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The Annotated Pride and Prejudice

This first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with more than 2,300...
This first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with more than 2,300...
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  • This first-ever fully annotated edition of one of the most beloved novels in the world is a sheer delight for Jane Austen fans. Here is the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with more than 2,300 annotations on facing pages, including:

  • Explanations of historical context

    Rules of etiquette, class differences, the position of women, legal and economic realities, leisure activities, and more.

  • Citations from Austen's life, letters, and other writings

    Parallels between the novel and Austen's experience are revealed, along with writings that illuminate her beliefs and opinions.

  • Definitions and clarifications

    Archaic words, words still in use whose meanings have changed, and obscure passages are explained.

  • Literary comments and analyses

    Insightful notes highlight Austen's artistry and point out the subtle ways she develops her characters and themes.

  • Maps and illustrations

    of places and objects mentioned in the novel.

  • An introduction, a bibliography, and a detailed chronology of events

    Of course, one can enjoy the novel without knowing the precise definition of a gentleman, or what it signifies that a character drives a coach rather than a hack chaise, or the rules governing social interaction at a ball, but readers of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice will find that these kinds of details add immeasurably to understanding and enjoying the intricate psychological interplay of Austen's immortal characters.



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    (Note: In the printed book, annotations appear on facing pages; here in the excerpt they can be found as footnotes at the end of the excerpt.)
    Volume One

    Chapter One

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. (1)

    However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

    "My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady (2) to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?" (3)

    Mr. Bennet replied that he had not. (4)

    "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 not you 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 that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four (5) to see the place, and was so much delighted with it, that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, (6) and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week." (7)

    "What is his name?"

    "Bingley."

    "Is he married or single?"

    "Oh! single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. (8) What a fine thing for our girls!"

    "How so? how can it affect them?"

    "My dear Mr. Bennet," replied his wife, "how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them."

    "Is that his design in settling here?"

    "Design! nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes."

    "I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley might like you the best of the party."

    "My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be any thing extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty."

    "In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think_of."

    "But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood."

    "It is more than I engage for, I assure you."

    "But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment (9) it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas (10) are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general, you know, they visit no new comers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him if you do not." (11)

    "You are over scrupulous, surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying which ever he chuses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy."

    "I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference."


    "They have none of them much to recommend them,"...

About the Author-
  • Jane Austen (1775--1817) was born in Hampshire, England, where she spent most of her life. Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, she came to be regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel.

    David M. Shapard is the author of The Annotated Pride and Prejudice, The Annotated Persuasion, The Annotated Sense and Sensibility, and The Annotated Emma. He graduated with a Ph.D. in European History from the University of California at Berkeley; his specialty was the eighteenth century. Since then he has taught at several colleges. He lives in upstate New York.



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