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Pride and Prejudice 78

Escaping the Fog of Pride and Prejudice

The words of the title of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice,
shroud the main characters, Elizabeth and Darcy in a fog.The plot of the novel
focuses on how Elizabeth and Darcy escape the fog and find each other.Both
characters must individually recognize their faults and purge them.At the
beginning of the novel, it seems as if the two will never be able to escape the
thick fog.The scene at the Netherfield ball makes the marriage of Elizabeth
and Darcy much more climactic because the pride and prejudice of both increases
greatly during the night.
The Netherfield ball is thefirst time Darcy and Elizabeth dance.When
Darcy asks Elizabeth she is so surprised and confused that she says yes to a man
who she is determined to hate.At the Meryton ball she had quickly made a
sketch of Darcy’s character.Compared to Jane who “never [sees] a fault in any
body” (11), she doesn’t believe only the best in everyone.She is usually right
about people.From simply hearing Mr. Collins’ letter, she asks if he is a
sensible man, which he proves not to be.She is precisely perceptive of
everyone except Wikhamand Darcy.
At the Meryton ball, Darcy is very reserved.He refuses to dance with
Elizabeth when Bingley asks him to, saying that Elizabeth is not handsome enough
to tempt him.Elizabeth’s pride is hurt and she characterizes Darcy as
disagreeable and proud.When Elizabethfirst meets Wikham, she is blinded by
her prejudice of Darcy as she accepts everything harmful Wikham has to say of
Darcy.The plot of the rest of the book revolves around Elizabeth discovering
the true nature of both Darcy and Wikham.At the Netherfield ball, it seems
this will never happen.From the beginning of the night, when Elizabeth
discovers Wikham didn’t attend the ball in order to avoid Darcy she “was
resolved against any sort of conversation with him”(60).Her hate of Da…

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