This post was inspired by the title of a post by Elaine Owens: “Would You Rather . . . .” I decided it would be fun to play a few Pride and Prejudice games! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed trying to come up with the questions, scenarios, etc.
Would You Rather . . .
I’m sure many of you have heard of the “Would You Rather” game. But have you played a Pride and Prejudice-style version of it? No? Well, now’s your chance! I’m including my answers in a list beneath the questions so maybe you won’t read my answers before you come up with your own!
Would you rather . . .
- Marry Mr. Collins or Mr. Wickham? -OR- Marry Mrs. Bennet or Lady Catherine?
- Dance with Mr. Bingley or discuss others’ foibles with Charlotte Lucas?
- Play a strategy game with Elizabeth Bennet or Mr. Bennet?
- Kiss Mr. Collins or a frog? – OR- Kiss Lady Catherine or a frog?
- Jane Austen replaced the “handsome enough to tempt me” bit (“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men”) with a different insult or replaced the first line of the novel (“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”)?
- Read a story where Mr. Darcy can read minds or where Elizabeth Bennet can turn invisible?
- Be chewed out by Lady Catherine or scolded by Mr. Darcy?
- Go shopping with a moping Kitty or play card games with an excited and competitive Lydia?
- Gossip with Colonel Fitzwilliam or listen to Georgiana play the pianoforte?
- Be trapped in a room with Mrs. Bennet or Mr. Collins for 72 hours?
Not gonna lie – the temptation to make half the questions be about Mr. Collins was very hard to resist! The man is so ridiculous he immediately came to mind over and over again.
And now for my answers:
- I went back and forth on this one. Wickham would be easiest to converse with, but the gambling problem would lead to major issues, so I’d have to go with Collins. Like Charlotte, I would just encourage him to spend much of his time elsewhere.
- I’m not a fan of dancing, but when I think about making fun of people, it suddenly doesn’t seem so charming as it does in the novel, so I think I would go with dancing with Mr. Bingley.
- Neither seems particularly fond of games, but I think Mr. Bennet would tire of any game before the end, so I think he would be easiest to beat!
- I would rather kiss the frog honestly. A bit gross, but the frog isn’t going to remember it and harass you about it.
- I so dearly love the not handsome enough line that I would reluctantly do without the universal truth line.
- I would be really interested if Darcy could see what other people thought of him. Would he care? Would he become less reticent? It just seems like it would be rather interesting to me.
- I would rather be chewed out by Lady Catherine because I feel like it would be ultimately easier to ignore.
- I would rather play card games with Lydia . . . and try desperately to beat her!
- I think it would be fun to gossip with Colonel Fitzwilliam!
- This is a tough one. I feel Mrs. Bennet would be freaking out, and Mr. Collins would be more likely to keep his cool (if you can use that word with him). I guess it would be Mr. Collins. He should be easier to tune out anyway.
Two Truths and a Lie
I probably should have come up with more scenarios, but I’m just going to leave you with one:
- Elizabeth wholly supports her father’s behavior toward Mrs. Bennet.
- At the assembly where everyone first meets Mr. Bingley, Kitty has a partner for every dance.
- Mrs. Bennet almost accidentally convinces Mr. Collins not to pursue an engagement with Elizabeth.
Which is the lie? Answer and explanation later in the post.
Who Is Most Likely to . . .
I tried to keep these pretty simple!
Who is most likely to . . .
- Insult your family while proposing to you?
- Give a coin to a beggar?
- Have picky tastes in food?
- Play the electric guitar (if living in modern times)?
- Jump off a train to escape bad guys (if living in modern times)?
- Have the most children?
- Have a weird secret phobia?
- Die of something stupid?
- See dead people?
- Cry after reading a sad book?
I tried to think a little outside the box when coming up with some of these! Sorry if a few are odd! Here are my answers:
- Heh heh. Oh, come on! I had to give you an obvious one.
- I feel like Jane would be faster to do it than Mr. Bingley, even if he would ultimately do it as well.
- Probably Anne de Bourgh. I bet she’s so sick because she doesn’t eat her vegetables!
- I’m going with Mary. I think she has middle child syndrome and would play the guitar, dye her hair black, and wear tons of piercings and clothes with lots of chains in an effort to stand out. I don’t think she would remain pious in modern times because that just wouldn’t stand out enough.
- Elizabeth. I think she is incredibly brave.
- Jane and Bingley. I can just see them with an incredibly ridiculous amount of children.
- It’s interesting to try to think of what phobias the characters might have. I’m thinking Mr. Collins seems likely to have some sort of phobia – like a fear of spiders (imagine him shrieking and fleeing) or just a social anxiety wherein he fears others will not like him.
- I could see Lydia doing something dumb like running out in front of a carriage to get something that fell off her bonnet.
- All right. So this is a weird one. But it’s fun to think of the characters in weird situations. Who seems like they could be in touch with some sort of supernatural “other” world? I’m going with Jane. I could see her attempts to see the good in all people as a way to overcompensate for all the horrible spirits she sees.
- Georgiana. Let’s face it. Most of the characters in the book aren’t likely to finish reading a book if they even start one. My next candidate would be Elizabeth.
Two Truths and a Lie Cont’d
Here is where I give the answer and explanation for the previous two truths and a lie:
- This is the lie. We are told: “Elizabeth, however, had never been blind to the impropriety of her father’s behaviour as a husband. She had always seen it with pain; but respecting his abilities, and grateful for his affectionate treatment of herself, she endeavoured to forget what she could not overlook, and to banish from her thoughts that continual breach of conjugal obligation and decorum which, in exposing his wife to the contempt of her own children, was so highly reprehensible. But she had never felt so strongly as now the disadvantages which must attend the children of so unsuitable a marriage, nor ever been so fully aware of the evils arising from so ill-judged a direction of talents; talents, which, rightly used, might at least have preserved the respectability of his daughters, even if incapable of enlarging the mind of his wife.”
- Truth. We are told: “Mary had heard herself mentioned to Miss Bingley as the most accomplished girl in the neighbourhood; and Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough never to be without partners, which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball.”
- Truth. When Mrs. Bennet calls Elizabeth, who rejected Mr. Collins, headstrong and foolish, he says: “Pardon me for interrupting you, madam, . . . but if she is really headstrong and foolish, I know not whether she would altogether be a very desirable wife to a man in my situation, who naturally looks for happiness in the marriage state. If therefore she actually persists in rejecting my suit, perhaps it were better not to force her into accepting me, because if liable to such defects of temper, she could not contribute much to my felicity.”
And there we have it! I would love to see your answers to the questions – or even some questions/scenarios of your own! Did you have a favorite game? Were they too easy?