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Pride and Prejudice (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Austen, Jane
Illustrated by Shiei

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Excerpt from Pride and Prejudice: A Novel The most conspicuous qualities of Pride and Prejudice are its infectious, high-spirited gaiety and a certain emotional hardness towards characters themselves sharply outlined without the more sympathetic subtlety which is conspicuous in a...lmost all Miss Austen's work. These are emphatically the qualities of youth; and though Northanger Abbey is certainly nearest in form and subject-matter to the burlesques of her girlhood, Pride and Prejudice seems to have been written in the very spirit of youth not so entirely dominating any other novel. In certain obvious, though comparatively superficial, characteristics Elizabeth Bennet is Jane Austen herself The independent judgment, the alert observation, the readiness to laugh at herself and everything save 'what is wise and good, ' and her loving admiration for the incurable sentimentalities of her more sweet-tempered elder sister may be regarded as the author's apologia, for work that 'is rather too light and bright and sparkling, ' for 'the playfulness and epigrammaticism of the general style.' I suspect, moreover, that Miss Austen was quite as likely as Miss Bennet to have been taken in by the engaging softness of George Wickham, his agreeable 'person, countenance, air, and walk, ' his 'happy readiness of conversation.' She, too, would almost certainly have been prejudiced against Darcy's complacent arrogance, and confirmed in her dislike by the slight carelessly inflicted upon herself. So far, however, we find only what is common to all the novels: qualities in the novelist which she retained through life. It is the unrestrained absurdities of Lady Catherine and Mr. Collins, the lack of any softening humanity in them or in others towards them, and a similar inhumanity provoked by quite other failings, towards Lydia, which are peculiar to Pride and Prejudice. Some have claimed for Collins the poet's vision, and it is true that he is wholly engrossed in the contemplation of nobility without the least regard for the realities of life. He is one of the happiest of human beings, because entirely unaware that any concerns, any point of view, save his own actually exist. Jane Austen, however, thought no more of him than as a peg on which to pile one preposterous pomposity after another, exposing the poor creature to our merciless contempt, granting him no scrap of common decency or feeling for which to call him kin. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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ISBN 9781626923782
Released NZ 30 Sep 2016
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781626923782
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (on backorder); allow 4-8 weeks
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint Seven Seas P.,N.Y.
Released 30 Sep 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Austen, Jane
Illustrated by Shiei
Category Graphic Novels
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 823.7
Weight 816g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress England - Fiction - Social life and customs, Romance fiction, Great Britain - History - 1789-1820, Marriage - England - History - 19th century, Social classes - England - History - 19th century
NBS Text Graphic Novels: Manga
ONIX Text General/trade

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