Pride and Prejudice, which opens with one of the most famous
sentences in English Literature, is an ironic novel of manners. In
it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim -
that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters. In
this she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband.
With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its
irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the
most enduringly popular novels in the English language.