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In the novel Pride and Prejudice provincialism plays a major role in establishing our attitudes towards the characters Upon first impression it seems that we are meant to consider the city as a highly desirable region while looking upon the country and its inhabitants as inferior However just as our first impressions of characters are subject to change so are our impressions of these territories I believe that although the novel at face value may seem to glorify the urban life it praises country habits and ultimately arrives at a compromise between the two Our first impressions of the city are given through the appearance of Mr Bingleys party at the Hertfordshire ball Through Mr Darcys outright snobbery and Bingleys sisters air of decided fashion these urban representatives exude a type of wealth and importance that is not to be found in the country Austen 12 However as the story progresses the ambassadors of the city become gradually less admirable One of the first instances occurs when the true character of Bingleys sisters is revealed Bingleys sudden departure that occurs soon afterward is the first of several incidents of good plans and good people being lost to the city His sister states We areat the same time convinced that when Charles Bingley gets to town he will be in no hurry to leave it again Austen 99 From this point forward lost seems to be the word most connected with the city When Miss Jane Bennet visits her aunt and uncle in London her presence is unknown to Bingley This helpless attitude is magnified tenfold in Lydias circumstances and reinforced by Mr Bennet and Elizabeth Do you suppose them to be in London Yes where else can they be so well concealed Austen 242 Both literally and figuratively she remains lost in London for a great deal of time so much so that she has now adopted the tainted reputation that in our eyes the
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