Mr. Darcy is one of the two most memorable characters in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice (of course, our appreciation of the setting and of Mr. Darcy is influenced by Elizabeth Bennet's perception and eventual strong feelings). Here are a few quotes by (and about) Mr. Darcy--to give you a better sense of who he is, and what he appears to want/need in Jane Austen's world.
Mr. Darcy Quotes
- "She is tolerable; 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."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Mr Darcy to Mr. Bingley about Elizabeth Bennet; Ch. 3
- "But I can assure you," she added, "that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of your set-downs. I quite detest the man."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ch. 3; Mrs. Bennet to Mr. Bennet about Mr. Darcy
- "I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ch. 5, Elizabeth about Darcy
- "Your conjecture is totally wrong, I assure you. My mind was more agreeably engaged. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ch. 6; Darcy to Miss Bingley
- "A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony, in a moment."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ch. 6, Darcy to Miss Bingley
- "Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an indirect boast."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ch. 10; Darcy
- "The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance."
- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Ch. 10
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