First Impressions Summary: The original title for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was First Impressions. Even though Pride and Prejudice is a well thought out title for the novel, First Impressions is what the novel really is about. The novel is based on Elizabeth and what her impressions are about the people she decided to associate herself with. First Impressions The original title for Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was First Impressions.
Even though Pride and Prejudice is a well thought out title for the novel, First Impressions is what the novel really is about. The novel is based on Elizabeth and what her impressions are about the people she decided to associate herself with. Elizabeth’s first impressions of Wickham and Darcy ended up being completely opposite of what she thought. First impression fits the title description better than Pride and Prejudice based on the fact the novel has everything to do with first impressions. Elizabeth’s first encounter with Darcy is at the ball.
She, as well as the rest of the neighborhoods first impression of Darcy is that of which, he is a rude, arrogant man who thinks he is too good to dance with any of the girls at the dance because of the mere fact he has to much pride to dance with someone beneath him. This means more to Elizabeth because she happens to overhear the conversation Darcy has with Mr. Bingly. Darcy refused to dace with Elizabeth because she isn’t as handsome as Jane. Referring to Elizabeth Darcy says, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humorous 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 (9). ” Elizabeth tries to shack the comment off by proceeding to enjoy the night with disregard to the insult she has just received. She later on learns from Wickham, Darcy is exactly what she thought him out to be and worse. Wickham tells her after Darcy’s father, whom he admired so greatly passed away he had no were to go because Darcy had turned his back on Wickham and left him to be what he is today, a solider. Because of her understanding of who Darcy is, Elizabeth more than happily refuses Darcy proposal for marriage.
She says to Darcy,” Had not my own feelings decided against you, had they been indifferent, or had they even been favorable, do you think that my consideration would tempt me to accept the man, who has been the means of ruining, perhaps forever, the happiness of a most beloved sister”… I have every reason in the old to think ill of you? (173)” Elizabeth finds out Darcy was not the dreadful man Wickham made him out to be. In essence of her new understanding for Darcy, Elizabeth begins to ease up on Darcy by not being as harsh and cruel to him as she previously had been.
She finds out from her aunt, Darcy was the man who spared her family shame, to their name by paying off Wickham to marry Lydia. For this Elizabeth is truly grateful and thanks Darcy for what good he has done for her family. Elizabeth says to Darcy,. “.. I can no longer help thanking you for your unexampled kindness to my poor sister. Ever since I have none it, I have been most anxious to acknowledge to you how grateful I feel it. Were it known the rest of my family, I should not have merely my gratitude to express. (330)” Elizabeth begins to love Darcy for what he really is.
Wickham is first introduced to Elizabeth when Lydia proposes the idea of going to Meryton with all of her sister except Mary because she refuses to play along. Elizabeth thinks very highly of Wickham. She believes he is a victim in Darcy’s plan to ruin Wickham’s life. Wickham makes it seem to Elizabeth the only reason he became an officer was because Darcy ruined his only chances of a life in the Church. Wickham proceed to tell Elizabeth about Darcy’s horrible manners, by telling her,” A military life is not what I intended for, but circumstances have not made it eligible.
The church ought to have been my profession-I was brought up for the church, and I should at times been in possession of a most valuable living, had it pleased the gentlemen we were speaking of now. (72)” With this new Knowledge of Darcy’s wrong doings to Wickham, Elizabeth began to despise Darcy more than she had and feels sorry for what Darcy had done to Wickham. Elizabeth learns to find out what Wickham really stands for when she finds out the truth through Darcy’s letter. Wickham was a man of greed and couldn’t be trusted.
He resigned from the churches to practice law with the thousand pounds Darcy most generously provided him, in the intention Darcy would succeed. When Darcy heard from Wickham nearly three years later he refused to grant Wickham the money he intended to receive a second time from Darcy. He goes on by asking Elizabeth not to blame him for his refusal to Wickham grant, “You will hardly blame me for refusing to comply with this intreaty, or for resisting every repetition of it (182). ” Her impression of Wickham changes entirely after reading the letter.
Her impression of Wickham is now that of which she once though of Darcy. Knowing of Wickham’s ways Elizabeth begged of her father to deny Lydia of accompanying Colonel Millar’s wife in Brighton. Soon enough Elizabeth received a letter from Jane announcing what she had feared all along about Lydia’s departure to Brighton. Jane writes,” An express came… from Colonel Forster, to inform us that she had gone off to Scotland with one of his officers; to own the truth, with Wickham! (245)” Knowledge of this incident only proved to Elizabeth, Wickham’s true colors.
In this occasion Elizabeth’s first impression of Wickham was completely wrong, and only to find out Darcy was the victim all along. First Impressions, better fits the description of the novel. Elizabeth’s first impressions of Darcy and Wickham were completely opposite of what she first believed them to be. The novel is based on Elizabeth’s first impression of the two gentlemen. Elizabeth’s knowledge of the truth is what the whole novel is base on. For that reason Jane Austen’s previous title of, First Impressions should have been kept instead of what is now Pride and Prejudice.