Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen , first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet , who learns the error of making hasty judgements and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners , education , and marriage and money in the British Regency .
Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a thirteen-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.
During the late 18th century, the Bennet family, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and their five daughters—Jane, Elizabeth , Mary, Kitty and Lydia—live in comparative financial independence as gentry at Longbourn, a working farm in rural England. As the Bennet's have no sons, Longbourn is destined to be inherited by Mr. Bennet's cousin, Mr. Collins , and so Mrs. Bennet is anxious to marry off her five daughters before Mr. Bennet dies, in order to secure herself in her widowhood.