Darcy says to Elizabeth, "There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil, a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome." (Pg. 60) What natural defect does he find in Elizabeth's character?

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"And [your defect]," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them." (Chapter 11)

"I have had the pleasure of your acquaintance long enough to know, that you find great enjoyment in occasionally professing opinions which in fact are not your own." (Chapter 31)

It could be argued that Darcy finds no natural defect in Elizabeth. If you consider how he came to admire fine brown eyes after a heated walk across country meadows (despite dirty skits); if you consider his deeply emotional conviction that Elizabeth cannot have always been confined to a provincial country life; if you consider how he hovered over her with admiration while she played the piano while both were at Rosings, then it is altogether possible to argue that Darcy was blind to any natural defect in Elizabeth. This might easily be confirmed by the way he fell in love with her again "in about half an hour after [he] had seen [her]" at Pemberley.

"You cannot have a right to such very strong local attachment. You cannot have been...

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