It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
Jane Austen, Pride and prejudice
Even now, almost 200 years later, the opening sentence to this scintillating literary work remains one of the most intriguing and recognizable quotes. The most popular novel Jane Austen has ever written has seen countless film and stage adaptations and is even said to have inspired numerous writers to follow suit.
Jane Austen has been alternatively know as either the grandmother of popular romance novels or a most ingenious feminist of her era. Remaining single until her untimely death, her life has been the source of intrigue and mystery.
And though the sentence was meant to be ironic, it is still very much a sad reality that even today, in the so called liberal, pluralistic society the idea that women should secure their futures by marrying remains firmly in our collective conscience.