It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged

“Which do you mean?” and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”

On this day in 1813 Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was first published.

I found this character map appealing on an altogether nerdy level.

4 Responses to “It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged”

  1. Scotty and Lisa

    I just loaned a Bolivian friend the newer P & P movie today, which, of course, somewhat jarbles the book, but is still entertaining. I was surprised that she had never heard of Jane Austen…I was pretty sure she was known worldwide.


  2. Amy

    What a great chart, but was Elizabeth attracted to Colonel Fitzwilliam? I don’t remember that… Thanks for the tips! Can’t wait to get started…:(


  3. Kelly

    Lisa, WOW! I can’t believe it. How anglo-centric of me, I suppose.Amy, there is one conversation that Fitzwilliam and Lizzy have about marriage, where she blushes and wonders if he’s sending her a message (Ch. 33). She definitely finds him agreeable, but I don’t know if I’d say she was attracted to him. Most of their interactions are centered around Darcy, anyway.


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