Happy 200th, Pride and Prejudice – You had me from the first line

One of the ironies of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is that a story about the not uncommon deceptiveness of first impressions itself leaves an excellent – unforgettable – first impression.  So well known is novel’s first sentence that it hardly needs repeating.

But I want to repeat it anyway:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

The sentence is a shrewd observation, pithily expressed, with subtle and understated, but very biting, humor – in a word, it is brisk.  The sentence prepares the reader very well for the quality of the rest of novel.


Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy


Posted on January 28, 2013, in Authors, Jane Austen and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. One of my favorite books by one of my favorite writers! I’m celebrating today, too. 🙂

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