Pride & Prejudice: Part Two


Welcome to Brigid's Book Club Part Two: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Including

  • A quick quiz to help you understand the text

  • Beautiful free printables to start your own set of character profiles

  • Fascinating background information on Regency social etiquette

  • Fun activities for your Book Club to enjoy

In Chapter Two we meet the Bennet family & take our first peek into the rigid world of polite society. Jane Austen introduces us to a hierarchals world where the strict observation of social etiquette & the preservation of a good reputation are everything. This is especially true for women. A life where every action & word is veiled in an array of iron clad rules.

"A woman's reputation is as brittle as it is beautiful."

Pride & Prejudice

Hard to achieve yet easy to destroy.

A quick refresh from Part One.

What do we already know about the Bennet girls (according to their parents)?

Discuss

What do these quotes tell us about the girls & their parents?

Chapter Two

  • Read

  • Highlight information on the Bennet girls

  • Take our Quick Quiz

Quick Quiz

1.How many Bennet girls are there?

a. 4

b. 5

c. 6

2.Who is trimming a hat?

a. Lizzy

b. Mr Bennet

c. Mary

3. Who coughs & annoys Mrs Bennet?

a. Jane

b. Kitty

c. Mary

4. Which sister loves reading?

a. Lizzy

b. Lydia

c. Mary

5. Which sister is the youngest?

a. lydia

b. Jane

c. Kitty

6. What is an assemblie?

a. A school building

b. A public ball

c. A religious gathering

7. What is "trimming a hat"?

a. Decorating a hat

b. Re sizing a hat

c. Cleaning a hat

8. Who is described as " a selfish, hypocritical women"?

a. Jane

b. Mrs. Long

c. The cook

9. When is the next ball?

a. At Christmas

b. In two weeks time

c. In October

10. Who does Mrs Bennet think Mr Bingley will dance with the most?

a. Lydia

b. Jane

c. Mrs Long's nieces

11. What don't they spend the rest of the evening talking about?

a. What to wear to the ball

b. When Mr Bingley would call

c. When they should invite Mr Bingley to dinner

12. What is "make extracts"?

a. Make a special soup

b. Prepare fruit for wine making

c. Write your favourite quotes into a little book

13. Who leaves the room "fatigued"?

a. Mr Bingley

b. Mr Bennet

c. Mrs Bennet

14. Which character says

" Do you consider the forms of introduction and the stress that is laid upon them, as nonsense?"

a. Mrs Bennet

b. Elizabeth

c. Mr Bennet

15. Which word is missing?

" Well, how pleased I am! And it is such a good ....... , too, that you should have gone this morning, & never said a word about it till now."

Mrs Bennet

a. Trick

b. Ruse

c. Joke

Answers at the bottom.

Make a character profile for each of the Bennets.

Free Printables.

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Social Etiquette in Regency England Strict social etiquette was maintained through a set of intricate rules. These codes of behaviour had 2 main purposes:

  1. To enabled the lower levels of the gentry & those of new money to further their social position & reputation.

  2. To provide a discreet & water tight means for the aristocracy to keep undesirable elements out.

Discuss Chapter two

  • So, what is all the fuss about?

  • Why is it so important for Mr Bennet to visit Mr Bingley?

  • Which of the etiquette rules below are relevant to the Bennets?

Some Rules of Regency Etiquette

The rules were slightly more relaxed in the countryside than in town

This was especially true for older residents.

The rules were very different for men & women.

There were special rules for newcomers

Men & women would always leave a calling card.