Certainly, one of the most important meetings between Elizabeth and Darcy is their first one because it inaugurates her prejudice toward him, a prejudice that will remain in place for much of the novel. Within her hearing, Bingley encourages Darcy to dance with Elizabeth, and Darcy replies,
"She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me."
His rudeness is atrocious, and the fact that he caught her eye just prior to insulting her seems to confirm that he doesn't care if she hears him. When she later related the story at home, she did so "with much bitterness of spirit and some exaggeration [of] the shocking rudeness of Mr. Darcy." From this meeting onward, Elizabeth only finds fodder for her dislike of the man. He can do no right.
That is, until he proposes to her. This...
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