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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" (Austen 1).
Elizabeth Bennett is the second born daughter in a family of five daughters. In a time where only the eldest male of the family may inherit, her only hope is to marry a man of wealth. However, she will not marry for less than a man of intelligence and love, much to her mother's disapproval.
Enter Mr. Darcy, a rich young man with a stern and solitary disposition of great prejudice. He would separate his best friend Mr. Bingley from Jane Bennett, Elizabeth's sister, as well as propose marriage to Elizabeth in spite of her inferior birth. Things do not bode well for him in love, unless Elizabeth can somehow swallow her pride and he his prejudice.
"It was necessary to laugh when she would rather have cried...most cruelly mortified...by...Mr. Darcy's indifference...perhaps, instead of his seeing too little, she might have fancied too much" (338).