What did Caroline Bingley do to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice?Caroline Beingley from the book obviously hates Elizabeth, i know her motivation and the outcomes but what was her treatment...

What did Caroline Bingley do to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice?

Caroline Beingley from the book obviously hates Elizabeth, i know her motivation and the outcomes but what was her treatment to Elizabeth besides speaking ill of her to Mr. Darcy?

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Caroline Bingley, who is indeed not very fond of Elizabeth Bennet, based her animosity on the fact that Elizabeth draws Darcy's attention like no other woman has in the past. Moreover, Caroline sees Darcy as her own potential beau and is jealous of the fact that Darcy seems very impressed with Elizabeth even when Eliza's own behavior towards Darcy is nowhere near as submissive, as Caroline's is.

Everything Caroline would do to Elizabeth was with the sole purpose of humilliate or aggravate her. For example, Caroline confronted Elizabeth in order to expose Wickham's evil ways. This, she did not only to expose Wickham, but also to make Elizabeth feel fooled and stupid. To this, Elizabeth responded by calling Caroline a "impertinent girl" and by walking away from her after telling her a thing or two. Elizabeth is never quiet.

Another thing that is perhaps more painful to Elizabeth is that Caroline ceases all her contact with Elizabeth's sister, Jane, and did this in order to make both Jane and Elizabeth feel more inadequate, more isolated, and more sad than ever before. The way that Caroline breaks her acquaintance is cold and rude. Jane does not see it coming. Elizabeth, however, knows better. This is why whatever Caroline does, Elizabeth would rematch in the end with a comment, an action, or a clear warning to never be spoken in a belittling way again.

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