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"Pride and Prejudice" Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley.

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Introduction

The importance of Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley in "Pride and Prejudice" In "Pride and Prejudice" Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley is a very key episode in the story as it expresses her change of heart towards Darcy. This visit reveals the true and real Darcy which proves that Elizabeth's assumptions were wrong which follows on from Darcy's explanatory letter at Hunstanton, of his and Wickems situation. Elizabeth is shocked to hear of Wickems unforgivable behaviour and his lies but her prejudices of Darcy remain. The house and grounds of Darcy reflect his character and tastes. Mrs. Reynolds (housekeeper) words reveal the truth concerning Darcy and Wickem, and Darcy also makes a good impression on Elizabeth and her relatives. Mr. Darcy's house and grounds reflects his personality especially his landscaping. Elizabeth particularly noticed this. "Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more, or when natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste." The nature of it was complemented by art such as by the artificial landscaping. Here Jane Austen expresses the beauty of the grounds as "a beautiful wood" and "a large handsome stone building". This automatically has an effect on Elizabeth. "She felt that to be a mistress of Pemberley might be something" Elizabeth realises that if she accepted Darcy's marriage proposal she would be the mistress of Pemberley which was beautiful estate. ...read more.

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"The conversation soon turned upon fishing and she heard Mr. Darcy invite him, with greatest civility, to fish there as often as he chose, while he continued in the neighbourhood, offering him at the same time to supply him with fishing tackle, and painting out those parts of the stream where there was usually most sport". Elizabeth gradually sees the changes In Darcy before her eyes. "Why is he so altered? From what can it proceed? It cannot be for me; it cannot be for my sake that his manners are this softened. My reproofs at Hunsford could not work such a change as this. It is impossible that he could still love me". Darcy asks Elizabeth's permission to be introduced to his sister. Elizabeth is extremely flattered and she feels that this is huge and pleasant compliment. "His wish of introducing his sister to her was a compliment of the highest kind". Darcy only introduces a person he values which shows his love and affection towards his sister and Elizabeth. Finally, Mr and Mrs Gardiners (Elizabeth's uncle and aunt) views on Darcy add to the fact that he has changed. "He is perfectly well behaved, polite and unassuming". The social visit the next day to Pemberley completes Elizabeth's change of heart about Darcy and although she doesn't see it in that moment of time, when she discovers Lydia's elopement with Wickham from Janes explanatory letter and she sees Darcy go, after she tells him the news, she finally comes face to face with her own feelings and understands them. ...read more.

Conclusion

"But if I do, I shall be crosser still. I can never bear to think of you all there without me". Knightley's character is also shown by his treatment of Emma's father as it shows him as a kind, considerate of other people and an unselfish person which is very unlike Churchill. Emma's father is a hypochondriac but despite this Knightley still takes care of him which sows him as a hospitable person. His brother however, is impatient with Emma's father which shows Knightley's own kind behaviour. Both heroines - Elizabeth and Emma are brought face to face with the qualities of the men they are eventually going to marry, and spend the rest of their lives with, but there is still a great difference between them. Elizabeth has a greater understanding of Darcy's character where as Emma has a greater understanding of her admiration and love for Knightley which shows that she has always loved him. She didn't think that in any way her friendship would develop. There is a similarity between them as both Darcy and Knightley have loved Elizabeth and Emma from the start but they didn't realize it. In conclusion to this Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley and Emma's visit to Donwell Abbey was very important to their future. If they hadn't visited the houses and grounds to which their future husbands owned then they wouldn't have changed their feelings. They wouldn't have found their ideal match, who were before their eyes and they wouldn't have realised who truly was their real love. ...read more.

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