Pride and Prejudice – By Jane Austen
Austen’s finest comedy of manners portrays life in the genteel rural society of the early 1800s and tells of the initial misunderstandings (and mutual enlightenment) between lively and quick-witted Elizabeth Bennet and the haughty Mr. Darcy.
Bennet,” as she entered the room, “we have had a most delightful evening, a most excellent ball. I wish you had been there. Jane was so admired, nothing could be like it. Everybody said how well she looked, and Mr. Bingley thought her quite beautiful, and danced with her twice! Only think of that, my dear; he actually danced with her twice! and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time. First of all, he asked Miss Lucas. I was so vexed to see him stand up with her! But, however, he did not admire her at all; indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. So he inquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the two next. Then the two third he danced with Miss King, and the two fourth with Maria Lucas, and the two fifth with Jane again, and the two sixths with Lizzy, and the Boulanger–”
“If he had had any compassion for me,” cried her husband impatiently, “he would not have danced half so