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Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Pride and Prejudice (in Context) | Author: Jane Austen | Ch: Chapter 1

Paltry, limited. Mrs. Bennet's intellectual, social, and moral life is reducible to three activities: getting her daughters married, visiting, and news of the gossip sort.

Austen judges her characters openly, unsentimentally, and reliably. The novels' depiction of secondary figures has less to do with their character than the consequences of it for those with whom they associate. Our author is outspoken with her readers. We have the sense that we're in her confidence and more like an intimate to whom she's speaking or writing a private letter, for these are also the sorts of remarks that pepper her letters to her sister, Cassandra.

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