English Literature – Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen – Part II


“From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.” 

“I certainly have not the talent which some people possess,” said Darcy, “of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.”

“They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush. He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immoveable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.” 

“It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?” 


  • Acquaintance: a person that you have met but do not know well
  • Manners: ways of behaving toward people, esp. ways that are socially correct and show respect for their comfort and their feelings
  • Arrogance: the quality of being unpleasantly proud and behaving as if you are more important than, or know more than, other people
  • Conceit: the state of being too proud of yourself and your actions
  • Disdain: the feeling of not liking someone or something and thinking that they do not deserve your interest or respect
  • Groundwork: work that is done as a preparation for work that will be done later
  • Talent: a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught
  • Tone: a quality in the voice that expresses the speaker’s feelings or thoughts, often towards the person being spoken to
  • Concerns: a worried or nervous feeling about something, or something that makes you feel worried
  • Abrupt: sudden and unexpected, and often unpleasant:
  • Avoid: to stay away from someone or something
  • Overspread: cover the surface of; spread over.
  • Immovable:  not able to be moved. 
  • Composure: the feeling of being calm, confident, and in control.
  • Flattering: making someone look or seem better or more attractive than usual
  • Delicacy: the quality of being easy to damage or looking very easy to damage.


Learn the vocabulary and then memorize the quotes. Repeat it until you don’t longer need to read them.  

When you are done, choose another one of our texts and memorize it. The more texts you learn, the more vocabulary you will know and without realizing it, you will be able to use the phrases and words you learned in your daily conversations.

Extra challenge: Do you think you can write a short text using the vocabulary from this post? Give it a try and share it with us in the comments below!

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