What are psychological aspects of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?

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As her first title for the novel, First Impressions, suggests, Jane Austen understood the profound psychological impact a first impression of another person can make. Elizabeth Bennett is a realistic psychological portrait of a woman who reacts to being insulted unjustly by a man she has never met by developing an unwarranted antipathy toward him. After she overhears Mr. Darcy saying that she is not attractive enough to entice him to dance, she instantly and understandably perceives him as arrogant and conceited—and it is very difficult for her to shake that prejudice.

Darcy is another realistic portrait: he as a man who has difficulty perceiving life from another person's point of view. He has been brought up to be proud and to believe in his own importance. As a result, he has difficulty, despite being head over heels in love, in knowing how to approach Elizabeth with a sensitive marriage offer. He simply works under the assumption that someone of her status will be thrilled to marry someone...

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