Today I wrote a review of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen using only 144 words; having to condense the story to its main points, like a movie trailer, is a great way to practice writing more concisely. Here’s what came out:
Marrying someone she does not love or becoming an old maid while waiting for true love seemed like Elizabeth Bennet’s two options until Mr. Darcy showed up. Affluent, city-dwelling Mr. Darcy made the mothers of the English countryside frantically try to get him interested in one of their daughters.
During his transition from city to country life, Mr. Darcy misjudged the people he now lived among, and his reserved, critical persona offended Elizabeth, who had been interested in him. Then Mr. Darcy deepened the divide by persuading his friend, Mr. Bingly, to not become engaged to Elizabeth’s older sister, Jane.
Breaking two lovers apart pushed Elizabeth almost out of Mr. Darcy’s reach; however, time, ridiculous marriage proposals, runaway sisters, and growth in maturity on both sides results in a new chance at Elizabeth falling in love with someone she had dismissed as too prejudiced.
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
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