Pride and Prejudice (Blog 3)
“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.” Elizabeth’s astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured, doubted, and was silent. This he considered sufficient encouragement, and the avowal of all that he felt and had long felt for her, immediately followed. 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 to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit. – Mr. Darcy.
Darcy’s proposal of marriage to Elizabeth demonstrates how his feelings toward her transformed since his earlier dismissal of her as “not handsome enough”. Though Elizabeth refuses Mr. Darcy this is the beginning of a huge change throughout the novel. Before Mr. Darcy asks Elizabeth to marry him she feels nothing for him but contempt, after his proposal however she seems to see him in a whole new light. This change in her, however, is still yet unforeseen until later on in the novel, all she thinks of is Mr. Darcy’s arrogance of being higher in rank and his snobbishness.