|Each line in Pride and Prejudice can be
studied to reveal great insights and truths. Lets take for example
the description of Darcy's admiration for Elizabeth slowly awakening. Each line could
be analysed in this way. Detailed commentary alongside the text can
be found at
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||Elizabeth was oblivious of Darcy’s
interest in his, observing Jane and Bingley.
What attracts is not necessarily a pretty face.
Shallow persons fall for a face.
Strong characters are attracted by character not by beauty.
Eyes express strength of character.
Darcy’s haste to criticise is the inversion of strong attraction.
Dark eyes are of deep characters.
Not having one good feature, Elizabeth is still powerfully
Handsome face prevents seeing the character.
Each positive factor is balanced by a negative trait.
Lightness of figure indicates a free soul.
A pleasing figure is that of a happy personality.
Fashionable world gives a countenance.
Easy playfulness is of inner freedom and is strikingly charming.
|Mr. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be
pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the ball; and
when they next met, he looked at her only to criticise. But no
sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she had
hardly a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was
rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her
dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally
mortifying. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one
failure of perfect symmetry in her form, he was forced to
acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing; and in spite of his
asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world,
he was caught by their easy playfulness.
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