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by Jane Austen

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At what moment does Elizabeth begin to fall in love with Mr. Darcy?

The exact moment at which Elizabeth began to fall in love with Mr. Darcy is difficult to pinpoint. It could have been when she realized that Darcy had a hand in ensuring Lydia's marriage to Wickham. It could also have been during Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley.

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Elizabeth's falling in love with Mr. Darcy is a gradual process; it doesn't take place in a single moment. Over a period of time, Elizabeth starts to see the real Darcy, the Darcy beneath the aloof, arrogant exterior. And as she finds out more about his real personality, she becomes ever more drawn to him.

Even after Darcy comes right out and expresses his ardent admiration and love for Lizzie she doesn't fall in love with him, at least not straight away. That said, she's certainly flattered by his attention and Darcy's words give her much food for thought. At this stage in the novel, Lizzie's already more sympathetic to Darcy after hearing about the dishonorable behavior of Mr. Wickham towards Darcy's sister. But Darcy hasn't quite sealed the deal, no matter how much Lizzie's initially unfavorable opinion of him may have changed.

After visiting Pemberley, Lizzie becomes even more drawn to Darcy. The simple elegance of this stately pile impresses her no end, not least because it appears to...

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Lizzy does say to Jane towards the end, that it was when she first saw Pemberley... but it is hard to tell because it comes on gradually... everything that happens from that bit changes her opinion a little bit.