1 – The number of embarrassing proposals Elizabeth has to endure from Mr. Collins. (Although, given his refusal to believe her refusal of his offer, perhaps it’s more like 3 or 4 proposals. I loved chapter 18 – it was so deliciously embarrassing.)
2 – The number of dances Elizabeth has to endure with her bumbling cousin before finding a “real man” to take her into his arms.
3 – The number of miles Elizabeth walks to the Darcy estate in an attempt to visit her sick sister. This “stunt” mortifies her mother, astounds the Bingley sisters, and endears her to Darcy.
4 – The number of times per week that Kitty and Lydia visit the milliner’s shop in town. (As an excuse to hang out with soldiers and get the town’s gossip.)
5 – The number of Bennet sisters, of course! Which one is your favorite?
6 – The number of “accomplished women” Darcy knows. Why only six? Because he expects them to have “a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages…and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions…and to all this she must add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.” Boy, I’d fail on all counts except the last. (At least we are trying to improve our minds by extensive reading, ladies!)
7 – Elizabeth, Jane, Darcy, Charles Bingley, Caroline Bingley, and Mr. and Mrs. Hurst (7 people) awkwardly entertaining themselves during Jane’s convalescence at Netherfield. Darcy likes Elizabeth, Elizabeth hates him, Caroline likes Darcy but he ignores her…it just gets worse from there.
8 – The number of times Mr. Collins mentions “Lady Catherine deBourgh, my patroness” in the course of a typical conversation.
9 – Add a “zero” to this number and you will have the number of words Mrs. Bennet can squeeze into every minute of the day.
10 – The number of minutes it takes for Mr. Darcy to develop an irresistible attraction to Elizabeth.