Pride And Prejudice Study Guide

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Pride And Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen marvelously portrays the life of a middle-class country
family in England during the early nineteenth century. The family, the Bennets, is
presently engaged in finding suitable (rich) husbands for their five daughters. The main
character, Elizabeth Bennet, is an intelligent, witty, and opinionated young woman. She
has already rebuffed one would-be suitor because she felt he was unfit, and in this scene,
she turns down another, Fitzwilliam Darcy, because she feels that he is arrogant and
cruel. This scene portrays a lively exchange between the two, with Elizabeth accusing him
of prejudice and Darcy charging her with being full of pride.


The scene opens with Darcy entering the room where Elizabeth was reading. After inquiring
about her health, he pauses for a few moments and then suddenly declares, "You must allow
me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you" (Austen, 142) He then proceeds to tell
her all the things that are wrong with her family and her own "inferiority" (142). Despite
all this, he still loves her. Darcy seems sure she will accept, but Elizabeth's dislike of
his pride and arrogance make it impossible for her to accede. They then proceed to enter
into a heated argument and each volley cutting insults upon the other. Austen's wording
during this exchange adds to the liveliness of this quarrel. Elizabeth first disparages
his proposal by saying, "Why with so evident a design of offending and insulting me, you
chose to tell me that you liked me against your will, against your reason, and even
against your character" (143) Darcy's proposal was a far cry from romantic and it
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