After Elizabeth's stay at Netherfield has her impression of Darcy charnged or been reinforced?

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Elizabeth's opinion of Darcy worsens after her visit to Netherfield to help Jane.  Jane, of course, falls ill after Mrs. Bennett insists she ride to Netherfield when it looks like rain.  During her visit to nurse her sister back to health, Elizabeth's ill opinion of Mr.Darcy deepens into an uneasy dislike.  His seemingly positive regard for Elizabeth makes her feel quite uncomfortable:

"She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man, and yet that he should look at her because he disliked her was still more strange" (Chapter Ten).

Mr. Darcy is a puzzle for Elizabeth.  After his extremely rude and haughty behavior at the last ball, she hardly knows what to make of his new complimentary self at Netherfield.  She still suspects that Darcy's "defect is a propensity to hate everyone" which she informs him to his face in one of their discussions in the drawing room the evening before she leaves Netherfield (Chapter 11).  She pokes fun at him while trying to "sketch his character."  Darcy, of course, defends his pride and remarks that his good opinion is not easily bestowed. 

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