How does Elizabeth Bennet show self-respect in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?
One means Elizabeth has of maintaining self-respect is by accepting and treating all situations with her sense of humor. We first observe her abilities to take insults lightly using her sense of humor when Darcy first insults her at the Meryton assembly in the beginning of the book. When Darcy insults Elizabeth by refusing to dance with her at Bingley's recommendation, saying, "She is not handsome enough to tempt me," Elizabeth's response is to laugh at him among her friends, relaying the story with, as Austen describes, a "playful disposition" because she enjoys "any thing ridiculous" (Ch. 3). What's more, her ability to laugh at others
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