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Jane Austen - How does Elizabeth's reaction to Darcy change throughout the novel? You should include their first meeting up to her departure from Pemberley.

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How does Elizabeth's reaction to Darcy change throughout the novel? You should include their first meeting up to her departure from Pemberley Elizabeth's reaction to Darcy drastically changes throughout the novel. At the start of the novel Elizabeth was determined to dislike Darcy. However, as the novel develops Elizabeth's grudge against him slowly and gradually turns into love, which appears to be unrequited when she leaves Pemberley to clean up the mess that her sister has made, who's immorality and foolish decision is shameful to her family. When they first met at Mr Bingley's ball, Mr Darcy came across as extremely proud, as Jane Austen states; 'He was discovered to be proud, to be above his company and above being pleased.' While Darcy is sitting down for two of the dances, Elizabeth overheard a conversation between Mr Darcy and Mr Bingley. Mr Bingley was trying to convince Mr Darcy to dance with one of the young ladies at the ball and then offered to introduce him to Elizabeth. Mr Darcy then replied coldly; "she is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me." Although deep down Elizabeth was agitated by what Darcy had said, Jane Austen expresses; "she told the story however with great spirit among her friends." ...read more.


He had good manners and Elizabeth found him very agreeable and pleasant. While walking in the park with Colonel Fitzwilliam he revealed that Mr Darcy was the cause of Mr Bingley leaving the country and not contacting Jane. This caused Jane a lot of heartache, as she really loved Mr Bingley. He said; "he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage." He also told Elizabeth that Mr Darcy main reason for breaking up the marriage was that; "if it were to get round to the ladies family, it would be an unpleasant thing." This left Elizabeth outraged at Mr Darcy's behaviour. He had not only disobeyed his father and treated a family friend badly (or so she thought), but had also been the cause of Jane's broken heart and insulted her family! During the end of her stay with the Collins' she was disturbed by Mr Darcy. He came into the room in a hurried manner, looking very agitated. After several minutes he spoke; "In vain I struggle. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." ...read more.


were involved in 'trade', which was considered to be a very 'low' way of making money. Mr Darcy showed a big interest in Elizabeth during her stay at Pemberley and asked if she would be acquainted with his younger sister who he greatly admired. Elizabeth was extremely touched by his suggestion and accepted it. Elizabeth realised that her feelings towards Mr Darcy had dramatically changed. She realised that; 'she certainly did not hate him' and; 'she respected, she esteemed, she was grateful to him, she felt a real interest in his welfare'. Elizabeth was distraught when she read the letters from Jane explaining that Lydia, had eloped with Mr Wickham. When she told mr Darcy he; 'seemed scarcely to hear her, and was walking up and down the room in earnest meditation.' Elizabeth immediately assumed that Mr Darcy was as distraught as she was. That he knew he could not have anything to do with Elizabeth now Lydia had brought shame to the family, and that there was no way he would want to marry her any more. Deep down she felt; 'never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him, as now, when all love must be vain.' She then left Pemberley with her aunt and uncle immediately knowing that her love to Darcy would no longer be returned, all to the fault of her foolish sister. Emma Wilson 10G 02/05/07 ...read more.

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