The leisurely air of the characters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice can be confusing to readers of today, who—you know—expect people to actually have jobs and do things. This Power Point presentation puts the life of the upper class (even that of the Bennet family, who were, I suppose, “lower upper class” (!!) in context. In colorful terms, with many literary and historical references and quotations, it demonstrates how families maintained wealth, and that the planning of marriages for daughters was more than a shallow undertaking, often a necessity in a culture where women were restricted in their opportunities and inheritances. Kids will especially enjoy the section on proper “dating” etiquette in 1813!