Discuss the function and importance of letters in Pride and Prejudice.

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Letters were an important part of daily life in the time period in which Pride and Prejudice is set. During this time, people did not have telephones or other ways to make it easy to communicate with one another. Particularly when people were far away from each other, they relied heavily on letters for news of each other and important events.

In Pride and Prejudice, letters are used both to convey events within the plot and to reveal more about the characters. By using letters to advance the plot, the reader and the characters learn of certain events at the same time. This allows characters to react to the events they learn about while also adding to the story. For example, after Elizabeth has rejected Mr. Darcy when he professes his love for her, she receives a letter from him explaining the motivations and truth of his actions. She also learns of the deceit and true character of Mr. Wickham . This letter from Mr. Darcy is used to tie up many threads of the story and...

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