Discussion Questions for Group 1: KE, JP, MP
1. After speculation that Darcy has interest in Elizabeth, Charlotte questions Elizabeth’s true prejudice. Charlotte chooses to drop the subject thinking that, “The danger of raising expectations which might only end in disappointment; for in her opinion it admitted not of a doubt, that all her friend’s dislike would vanish, if she could suppose him to be in her power” (VOL II, CH 9, p. 160.) What motives would Elizabeth have to marry Darcy?
2. When Darcy visits Elizabeth at Rosings, Charlotte states, “I may thank you, Eliza, for this piece of civility. Mr. Darcy would never have come so soon to wait upon me” (VOL II, CH 7). How does Darcy’s growing affection towards Elizabeth cause him to put aside his pride?