Pride and Prejudice was written by Jane Austen in 1796 and published in January 1813. The book follows the lives of Elizabeth Bennet and her family living in nineteenth- century England.
The book opens in the Bennet’s household where news has just reached that a wealthy young gentleman named Charles Bingley has recently moved into the Netherfield Park manor causing a big stir in the Longbourn village. Mrs Bennet who has five unmarried daughters, ( Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia and Kitty) is desperate to see all her daughters married and hopefully to wealthy men. She begs Mr Bennet to go to Netherfield today a visit to its new owner. After entertaining the conversation, Mr Bennet reveals that he has, in fact, already been to Netherfield and that the family has been invited to a ball where Mr Bingley is said to make an appearance.
At the ball, Mr Bingley arrives, along with his sisters, brother-in-law and best friend Mr Darcy. Mr Bingley is very taken by Jane, the oldest Bennet and dances with her twice. Mr Darcy, however, is quiet and does not dance or talk to anyone. He is viewed as arrogant and conceited by the village people.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
The above quote is the first sentence of the book and possibly the most famous quote of the book. It highlights the ways in which society in the nineteenth century England viewed marriage and how desperate women of less socially advantageous families were to find husbands who had good fortune.
The book is filled with great characters, strong women who know their worth and will not settle for less that what they deserve. Men with enough passion and love to fill ships and a little dose of crazy family dynamics.
The book is an old classic and a must read.
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