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.

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Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy

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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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