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Shapard, David M., ed. The annotated Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen.

SHAPARD, David M., ed. The annotated Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. Random House, Anchor. 739p. illus. bibliog. c2004.0-307-27810-4. $16.95. SA

Jane Austen's most popular novel is presented here with some 2,300 annotations on facing pages, including illustrations, maps, and a chronology chronology,
n the arrangement of events in a time sequence, usually from the beginning to the end of an event.
 of events in the story. True, many of the notes are definitions, but the others are lengthy expositions on the following categories found in the bibliography: the language of the period, everyday life, marriage and the family, the position of women, female education, entails and settlements, money and finance, landed society, housekeeping A set of instructions that are executed at the beginning of a program. It sets all counters and flags to their starting values and generally readies the program for execution.  and servants, the rural world, urban life, London, the professions, the church and clergy, the army, law and lawyers, medicine, higher education higher education

Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art.
, books and publishing, libraries, the press, writing, the postal service postal service, arrangements made by a government for the transmission of letters, packages, and periodicals, and for related services. Early courier systems for government use were organized in the Persian Empire under Cyrus, in the Roman Empire, and in medieval , transportation, hunting, the theatre, tourism, music and dance, interior decoration interior decoration, adornment of the interior of a building, public or domestic, comprising interior architecture, finishing, and furnishings. Asian and classical cultures used the decorative arts to create elaborate interiors, and they originated forms extensively , country houses, dress, food and drink, etiquette etiquette, name for the codes of rules governing social or diplomatic intercourse. These codes vary from the more or less flexible laws of social usage (differing according to local customs or taboos) to the rigid conventions of court and military circles, and they , and dueling The fighting of two persons, one against the other, at an appointed time and place, due to an earlier quarrel. If death results, the crime is murder. It differs from an affray in this, that the latter occurs on a sudden quarrel, while the former is always the result of design.  morals, social norms, inheritance laws, marriage, the ministry, education, the military, music, and fashion. The annotations will be of interest to those familiar with the novel and a useful accompaniment to those new to the work and life in the early 19th century. Shapard's introduction emphasizes the importance of theme in the book and the critical choice of hero and heroine--the pride of Darcy and the prejudice of Elizabeth. And Elizabeth did make the better catch--Darcy's 10,000 pounds a year and a huge estate made him one of the wealthiest men in England at that time. Jane's Mr. Bingley has only four or five thousand a year. Jane Austen herself lived most of her life on less than five hundred a year. Janet Julian, English Teacher (retired), Grafton, MA

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Date:May 1, 2007
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