Forced to read this in High School, I did not appreciate it at the time. I was was drawn to the book after hearing about how the main character, Elizabeth was a very strong character, and was exemplified in two great examples of literary conversations. The first occurring when Elizabeth accepted a dance with Mr. Darcy whom she despised; The second when Elizabeth is rudely approached by lady of nobility, and delivers to this high standing woman one of the best smack-downs in the history of fiction. My second read of this classic was very enjoyable. I also recently watched the 1940 movie version of this starring Greer Garson and Lawrence Olivier. The roles of Elizabeth's parents, portrayed by Edmund Gwenn, and Mary Boland was spot on, as if they walked out of the book.