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Pride & Prejudice

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

It's one of the best-known and most-oft quoted (and parodied) first lines in literature, and it comes from our next joint reading project, Pride & Prejudice, which kicks off on Saturday, January 1st.

Austen herself is making a sly reference to one of her own literary icons, Dr. Samuel Johnson, who in an article in The Rambler (#115) wrote, "I was known to possess a fortune, and to want a wife."

I hope many of you will join me in the reading of Pride & Prejudice!


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kellyrfineman
Dec. 27th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
I think I'd rather have pie, given the choice. Then again, a wife who made me an endless supply of pie . . .
heatherbird
Jan. 2nd, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
This conversation totally explains why Future Husband was so excited today when I told him I'm going to learn how to make an apple pie for him...
robinellen
Dec. 27th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
Woot :)
kellyrfineman
Dec. 27th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
I knew you'd say that. Or something similar. :)
rosefiend
Dec. 27th, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
I'd better tune in for this one!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 27th, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
It will be fun! (I hope.)
rachelswardrobe
Dec. 28th, 2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! One of the best first lines ever : )
kellyrfineman
Dec. 28th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
It really is so great!
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