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Mr Darcys high birth and wealth cause him to be overly proud From the first encounter with Mr Darcy we are able to see his pride She is tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me 12 Through his conversation with Mr Bingley Mr Darcy not only reveals his haughty attitude but causes Mrs Bennet as well as Elizabeth to mark him as the most disagreeable horrid man not at all worth pleasing 14 Mr Darcys reason for being proud is a simple one he is of the upper-class In this society class matters almost more than anything Elizabeth is of the middle-class and to himself and others it would be ridiculous for him to stoop down to her level and when they next met he looked at her only to criticize 20 Mr Darcy continues with his pride throughout the book right up to his first proposal to Elizabeth He spoke well but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride His sense of her inferiority--of its being a degradation--of the family obstacles which judgment had always opposed too inclinations were dwelt on 160 Even during a proposal his overly proud self and his consciousness of his social status cause him to dwell more on how they are wrong for each other rather than giving compliments and flattering her While Darcys proud characteristics are used in a manner that causes himself to be misjudged Elizabeths proud characteristics cause her to misjudge others Elizabeths proud is not a proud full of conceit she is instead proud of her intelligence comprehension and independence Just as Darcy is proud during his first encounter with Elizabeth Elizabeths pride causes her to misjudge Darcy solely based on a poor first impression Elizabeths pride also later causes her to misjudge Wickham as well
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