Homework Help

Colonel Fitzwilliam is attracted to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice, yet he is not...

user profile pic

bettyboop17 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 7, 2010 at 8:29 AM via web

dislike 2 like

Colonel Fitzwilliam is attracted to Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice, yet he is not able to court her.  Why?

How does Elizabeth respond to Darcy's marriage proposal?

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 14, 2010 at 5:50 AM (Answer #1)

dislike 1 like

Colonel Fitzwilliam is Darcy's cousin.  Elizabeth is fond of him and he is a "good man."  He develops feelings for Elizabeth, but he cannot be interested in her because he must marry for "wealth, not love" (eNotes).

Elizabeth rejects Darcy's first proposal because she still holds inaccuracies and judgments about him and his behavior.  She also is angry because she feels he has turned Bingley against marrying Jane, which he did inadvertently.  She still finds him to be conceited and gruff at this point, so although she has feelings for him, she turns him down.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes