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Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice is a tale of a young girl ElizabethBennet who longs to marry for true love while facing many obstaclesthat she must overcome to realize its improbable appearance in her lifeBeing the second of five daughters Elizabeth is expected to marry soonafter her older sister Jane who at the beginning of the novel seems tobe courted by a rich man named Charles Bingely Shockingly Elizabeth isoffered a marriage proposal from her cousin to which she rejectsInstead Elizabeth begins a subtle romance with a young officer namedGeorge Wickham Elizabeths mother is horrified at both these eventsbecause Elizabeth is intended to marry upwards to a more rich manFortunately Elizabeths relationship with Mr Wickham deteriorates asthey spend time apart which leads Elizabeth to her true search for loveThroughout the entire novel Elizabeths delayed relationship with MrDarcy Mr Bingleys arrogant and rather pompous friend truly shapesthe story of Elizabeths search for true love In complete accordance with the novels title both pride andprejudice play an influential role in the delayed development of therelationship between Elizabeth and Darcy Throughout the course of thenovel both Elizabeth and Darcy undergo several individual instanceswhere both their own amount of pride and person prejudices make arelationship seem nearly impossible The Bennets first meet Mr Bingleyand Mr Darcy at a ball here the courtship between Jane Bennet and MrBingely originates While Mr Bingley is enjoying himself by dancingwith several ladies Mr Darcy decides to remain on the outskirts of theroom refusing to dance with anyone he isnt already acquainted withBingley attempts to pressure Darcy into dancing and points out Elizabethsitting alone at a table this does not work at all because Darcy simpleretorts She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt mePage 13 Elizabeth overhears the exchange of words between the two menand offendedly relates the incident to her sisters mother and friendsThis is the first encounter between Elizabeth and Darcy whichillustrates the infamous pride of Darcy as well
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