28 Lessons We’ve Learned from Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice 1895 edition illustrated by Hugh ThomsonJanuary 28 marks the anniversary of Pride and Prejudice’s publication in 1813, a cultural milestone that almost never was thanks to a dismissive publisher who rejected Jane Austen’s manuscript First Impressions in 1797. Sixteen years later, Thomas Egerton bought the rights to Pride and Prejudice for just £110…and the rest, as they say, is literary history. So today, the twenty-eighth day of January, in honor of P&P’s birthday, Bas Bleu is sharing our list of twenty-eight life lessons we learned from Miss Austen, Lizzie Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and, yes, even Mr. Wickham.

1. Beware of truths universally acknowledged.

2. Be persistent in the face of rejection.

3. There is great joy in a long walk.

4. Don’t set too much stock in first impressions.

5. There are worse things than being single…like being married to Mr. Collins.

6. A six-hour movie isn’t too long if it’s the right story.

7. You can learn a lot about a man by the way he treats his sister.

8. You can’t hide in the library forever.

9. Sharp wit and a pair of fine eyes are worth far more than an expensive dress.

10. The man of your dreams will love you even when you have a terrible cold.

11. When in doubt, say it in a letter.

12. Never play dumb to attract a man.

13. Don’t make important life choices just to soothe your mother’s nerves.

14. Men, always keep your home ready for unexpected guests. You never know when the love of your life will show up.

15. Bad boys are not worth it.

16. Gorge all you want at a banquet as long as you’re wearing an empire-waist dress.

17. It’s not the end of the world if your little sister gets married before you do.

18. A dashing uniform does not make the man.

19. “Obstinate, headstrong girl!” really is a compliment.

20. Don’t be stingy about giving others a second chance. You never know when your own happiness may depend on one.

21. When it comes to a man’s library, size matters.

22. An intelligent woman should never tolerate a disrespectful man…no matter how rich he is.

23. A great love story is always in style.

24. It really is a woman’s prerogative to change her mind.

25. Marrying your true love means marrying his or her entire family.

26. Men may leave you, but your sisters never will.

27. Happy relationships are based on more than romance.

28. Colin Firth then, Colin Firth now, Colin Firth forever.

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31 thoughts on “28 Lessons We’ve Learned from Pride and Prejudice

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  7. Enjoyed those. Agree about Knightly performance and the whole production, including the cast – with posible exception of Donald Sutherland. I wish you’d published that blog.

  8. Reblogged this on Pastedreams and commented:
    28 Lessons learned from Pride & Prejudice—all true! My dad bought it for me when I was 8 years old, and although I didn’t get all the biting humor then, these lessons stayed with me. I can’t wait give it to Lucy Jane, whom we named half for Jane Eyre and half for Jane Austen (we were both reading all if Jane Austen’s works at the time.) If you haven’t read it, maybe put this one on your reading list!

  9. Reblogged this on North of the Tension Line and commented:
    Today is the 202nd anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice. I doubt, when she wrote it, that she expected it to endure for two centuries, and I wonder how many of our contemporaries realize how perfectly modern–and perfectly biting–its humor is. If you haven’t read it, now’s the time.

    Here’s to Pride and Prejudice. May it long endure.

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