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CHAPTER 1

IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a single man in

possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on

his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in

the minds of the surrounding families that he is considered as the

rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

"My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard

that Netherfield Park is let at last?"

Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

"But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she

told me all about it."

Mr. Bennet made no answer.

"Do not you want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently.

"You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it."

This was invitation enough.

"Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is

taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that

he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was

so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately;

that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his

servants are to be in the house by the end of next week."

"What is his name?"

"Bingley."

"Is he married or single?"

"Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four

or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!"

"How so? How can it affect them?"

"My dear Mr. Bennet," replied his wife, "how can you be so tiresome!

You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them."

"Is that his design in settling here?"

"Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he

may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him

as soon as he comes."

"I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may

send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as

you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley might like you the

best of the party."

"My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty,

but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now. When a woman

has five grown-up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her

own beauty."

"In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of."

"But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes

into the neighbourhood."

"It is more than I engage for, I assure you."

"But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it

would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined

to go, merely on that account, for in general you know they visit no

newcomers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to

visit him if you do not."

"You are over scrupulous surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very

glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of

my hearty consent to his marrying whichever he chooses of the girls;

though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy."

"I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than

the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor

half so good-humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the

preference."

"They have none of them much to recommend them," replied he; "they

are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something

more of quickness than her sisters."

"Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You

take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves."

"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They

are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration

these twenty years at least."

"Ah! you do not know what I suffer."

"But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of

four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood."

"It will be no use to us if twenty such should come since you will

not visit them."

"Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all."

Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour,

reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years

had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her

mind was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean

understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was

discontented she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life

was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.

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emmejo, November 8, 2009 (view all comments by emmejo)
Elizabeth Bennet is a smart and spunky girl in the eighteenth-century. Unlike her mother and younger sisters she does not spend her time trying to find a rich man and get him to fall in love with her; in fact she mocks those who do so and plans to never marry unless she falls in love first. When Mr. Bingley, a wealthy young man, move into a house not far away her mother is determined to get one of her daughters married to him or his even richer friend, Mr. Darcy. Jane Bennet soon catches Bingley's eye but Darcy seems to have a great deal of distain for the entire town, except possibly Elizabeth.

I had tried to read this book when I was about 12 and found it quite over my head. I recently decided to give it another go and am very glad that I did! The characters are wonderful as is the plot. I enjoyed the writing, it is very elegant and stately, yet has a spirit perfectly suited to our heroine's attitude.

I loved that this edition didn't have notes. I always find those frustrating and think that they make it harder for you to keep your mind in the time period the book is meant to be in.
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ISBN:
9780679601685
Introduction:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
Quindlen, Anna
Author:
Austen, Jane
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
British and irish fiction (fictional works by
Subject:
England
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Courtship
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Courtship -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern Library (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
v. 15
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.33x5.69x1.06 in. .92 lbs.

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