What are examples of dramatic and situational irony, with quotes, found in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?

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Dramatic irony is created when the audience or readers know more than the characters do.  Mrs. Bennet, often, does not understand that her behavior is completely inappropriate or that she is an object of ridicule and disdain; these moments are examples of dramatic irony.  For example, when Mr. Darcy suggests that the company the Bennets keep in the country is not as varied as what one finds in London, Elizabeth insists that people have a tendency to change so much that there is always something new to see in them. Moreover, Mrs. Bennet responds in such a way as to indicate that she was "offended by his manner of mentioning a country neighborhood."  After her outburst, Mr. Darcy silently turns away.  Mrs. Bennet "fancied she had gained a complete victory over him [and] continued her triumph," then went on to say that the Bennets dined with twenty-four local families, an apparently abysmally small number as "nothing but concern for Elizabeth could enable Bingley to keep his countenance."...

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