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Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)

Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (1813)

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P
RIDE
AND
P
REJUDICE
by 
 Jane Austen
A Penn State Electronic Classics Series Publication
 
 Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
 
is a publication of the Pennsylvania State University. ThisPortable Document file is furnished free and without any charge of any kind. Any personusing this document file, for any purpose, and in any way does so at his or her own risk.Neither the Pennsylvania State University nor Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, nor anyone associ-ated with the Pennsylvania State University assumes any responsibility for the materialcontained within the document or for the file as an electronic transmission, in any way.
 Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
 ,
the Pennsylvania State University,
 Electronic Classics Series
, Jim Manis, Faculty Editor, Hazleton, PA 18201-1291 is a Portable Document File pro-duced as part of an ongoing student publication project to bring classical works of literature,in English, to free and easy access of those wishing to make use of them.Cover Design: Jim ManisCopyright © 2001 The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is an equal opportunity university.
 
3Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
by 
 Jane Austen
Chapter 1
I
T
 
IS
 
 A 
 
TRUTH
universally acknowledged, that a single man inpossession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife.However little known the feelings or views of such a manmay be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he isconsidered the rightful property of someone or other of theirdaughters.“My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, “haveyou 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 you not 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 thatNetherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune fromthe north of England; that he came down on Monday in achaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it, that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that heis to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his ser-vants 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 largefortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing forour girls!”“How so? How can it affect them?”“My dear Mr. Bennet,” replied his wife, “how can you be

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