In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, where does the opening scene take palace?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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Jane Austen never specifies in her narration where the first scene is taking place. However, since the conversation takes place between man and wife, we can assume that it is taking place in a drawing room in Longbourn, the Bennet's estate. Also, while the narration point of view Austen uses for this novel is Third Person Omniscient, it is also Limited Omniscient because the narration focuses primarily on Elizabeth's actions. Very rarely does the narrator zero in on other character's thoughts and actions but generally follows Elizabeth where ever she goes. Hence, it is safe to assume that Elizabeth is present and witnessing the conversation, therefore it may be safe to further assume that the other sisters are also present. The fact that Elizabeth and possibly even her sisters are present during the conversation lends further evidence that the first scene is taking place in a drawing room at Longbourn, rather than in a more private room, such as a bedroom or Mr. Bennet's library.

All in all, we know that this first scene is most likely taking place at Longbourn, and even more likely taking place in a drawing room.

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niellotus | College Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

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Pride and Prejudice is considered to be among the best of Jane Austen's novels. The story of the novel revolves round the Bennet family-the parents and the five girls. The heroine of the novel is Elizabeth Bennet. As in her other novels, Austen deals with the contemporary English society of the early nineteenth century, its concerns regarding manners, education, marriage and morality.

The novel opens in a fictional town called Meryton, in Hertfordshire, very close to London.

Since this work is a Novel and not a Play, it does not contain Scenes and Acts but Chapters.

 

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