“It is a truth universally acknowledge,
that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Today is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
How often do we get to celebrate such a milestone in our lifetime?
Many know the story of Elizabeth Bennet, second of five daughters to a persevering mother who wants to marry them to well-off men. This story has been adapted in many ways: several movie and television series, a web series, books, comics, spin-offs in all forms of media. There are even romance novels about Darcy and Elizabeth that pick up where Pride and Prejudice ends. We can never let a story just end, can we? There always needs to be a sequel.
Although this “universal truth” may not apply to us today, we are still captured by the world of the Bennet sisters and the adventure of love, marriage, family and womanhood.
Originally I was going to post a video of an ending scenes, but I don’t want to ruin the movie for those of you who have yet to experience the Bennet family. Instead, let me setup the story: Mr. Bingley, a wealthy bachelor, has moved in to Netherfield Park. Mrs. Bennet has heard word of his arrival, his singleness and his wealth. And although she has never met Mr. Bingley, she has decided that he must marry one of her daughters.
And so it begins: the universal truth must be acknowledged.
How will you honor this day in history? Will you (re)read the book or will you watch the movie?
Happy 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice!