the house of the man she refused to marry! Awkward...Oh, and Lydia goes to Brighton with her newly wed friend and the militia. It's totally going to be fine though.
Darcy's Disastrous Proposal
Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 34 - 40 Darcy has proven that he is an awkward man, but nothing is more awkward than his proposal to Elizabeth. Full of declarations of love and insults to her family. How romantic? Of course, Lizzy takes this opportunity to tell Mr. Darcy off. This conversation prompts a decidedly long letter what causes Lizzy a bit of an existential crisis.
Affections Gained and Affections Lost
Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 25 - 33A lot happens to the Bennet sisters between Christmas and Easter. Both Jane and Lizzy go on a trip. Jane gets a pretty cold welcome in London by Miss Bingley and Mrs Hurst. Lizzy, on the other hand, is welcomed by the newly-wed Collins family. We finally meet Lady Catherine in person. But what is this? Mr. Darcy and his dashing cousin Col. Fitzwilliam decide to visit Rosings while Lizzy is there? This couldn't possibly be awkward - or at least not until a little love triangle starts forming. Also, conflict between the hosts! Who stands up for Mr Darcy and who condemns his actions with no regard to the fact that he is super cute and flirty in these episodes? (It's certainly not who wrote this description.)
The Pompous Proposal of Mr. Collins
Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 19-24If you haven't heard enough about Mr. Collins, this is the episode where he really "shines." Yes, we've finally get to discuss the infamous proposal of Mr Collins to Lizzy Bennet. Probably one of the most iconic scenes of Pride and Prejudice, followed by one of the best lines in all of the books. While completely cringe-worthy in itself, this proposal sets up so much of what follows in this classic romance. Alternative titles:No is a complete sentence, Mr. Collins.4 proposal attempts and funeralThe luxury of never having to speak to your crazy mother again.Charlotte Lucas knows exactly what she wants and how to get it.
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