Analyze the following quotation: '' he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was...
Analyze the following quotation:
'' he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness''?
In this passage, Austen skillfully points out the hypocrisy and irony present in polite society. Here, Darcy apparently cannot help himself: being "forced to acknowledge" and being "caught" implies Elizabeth's charms are so strong that even a proud and noble man like himself cannot help but notice them. Despite his knowledge that her social standing is beneath his, and that she is not clearly a "great beauty" in the obvious sense, he is attracted to her. Austen has underscored the humor in the situation by suggesting the only way a proud young man of fashion could possibly notice and appreciate the beauty of a less fashionable female is if he goes against his own better judgment, and allows himself to be overcome. Darcy's arrogance is also apparent here, and Austen captures this sense of proud superiority as she describes his thoughts. This sense of being overcome also is repeated when Darcy first admits his true feelings to Elizabeth, declaring he ardently loves her despite having tried to resist these feelings.