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A. THE COVER LETTER

 

                                       

                           

                                                                                          Jane Austen

                                                                                          Chawton, Alton

                                                                                          Hampshire GU34 1SD

                                                                                          UNITED KINGDOM

 

 

                                                                                          3 January 2022

 

Weird Beard Press

PO Box 2925

Antioch, CA 94531-2925

USA

 

 

 

Dear Editors:

 

 

               Please review for publication my recently completed manuscript Pride and Prejudice, on which I’ve toiled diligently for a full fifteen years.  It began as a (heretofore) unpublished sketch entitled First Impressions.  I am submitting it under the category Fiction and Literature.

                It is my fervent hope that this outwardly lighthearted novel of English country manners will be heartily welcomed by the general public upon publication remain popular for many decades to come.

               Please feel free to suggest any changes you deem appropriate.  Whilst the work has been my labour of love and I don’t want to modify any more of it than absolutely necessary, I value the opinion of professional editors like you and welcome your constructive criticism.

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Jane Austen

 

 

 

 

B. THE TITLE PAGE

 

 

 

 

Pride and Prejudice

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by

 

 

 

Jane Austen

(Legal Name)

and, when applicable

(Pseudonym of Clarinda Cornthwaite)

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Date of Birth: 16 December 1775

 

 

 

122,000 words

 

 

C. THE SYNOPSIS

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

 

SYNOPSIS

 

            Mr. Bingley, a wealthy, charismatic, and sociable young bachelor, is moving into Netherfield Park. Well received while his friend Mr. Darcy makes a less favorable impression by appearing condescending at a ball because he detests dancing and is not one for light conversation, Bingley singles out Jane Bennet, eldest of five unmarried daughters of a bookish landowner of modest means, for particular attention. They soon form an attachment. While Jane does not alter her conduct for him, she confesses her great happiness only to her sister Elizabeth.  By contrast, Darcy slights Elizabeth, who jokes about the rejection despite feeling a budding resentment.

            On paying a visit to Bingley's sister Caroline, Jane is caught in a heavy downpour, catches cold, and is forced to stay at Netherfield for several days. Elizabeth arrives to nurse her sister and winds up spending a lot of time with Mr. Darcy, who gradually begins to act more warmly towards her.

            Mr. Collins, clergyman heir to Longbourn, the Bennet estate which can only be inherited by a male heir, pays a visit to the Bennets.  Mr. Bennet and Elizabeth are amused by his obsequious veneration of his employer, the noble Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and his self-important, pedantic nature. Mr. Collins has come to Longbourn to choose one of the Bennet sisters, his cousins, as his wife.  Attention is at first paid to  Jane, but because of her obvious interest in Bingley, Mrs. Bennet directs him toward Elizabeth instead. After refusing his advances, Elizabeth instead forms an acquaintance with the superficially charming George Wickham, a militia officer once seriously mistreated by Darcy despite his having been a godson of the latter’s father. Elizabeth grows more bitter to Darcy as a result.

            At a ball held at Netherfield, Darcy becomes aware of a general expectation that Bingley and Jane will marry, and the Bennet family (except Jane and Elizabeth) make a public display of poor manners and decorum. The following morning, Mr. Collins proposes marriage to Elizabeth, who, much to her mother’s chagrin, refuses him.  Collins promptly becomes engaged to Elizabeth's close friend Charlotte Lucas, a homely woman with few prospects. Bingley abruptly leaves Netherfield and returns to London, disappointing Jane.  Elizabeth convinces herself that Darcy and Caroline Bingley have colluded to drive him apart from Jane.

          Persuaded by letters from Caroline that her brother is actually not in love with her, Jane goes on an extended visit to her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner in London. Although she visits Caroline, she doesn’t see Bingley and realizes that Caroline is something of a snob who doesn't care much for her either.

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D. TEXT OF THE MANUSCRIPT

 

 

Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

 

Chapter 1

       

        It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

        However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

        “My dear Mr. Bennet,” said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

        Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

        “But it is,” returned she; “for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it.”

        Mr. Bennet made no answer.

        “Do you not want to know who has taken it?” cried his wife impatiently.

        You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.”

        This was invitation enough.

        “Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he 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; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week.”

        “What is his name?”

        “Bingley.”

        “Is he married or single?”

        “Oh! Single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!”

 

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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

           

        “How so? How can it affect them?”

        “My dear Mr. Bennet,” replied his wife, “how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them.”

        “Is that his design in settling here?”

        “Design! Nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes.”

        “I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley may like you the best of the party.”

        “My dear, you flatter me. I certainly have had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown-up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty.”

        “In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of.”

        “But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood.”

        “It is more than I engage for, I assure you.”

        “But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general, you know, they visit no newcomers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to visit him if you do not.”

        “You are over-scrupulous, surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying whichever he chooses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy.”

        “I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good-humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.”

        “They have none of them much to recommend them,” replied he; “they are all silly and

 

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