How is Pride and Prejudice a social novel?

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Pride and Prejudice is a social novel, as well, because it provides some—at times, subtle—social commentary on several issues. For example, Charlotte Lucas is an intelligent young woman, though—at age twenty seven—she is fast becoming a spinster in the eyes of society. She can either accept this fate, where she will be a financial drain on her family and pitied by society, or she can marry the ridiculous Mr. Collins , a man she knows cannot truly be in love with her. If she marries, she gains social respectability and avoids the pitiable fate of an "old maid." This is a lose-lose situation for Charlotte in some ways: she can choose to remain a spinster or she can choose to...

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