Spoilers: Though I will never give away an ending, many key aspects of this book are relayed here. Please don’t continue if you would rather discover them for yourself!
Probably Austen’s most beloved story, P&P follows protagonist Lizzy Bennet for roughly a year of her life. With a kind father, three silly younger sisters and an absurd though loving mother, Lizzy and her older sister Jane attempt to acquaint themselves with the Bingleys, a rich family that has just moved into a neighboring estate, without too much embarrassment. Jane and Charles Bingley are quickly drawn together, while Mr. Darcy, Bingley’s friend, spurns Lizzy with his haughty ways. Officers arrive in the nearby town of Meryton, and the two youngest sisters, Lydia and Kitty, along with their mother are beside themselves with glee. We are introduced to the handsome and charming Major Wickham who grew up with Mr. Darcy, and quickly tells Lizzy of the unforgivable things Darcy has done to him. Lizzy finds herself enjoying his company, though this is eclipsed with the arrival of Mr. Collins, their cousin and heir to the estate. Mr. Collins, a clergyman to the indomitable and rich Lady Catherine de Bourg, proves to be a ridiculous and fatuous character, who quickly sets his sights on the mortified Lizzy as his future bride. After a hilarious and unsuccessful proposal to Lizzy, Mr. Collins weds her good friend Charlotte, to the surprise of many.
Meanwhile, the Bingleys leave and seem to sever contact with a heartbroken Jane. Lizzy soon visits Mr. and Mrs. Collins in Kent, and who should show up there but Mr. Darcy, as Lady Catherine’s nephew! Lizzy holds in her ire, as she knows the truth of Darcy, and is surprised when after a few weeks he proposes to her despite his prejudices!