Pride and Prejudice : "More can be learnt from Miss. Austen about the nature of the novel than from almost any other writer." wrote Walter Allen in his study of the English novel. Indeed any inquiry into the history of the form must include mention of the first modern novelist: Jane Austen. Her masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice. peopled with the unforgettable Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, is exemplary in it refined symmetry, finely drawn depictions of manners, high comedy, and the economy driven march toward marriage.