15 Times Pride and Prejudice Perfectly Explained Life in a Singles Ward

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Bennet sisters on a balcony

The constant social activities and dances. The awkwardness of people like Mr. Collins (you know at least one of them). The emphasis on dating and marriage. Sometimes life in a singles ward can feel like you’re smack in the middle of a Jane Austen novel—for better or for worse.

Here are 15 times Pride and Prejudice was just too spot on with what it’s like being in a singles ward.

1. Attending sacrament meeting for the first time, feeling excited and nervous

Bennet sisters sitting on a sofa

Wow, it’s so quiet! Why is everyone scratching somebody else’s back?

2. Trying to introduce yourself and make friends

Mr. Darcy saying "I do not have the talent of conversing easily with people I have never met before."

Same, Darcy. Same.

3. Being asked if you want to take home the leftover food from FHE

Jane Bennet saying, "Yes."

Extra cookies and brownies for daysss!

4. When RMs bring up the good ol’ mission

Mr. Collins saying, "It is at the urging of my esteemed patroness, Lady Catherine, that I select a wife."

“When I was an AP…”

5. Partying it up with your friends at an Institute dance

Mr. Darcy dancing

Cha Cha Slide or Cupid Shuffle, anyone?

6. When that one dude mistakes your polite “no, thanks” for “try harder”

Mr. Collins saying, "I know ladies don't seek to seem too eager... You simply seek to increase my love by suspense."

Don’t be a Mr. Collins… just don’t.

7. When your friend finally gets their mission call

Jane and Elizabeth Bennet reading a letter

You’re so happy for them… but also a little sad they’re leaving you.

8. When that one girl gets engaged after a week and gushes like a true Lydia

Lydia saying, "You must all go to Brighton. That is the place to get husbands."

You know when you know, you know?

9. Laughing when your friend makes a joke in their talk or lesson

Mr. Bingley laughing

You’re obligated to laugh whether or not it was actually funny because, you know, friendship.

10. When you’re trying to flirt and the inside of your brain looks something like this

Mrs. Bennet saying, "Everybody behave naturally!"

Mrs. Bennet’s nervous energy is taking over!

11. Hyping yourself up to ask someone on a date

Mr. Bingley saying, "We were going to walk in, and she was going to say, 'Sit down.'"

Get yourself a wingman like Mr. Darcy.

12. When your date knocks on the door and the apartment goes silent

Bennet sisters looking out window

Quick! Someone needs to answer the door.

13. Trying to fill those awkward silences on said date

Mr. Collins saying, "What excellent boiled potatoes. Many years since I've had such an exemplary vegetable."

…and immediately regretting it.

14. Being amazed that they still seem to want to talk to you

Mr. Collins with "Seducing you with potato chewing" flashing below

Love is a mystery, as they say.

15. Realizing you’re actually having a good time with this person

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth smiling at each other

Maybe there will be a second date? We’ll just have to see.