Pride and Prejudice STUDENT COPY Chapter XXIV VOCabUlarY caprice — a whim circumspect — careful perplexity — confusion prudence — wisdom; careful action or thought 1. After reading the following passage from this chapter, what do you think is Elizabeth’s opinion of Mr. Bingley?That he was really fond of Jane, she doubted no more than she had ever done; and much as she had always been disposed to like him, she could not think without anger, hardly without contempt, on that easiness of temper, that want of proper resolution, which now made him the slave of his designing friends... (Pg. 121)Altbough she has always been fond of him, Elizabeth thinks that his friendly character has “made him the slave of designing slaves.” She believes that he truly loves Jane and blames hissisters and companions for his absence.2. What two examples of the “inconsistency of human character” is Elizabeth referring to in the passage below?The more I see of the world the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense. I have met with two instances lately... (Pg. 122) The two examples of the “inconsistency of human character” that Elizabeth his referring to is WIckham’s portrayal of Darcy and then her dance with him.3. What do you think about Mr. Wickham making his problems with Darcy public, resulting in everybody disliking Darcy?Wickham’s history with Mr. Darcy was now “openly acknowledged and publicly canvassed.” Personally, I believe this reflects rather poorly on Wickham because he waits
to tell his story until Darcy has left the countryside, leaving him unable to defend himself, which his pride would surely make him do.26STUDY GUIDE Pride and Prejudice STUDENT COPY Chapter XXV VOCabUlarY hackneyed — trite; clichéd1. Briefly identify Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner. How does Mrs. Gardiner offer to help Jane? Mr Gardiner, who is Mrs. Bennet’s brother, comes to spend Christmas in Longboutn with hiswife as usual. He is described as a “sensible, gentlemanlike man, greatly superior to his sister,as well by nature as education,” while Mrs. Gardiner is a “amiable, intelligent, elegant woman,and a great favourite with her Longbourn nieces.” After Elizabeth and Mrs. Bennett relay to herJane’s heartbreak, Mrs. Gardiner offers to take her to London, saying the change of scenerymight do her good. 2. What do Mrs. Gardiner and Wickham have in common?