How many times has Pride and Prejudice been used as the marketable tagline for everything from lewd romance novel to Darcy-as-a-rock-star to zombie apocalypse story? Not one-too-many times, as it turns out.
Ponder the following excerpt and tell me, who is the author? Is the following from Pride and Prejudice?
She had planned to blithely leave Darcy behind, but it seemed now that matters between them were unresolved. What it was that needed to be settled, however–what she might convey to him–continued to elude her. Surely it was related to the indifference to his feelings, the defiance even, that she’d demonstrated during their final conversation. If on certain topics he’d shown insensitivity, she’d concluded that his misbehavior had been of a less egregious variety than her own.
Or, is this excerpt from Pride and Prejudice?
How differently did every thing now appear in which he was concerned! That proud and repulsive as were his manners, she had never, in the whole course of their acquaintance, an acquaintance which had latterly brought them much together, and given her a sort of intimacy with his ways, seen any thing that betrayed him to be unprincipled or unjust–any thing that spoke him of irreligious or immoral habits. … She grew absolutely ashamed of herself.