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Pride and Prejudice Paperback – November 21, 2017
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One of England s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen s request, her personal correspondence after Austen s death in 1817. Austen s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
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"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."
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a good wife." So begins the story, as the five eligible young Bennet daughters and their scheming mother learn of the arrival in their small English village of a wealthy young man and his wealthy friends. A village dance provides the opportunity to meet the newcomers. Elizabeth Bennet, the spirited and headstrong second sister, meets and immediately dislikes the haughty Mr. Darcy. Her dislike will prompt a scathing response to a surprise marriage proposal.
Fate, and a clever author, keep throwing the two young people together. In a chance meeting at Mr. Darcy's home of Pemberly, Elizabeth learns that perhaps there is more to Mr. Darcy than her first impressions. When Elizabeth's younger sister scandalously elopes with a penniless militia officer, the ensuing crisis threatens the future of Elizabeth and all her sisters. The surprising resolution of the crisis leaves Elizabeth hoping for a second chance with Mr. Darcy.
Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" features an engaging plot, lots of excellent dialogue and two classic romantic characters in Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, a combination that holds up astonishingly well two hundred years on. It is very highly recommended to Jane Austen fans.
But having read it now with knowledge about the mechanisms of society, I cannot but stress the insights this novel gives in the value of money, esp. capital and interest, in the early industrial societies. Hardly a page is turned where one does not read a person's worth in pounds. Marriage was not about love, but about gaining an income, a stately house, liveried personnel. To describe a person, it suffices to say he has ten thousand pounds. All readers in Jane Austen's time considered this sufficient information: you did not need to say how old he was, or how tall, or the color of his hair, or other irrelevant details. And mothers in this society were not idle: they had a full time employment in selecting the best bridegroom for their daughters.
When one looks at some of Piketty's hypotheses, times like these may come back before we are aware of it. We cannot say we weren't warned.
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