By Jane Austen
'It is a fact universally stated, unmarried guy in ownership of an outstanding fortune needs to be in wish of a wife.' hence memorably starts Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of many world's most well-liked novels. Pride and Prejudice—Austen's personal 'darling child'—tells the tale of fiercely self sustaining Elizabeth Bennet, considered one of 5 sisters who needs to marry wealthy, as she confounds the conceited, prosperous Mr. Darcy. What ensues is among the most enjoyable and engrossingly readable courtships recognized to literature, written through a precocious Austen while she used to be simply twenty-one years old.
Humorous and profound, and choked with hugely exciting discussion, this witty comedy of manners dips and turns via drawing-rooms and plots to arrive an immensely pleasing finale. within the phrases of Eudora Welty, Pride and Prejudice is as 'irresistible and as approximately perfect as any fiction might be.'
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On the other hand, she continued with sage advice, 舠Do not be in a hurry; depend upon it, the right Man will come at last. . 舡 Earlier she had cautioned Fanny against entering into a marriage of convenience by remarking, 舠When I consider . . how capable you are . . of being really in love . . I cannot wish you to be fettered舡 (Letters, pp. 332, 286). While it was not unheard of for a woman to have both a family and a writing career in the eighteenth century, it was undoubtedly the case that Austen舗s marital status made her writing life much easier.
The country gentry, however, whose values were articulated by Lord Bolingbroke and Augustan poets such as Alexander Pope, regarded themselves as being at leisure for virtuous study and reflection, and as having the power to rise above the corruption, favoritism, and factional-ism that dominated London politics. In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Darcy provides the model for the virtuous country gentleman, even though he keeps a house and has acquaintances in London. While we never see Mr. Darcy in his role as keeper of the public interest, or managing his estate, we feel assured that he is the kind of man who inhabits his country estate responsibly.