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At what moment does Elizabeth begin to fall in love with Mr. Darcy?

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bbbjjj | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 6, 2007 at 10:56 AM via web

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At what moment does Elizabeth begin to fall in love with Mr. Darcy?

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cmcqueeney | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 6, 2007 at 8:41 PM (Answer #1)

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I would say there isn't a single moment.  Elizabeth's love for Darcy sneaks up on her as her opinion of him changes.  There are many events that gradually change her opinion.  First, Darcy's letter begins to make her wonder if she has misjudged him.  Her visit to his house changes her opinion more - first from hearing how kind and humble he is from the servant, and then in seeing him when he shows up unexpectedly.  Eventually, Elizabeth discovers that Darcy is the one who paid all of Wickham's debts and caused him to marry Lydia.  All of these things reshape Elizabeth's knowledge of Darcy's character and cause her to gradually fall in love with him.

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amiralaloca | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted January 4, 2008 at 8:15 PM (Answer #2)

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Lizzy does say to Jane towards the end, that it was when she first saw Pemberley... but it is hard to tell because it comes on gradually... everything that happens from that bit changes her opinion a little bit.

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