As any teenager could most likely tell you, moms can be embarrassing. Sometimes they hover, sometimes they dote on us when we’re around friends, and sometimes they partake in generally awkward or humiliating behavior, like dancing and singing. Regardless of their style, all mothers tend to embarrass their children at some point or another.
That being said, I don’t care if your mom chaperons your dates, insists on licking her thumb to wipe food off your face in public, or consistently leaves long, emotional messages on your Facebook wall. I am convinced, no matter how bad you think your mom is, thatno one had it worse than the Bennet sisters.
From one of the first times that Jane and Lizzie met Bingley and Darcy, Mrs. Bennet was already blabbering on about Jane and Lizzie’s beauty and intelligence, and making a fool of the whole family. It’s almost comical in the movie, but every humiliating moment, in the book, is multiplied tenfold by Austen’s diction and our insight into Elizabeth’s mind. Ouch. I got uncomfortable just reading about it.
Aww, shy Darcy.
Mr. Darcy, put that phone away. That is not historically accurate.
“You’re going to destroy my social status, but I’m still willing to marry you. Even though I’m just shocked that I feel in love with you in the first place. Also, sorry for indirectly breaking your sister’s heart, but I don’t feel bad about it.”
Every girl dreams of hearing those words.
Seriously? I don’t know if I’d feel more strongly about this if I hadn’t already fallen in love with Mr. Darcy because of the movie, but even with the knowledge of the ending, I can’t help but be bewildered by how insanely crass his proposal was. And I know that he really did love her and he didn’t necessarily mean any harm by what he said, but honestly, can anyone really be that tactless? I had to put the book down for a second and take a moment to collect myself and let his words sink in. The nerve of this guy. I mean, did he truly expect to get a “yes, of course I’ll marry you” out of this? Jeez. Talk about Pride.
Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Tiny bit weird, but still. He needs to stop being so cute.