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Classics Reimagined, Pride and Prejudice Hardcover – Unabridged, October 1, 2015
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Classics Reimagined, Pride and Prejudice
Mr. Bennet’s property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a-year, which, unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed, in default of heirs male, on a distant relation; and their mother’s fortune, though ample for her situation in life, could but ill supply the deficiency of his. Her father had been an attorney in Meryton, and had left her four thousand pounds.
In spite of this amendment, however, she requested to have a note sent to Longbourn, desiring her mother to visit Jane, and form her own judgement of her situation. The note was immediately dispatched, and its contents as quickly complied with. Mrs. Bennet, accompanied by her two youngest girls, reached Netherfield soon after the family breakfast.
When the ladies removed after dinner, Elizabeth ran up to her sister, and seeing her well guarded from cold, attended her into the drawing-room, where she was welcomed by her two friends with many professions of pleasure; and Elizabeth had never seen them so agreeable as they were during the hour which passed before the gentlemen appeared. Their powers of conversation were considerable. They could describe an entertainment with accuracy, relate an anecdote with humour, and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit.
Mr. Wickham did not play at whist, and with ready delight was he received at the other table between Elizabeth and Lydia. At first there seemed danger of Lydia’s engrossing him entirely, for she was a most determined talker; but being likewise extremely fond of lottery tickets, she soon grew too much interested in the game, too eager in making bets and exclaiming after prizes, to have attention for any one in particular. Allowing for the common demands of the game, Mr. Wickham was therefore at leisure to talk to Elizabeth, and she was very willing to hear him, though what she chiefly wished to hear she could not hope to be told, the history of his acquaintance with Mr. Darcy.
She danced next with an officer, and had the refreshment of talking of Wickham, and of hearing that he was universally liked. When those dances were over she returned to Charlotte Lucas, and was in conversation with her, when she found herself suddenly addressed by Mr. Darcy, who took her so much by surprize in his application for her hand, that, without knowing what she did, she accepted him.
The wedding took place: the bride and bridegroom set off for Kent from the church door, and every body had as much to say, or to hear, on the subject as usual. Elizabeth soon heard from her friend; and their correspondence was as regular and frequent as it ever had been; that it should be equally unreserved was impossible. Elizabeth could never address her without feeling that all the comfort of intimacy was over, and, though determined not to slacken as a correspondent, it was for the sake of what had been, rather than what was.
About the Author
Jane Austen was born in 1775 at Steventon, Hampshire. She was the seventh child of the local rector and her life, by modern standards, was uneventful. In 1801 she moved with her parents to Bath but returned to Hampshire when her father died, settling in the village of Chawton. She remained there until 1817, when she moved to Winchester to be within easy reach of her doctor. She died that year, at age forty-one, and is buried in Winchester Cathedral, which also contains a plaque in honor of her memory. Four of her novels were published anonymously in her lifetime; two more, one of which was Persuasion, appeared posthumously.
Alice Pattullo is an illustrator and printmaker based in East London. She graduated in 2010 with a First Class Honours in Illustration from Brighton University. She works predominantly in screen print producing limited edition prints for sale in various outlets across the UK and online. Research is at the heart of her practice and her work is often inspired by British folk tradition and superstition.
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I had to give the DK edition five stars, or else I would be downgrading Pride & Prejudice itself! I do wish there was a separate rating system.
Unless you have a specific purpose for buying the DK edition, such as classroom or ESL use, I would avoid this version. DK has added lots of extra features to this book, but if you are simply reading for enjoyment, these features are distracting and annoying.
First of all, this book is printed on shiny, glossy paper. The pages have a harsh glare, and feel unpleasant to touch.
DK has taken the liberty of highlighting certain words in a bold font. These words are defined at the bottom of the page. Not every page has them, but many do, and one page has eight highlighted words!
Examples of these highlighted words include: Design, Nervous, Opinion, Library, Town, Disgust, and Amiable. Coming across the bold words as you read is extremely distracting and completely unnecessary. A glossary at the end of the book contains all of the highlighted words, so there is no need to repeat the definitions page by page.
DK has also added several sections of contemporary topics, such as Music & Dancing, Town & Country, Women's Education, Courtship & Marriage, and The Army. There is nothing wrong with these extras, but they pop up randomly throughout the book. Again, very distracting. It would have been much better to put the extra sections in an appendix at the back of the book.
The illustrations in the book are very nice, and each volume of the novel has it's own colorful border design along the edges of each page. There's also an illustrated, color glossary, and discussion questions at the end of the book.
Overall, the DK edition is attractive, but the extra features make the novel less enjoyable to read. There are so many wonderful editions of Pride & Prejudice available, so I would avoid this one!