Okay, so even though this is one of my all time favorite stories, I’m going to start with the disclaimer that just as we should treat life lesson from Gone With the Wind with a grain of salt, Jane Austen might have known how to write a perfect leading man but I think she still had some figuring out to do about life. But if you want to take away some larger messages from the novel, here are a few:
1. All women want to get married: “A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.”
2. All men want to get married too … unless they are poor: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
3. But everyone can agree that books are better than being in a relationship: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!”
4. Sometimes it’s okay to complain: “Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
5. It’s okay to change your mind: “She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.” Can turn into … “I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.”
6. A well placed adjective can make or break a marriage proposal: “You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”
What lesson is your favorite and which life lessons from the book have I missed? Let me know in the comments!