Darcy
first reading (ch 1-23) || second reading (ch 24-41) || third reading (ch 42-3nd)









1. Record three to five key passages that reveal the personality traits of your character from the reading.

1. "His pride," said Miss Lucas, "does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud."(Ch 5) [About Darcy]
  • Darcy is proud, wealthy, and high class

2. [Darcy] "There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil--a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome."
[Elizabeth] "And your defect is to hate everybody."
[Darcy] "And yours," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them." (Ch 11)
  • Elizabeth shows that Darcy is so proud he thinks of no one but himself and looks down upon everybody. He is very clever and intelligent, shown by his response.
  • He believes that in everyone there is a flaw

3. The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening, till his manners gave a disgust which tuned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be proud, to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared with his friend. (Ch 3)
  • Once again, proud and arrogant
  • Judgemental of those not as wealthy or high class, causing others to dislike him

4. "She is tolerable, I suppose, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me." (Ch 3)
  • He seems rather shallow, as Elizabeth is apparently not pretty enough to dance with, with superiority complex

-Elise Naticchia, reading 1

1. [Darcy] "In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." ...
...[Elizabeth] "I might as well inquire," replied she, "why, with so evident a desire of offending and insulting me, you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will, against your reason, and even against your character?" (Ch 34)
  • Despite Darcy's earlier thoughts towards Elizabeth, that she was not good enough for him, he finally professes his feelings to her. It comes as a shock to Elizabeth because it is very contradictory to his demeanor. She even mentions that his profession of love is against Darcy's character. Even though Darcy came off as proud and arrogant, especially when it came to his choice in women, we see that his attraction to Elizabeth is undeniable and he cannot help but love her even if she does not live up to his standards.

2. [Darcy's letter to Elizabeth] "With respect to that other, more weighty, accusation -- of having injured Mr. Wickham -- I can only refute it by laying before you the whole of his connection with my family... But whatever may be the sentiments which Mr. Wickham has created, a suspicion of their nature shall not prevent me from unfolding his real character..." (Ch 35)
  • In this passage, beginning on pg. 178 and continuing to 180, Darcy explains his relationship with Wickham. Although Wickham had convinced Elizabeth of Darcy's selfishness, making her believe that he had not helped Wickham at all, Darcy explains otherwise. He goes on to tell how, after the death of Mr. Darcy, he helped Wickham pursue a law career and provided him with three thousand pounds, but when law did not work out for Wickham, Darcy refused to help him again. By reading Darcy's account, we can see that he was not really as selfish or greedy as Wickham had led Elizabeth to believe. Darcy and Wickham also have tension because of Wickham had wanted to marry Darcy's sister only so that he could marry into wealth. The contents of the letter make Elizabeth realize she had misjudged Darcy from the very beginning. After reading this letter, Elizabeth's initial opinion of Darcy - that he is proud, shallow, and arrogant - begin to fade as she reconsiders his character.
  • The letter seems uncharacteristic of Darcy, who is very proud, but it seems to humble him.

3. [Elizabeth speaking about Darcy] "When I said that he improved on acquaintance, I did not mean that either his mind or manners were in a state of improvement; but that from knowing him better his disposition was better understood." (Ch 41)
  • Elizabeth is speaking to Wickham about Darcy. Her opinion of Darcy is beginning to change now that she is getting to know Darcy better, but this does not mean that his traits have changed. Darcy may still be proud and a bit arrogant, but Elizabeth doesn't necessarily see this as a bad thing anymore.

-Erika Stefanidis, reading 2
1. When she saw him thus seeking the acquaintance and courting the good opinion of people with whom any intercourse a few months ago would have been a disgrace--when she saw him thus civil, not only to herself, but to the very relations whom he had openly disdained, and recollected their last lively scene in Hunsford Parsonage--the difference, the change was so great, and struck so forcibly on her mind, that she could hardly restrain her astonishment from being visible.(Ch 44)
Darcy has become extremely polite, modest, and a gentleman. His kindness and welcoming is a great change to his previous self, but it is also a great improvement.


2. "But that was only when I first knew her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance." (Ch 45)
Darcy says this about Elizabeth, showing his honesty and new modesty, as he defended Elizabeth, calling her very handsome, even though she is lower class. This is a great contrast to before, as he was too proud to even dance with her because of her social status. Yay Darcy! :) THIS IS CUTE

3. "...I was spoilt by my parents, who, though good themselves...allowed, encouraged, almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family circle; to think meanly of all the rest of the world; to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own. Such I was, from eight to eight and twenty; and such I might still have been but for you, dearest, loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson, hard indeed at first, but most advantageous. By you, I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased." (Ch 58)
Darcy says this to Elizabeth. It not only shows how he became so proud and selfish in the first place, but also his newly found humbleness which he owes to Elizabeth. It shows his honesty and gratefulness, and shows that he truly loves Elizabeth. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DYNAMIC CHARACTER

4. "I cannot fix on the hour, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun." (Ch 60)
When Darcy speaks of his love toward Elizabeth, he is very genuine and honest. This quote shows that his love for Elizabeth is pure, he has overcome any pride that made him think differently of her because of her class, and he is very honest with her. He did not mean to fall in love with her, it happened naturally.
-Elise Naticchia, reading 3




2. After the first reading, consider the following: these men/women are different versions of gender stereotypes. What “type” of man/woman would each be? What do you think is Austen’s view of these stereotypes?

Charming as he may be, Darcy appears to be a stereotypical rich snob. Although he is not an aristocrat, Darcy was born into a wealthy family. This wealth definitely goes to his head, as he is rather proud of himself and even arrogant. His intelligence and wit make him believe that he is above others and he has no interest in the dull people he comes in contact with at the ball. When he arrives at the ball, his handsome features grab the attention of many, but his poor manners made him disliked by many at the ball. At the ball, Darcy's pride comes out when he refuses to dance with anyone. He cannot dance with Jane, who he finds very beautiful, and when it is suggested that he dance with Jane's sister, Darcy replies, "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me" (19). Darcy is very picky with women; he will not waste time on women who do not fit his qualifications, that they must be beautiful and accomplished.

Through Darcy's character, it is seen that Jane Austen probably viewed the wealthy men of her time as proud men. She gives traits to Darcy common to similar men during that era. Although Darcy is a bit reserved and also witty, his social status and wealth makes him supercilious. Additionally, Darcy, probably like most men of wealth, was a tad superficial when it came to women. He had a very specific type - a woman who was accomplished, beautiful, and elegant - and did not pay much attention to anyone less than this. We see that Austen saw some good in these "rich snobs" though, as Darcy becomes attracted to Elizabeth despite her not living up to all of Darcy's standards. As proud as Darcy may appear to be, he is ultimately good natured.

-Erika Stefanidis, reading 1

Austen seems to contradict the previous stereotype in this section by having Darcy confess his love to Elizabeth and ask for her hand in marriage, even though he is extremely proud in the first reading. He is no longer the stereotypical rich snob that will not have anything to do with a lower class woman. In addition, it is shown that he is not as bad as everyone thinks he is, as the hostility between him and Wickham was because of Wickham's selfish motivations, not Darcy's. This total reversal of character is quite confusing, and seems as though Darcy can no longer be put into any stereotype. Darcy now seems much more tender than ever before, which completely contradicts his previous extremely proud self. Austen seems to portray him as being nicer than she did before when he was too good for Elizabeth, perhaps showing her own opinion that no one should look down on anyone else, no matter their social status.

WHAT ABOUT NOW.......



3. Create a sociogram or chart in which you identify his or her relationship to others, how he or she treats others and how others treat your character. Update that diagram as the novel progresses. FOR SECOND READ -- WHERE DOES LADY C FIT IN?
Character
Relationship to Darcy
How They Treat Darcy
How Darcy Treats Them
Bingley
Best Friends
wants what is best for Bingley; looks out for what he believes are his best interests
Holds darcy's opinion with the highest regard; tries to get Darcy to lighten up often time

-sees the love between Jane and Bingley in a different light, with more respect for the way they show their affection
Wickham
old family acquaintences
Despises Darcy: In this section Wickham claims that darcy prevented him from joining the church, out of jealousy; does not attend Bingly's ball, perhaps because of Darcy

-the truth of Wickham's character comes out in the second section; manipulative, money hungry, and foolish

-Although Wickham has been payed for by Darcy, he got stuck with lydia for the rest of his life... ew.
not too much... gets red and seemingly flustered when he first sees Wickham

-even though their paths don't cross in this section, Wickham's accusations have some weight in Elizabeth's rejection
-finally reveals Wickham's true nature to Elizabeth

-forces Wickham to marry Lydia in order to patch up the elopement scandal
-pays for his commission, etc, so he would take Lydia in marriage
Mr. Bennet
Father of Elizabeth
Kind of a chill guy; he doesn't say much in favor or against Darcy

-no interaction in this section

-feels indebted to Darcy
-is more than happy to give up his favorite daughter to someone so worthy of her
their paths haven't crossed too much yet

-no interaction in this section

-Only wants to marry elizabeth; respectfully asks permission
Mr. Collins
collins' patroness (Ladt Catherine DeBourgh)
is Darcy's aunt
kisses the ground Darcy walks on because he is nephew of Lady Catherine

-see above. he adores Darcy.
Treats Collins with an air of contempt; doesn't like his ridiculous praise of his aunt

-see above
Jane
love interest of Darcy's best friend (Bingly)
holds him in high regard; after all, Bingley is friends with him, so he must be an okay guy, right?

-no interaction in this section

-Loves him as a brother; respects him for his heroic actions for Lydia
sees her as a pretty girl, but not much else. only seems to see her unfortunate family connections

-no interaction in this section

-Finally sees her true feelings for Bingley
-Convinces Bingley to go back to netherfield and get Jane
Elizabeth
love interest of Darcy
keeps it light; likes witty banter and trying to turn the tables on him; has no idea that his affection keeps growing with every encounter; believes he despises her

-still making fun of Darcy at every opportunity: comments on his supposed engagement to Miss DeBourgh and finds it fitting that he should live out his life with a girl like that; openly made fun of his behavior at the ball at Meryton
**Begins to hate Darcy after hearing Colonel Fitzwilliam's account of Darcy's intervention between jane and Bingley
-takes offense at his marriage proposal, because he insulted her family and connections while doing so; also she rejects him for his role in the seperation Jane and Bingely

-After the true characters of Wickham and Darcy are revealed, Elizabeth regrets turning Darcy down so coldly. During her trip with the Gardiners, Elizabeth visits Pemberley, and sees the irony... she could have been settled and mistress there already!
-Unexpectedly, Darcy is at home. Elizabeth feels a great admiration for him, and all the past animosity is gone.
-After the Lydia scandal, Elizabeth learns that Darcy played a big role in the recovery of her sister and Mr. Wickham. She realizes that she is actually in love with him! If only he would propose to her again!
-her love for him deepens, and she overcomes the past prejudices she held.
at first encounter he did not pay her much attention, but after a while his ignorance grew into admiration. her stay at Netherfield was "dangerous" to him, because his affection kept growing.

-Decides that he can no longer deny his feelings for Elizabeth; tells her that he is in love with her, despite her bad family connections and ridiculous mother and sisters, even her father at times
-after being rejected leaves with his tail between his legs, so to speak.
-his famous pride is wounded

-Although he was angry at first, Darcy comes to understand Elizabeth's objections to his character. He only loves her more.
-When he sees her at Pemberley, he does everything he can to make her comfortable
-Saves Lydia, but only for the love of Elizabeth
-Proposes again, they all live happily ever after, etc.
Mrs. Bennet
mother of Elizabeth
hates him

-no interaction

-All the sudden loves him (ahem, his money) when he proposes to Elizabeth. couldn't be more happy with the match
thinks she is ridiculous

-no interaction

-Probably still thinks she is crazy, but learns to get over it for the love of Elizabeth
Lydia
Sister of Elizabeth
probably agrees with her mother

-no interaction

-still as silly as ever; doesn't even realize what Darcy saved her from.
-Should be extremely grateful, but isn't; total airhead
thinks she is ridiculous

-no interaction

-Saves Lydia from the shame of her situation by making Wickham marry her.
-This was all to win Elizabeth, but saving Lydia came with the package
Charlotte
Dear Friend of Elizabeth and Jane
nothing much either way, but was probably defensive when Darcy so openly insulted Elizabeth

-Sees Darcy's money, not so much his personality; thinks Elizabeth would be stupid to offend him

-Happy that elizabeth found a secure home with darcy
nothing much yet, either


-probably lost any respect for her when she married Collins
Mrs. Gardner
Elizabeth's Aunt
n/a

-Respects Darcy, or perhaps Darcy's fortune; grew up near Pemberley

-Really likes him; points out that Elizabeth had described him as proud, but he seemed really cool
n/a

-Haven't met yet

-treats her with utmost respect... in order to make Elizabeth see that he is a good guy
Lady catherine
Darcy's Aunt
dotes on Darcy, intends to have him marry her daughter

- goes to Elizabeth to try to stop their alleged engagement
-more than likely she was apalled by the news that the engagement between Darcy and Elizabeth was real
-really isn't too fond of her or her daughter
-she is too controlling, and is trying to stop him from pursuing Elizabeth... doesn't sit well with Darcy

~Grace Zbiegien, Reading 1
~Grace Zbiegien, Reading 2
~Grace Zbiegien, Reading 3




4. Trace the neoclassic characteristics of your character, recording two key passages from each reading.

1. Restraint of emotion:
"Elizabeth had been at Netherfield long enough. She attracted him more than he liked." (p. 62)
-likes Elizabeth, but is trying to deny it even to himself

2. Man is in constant need of improvement:
"Your list is the common extent of accomplishments... I cannot boast of knowing more than half a dozen, in the whole range of my acquaintence, that are really accomplished." (p. 44)
-the "standard" for accomplished women is not enough for Darcy.

~Grace Zbiegien, Reading 1


1

. NO restraint of emotion:
"In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." (Ch. 34)
-As much as he would like to, Darcy can not repress his feelings any longer and thus confesses his love for Elizabeth showing no restraint of emotion

2. Once again, no restraint of emotion along with no organization in thoughts or even logic as he is an extremely proud person expressing his love to someone of lower social status, which would not make much sense at the time:
"...and the avowal of all that he felt, and had long felt for her, immediately followed. He spoke well; but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. His sense of her inferiority — of its being a degradation — of the family obstacles which judgement had always opposed to inclination, were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his suit." (Ch. 34)

-Elise Naticchia, Reading 2