A Few Words On Jane Today

“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,
etc.

“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.”
Or
“Mmm hmmm” as she snaps her fingers sassily.
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The Daily Post
Jan10, 2015
…Daily Prompt
Call Me Ishmael
Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.

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4 thoughts on “A Few Words On Jane Today

  1. Good post. I have come back to it twice to internalize its content, and I keep coming back to these thoughts: — We cannot rewrite the gentle expressions in literature of the past, nor would we want to. We live now, not then. But to add a little gentleness to the demeanor of today’s harsh society would not be a bad thing. — and — I continue to be thankful a man in charge (In Austen’s day everyone in charge was male) had the good sense to recognize a decent piece of literature authored by a woman. Or maybe he was more interested in satisfying the hunger of the woman’s lit marketplace. (Oops, cynicism of today’s society creeping in. Dang.)

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    1. I love all things Jane. It is a testament to her writing and her humor, that over 200 years after publishing her books she maintains a huge following. The societal changes such as the limited choices women had are astounding. We’ve come a long way, but I’d still like a Mr. Darcy.

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