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Pride and Prejudice

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Introduction

Pride and Prejudice 14/09/02 Allan Saud The extract analysed in Pride and Prejudice is all about the underlying meanings behind the character's words and the unspoken awareness between Darcy and Elizabeth throughout the scene. The atmosphere created by Jane Austen during this extract also bears great resemblance to that of Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' and another one of Austen's novels called 'Persuasion'. Elizabeth very much feels Darcy's attention being pointed in her direction and so uses this knowledge to place an undertone in the line "'Then,' observed Elizabeth, 'you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished woman,'" hinting at the fact that Darcy believes her to be all that he described. ...read more.

Middle

And must our conversation take place in this house?' Mrs. Linde reflects Krogstad's desire in her reply 'We couldn't meet at my place; my room has no separate entrance. Come in. We're quite alone,' just as Darcy reflects Elizabeth as before stated. The sequence between Darcy and Elizabeth also strongly relates to the introduction of another one of Jane Austen's novels called 'Persuasion', which states that 'A characteristic feature was the large party in the same drawing room, with the possibility of private conversations in an undertone...' which is exactly what happens between Darcy and Elizabeth in their 'criss-cross of unspoken awareness'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The fact that Darcy's and Elizabeth's understanding of one another reaches to a higher level than the rest, allows Elizabeth to take his comment as a complement, for she was trying to find a book to read not so long ago. Due to Elizabeth's modest nature, she attempts to reject the complement, however in her reply; she inadvertently reveals her deep understanding of the meaning of Darcy's words (therefore fulfilling the requirements of an accomplished woman in his eyes), in the line 'I never saw such a woman. I never saw such capacity, and taste, and application, and elegance, as you describe united.' Elizabeth's understanding of Darcy's words is shown through the way she was able to astutely summarise his whole speech into just a few words, without losing the meaning or grace of the matter. ...read more.

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