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|Beginning at the beginning (as one ought): Chapter 1
Written by kathleen (elder)
(4/6/2013 10:50 p.m.)
" It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."
This opening sentence implies that the novel might be about a rich unmarried man who needs a wife. Or maybe there are more than one such man. All single men, even if not currently wealthy, will be my focus. And I might extend that focus to married men (who were once single, after all).
Not a dozen sentences later: "... Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England ... ," Mrs Bennet tells her husband. And their conversation continues:
"What is his name?"
So, Mr Bingley is a single. I don't believe that it matters that he is from the north of England, just that he has a large fortune. Perhaps he will be the hero of this novel. Certainly he might find a wife helpful -- if only to prevent precipitous decisions ("came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it, that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately ... ." [emphasis added]).
It's early and we already have one wealthy unmarried man. I wonder what the next chapters will bring. :-)
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