Elizabeth Bennet’s Bag

THE BAG

BORSA MARCO RED

A glamorous bag…Italian Red Passion

 

 

If you feel like you just need novelty in your life… dare and use color!Rely  on a strong hue like RED!  Red is the colour of a strong character just like the heroine of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.This glamorous red bag will make you feel strong,  passionate and pride like Elisabeth Bennet with a touch that makes you look warm, elegant and energetic. This Glam handcrafted bag is 100% made in Italy in  Vegetable tanned Tuscan vacchetta leather, it has  a one central  section, two outer zippered sections, one small zippered pocket in central section, an organizer panel for pens, credit cards and cellphone and an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. Approx. Dimensions (W x H x D): 13.0 x 9.8 x 4.7 in / 33.0 x 25.0 x 12.0 cm Approx. Weight: 2.2lb / 1.0 kg

Manufacturer:  Laura

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THE CHARACTER : Elizabeth Bennet

Elisabet Bennet

“Come, Darcy,” said Mr Bingley. “ I must have you dance. I hate to see you standing about yourself in this stupid manner.” You are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room” “Oh! She is the most beautiful creature I have ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I dare say, very agreeable…Elizabeth Bennet.”

Elizabeth Bennet, affectionately called Lizzy, is the protagonist of the novel “Pride and Prejudice” wrote by the English author Jane Austen, in the late 1700s.

Elizabeth is a very different woman from all the other young women of her time : she  is brilliant, very intelligent and insightful. She has a strong, firm  character and she doesn’t  easily  change her minds, the first impression is more than enough to her to identify a person. Referring to her and the other daughters, her  father says: “None of them is worth a lot, they are all silly and ignorant as the otherl girls; but Lizzy is a bit ‘more alert of her sisters. “. She is always put to the test for the embarrassment caused her  family: a frivolous and vulgar mother , younger silly sisters and a disinterested and cynical father.

 However she feels a great and sincere affection for her older sister, Jane, who is considered the most beautiful of all the girls of the family. She is exceptionally good tempered and cannot think ill of anyone. Elizabeth says to her: “You think that everyone is perfect, you  do mind if I speak ill of anyone. But when I want to think that you’re perfect, you put yourself against me. Fear not that I exaggerate, I usurp your dowry to consider all with kindness. There are few people that I love for real and even fewer of whom I think well. The more I know the world, the more I am disgusted … “.

Elizabeth is a careful observer, “…she enjoys the antics of all …”, rapidly she forms an opinion on the people around her, which is almost always right. But her judgment on Mr. Darcy, a rich and extremely proud man , is negatively affected by the vanity of the girl. The lack of interest of the young man irritates her, as having been judged  as “just tolerable”, so she  confesses  to his sister: “I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not hurt mine.”

Elizabeth, however, is able to recognize her mistakes and when she realizes Mr. Darcy ‘s  generosity and noble spirit , she is able  to retrace her steps, proving reasonable and with an open mind in contrast to most of her contemporaries.

Elizabeth is a woman who has the courage to rebel against conformism to achieve her happiness: she reject a marriage with a ridiculous and boring man although he is  and tackles head-on the terrible Lady Catherine De Bourgh, the noblewoman who feels she is unworthy of her nephew Mr. Darcy .

Elizabeth is therefore a heroine, she is beautiful, bright, sharp and has got a rebellious nature with a tendency to openly express her ideas. In her, you can catch the first glow of a nonconformist woman not , an attack on the privilege of men, openly declaring the right of women to independence 

 

THE STORY : PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Elisabet e Darcy

“And this,” cried Darcy, as he walked with quick steps across the room, “is your opinion of me! This is the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully. My faults, according to this calculation, are heavy indeed! But perhaps,” added he, stopping in his walk, and turning towards her, “these offences might have been overlooked, had not your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that had long prevented my forming any serious design. These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I with greater policy concealed my struggles, and flattered you into the belief of my being impelled by unqualified, unalloyed inclination — by reason, by reflection, by every thing. But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related. They were natural and just. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections? To congratulate myself on the hope of relations, whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?”

Mr and mrs Bennet live in a small provincial town, Longbourne, in the South of England with their five daughters. They belong to the rural gentry but they are not rich. Therefore thir difficult task, finding husbands for thir daughters, is complicated by the fact that the girls are beautiful but do not posses a dowry. Besides, on Mr Bennet’s death, the house and the small estate where they live will pass over to their cousin, Mr Collins, a pedantic clergyman and the only male heir. The arrival of Mr Bingley, a rich landowner, and of his friend, the contemptuous and proud Mr Darcy, is like a stone in a still pond.

Elizabeth and Darcy first meet at a ball given at Darcy’s house and she accumulates various reasons for resentment towards him because she is convinced that Darcy is responsible of her sister Jane’s unhappiness. Mr Darcy has in fact convinced Mr Bingley who wants to marry Jane that she is socially inferior to his legitimate aspirations. Elizabeth, the witty and intelligent second daughter, refuses Mr Collins’ offer of marriage, disappointing her mother’s hope that the house may belong to one of her daughters. Mr Collins, in fact, marries Charlotte, Elizabeth’s best friend. On a visit to Charlotte in her new house, Elizabeth meets Mr Darcy again in the house of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who is Darcy’s aunt and Mr Collins’ patroness Elizabeth sees Darcy walk into the room. Darcy has been able to appreciate Elizabeth’s beauty, talents  and frankness and he  takes the first step, however awkward, towards her. After a silence of several minutes he comes towards her in an agitated manner saying “ In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” In the climax of their story, the two characters appear in their most radical attitudes but also with their potentially best qualities. Darcy has forced himself into declaring his love to Elizabeth but his phrasing is so unfortunate that all he achieves is to make Elizabeth utterly indignant. He cannot conceal the pride of his social superiority, the obstacles he has had to overcome to accept the idea of loving her, the arrogant condescension which makes him sure of her consent. But Elizabeth, who is totally prejudiced against him, refuses his offer. Elizabeth feels herself growing more angry every moment; yet she tries to the utmost to speak with composure when she says, “You are mistaken, Mr.Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared me the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner.”

She saw him start at this, but he said nothing, and she continued,

“You could not have made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it.”

Elizabeth  is rightly offended at his behaviour and accuses him of faults that will later on turn out to be unfunded.  She is, in fact, convinced that Darcy is responsible for her sister’s Jane unhappiness and for the unfair treatment reserved to George Wickham, a brilliant officer who had firs courted her and is now the suitor of her sister Lydia. The prejudices she has accumulated against Darcy have spoiled her capacity for judgment and urged her to take her revenge on him.

But when Wickham elopes with Lydia, causing a scandal, Darcy secretely offers him a large sum of money so that he may be induced to marry Lydia. When Elizabeth hears about Darcy’s help to the family she becomes aware of his true nature.

Through a series of combined events, Mr Bingley is finally able to meet Jane and marry her and Elizabeth realizes that Darcy loves her,  Lady Catherine visits Elizabeth to prevent the marriage between her and her nephew.

“ You can be at no loss, Miss Bennet, to understand the reason of my journey hither…I was told that you would, in all likelihood, be united to my nephew, my own nephew, Mr Darcy, though I know it must be a scandalous falsehood…Can you declare that there is no foundation for it? Has my nephew made you an offer of marriage?”

 “ Your ladyship has declared it to be impossible” “ it ought to be so; it must be so, while he retains the use of his reason. But your arts and allurements may, in a moment of infatuation, have made him forget what he owes to himself and to all his family. You may have drawn him in.” “ If I had I shall be the last person to confess it” “ Miss Bennet, do you know who I am? I have not been accustomed to such language as this…I am almost the nearest relation he has in the world, and am entitled to know all his dearest concerns.” “ but you are not entitled to know mine!”

Lady Catherine’s visit is a failure since, having heard of his generous help to her family, Elizabeth accepts to marry Darcy. His pride and her prejudices have been overcome by the force of love and of life.

By Valentina C. 101bags

 

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