In "Pride and Prejudice", was Elizabeth justified in her response to Darcy's proposal or should she have considered it more seriously?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first time Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, he is condescending and proud. He makes it clear that despite his dislike for her entire family, her inferior social standing and the inappropriateness of the match, he loves her and wants to marry her. She correctly turns it down, knowing that his infatuation with her will probably fade with time, but he will still be left with bad feelings about her family and the idea that his marriage and thus his wife is somewhat beneath him. Eventually, that would make for a very unhappy life.

crescendo2000 | Student

I believe wholeheartedly that E was justified in her response to Ds proposal.

JaneĀ  Aset us up anyway. the family Bennett is poor with an entailed estate. Jane and Lizzie marrying well can save the family. Especially if Lizzie marries Mr Collins. that kills two birds with one stone.

Lizzie rejects mr collins in spite of the socio economic implications of her decision. If the story began with Liz and Darcy, we might come to a different conclusion as regards the efficacy of rejecting a wealthy man when your family might suffer greatly as a result

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