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“Words were insufficient for the elevation of his feelings; and he was obliged to walk about the room, while Elizabeth tried to unite civility and truth in a few short sentences” (Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Volume II, Chapter XV, p. 165).

Pride and Prejudice


Jane Austen

1775 CE – 1817 CE

Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice, was born in the winter of 1775 in the Hampshire County of southern England. The second-youngest of seven children born to George Austen, rector of Steventon, and his wife, Cassandra Leigh, Jane composed short stories, novellas, and amateur theatricals with her siblings. Jane Austen was extremely close to her sister Cassandra, two years her elder. 


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