<T PRIDE AND PREJUDICE><V I><C I>
IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in
possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
However little known the feelings or views of such a man
nay be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so
ell fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is
considered as the rightful property of some one or other of
"My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have
you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?"
Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.
"But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here,
and she told me all about it."
Mr. Bennet made no answer.
"Do not you want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife
" You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it."
This was invitation enough.
"Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that
Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from
the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a . . .