The interactions between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. 1. Assembly at Meryton. (pg 7)
* Darcy is found to be “proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased.” * “He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world.” 2. Assembly at Meryton. (pg 8)
* Elizabeth has to sit out two dances (lack of gentlemen). * To Darcy, Elizabeth is only “tolerable” and “not handsome enough to tempt” him. * He thinks Elizabeth to be plain and unattractive and she doesn’t feel very cordial towards him. 3. Darcy’s superiority. (pg 12)
* He has a superior understanding than Bingley, but he is also haughty reserved and fastidious. His manners are not inviting and he is continually giving offence. * He saw people of little beauty and no fashion at Meryton assembly. (Quick to judge, as he did to Elizabeth.) 4. Lucas Lodge. (pg 14-15)
* Here we find out that Darcy doesn’t speak much, unless amongst close friends. (He’s reserved/shy) * He “mortified” Elizabeth’s pride by not asking her to dance and she doesn’t forgive him for that. 5. Longbourn ladies wait on Netherfield. (pg 18-19)
* Darcy observes Elizabeth and starts to find her attractive. “The beautiful expression in her dark eyes”. * He finds her “figure to be light and pleasing” and is caught by the easy playfulness of her manners. * She knew nothing of his observations and he begins to listen to her conversations in the hope to find out more about her. * Elizabeth notices him, becomes annoyed and confronts him in a round-about, playful manner. 6. Sir William Lucas introduces Darcy to Elizabeth (pg 20-21) * Sir William introduces Elizabeth as a desirable dance partner. Darcy is surprised but this time he is willing to dance with her. * But Elizabeth refuses the offer to spite him for injuring her pride previously. 7. Darcy talks to Miss Bingley (pg 21-22)
* Admits his attention is on a pretty woman with “fine eyes”. He is starting to admire Elizabeth. * He is teased by Miss Bingley in terms of marriage and having Mrs. Bennet as a mother-in-law. He listens with perfect indifference. 8. Elizabeth walks to Netherfield. (pg 26)
* Darcy says little but we find he is divided between admiring “the brilliancy which exercise had given her complexion” and doubt as to whether the occasion justified her coming so far alone. 9. After dinner at Netherfield.
* Sister’s talk about Elizabeth lack of decorum but it doesn’t affect Darcy’s admiration for her “fine eyes”. * Darcy comments on hoe the Bennet family’s low connections must “materially lessen their chance of marrying men” of importance. * These thoughts could be in his mind concerning Elizabeth. 10. That evening in the drawing-room.
* They were speaking about the accomplishments a women needs and one of Darcy’s points was that a woman needs to read extensively. * Coincidently Elizabeth was reading at that time.
11. Mrs Bennet arrives at Netherfield the following day.
* Mrs Bennet misunderstands Darcy. Elizabeth is embarrassed and Darcy is offended because of her mom’s insolence. Elizabeth defends Darcy at this point (probably for the sake of Jane). * Darcy and Elizabeth share their different views on poetry and the effects it has on love. * Again Miss Bingley teases Darcy about Elizabeth’s “fine eyes” but he doesn’t join in. 12. Elizabeth joins the party in the drawing-room in the evening. (pg 40-42) * Elizabeth and Darcy banter/argue over their thoughts on friendship. Bingley diverts the argument. * Elizabeth notices Darcy watching her and thinks it is because “there was a something more wrong and reprehensible” about her than the others. This didn’t bother her though because she doesn’t hold him in high regard. “She liked him too little to care for his approbation.” * He then asks her to dance a reel but she again refuses to spite him and probably because her dislike for him had grown. But she “was amazed at his...
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