Category Archives: Darcy

Haughty, haughty

. . . Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared; Darcy was continually giving offence.

Pride and Prejudice, Vol 1, Ch 4

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A good memory is unpardonable

Alas… just one more evening of P&P on Sunday.

“You are joking, Lizzy.  This cannot be!–engaged to Mr. Darcy! No, no, you shall not deceive me.  I know it to be impossible.”

“This is a wretched beginning indeed!  My sole dependence was on you; and I am sure nobody else will believe me, if you do not.  Yet, indeed, I am in earnest.  I speak nothing but the truth.  He still loves me, and we are engaged.”

Jane looked at her doubtingly.  “Oh, Lizzy!  it cannot be.  I know how much you dislike him.”

“You know nothing of the matter.  That is all to be forgot.  Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now.  But in such cases as these, a good memory is unpardonable.  This is the last time I shall ever remember it myself.”

Lizzy and Jane discussing Lizzy’s engagement to Mr. Darcy
Pride & Prejudice, Volume 3, Chapter 17

Another lovely icon from the icon contest at Jane Austen Today, this one from Mandie at ATUA.


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Recipe for a marriage

“‘My good qualities are under your protection, and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible; and, in return, it belongs to me to find occasions for teasing and quarrelling with you as often as may be.'”

Lizzy to Darcy, discussing their recent engagement and how their relationship will work from this point forward
Pride and Prejudice, volume 3, chapter 18

Sounds like a good plan, no?

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The progress of love

“‘I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, 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.'”

Darcy, answering Lizzy’s question about how he ever began to fall in love with her in the first place
Pride and Prejudice, volume 3, chapter 18

My brother was able to get my wireless network back up and running yesterday.  Whoo-hoo!

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A misfortune

“He is such a disagreeable man that it would be quite a misfortune to be liked by him.”

Mrs. Bennet on Mr. Darcy
Pride and Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 5


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I bet you read it every year…

Today we venture into pop culture for a quote from You’ve Got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  I love how he turns this into an insult . . . “I bet you just love Mr. Darcy.”  Heh!  This is from the scene where she’s waiting for her mystery emailer to meet her, and Joe walks in instead.  Read more here.

JOE Kathleen Kelly. Hello. What a coincidence. Mind if I sit down?

KATHLEEN Yes I do.  I'm expecting someone. 

Joe picks up her book, looks at it.      

JOE Pride and Prejudice. 

Kathleen grabs it back.      

KATHLEEN Do you mind? 

She places it back on the table, puts the rose into it.      

JOE I didn't know you were a Jane Austen fan.  Not that it's a surprise.  I bet you read it every year.  
I bet you just love Mr. Darcy, and that your sentimental heart beats wildly at the thought that he and 
whatever her name is are really, honestly and truly going to end up together.      

KATHLEEN Would you please leave? 

Joe sits down.      

KATHLEEN Please?      

JOE I'll get up as soon as your friend comes. Is he late?      

KATHLEEN The heroine of Pride and Prejudice is Elizabeth Bennet and she's one of the greatest, most 
complex characters ever written, not that you would know.      

JOE As a matter of fact I've read it.      

KATHLEEN Well, good for you.      

JOE I think you'd discover a lot of things if you really knew me.      

KATHLEEN If I really knew you, I know what I would find -- instead of a brain, a cash register, instead 
of a heart, a bottom line. 


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A lady’s imagination

This is another quote I had seen I think on a journal at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, but I couldn’t place it.  It’s actually Darcy, talking to Miss Bingley.  He tells her he’s been thinking of Elizabeth’s fine eyes, and she asks, “When am I to wish you joy?”  To which he replies:

“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.  I knew you would be wishing me joy.”

Pride & Prejudice, volume 1, chapter 6

I’m afraid he is right!


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Family approval

“‘We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.'”

Mr. Bennet, trying to ascertain Lizzy’s feelings about Darcy
Pride and Prejudice, volume 3, chapter 17

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Nobody thinks of that!

“‘To be sure, you knew no actual good of me–but nobody thinks of that when they fall in love.'”

Lizzy to Darcy, on how their relationship began
Pride and Prejudice, volume 3, chapter 18

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The feelings of a man

“You might have talked to me more when you came to dinner.” [Elizabeth]

“A man who had felt less might.” [Darcy]

Lizzy and Darcy reflecting on the rough progression of things, how when it finally came down to it, they were both embarrassed and awkward.
Pride & Prejudice, volume 3, chapter 18

This is very similar to something Knightley says in Emma.  These men and their emotions–it is not that they don’t have them, it’s that they simply don’t know how to express them.

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