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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1775-1817).

Introduction


Title page, 1st volume, 1st edition

Perhaps the most popular of Jane Austen's romantic fiction, the story relates how the Bennet girls deal with the typical challenges facing young English Home Counties ladies, who happened to be born into the society of the landed gentry of the 19th century.

The story begins by introducing some of the main characters; her parents and four sisters. It is not long before male characters enter the plot, resulting in the inevitable jealousies and squabbling over who should take whose hand.

The squabbling tends to be more about maintaining a good family 'line' and enhancing personal wealth, rather than enhancing relationships based on love.

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