I have read Pride and Prejudice (1813), by Jane Austen so many times, and repeatedly seen different film versions, not to mention works that were influenced by this classic novel, that it is like an old and dear friend. If I were transported into the society of the Bennet family, I think that I would be friendly with Miss Elizabeth Bennet as well as her elder sister Jane. I don’t know that I would have fallen in love with Darcy; Bingley is probably more my style: a modest man.
The seeming superficiality of the relatively privileged way in which the Bennett sisters were raised belies the intelligence of this story. Austen was an expert at the revelation of human foible as well as spirit.
Along with countless others, I have wondered what else Ms. Austen would have produced if she had lived even a few years longer. No wonder others have attempted to continue her tales and resurrect her characters. Here is a chronology of Jane Austen’s life.