Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice

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by Jane Austen
     
 

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Pride & Prejudice is filled with romance, comedy and keen observations by its beloved author, Jane Austen.

Read how the wealthy Mr. Darcy works to win the hand of story's heroine, Elizabeth Bennet.

Filled with the charm, wit, and the idiosyncrasies of English aristocratic life, this novel has become one of the most famous and loved books written

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Pride & Prejudice is filled with romance, comedy and keen observations by its beloved author, Jane Austen.

Read how the wealthy Mr. Darcy works to win the hand of story's heroine, Elizabeth Bennet.

Filled with the charm, wit, and the idiosyncrasies of English aristocratic life, this novel has become one of the most famous and loved books written in the English language.

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Library Journal
Austen is the hot property of the entertainment world with new feature film versions of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility on the silver screen and Pride and Prejudice hitting the TV airwaves on PBS. Such high visibility will inevitably draw renewed interest in the original source materials. These new Modern Library editions offer quality hardcovers at affordable prices.
Booknews
Presents the 1813 first edition text of , accompanied by an interesting selection of background material including biographical portraits by Austin's family members and biographers, 17 letters written by Austin (eight new to this edition), and 18 critical pieces by 19th and 20th century commentators (six new to this edition). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780991803989
Publisher:
Lomic Books
Publication date:
06/03/2016
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Chapter 1

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.
"My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?"
Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.
"But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it."
Mr. Bennet made no answer.
"Do not you want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently. "You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it."
This was invitation enough.
"Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week."
"What is his name?"
"Bingley."
"Is he married or single?"
"Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!"
"How so? How can it affect them?"
"My dear Mr. Bennet," replied his wife, "how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I amthinking of his marrying one of them."
"Is that his design in settling here?"
"Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes."
"I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley might like you the best of the party."
"My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown-up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty."
"In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of."
"But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood."
"It is more than I engage for, I assure you."
"But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general you know they visit no newcomers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him if you do not."
"You are over scrupulous surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying whichever he chooses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy."
"I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good-humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference."
"They have none of them much to recommend them," replied he; "they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters."
"Mr. Bennet, how can you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves."
"You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least."
"Ah! you do not know what I suffer."
"But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood."
"It will be no use to us if twenty such should come since you will not visit them."
"Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all."
Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three and twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.

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Meet the Author

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism, biting irony and social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties.

During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer.

The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 16, 1775
Date of Death:
July 18, 1817
Place of Birth:
Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
Place of Death:
Winchester, Hampshire, England
Education:
Taught at home by her father

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Abby_Bend More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen is a renowned author from the early 19th century. Her books are usually romantic novels with a strong heroine. This book, Pride and Prejudice was converted into a few motion pictures in various adaptations. Pride and Prejudice captivates the reader from the first chapter and keeps you wondering which Bennet girl will end up married. Ms. Austen introduces us to the Bennet family focusing on Elizabeth Bennet, who is a spirited woman searching for love. She enchants the reader with her amusing evaluations of her surroundings which made it easy to relate to her since it made her character lifelike. Jane Bennet is the sweet sister of Elizabeth who seeks the positive side of every person and situation. She captures the attention of the wealthy Mr. Bingley who is a gentleman with a pleasant disposition. Mr. Darcy is Mr. Bingley¿s friend who is captivated by Elizabeth Bennet. The story of Pride and Prejudice is based around the words of the title. Elizabeth Bennet is prideful as we see her response to Mr. Darcy¿s proposal, ¿I have never desired your good opinion, and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly.¿ (186) The women of that generation tried to marry as well as they possibly could, not necessarily for love. Mr. Darcy¿s prejudice gets in the way of the developing relationship between Jane and Mr. Bingley. He admitted to Elizabeth in his letter towards her after his first proposal of his assistance in breaking their relationship: ¿pointing out to my friend, the certain evils of such a choice.¿ Elizabeth does eventually realize that her pride got in the way of her happiness and lets Mr. Darcy into her heart. Mr. Darcy slowly changed his prejudices against Elizabeth and realized that she is of his stature, and is humbled by her as we see in their conversation after his second proposal: ¿You shewed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased.¿ (349) The novel captivates the audience from the beginning by putting the reader into feeling like part of the late 18th century by describing in detail each place they visited. Describing Elizabeth¿s first view of Mr. Darcy¿s house, Pemberley; ¿It was a large, handsome, stone building, standing well on rising ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills¿¿(235) The book brings the reader from the Bennet¿s house, Longbourne, to Netherfield, the estate that Mr. Bingley rents. They travel from London neighborhoods to Pemberley House. Pride and Prejudice is a classic story about love that takes during a time period where people are separated by class and value. Ms. Austen captivates her readers from the beginning and throughout every chapter with the romantic ups and downs of the Bennet sisters, which shows how she became a most beloved author of the early 19th century. The reader falls in love with all characters and ends the book feeling satisfied with how it ends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly Recomended! The best piece of British literature ever written!! Modern romantic comedies are based on this book. Every young girl or woman should read this book!! It wouldn't hurt for guys to read it too and take a few lessons from Mr. Darcy!!!:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally really enjoyed this book. It is such an innocent love story and Jane Austen is excellent at character development. Elizabeth is a strong, smart and whitty young lady who you can't help but love. Elizabeth's prejudice and Mr. Darcy's pride create an enchanting story not easily matched.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read almost of Jane Austen's books. Second time I have read this one and found it as amusing and interesting as when I first read it.
Raya_nashef More than 1 year ago
 For decades, it has been one of the most cherished teen novels, full of intriguing relationships, romance, and suspense. A masterpiece of romance, this novel has gone done in history as one of the most well-known and beloved classics. In her widely renown tale, Austen takes the readers on a journey in which the characters discover different sides to themselves that had been lying dormant within them.  Austen writes her most famous piece in the early decades of the 19th century, an era in which realism and breaking away from traditional, mainstream thought was in favor. The novel itself is centered around the error in society’s norms, focusing primarily on those involved in choosing a marital life companion. Even the opening line is committed directly to stating, “ It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”. Pride and Prejudice is not a typical love at first sight kind of novel. In fact Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the primary interest of the novel, cannot even find it within themselves to endure a single dance together. Instead, the novel provides the reader with the opportunity to watch the characters grow and mature in the course of merely a handful of chapters. Austen successfully creates an entire storyline filled with wit, humor, and romance in which characters are provided with the opportunity to grow and mature. Mr. Darcy, for example, turns from being a seeming proud and arrogant man to being a passionate, gentle, giving, and loving man who devotes himself to try and get in the good graces of Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he has so desperately fallen in love with. The purpose of the novel was to single out the flaws in the way society seems to work. All eligible men and women are seeking to marry for various purposes such as for love, for money, for security (in terms of having someone who can provide a safe life with a roof over their heads and food to eat), etc. Austen classifies each of these relationships within her novel and provides more insight into the way courtships blossomed hundreds of years ago.  In her novel, Austen is successfully able to point out that we as humans have a fatal flaw in that we tend to judge and classify too quickly rather than making a safe assumption after really getting to know one another. Austen take on a huge risk in portraying these flaws within the characters of her story because women of that time period were far more soft spoken than they are now. Throughout the pages of her writings, Austen is able to successfully convey the result of judging one too quickly; Mr. Darcy disapproves of Jane, thinking that she shows no interest in Mr. Bingley, who quickly falls head of heels for her. However, as it is later discovered, Jane was far too unwilling to let her feelings be known to someone so close as her sister, Elizabeth. Austen is able to create a classic literary masterpiece that has withstood the test of time with ever prevalent themes of love, pride and prejudice. 
musiclady818 More than 1 year ago
The best piece of British literature ever written!! Modern romantic comedies are based on this book. Every young girl or woman should read this book!! It wouldn't hurt for guys to read it too and take a few lessons from Mr. Darcy!!!:-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You learn a lot from this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good classic and it is very romantic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of favorites!!!
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Nisa_Ilsin More than 1 year ago
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen has been one of the most magnificent classics ever written for decades, and it still continues to be so today.  Since the book’s publishing in 1813, this novel has stirred up the hearts of men and women everywhere with its stories of love, backstabbing, and its deep insight into the relations of people.  The main character of this story is Elizabeth Bennet, a witty young woman who lives alongside her sisters Jane, Kitty, Lydia, and Mary, and their father and mother.  One of the best parts of this book is the effortless, elegant writing style Austen carries throughout the book, using detailed descriptions. This language greatly complements the personalities of the characters by letting the reader have more insight in how the characters act and think. The plot itself is a wonderful masterpiece. By slowly revealing the intentions and emotions of the characters, Austen was able to achieve a realistic progression of events. For example, Austen did not immediately clarify Mr. Darcy’s feelings about Elizabeth, and by taking valuable time to do so Austen created many more logical events that accompanied the romance in Lizzy’s life. The author also makes family and relationships amongst others a great part of this novel, adding depth to every person. Austen not only expands on the main character, but also gives every character in depth thoughts and personalities.  I would greatly recommend this book to all looking to catch up on the best classics and to find insight on people and life.  This book would appeal to all ages that can understand the language of the time period. With its wonderful plot, detailed characters, and its ability to transport you to the time, Pride and Prejudice is the book to read, and it will stay that way for decades to come. 
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Perhaps one of Jane Austen’s most popular and most read novels is Pride and Prejudice.  For decades, it has been one of the most cherished teen novels, full of intriguing relationships, romance, and suspense. A masterpiece of romance, this novel has gone done in history as one of the most well-known and beloved classics. In her widely renown tale, Austen takes the readers on a journey in which the characters discover different sides to themselves that had been lying dormant within them.  Austen writes her most famous piece in the early decades of the 19th century, an era in which realism and breaking away from traditional, mainstream thought was in favor. The novel itself is centered around the error in society’s norms, focusing primarily on those involved in choosing a marital life companion. Even the opening line is committed directly to stating, “ It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”. Pride and Prejudice is not a typical love at first sight kind of novel. In fact Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the primary interest of the novel, cannot even find it within themselves to endure a single dance together. Instead, the novel provides the reader with the opportunity to watch the characters grow and mature in the course of merely a handful of chapters. Austen successfully creates an entire storyline filled with wit, humor, and romance in which characters are provided with the opportunity to grow and mature. Mr. Darcy, for example, turns from being a seeming proud and arrogant man to being a passionate, gentle, giving, and loving man who devotes himself to try and get in the good graces of Elizabeth Bennet, the woman he has so desperately fallen in love with. The purpose of the novel was to single out the flaws in the way society seems to work. All eligible men and women are seeking to marry for various purposes such as for love, for money, for security (in terms of having someone who can provide a safe life with a roof over their heads and food to eat), etc. Austen classifies each of these relationships within her novel and provides more insight into the way courtships blossomed hundreds of years ago.  In her novel, Austen is successfully able to point out that we as humans have a fatal flaw in that we tend to judge and classify too quickly rather than making a safe assumption after really getting to know one another. Austen take on a huge risk in portraying these flaws within the characters of her story because women of that time period were far more soft spoken than they are now. Throughout the pages of her writings, Austen is able to successfully convey the result of judging one too quickly; Mr. Darcy disapproves of Jane, thinking that she shows no interest in Mr. Bingley, who quickly falls head of heels for her. However, as it is later discovered, Jane was far too unwilling to let her feelings be known to someone so close as her sister, Elizabeth. Austen is able to create a classic literary masterpiece that has withstood the test of time with ever prevalent themes of love, pride and prejudice. 
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I respect the fact that this is a classic and the strong female role Elizabeth plays for the era. Lizzy's mother was pretty funny contridicting herself several times and only really caring if her girls got married to a rich man. Many love stories today have branched from this book which I also respect, but it was really hard for me to stay interested. Dialog was place in narration at times and the read itself was very dry. There were long statements where by the time i was midway to almost done I forgot who was speaking and who with. Many of their conversations were not that interesting, but again I understand it is a classic and for the time and even for some people today it is still a favorite.
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Is this a good book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. I would not have read this if my english teacher didn't asine it to me. The begining was a little slow but reading the end was worth it. I am in eighth grade and i enjoyed this. I did not find it had to follow if you where paying atanchine. I would recomand this to anyone why like romantic fictions
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