The Perfect Opening Chapter
Posted by Derek on November 18, 1997 at 04:42:26:
I have just read the first few pages of one of the greatest novels in the english language!! I never fail to read the first chapter of P&P without marvelling at it. The amazing thing is that the rest of the book is of the same standard.
In just a few pages of witty and entertaining dialogue we become aware of and start to understand to the wonderful characters of Mr and Mrs Bennet. There dialogue defines them completely and no description in prose could have been so successful. The other thing that always strikes me is how timeless the characters are: we could easily imagine meeting their equivalents today. This I guess is part of its incredible success over 200 years.
I can't wait to get onto Chapter 2!!!
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