Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

7) According to Mr. Darcy, what qualities make a woman “accomplished”?

Mr. Darcy agrees with Charles Bingley that an accomplished woman must have a knowledge of music, art, and languages and that she should also possess a “certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice.” However, Darcy adds one more quality to the list: “the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.” This addition, of course, applies explicitly to Elizabeth. The reader will learn that Mr. Darcy’s family estate at Pemberley has an extensive library and that Mr. Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s articulate and literate banter will constitute much of their mutual attraction.