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Hoe Darcy Affect Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice

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How Darcy Affects Elizabeth In Pride And Prejudice Harrison Maxwell 10.2 Coursework In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennett and Fitzwilliam Darcy's love affair is the centre point of the story. Elizabeth (Lizzy) is one of the four daughters of Mr and Mrs Bennett. She is the protagonist of the novel. Elizabeth is considered witty and sarcastic with her own streak of pride. Darcy, on the other hand, is a wealthy man from Derbyshire who first comes across as a rude and unpleasant fellow, full of pride and ill will but eventually comes to love Elizabeth and change his manners for her. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." When one first reads Pride and Prejudice, Darcy is the first character in the novel that one would hate. Elizabeth takes an immediate and understandable disliking to Darcy. Because of Darcy's comments and refusal to dance with anyone not rich and well bred, the neighbourhood takes a similar dislike. ...read more.


Alone at the parsonage, Elizabeth is still thinking about what Fitzwilliam has told her when Darcy enters and suddenly declares his love for her. He proposes to her and Elizabeth rejects him, first politely, but then it turns into an angry accusation. She demands to know whether he sabotaged Jane's romance with Mr. Bingley, and Darcy admits that he did. She then repeats Wickham's accusations and declares that she thinks that Darcy is proud and selfish and that getting married to him is unthinkable. "Elizabeth's astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent." The next day, Elizabeth takes a walk and runs into Darcy, who gives her a letter. He walks away, and Elizabeth begins to read it. In the letter, Darcy admits to attempting to break Bingley's romance with Jane, but then argues that Jane's attachment to his friend was not strong enough to break hearts. He also says that in relation to Wickham, he did provide for Wickham after his fathers death and that the root of the argument was when Wickham tried to elope with Darcy's sister in hope of obtaining her fortune. ...read more.


A short time later, a letter arrives from Mr. Collins that suggests that an engagement between Darcy and Elizabeth is imminent. The letter comes for Mr. Bennett. A little while after Lady Catherine's visit, Darcy again comes to stay with Bingley at Netherfield. The two visit the Bennett's and they all take a walk together. Elizabeth and Darcy lag behind to talk. Darcy tells Elizabeth that his feelings for her have not changed since his proposal. Elizabeth tells him that her own feelings have changed and that she is now willing to marry him. The next day, Darcy and Elizabeth again walk together, and that night Darcy goes to Mr. Bennet to ask him for his consent to marry his daughter. Darcy and Elizabeth discuss how their love began and how it developed. Darcy writes to Lady Catherine to tell her about their engagement. After the weddings, Bingley buys an estate near Pemberley and Elizabeth moves in with Darcy. Darcy and Elizabeth still consider the Gardiner's good friends, grateful because they brought Elizabeth to Pemberley the first time and helped to bring the two together. ...read more.

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