“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austen “Pride And Prejudice”
This, the first sentence of Austen’s novel sets the tone for the rest of the book. Based on this classic first sentence, the reader can assume that ironic humor and possibly romance are to follow.
If I were to write a modern version of this story, it would be written in a straight forward style common today. I would have to write from personal knowledge of today’s man, that the universally acknowledged truth regarding a single man in possession of a good fortune, is that he’s single for a reason:
This single man either wants the same thing single ladies want… a single man, because he’s gay,
or he has commitment issues,
is abusive, has a problem with substance abuse,
“And this,” cried Darcy, as he walked with quick steps across the room, “is your opinion of me! This is the estimation with which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully. My faults according to this calculation, are heavy indeed!”
Here again, I must modify my novel. My Mr. Darcy’s response to rejection would be:
“What ever, relax woman, you are crazy, and you aren’t all that… ” or:
“Yes you’re right, I’m going to work on that.” (and he doesn’t)
My version of you Mr. Darcy, while realistic, is I grant you, a bit jaded, but for good reason.
“Take care, Lizzy, that speech savors strongly of disappointment.” Mrs. Gardener
Rather than the contemplative silence that follows this line, my version garners a response:
“Yes, I know aunt. I’ve been disappointed many times, and expect to be disappointed again, and again, and again.”
“Mmm hmmm” as she snaps her fingers sassily.
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