If you're a Pride and Prejudice lover, you definitely have to pick up this edition, edited and annotated by Shapard. Here's why:
- The notes are on facing pages--easy to access
- It makes the book twice as long!
- Sketches of clothes and carriages will amuse you
- You'll understand plot points to a greater degree
- You can decipher outdated words and phrases
- It gives you another excuse to re-read P&P
The notes give info on things like social customs, outdated words and phrases, geography, and a timeline of story events. Shapard also provides literary commentary, giving his 2 cents on plot points and character development.
Some interesting things I learned from the notes (SPOILERS):
- The reason Darcy must wait around for Elizabeth in the garden to give him her letter instead of having it delivered to her is because it was considered improper for a man to write to a young, unmarried woman who was not his relative.
- Lydia and Wickham are thought to have run off to Scotland because it was easier to marry a girl Lydia's age in that country than in England.
- One reason that might explain Bingley's dependence on Darcy's opinions and guidance is that Bingley's mode of acquiring wealth suggests that his wealth has not been in his family as long as Darcy's wealth has been in his.