A Reader posted a review at 2008-07-11 01:06:19.
Needless to say there are other parts to this plot. The rivalry between Kitty and Lydia the two youngest sisters and the on going baiting of Mrs Bennett by Mr Bennett are two examples. But the above summary should show how complicated the plot really is. There are not a huge number of characters, but the short length of the novel makes each page seem full of action. There's a lot going on, and Austen uses this to create sections that pulse with energy, followed by sections made up of the characters reflections on their situations. Indeed some of the best pieces of the novel are the long conversations between characters. Darcy's proposal is a superb example, both of the novels humour, and of how good the dialogue is. Indeed the dialogue is one of the best pieces of the novel. Elizabeths tart tongue, which says almost always what she means, is guaranteed to liven up any scene. Other characters like Mrs Bennett, prattle away, while Darcy speaks with clipped self-assured tones and Bingley is always gushing. The styles of speech convey the characters personalities and give the novel atmosphere.