Pride and Prejudice was a great success in New York and London. The play tells the story of how Mrs. Bennett is determined to get her daughters married. Jane, Elizabeth and Lydia are pleasant-looking girls in a period when a woman’s one possible career is matrimony. To be a wife was success. Anything else was failure. Jane and her Mr. Bingley and Lydia with her Mr. Wickham are quite content with things as they are. But not Elizabeth! She actually refuses to marry Mr. Collins, whom she openly deplores, and also Mr. Darcy, whom she secretly adores. The play is the story of the duet between Elizabeth and her pride and Darcy and his prejudice. Each gives in before the evening is over and pride and prejudice meet halfway.