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a single man
in possession of a good fortune
must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
About the Author
Jane Austen (1775–1817) Jane Austen is still considered today as one of England’s favourite female authors. Her novels often feature wealthy English families and are a mixture of romance and satirical comedy. Her work is also known for its critical social commentary.
• Rewrite the Jane Austen quote beginning with the words ‘Everybody knows that ...’ • Is the author being more unkind about men, about women or about both men and women? • This book was written more than two hundred years ago. Do you think the same thing could be said about today’s society? • How important is marriage today in your culture? • What are the ingredients of a successful marriage?
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