“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The one everyone knows (and quotes). Parodied, spoofed, and misremembered, Austen’s celebrated zinger remains the archetypal First Line for an archetypal tale. Only Dickens comes close, with the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light etc…”
Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Links round up: The best of 2011
More and more lists of ‘the best’ of 2011 (and the worst!) are appearing in the build up to the New Year this weekend. As well as a crop of Guardian articles looking back at the year that has been, we round up some of the other good top ten lists we’ve seen on Tumblr:
Feel free to add your own 2011 review post link by reblogging this post. We look forward to reading some more before the year is out!
“I’d have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.”
— Gaffes of the year 2011.
Jeremy Clarkson on the November 30 public sector strikes. See the rest here.