Is it true, as Momus
suggests, that there are "few tales which would not be improved by the
addition of the phrase 'suddenly, a shot rang out'"? Decide for
yourself as we alter the opening lines of . . .PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
by Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. Suddenly, a shot rang out.