[MY BOOKISH OBSESSIONS] Ballrooms, Red Coats and £10,000 A YEAR//Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen//

”It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

And just like that, I am back home again.

Some of you already know that I started my Classics journey with Pride and Prejudice. Mumma gave me an abridged version of it – full of images of Darcy and Elizabeth dancing, Mrs. Bennet talking outlandishly, Darcy giving Lizzie the letter – and it sparked a desire in me, a desire to know more, a desire to know AS MUCH THERE WAS TO KNOW ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS, ABOUT THIS AUTHOR!

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This little version of Pride and Prejudice became my best friend. I would take it to school, show it off to my friends (who, by the way, were sick of me going on and on about it),  daydream about it!  I was in love with all of these lovely characters and their lovely stories.

Then my aunt, upon seeing how madly in love with it I was, gave me her mother’s copy of the same. It was yellowed, frayed, the pages were flying every which way and still, it was, to me, the MOST GORGEOUS THING I HAD EVER HELD! ️

It was a memory within memory and I loved that thought.

Many times I was tempted to get it bound and all fixed up but then it’d have lost all the rawness, all the beauty of it! I mean what difference would then have been between a brand new copy and this one? I wanted it to remain JUST THE SAME, no alterations needed. And I have kept it intact, every single page intact. And I am SOOO proud of it!

When I first got it, I couldn’t have been more than 11 years old and my little mind couldn’t really make much sense of the words. Although I knew the story, the complete version still felt like unknown territory. I was having real trouble getting into it. 

BUT I WAS DETERMINED!

I read it, asked mumma about the phrases I couldn’t understand but she soon started to get irritated 🤣. After that, I kept to myself but didn’t stop reading it even when I couldn’t understand what was going on. The second read was a bit easier. And by the third time, I started comprehending everything. Still, I went on to read it TWICE MORE!

SUCH WAS MY OBSESSION WITH THIS BOOK!

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Even today as I recall all those memories, my mind is filled with vivid nostalgia and it is one of the warmest feelings ever.

I don’t know who I’d have been today if it wasn’t for my love for this book. It changed the course of my attention, the very nature of my thoughts and influenced my daily life in the SUBTLEST WAYS IMAGINABLE! 

Miss Austen has bewitched my mind and I LOVE HER FOR IT! And to celebrate this passion, I will be sharing all things Pride and Prejudice, apart from other things, of course.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading them! 

46 thoughts on “[MY BOOKISH OBSESSIONS] Ballrooms, Red Coats and £10,000 A YEAR//Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen//

  1. “I don’t know who I’d have been today if it wasn’t for my love for this book. It changed the course of my attention, the very nature of my thoughts and influenced my daily life in the SUBTLEST WAYS IMAGINABLE!”

    BOOKS ARE TRULY AMAZING!

    A wonderful blog post and it is a story I am fond of too, but it was Jane Eyre for me that I read many, many times as a young adult.

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    1. TRULYY! Those who don’t read have NO idea how much of power a book really holds, I am telling you! Whenever I ACCIDENTALLY let slip in front of my many non-bookish friends that a book changed me or something along those lines, they sit there looking at me like an idiot! 🤣🤣

      Oh I read Jane Eyre last month and DAMNNN!! I AGREEE! It is a book that I am pretty sure I will re-read MANYYY times throughout my life! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  2. The views that this book propagates are a little different then those of the Victorian gentlemen who were priding themselves on their bachelor status and condescended their married fellows. The saying goes that the only reason why a Victorian gentleman would consider marriage, was to retain the ability to uphold his status without working. The woman in question had to be a rich, beautiful and little silly heiress. By 1861 there were 10,380,285 women living in England and Wales but only 9,825,246 men. …

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    1. Oh? To be honest I had no idea about that! Its amazing how I read a post last month about how context is important to a work of literature and now that you have told me about this fact, I wholeheartedly agree! ❤️

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  3. Beautiful post!! Such a great look into your love of P+P It is such a gorgeous classic, so lovely and inspiring! I have read it so many times- I just adore it! The unbound copy sounds stunningly beautiful and so raw and organic and gorgeous!! I love that you are keeping it that way! 🙂 ❤ 🙂 ❤

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    1. I KNOW RIGHTT?! DOESNT IT LOOK ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUSSS?!? 😍😍❤️ These pics came out better than expected to be honest because I suck at taking them! 🤣🤣🤣

      THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH, Kb!! 😍❤️❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟🌟 I hope you’ll like the future posts as well! ❤️❤️🌟 Re-reading the book right now! 😍❤️❤️

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  4. omg that P&P is so gorgeous even though it’s in pieces it’s strangely poetic. I think Jane Austen would be proud. I have yet to finish it but S&S is very good (and I watched part of S&S in class and SNAPE>) but seriously I can feel your love for that book through the post and it’s lITERALLY warming my cold dead rock of a heart

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    1. I KNOW RIGHTTTT??!!!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️ Its in tatters and STILL SOO FUCKING GORGEOUS! 😍😍❤️❤️😭😭

      Oh yeahhhh!! I have watched that adaptation as well! He really does a great job in that one! 😍❤️ And Kate Winslet as well! 😍😍❤️❤️

      AWWWWWWW!! Its anything but a cold rock, hon!! 😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️🥰🥰🥰🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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    1. I LOVE IT TOO! JUST AS IT IS!! No binding or anything! 😍😍❤️❤️

      Oh well….I had read the REALLLYYY abridged version before starting the complete one and the first two times I read it, I had A LOTTT of help! So yeah…I guess I was! 🤣🤣😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

      THANK YOU SOOOO MUCHHHHH, Sarah! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️💕💕💕🌟🌟🌟

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  5. Beautiful post!

    It’s funny after telling myself school killed my love of classics I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time last year and that book and Anne of Green Gables reignited that spark and got me reading the classics again and really enjoying them. The story of your edition is lovely as well!

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    1. OH I AMMM SOOOOO GLAD YOU GOT INTO CLASSICS AGAIN although I can understand about the school part! Its like anything that gets included in the fucking SYLLABUS loses its charm right?! 🤣🤣🤣 Its just SOOO annoying!

      And Anne of Green Gables! I have yet to read this one! I JUST…I dont know…keep putting it off I guess..☹️☹️

      THANK YOU SOOO MUCHHHH!! I am soo gald you liked it! ❤️❤️❤️💕💕

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    1. Awwwww!! Why would I hate youuuu!!!? 😘😘😘😘🥰🥰❤️❤️❤️❤️ And you know what I would LOVE to buddy read this one with you, whenever/if you decide to pick P&P!! 😍😍❤️❤️😘😘😘💕💕

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      1. OH PERSUASION IS THE SWEETEST LITTLE BOOK EVERRR!! LOVE IT SOOO MUCHHHHH!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️

        “I am half agony, half hope.” Oh that line KILLS me! 😍❤️❤️🌟🌟

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  6. I LOVE JANE AUSTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pride and Prejudice is simply perfection is it not… It is a comforting blanket, a fluffy pair of socks, it’s a hot cuppa. it’s a deeply relaxing sleep… IT IS EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3333333333

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    1. YESSSSS!!!! EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK SCREAMS COMFORT TO MEEE!! ANYTHING RELATED TO P&P, a LITTLE MENTION OF IT and I GO CRAZYYYYY!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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  7. Pride and Prejudice is such a wonderful book, it’s one of my favourites! ❤ Jane Austen in general is amazing and I have enjoyed everything I read by her. But Pride and Prejudice is my favourite of her books. 😀 Amazing pst, it was wonderful reading your thoughts on it. ❤

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      1. Yes, I have read Northanger Abbey. For some reason I don’t remember much about it? Probably because it has been a long time since I read it. 😂😂 I definitely need to reread it! Actually, I have read all books by Jane Austen aside from Sense and Sensibility. ❤

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      2. OH DO RE-READ IT! Every day is a good day to read Austen! 😉😉❤️❤️ and you could watch the movie as well! That Felicity Jones’ adaptation is really A TREAT! 😍😍❤️❤️

        Oh, I see that a lot! And I get it you know! Sense and Sensibility was definitely a difficult one to get into for me! Eeeeekkkk!! 🤣🤣

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      3. I completely agree! The next time I’m in the mood to reread something I’m going to pick Northanger Abbey. 😉 Oh, thank you for the recommendation! I’ll definitely check the movie out! ❤
        I actually haven't even tired reading Sense and Sensibility yet. I wanted to get my own copy of it, which hasn't happened yet. Hopefully I'll be able to read that book soon! 😀

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  8. I love Pride and Prejudice, and yes, I agree completely, books can and do influence us so so SO much, especially books we read as kids. My first Jane Austen book was actually Mansfield Park and only then did I read Pride and Prejudice, and I remember feeling like, “okay, so maybe classics aren’t so bad?” Back in school we were nearly always reading books I didn’t like nor care about, and so finding these two classics I *loved* was a huge thing for me. ❤❤ I haven’t yet read the rest of Austen’s novels, but I’m planning on reading them this winter with a friend who has to read them for uni. 🙂 Really great post! 🙂

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    1. YESSSSS!!! The sammeeee with meee!! And I AGREE Mansfield Park is AWESOMEEE!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️ I looveeed it sooo much!😍😍

      School really does suck all the fun out of reading, doesnt it?! I swear anything attached to the “syllabus” is like…UGHH!! ITS DESPICABLE TO MEEEE!! 🤣🤣🤣

      Oh you GOTTTA read Northanger Abbey next Veronika! IT IS SOOO MUCH FUN!! 😍😍😍

      Thank you soo sooooooooo mchhhhh!! ❤️😍😍😍😍🌟🌟😘😘

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    1. ME TOOOO!! Its one of my most prized posessions! I just want it to stay like this FOREVERRRR! And I am gonna make sure that it does! 😍😍

      AWWW!! Thank you soo much! Mumma really was supportive. Still is. And papa never stopped me from doing what I love so yeah, I am sooo thankful for them!! 🍀 🤣😍😍

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  9. I still haven’t read this book 🙈 I haven’t read many classics tbh but when I make a bit of progress with my TBR I do want to try and pick a few up. I loved reading this, it’s clear how much this book means to you and it has definitely made me want to pick it up a bit more ❤️ also sorry for not commenting on your posts since following you. For some reason WordPress wasn’t sending me notifications so I didn’t know about them.

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    1. AWWW!! Thank you sooo muchhh, Charlotte! It means the WORLD that this post has made you want to read Pride and Prejudice! And its DEFINITELY the place to start if you are looking toe explore classics more! 😍❤️

      Hey, its alright! I can TOTALLY understand! WordPress can be a bit annoying sometimes. So don’t worry about it alright? I am just glad that you visited my blog and liked it! THANK YOU SOOO MUCHHH!! You are so very kind! ❤️💕💕🌟😘🦋😇

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      1. I already sort of wanted to but it’s definitely made me want to prioritize it and probably pick it up first (: I just loved reading this and learning how much the book meant to you ❤️❤️

        I think it should be sorted now (: I have no idea why WordPress only sets some of the blogs that I follow up for email alerts automatically 🤔 I really did ☺️❤️❤️

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      2. OH YAYYYY!! ❤️❤️ Please let me know once you’ve read it! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! ❤️❤️💕🌟

        Oh that! So okay you will only be notified via email if you actually enter your email address in the box while signing up (some blogs use that option, some don’t. Mine does. ☺️)…but if you just click that slim, blue “Follow this blog” button, you’ll be notified of the posts via WP reader.

        Or at least that’s my understanding of it. Hope that helps. ❤️❤️😘🌟💕

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      3. It’ll probably be next year, hopefully fairly early in it though. If my reading seems to be going well I might try to start reading a classic a month. Or every other month. But I’ll make sure I let you know once I’ve read it ☺️❤️❤️

        I found a subscription page and fixed it from there. It just confused me, in the past, because it’s a different subscription page to the one that came up before 🤔 thanks for the tip though.

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      4. A classic a month sounds a really good idea! 😍 That’s essentially how I started out, after having read Pride and Prejudice! Because otherwise it can get a bit bland and then you lose interest!

        You are most welcome, hon! 😘😘❤️

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      5. Thank you (: i think that’s what I’ll try and do next year. Maybe not straight away as I still have a few books that I’m desperate to get on with first but I think I will aim to get at least six read next year, preferably ten.

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