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ardentlyPlain Jane: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

-Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice

Perhaps one of the most famous first lines of a novel, this “universal truth” has indeed continued to be quite universal: I think the producers of the “Bachelor” could be accused of copying Jane’s idea. Although, I’m sure Jane never saw that result of her “universal truth” coming.