â€œWhich do you mean?â€ and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, â€œShe is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and 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. .
Mr. Bingley followed his advice. Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings towards him. She told the story however with great spirit among her friends; for she had a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in anything ridiculous. .
In Jane Austinâ€™s Pride and Prejudice, conversation is dominant throughout the novel. In order for the characters in the novel to develop opinions on each other they are based on first impressions during conversation. The beginning of the novel is full of conversation hence, this is where the basic views of each character are developed. A cold remark from Darcy in the beginning of the novel which is overheard by Elizabeth sets the mood between the two characters. .
The passage presented above is an example of how conversation dominates the opinions of the characters. Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, whoâ€™s described as most attractive and posses a stately posture and exquisite features, converse during the ball. Bingley suggests that Darcy dance with Elizabeth and he coldly replies, â€œshe is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me.â€ When Bingley suggests that he dance with Elizabeth and Darcy replies, Elizabeth overhears the remark and feels somewhat slighted. Since, Elizabeth has a lively, playful dispositions that takes delight in anything ridiculous, she doesnâ€™t not allow the slur to upset her. The original conversation between Bingley and Darcy presents irony. As the novel progresses Darcy has to chance to get acquainted with Elizabeth and ironically begins to fall for Elizabeth and eventually offers a proposal of marriage .