If you have never gotten into this book, you might want to try again. I started the book 2 or 3 times in the past, but the extreme wordiness always put me off. This time I persevered and after several chapters I caught the flow of the language. The wordiness actually disguises many clever insults and wry observations. It’s quite funny, really. Once I caught on to the language, I enjoyed the book quite a bit.

In case you don’t know much about *Pride and Prejudice*, it is a romantic comedy set among the decently well-off and the extremely wealthy families of England. The story concerns the Bennett family, who have five daughters and no sons. Consequently it is the object of their mother to see that they all marry well. The various potential lovers dance verbally with each other, much as they dance in the various balls they attend. A lot of the book’s entertainment is in the cast of odd characters, from the obsequious Mr. Collins to the dithery Mrs. Bennett and the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh.

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