As much as I love Mark Twain, I can't quite agree with his opinion on Jane Austen. As cliche as
it may be, I love Pride and Prejudice. As I've gotten older, it's not longer my favorite Jane Austen novel (Persuasion, read it), but I still read it a couple times every year, and I still love it. There was a time when I read it once a month! The wonderful thing about Pride and Prejudice, is it's a romantic story that you can immerse yourself in even when you're hating men, and it doesn't make you feel bad. At least not me. Generally speaking, after a breakup, reading a romance story makes me angry with the world, but Pride and Prejudice somehow manages to give me hope. It has taught me a lot since I discovered it over 10 years ago.
Top Ten Things Pride and Prejudice has taught me:
1. That a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife!
2. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us.
3. One cannot always be laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.
4. Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast.
7. If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavor to conceal it, he must find it out.