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How does the incipit of Pride and Prejudice legitimate the moral criticism of women's place in the Georgian society that it foreshadows as being the matter of the forthcoming narrative?

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  1. The importance of the dialogue as an opposition between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet
  2. The use of realism to depict how the heart can challenge moral codes of an era
  3. Austen's criticism of the women's place in society

Jane Austen's works occupy a central place in the early-19th century literature as it contributed to the link between the Enlightenment period, Romanticism, and Realism, to which she added feminism.

In the incipit of Pride and Prejudice, a work which was published in 1813, the narrator relates a conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet. Mrs. Bennet informs that Mr. Bingley, a young and wealthy man, is soon to settle in a nearby house. She immediately thinks of marrying one of their daughters to this man but she faces her husband's sarcasm and mockery. Indeed, Mr. Bennet seems ironically not to feel very preoccupied by his daughter's future.

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