Friday, September 30, 2016

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

Since I have so many books on my shelf I have yet to read, I decided to do what I always do and read a completely different book.

     The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, Mr. Bennet living in Longbourn.
     Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr. Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr. Darcy, have moved into their neighborhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth.

Book Beginning:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
   Not so much anymore.

My 56:
Elizabeth could safely say that it was a great happiness where that was the case, and with equal sincerity could add, that she firmly believed and rejoiced in this domestic comforts.
   I am very glad that I watched that 2005 movies so many times. It makes it a little easier to follow what is happening from time to time since people don't really talk like this anymore.


  1. Too many commas! The thing I like least about classics is the convoluted sentences. I hope you are enjoying it though. I am spotlighting All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris - the latest in the Aurora Teagarden series. Happy reading!

  2. Love P&P!! Great choice! Happy weekend!

  3. This is a really good book - though a slow read because of the change in language usage - and I agree that young men are not always in a rush to get married now since they don't seem to have to (or as my mother would say too many cases of the woman putting - here's my Friday meme

  4. This is at the top pf my favorite books. So is the movie. I never get tired of these characters!

    My Friday 56 from Five Dog Voodoo