So I'm going to settle on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as my favorite classic, not because I think it's the greatest book ever written, but because it looms large in my consciousness. I first read it in high school, and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The wit, the irony, and the frequent priceless lines, of which here is a sampling:
An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents.--Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do.
Elizabeth's courage did not fail her. She had heard nothing of Lady Catherine that spoke her awful from any extraordinary talents or miraculous virtue, and the mere stateliness of money and rank, she thought she could witness without trepidation.
Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.This is one of the few classics I've re-read multiple times over the past thirty years, and I am not much of a re-reader in general. It opened up the possibility of having genuine fun with a classic, leading me to try others on my own, on top of what was assigned at school. It comes to mind first when I think "favorite." I guess that makes it a good choice for favorite classic, right?