dearest loveliest elizabeth

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I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.

I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle. As a child I was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves (my father, particularly, all that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.
—  Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
Day 3: Five things you love about Pride and Prejudice

1) The Bingley/Darcy bromance. I mean, seriously, one’s a total goofball and the other one doesn’t know what to do with himself so he sits in solitude all day. I don’t know what they would do without each other. 

2) Mrs. Bennet. Dear God, I love that woman. I can quote like, every single line off the top of me head. “My dear Mister Bennet, have you heard the news!!!” Hahahaha. The woman raised five girls, and the only way she could have done it is by staying in high school. Oh! And the way she follows Mr. Collins around is great, and she’s so oblivious! Haha, and she threatens never to speak to Lizzy again and she’s just like, “is that a threat or a promise?”

3) The letter that Darcy writes to Lizzy explaining what happened with Wickham after he proposes to her. (Sigh)

4) The evilness of Caroline Bingley. That woman, is not a stupid woman, she’s a b*tch, but she’s not stupid. She knows what she is doing. Although, there is no way she ever would have gotten Darcy, she would have been miserable anyway.

5) Mr.DarcyMr.DarcyMr.DarcyMr.DarcyMr.DarcyMr.DarcyMr.DarcyMr.DarcyMr.Darcy!!! That man is perfection!