Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pride and Prejudice

Book menu for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

ISBN of edition I read: 0143036238 (paperback-Keira Knightley movie tie-in cover)

Food mentioned in Pride and Prejudice:
Ragout, 35
White soup, 54
     (meat stock, egg yolks, ground almonds,cream and negus)
Coffee, 75, 160
Muffins, 75
Cold meat, 211, 256
Cake, 256
Fruits, 256
   grapes, nectarines, peaches

Games mentioned in Pride and Prejudice:
Backgammon, 67-8
Whist, 75

Discussion questions for Pride and Prejudice:
An online reviewer said they would bring this book with them to a deserted island.  Would you? Why or why not?  Why is the book so loved? Why so many film versions.  Why is it Austen's most popular work?

If Jane Austen were in the room with you now what would you say to her?

What do you think the author's view of "an ideal marriage" is?  Different characters in the story have various views on marriage. Which is most in line with your own view? What purpose does marriage serve in the story?

What are some examples of pride and of prejudice in the story?

If you have seen any of the movie adaptations, compare them to the book.

One of the library catalog subjects for P&P is 'love stories'. Do you agree?  If not, how would you categorize this story for the catalog?

Libraries mentioned in Pride and Prejudice:
page 54: "...When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library."
page 67
page 70
page 329:  "Mary petitioned for the use of the library at Netherfield; and Kitty begged very hard for a few balls there every winter."

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