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Pride and Prejudice: Shows How Two Different People Can Overcome Society

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Pride and Prejudice

In Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen show us how two very different people can overcome society, other people opinions and even their own first impressions to find love.   She introduces the charters Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet at the Assembly Ball.   Mr. Darcy feeling out of place and put out because the country people wear acting in a way he found too familiar for his station was overhead by Elizabeth to say about her “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; (Austen p 13).”   Later in the book we find Elizabeth talking over the events of the ball with her good friend Charlotte and tells of the comment she hear “…I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine (Austen p 21).”

At Longbourne we see a much bolder Mr. Darcy.   At first he watches, seeing qualities that he had overlook on their first meeting. “But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes (Austen p 24).”   I have found that the more we get to know a person the more their inner appearance shows through wither making them seem either more or less attractive.   As the night goes on Miss. Bennet is able to express some of her pent up anger at Darcy by sparing with him verbally.   Mr. Darcy is not put off by this wordplay.   In a sense it is almost like they are flirting.

Eliza accepts an invitation to visit her friend Charlotte and her husband.   When she gets there an invitation to dine at Rosing comes almost at once.   When she goes to dinner Elizabeth is surprised to find that Mr. Darcy is staying with Lady Catherin.   After the meal Lady de Bourge asks Eliza to play piano for them.   As she plays Mr. Darcy leers over her in a way that seems intimating.   Eliza is not thrown off by Darcy’s aggressive manner and confronts him directly by saying”There is a stubbornness about me that...


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