Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pride and Prejudice

Today, a quick quote from Chapter 5 of Pride and Prejudice. In it, Austen looks at the difference between pride and vanity. True, it comes from lines attributed to the sanctimonious Bennet sister, Mary, and it's a hair-splitting sort of difference, but proper understanding of what Austen means by the word pride is a good way to start out reading the book:

"Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us."

We'll be opening to Chapter One on Saturday. I hope you'll consider joining our chapter-by-chapter tour through Pride and Prejudice!


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