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 is the most perfect opening line of any book ever. Whenever I quote this out loud somebody’s sure to squeal with delight, “Mr. Darcy!!!”
Jane’s commentary on the absurd, love, money, relationships, and the inequality that women faced, is summed up beautifully in that one sentence.
Her books show us how far we’ve come, how far we’ve yet to go, and how much we’re still the same. It’s no wonder that with each generation she earns herself a new hoard of devotees. Her words endure because her stories are relatable.
I want to visit the Jane Austen’s House Museum so badly now. I have to see where she wrote. I want to stand where she once did. I want to take a turn about her room. I want to absorb her greatness and wisdom. She was way ahead of her time.
Funny thing, this article on riveting first lines in literature popped up this morning and my favourite quote is featured. I love it when the universe supports me.