At the first ball in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, what facts does the narrator give about Darcy to show what he is like and how others perceive him?
Austen has fun with unreliable narration and with an observation about human nature she often returns to: we judge other people not objectively but based on how they treat us.
First, we are treated to wildly inaccurate rumors of who is coming to the assembly, which should make us distrust the narration:
a report soon followed that Mr. Bingley was to bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen with him to the assembly. The girls grieved over such a number of ladies, but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing, that instead of twelve he brought only six with him from London—his five sisters and a cousin. And when the party entered the assembly room it consisted of only five altogether—Mr. Bingley, his two sisters, the husband of the eldest, and another young man
The other young man turns out to be Darcy . Darcy is at first admired because he is tall and handsome, and more importantly, rumored to be very wealthy, with an estate and ten thousand pounds a year in income. The women, at...
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