On Pride and Prejudice

A Little Friendly Advice

Is There Such a Thing When It Comes to Relationships? 
By Jennifer O'Connell

We’ve all seen them. The mismatched couple. Maybe he’s an overbearing, egotistical bore who can spend hours talking about the merits of, well, himself. Maybe she’s putting in sixty-hour weeks while he’s at home breaking in the La-Z-Boy, demonstrating his ability to deftly juggle both the remote control and a cold bottle of Budweiser. Or maybe it’s just a matter of chocolate versus vanilla. Ginger versus Mary Ann. Po-tay-to versus po-tah-to.

In any case, usually, way before the separation is announced and the words irreconcilable differences are typed in triplicate by some city hall clerk, there are signs.

When Elizabeth Bennet receives an offer of marriage from William Collins she recognizes him for the self-important kiss-up he is. And she’s smart enough to gracefully refuse his kind offer, even if inside she’s struggling not to laugh at the absurdity of his proposal. So, when her best friend Charlotte comes to Elizabeth with the news of her own engagement–an engagement to one self-important kiss-up who, not three days before, was requesting her own hand in marriage–Elizabeth has a choice to make. Option number one: She can accept Charlotte’s explanation that she’s not getting any younger, that this may be her last shot at marriage, and wish her luck. Or, option number two: Elizabeth can do what it takes to keep her friend from making a huge mistake. After all, isn’t that what friends are for?

We’ve all heard the horror stories that sound like urban lore. Cautionary tales of brides and  …

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