Pride and Prejudice

by: Jane Austen

Five Key Questions

5) Why does Lizzy reject Darcy’s first proposal to her?

Lizzy rejects Darcy’s first proposal because while he admits to loving her, he also says many insulting things about her family and social position. Darcy makes clear “his sense of her inferiority, of its being a degradation, of the family obstacle, which judgment had always opposed to inclination.” He also seems confident that she will consider it an honor to marry him. These attitudes are offensive to Lizzy, because she does not think Darcy is inherently better than her.