"IT IS A TRUTH universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife..."
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This humorous, tongue-in-cheek beginning sets the tone for the entire novel. Though it often deals with serious issues, such as the financial dependency of women in a patriarchal society, the novel is generally lighter fare than other Austen novels: as Austen herself admits in a personal letter, it is “rather too light, and bright, and sparkling.”
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