Pride and Prejudice (1812) by Jane Austen is one of the most popular novels ever written. It is on every list of best 100 novels of all time. I last read it about forty years ago. I am not sure what motivated me to read it again now. Maybe I was a desire to have the greatest writers in the world represented on The Reading Life.
I will just keep my post short. The plot line focuses on Elizabeth Bennet, one of five daughters of Mr and Mrs Bennet. All are of marriageable age without when we meet them suitors. The Bennet's family income is derived from his property but they have a big legal problem. The estate is entailed, meaning it can be inherited only by a male descendent. As of now a distant male cousin is inline to inherit the estate, he can turn everyone out if he wishes. So the plot turns around a search for a husband rich enough to provide for the family for at least one of the girls.
I throughly enjoyed rereading Pride and Prejudice. I like the ironic tone of Austen, her subtle observations and her acute character developments.
I have begun rereading Emma, I work I read about ten years ago. I decided to read it next as there is an entire chapter in The Rhetoric of Fiction by Wayne Booth devoted to the narrative method in Emma and I will reread this chapter after completing Emma.