It is a truth universally acknowledged,that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
However little known the feelings or viewsof such a man may be on his first entering a neighborhood, this truth is sowell fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered therightful property of some one or other of their daughters.
"My dear Mr. Bennet," said hislady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let atlast?" Mr. Bennet replied that he had not.
"But it is," returned she;"for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she'told me all about it."
Mr. Bennet made no answer.
"Do you not want to know who has takenit?" cried his wife impatiently.
"You want to tell me, and I have noobjection to hearing it."
This was invitation enough.
"Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs.Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from thenorth of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see theplace, and was so much delighted with it, that he agreed with Mr. Morrisimmediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of hisservants are to be in the house by the end of next week."
"What is his name?"
"Is he married or single?"
"Oh! Single, my dear, to be sure! Asingle man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thingfor our girls! "
"How so? How can it affect them?"
"My dear Mr. Bennet," replied hiswife, "how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of hismarrying one of them."
"Is that his design in settlinghere?"
"Design! Nonsense, how can you talkso! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, andtherefore you must visit him as soon as he comes."
"I see no occasion for that. You andthe girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will bestill better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley may likeyou the best of the party."
1. The sentence "... a single man inpossession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" means that
A. a single man who isfinancially stable needs a wife.
B. a single manwithout money needn't a wife.
C. women want to getmarried to financial stable men.
D. once man becomesrich, he must want to get a wife.
2. According to the passage, the young man,Mr. Bingley, is believed to have all the following characteristics EXCEPT
3. From the conversation between Mr. andMrs. Bennet, we can conclude that Mrs. Bennet
A. wanted to tell herhusband something about their new neighbor.
B. wanted to getacquainted with their new neighbor.
C. wanted to persuadeher husband to see the young man.
D. asked her husband'spermission to visit the new neighbor.
4. At the end of the passage, Mr. Bennetsounded __ toward his wife's proposal.
5. What is the tone of the passage?