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by Jane Austen

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In the novel "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, the author introduces us to a family who have a challenge on their hands as they have so many daughters who need to get married. This dilemma, humorous in itslef, sets the tone and mood for the whole novel. Although marriage was a very serious business in the time of Jane Austen in England, the author takes a break from the matchmaking to take an objective and satirical look at the issue. Girls from middle to upper class backgrounds were under a lot of pressure to make good matches in order to protect themselves and any future children financially and socially, and also because money and land was tied up in females who could not own property outright. Jane Austen pokes fun politely at the matchmakers and elopers in a very comical mood.

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