"The dinner too in its turn was highly admired; and [Mr. Collins] begged to know to which of his fair cousins the excellence of its cookery was owing. But here he was set right by Mrs. Bennet, who assured him with some asperity that they were very well able to keep a good cook, and that her daughters had nothing to do in the kitchen. He begged pardon for having displeased her. In a softened tone she declared herself not at all offended; but he continued to apologise for about a quarter of an hour."
I have finished the novel called Pride and Prejudice, which I think a very superior work. It depends not on any of the common resources of novel writers, no drownings, no conflagrations, nor runaway horses, nor lap-dogs and parrots, nor chambermaids and milliners, nor rencontres and disguises. I really think it is the most probable I have ever read.Still probable after all these years . . .
It is increasingly difficult to do this blog. It is very hard to find a free classic book and when I do, it is usually not available in the UK, so I have to start over. Take a look at this listmania list of free classic books. I don't know when the list was created, but every one of these 27 books is no longer available.
It is my belief that people who have created inexpensive versions of the classics are tagging the free versions for copyright violations. The tag is bogus, but it serves to remove a free edition and creates a market for the cheapest edition. Amazon does not have time to review all of these tagged books and we are paying for that.