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One of the most ironic and significant events of Pride and Prejudice is Lady Catherine de Bourghs impromptu and audacious drop in on The Bennet household and her ensuing conversation with Elizabeth This situation is extremely ironic because Lady Catherines speech ends up having exactly the opposite effect on the storyline that she had intended it to She first takes Elizabeth completely by speaking of an ensuing marriage between Elizabeth and Darcy I was told that not only your sister was on the point of being most advantageously married but that you that Miss Elizabeth Bennet would in all likelihood be soon afterwards united to my nephew Mr Darcy This is something that Elizabeth had brushed off as impossible considering the circumstances surrounding and history between herself and Darcy In speaking of this Lady Catherine actually gives hope to Elizabeth of Darcys continued affection Lady Catherine however goes on to state her opinion on the matter Let me be rightly understood This match to which you have the presumption to aspire can never take place No never Mr Darcy is engaged to my daughter She goes on to claim that in accepting a proposal from Darcy Elizabeth would be censured slighted and despised by many and then insultingly declare that a connection to the Bennet family would pollute the shades of Pemberly By this point in the novel however Elizabeth has realized her changed feelings toward Darcy and refuses to promise Lady Catherine not to marry him She is worried however that the feelings of Darcys aunt may have a more powerful effect on him then it has had on her Lady Catherine does indeed later call on him to deliver her arguments against Elizabeth But in relating to him her conversation with Elizabeth she actually gives Darcy hope that he might yet win Elizabeths hand It taught me to hope he later says as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before I
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