"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." The famous opening words of Pride and Prejudice carry the reader straight to the heart of the Bennet household, the honre of no fewer than five marriageable daughters. Austen's best-loved romance unfolds around the two eldest, Jane and Elizabeth, and two etigible bachelors, Mr Bingley and his friend Mr Darcy. When the lively Elizabeth first meets the aloof, conceited Darcy she dislikes him immediately, but this is only the prelude to a classic attraction of opposites.