This is at Rosings. In Pride & Prejudice, almost all of this section is told entirely from Elizabeth's point of view. The reader is given little internal reason to suspect Darcy's growing affection.
However, Austen has given us plenty of external hints based on Darcy's physical behavior.
|One of many 10-sentence conversations at the parsonage.|
This is sort of true but mostly not. Austen was a consistent novelist both in her vision and in her themes. And the use of the physical is used to enormous effect in Pride & Prejudice.
Take these examples of Darcy's interest that Elizabeth misses (but the reader can catch):
- Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam come to see Elizabeth, etc. soon after their arrival at Rosings (Charlotte correctly surmises that they would not have come so quickly if not for Elizabeth's presence).
- Darcy watches Elizabeth while she is speaking to Colonel Fitzwilliam.
- Darcy looks ashamed when Lady Catherine is rude to Elizabeth.
- Darcy leaves Lady Catherine to walk over to Elizabeth while she is playing.
- Darcy visits Elizabeth without the colonel (though he does expect Charlotte to be present).
- Darcy returns to the parsonage several times although "he frequently sat there ten minutes together without opening his lips; and when he did speak, it seemed the effect of necessity rather than of choice".
- Darcy keeps visiting the same part of the park as Elizabeth.
They are both intelligent, well-meaning people. One surmises that after several years of marriage, Elizabeth will learn to appreciate Darcy sitting in the same room as her mother for more than 5 seconds as a sign of enormous affection. And Darcy will learn to actually say that he thinks Elizabeth did a good job with her gifts to the servants rather than just looking appreciative.