• Chapter 1

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    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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  • However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “My dear Mr. Bennet,”

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    said his lady to him one day,

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?”

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    Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “But it is,”

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    returned she;

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it.”

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    Mr. Bennet made no answer.

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “Do not you want to know who has taken it?”

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    cried his wife impatiently.

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    Mr. Bennet

    “You want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it.”

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    This was invitation enough.

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “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 chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week.”

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    Mr. Bennet

    “What is his name?”

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “Bingley.”

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    Mr. Bennet

    “Is he married or single?”

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    Mrs. Bennet

    “Oh!