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A mathematical model of ‘pride and prejudice’

Nonlinear dynamics, psychology, and life sciences | 25 Feb 2014

S Rinaldi, FD Rossa and P Landi
Abstract
A mathematical model is proposed for interpreting the love story between Elizabeth and Darcy portrayed by Jane Austen in the popular novel Pride and Prejudice. The analysis shows that the story is characterized by a sudden explosion of sentimental involvements, revealed by the existence of a saddle-node bifurcation in the model. The paper is interesting not only because it deals for the first time with catastrophic bifurcations in romantic relation-ships, but also because it enriches the list of examples in which love stories are described through ordinary differential equations.
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Saddle-node bifurcation, Academy Award for Best Actress, Pride and Prejudice, Mathematics, Differential equation, Jane Austen
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