Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

6) What is the significance of the novel’s opening line?

The novel’s opening line summarizes the story that follows by focusing the reader’s attention on the subject of marriage and the two main characters to come: “the single man in possession of a good fortune”—Mr. Darcy—and his wife-to-be—Elizabeth Bennet. The sentence also suggests the novel’s import and timelessness by suggesting that its plot and themes are “truths universally acknowledged.” The line’s tone is lighthearted, which sets the mood for the bulk of the narrative.