Pride and Prejudice

by: Jane Austen

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

4) Why does Lizzy form a negative first impression of Darcy?

When Lizzy first meets Darcy at the ball, he makes a bad first impression by being cold, reserved, and unfriendly toward everyone. Like the other guests, Lizzy decides that “he was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world.” The bad impression is further solidified when she accidentally overhears him talking about her and commenting on her appearance. Darcy remarks that she is “tolerable but not handsome enough to tempt me.”