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

In Pride and Prejudice, the exact moment at which Elizabeth begins to fall in love with Mr. Darcy is somewhat difficult to pinpoint, although it is evident that a definite change in her feelings towards him begins to take shape during Elizabeth's visit to Pemberly, where Darcy's housekeeper speaks fondly of him, and the estate itself delights Lizzy, as it is without an "artificial appearance," reflecting another aspect of Darcy's character.

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Elizabeth's falling in love with Mr. Darcy is a gradual process; it doesn't take place in a single moment. Over a period of time, Elizabeth starts to see the real Darcy, the Darcy beneath the aloof, arrogant exterior. And as she finds out more about his real personality, she becomes ever more drawn to him.

Even after Darcy comes right out and expresses his ardent admiration and love for Lizzy, she doesn't fall in love with him, at least not straight away. That said, she's certainly flattered by his attention, and Darcy's words give her much food for thought. At this stage in the novel, Lizzy's already more sympathetic to Darcy after hearing about the dishonorable behavior of Mr. Wickham towards Darcy's sister. But Darcy hasn't quite sealed the deal, no matter how much Lizzy's initially unfavorable opinion of him may have changed.

After visiting Pemberley, Lizzy becomes even more drawn to Darcy. The simple elegance of this stately pile impresses her, not least because it appears to be an...

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