Curtis Sittenfeld's “Eligible” is a modern-day reimagining of Jane Austen’s immortal classic. For this literary transformation, Sittenfeld has moved the witty romance between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to modern-day Cincinnati. Here’s a primer in @washingtonpost to drag your fond memories into the 21st century
  1. Opening sentence
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” | “Well before his arrival in Cincinnati, everyone knew that Chip Bingley was looking for a wife.”
  2. Elizabeth Bennet
    20-year-old girl | 38-year-old magazine writer
  3. Fitzwilliam Darcy
    Landed gentry | Brain surgeon
  4. Charles Bingley
    Gentleman | Reality TV star
  5. Mr. Collins
    Clergyman | Coder
  6. Caroline Bingley
    Snob | Rhymes with rich
  7. Mr. Wick(ham)
    Blocked from the clergy | Blocked from Stanford
  8. Mary Bennet’s hobby
    Books | Bowling
  9. Crisis
    No male heirs | No health insurance
  10. Women
    Have hats | Have jobs
  11. Transportation
    Horses | Airplanes
  12. Communication
    Letter writing | Texting
  13. Artificial
    Manners | Insemination
  14. Social event
    Ball | Barbecue
  15. Social ills
    Snobbery, greed | Racism, homophobia
  16. Meet via
    Dinner parties | Dating apps
  17. Entertainment
    Cards | Charades
  18. Exercise
    Stroll | CrossFit
  19. Gender issue
    Primogeniture | Transgender
  20. Indiscretion
    Peccadillos | Dildos
  21. Pemberley
    Derbyshire | California
  22. Darcy’s proposal
    “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” | “It’s probably an illusion caused by the release of oxytocin during sex, but I feel as if I’m in love with you.”