It is a truth universally acknowledged that love at first sight is an invention of the romantic novelists and has no existence in real life. The corollary to this postulate is that a single man in want of a substantial fortune must seek financial security by choosing carefully among the available feminine possibilities and must be especially careful to avoid being beguiled by the previous postulates. Thus, when Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam interrupts the abortive and ill-delivered proposal of his cousin, Fitzwilliam Darcy, to Elizabeth Bennet and subsequently attempts to correct the mistaken information of both parties, he does not heed the sound advice above. The result is a rather wild variation to the events in Jane Austen’s signature work, Pride and Prejudice.

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