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country town indifference to decorum,” however; Mr. Bingley interjects his opposing  perspective in that he believes it “shews an affection for her sister that is very pleasing”  (PP 66). Mr. Bingley did not have anything to gain by making this statement other than to remain true to his character because Elizabeth and Jane are not present. The Bingley  sisters are critical of Elizabeth because she walked “three miles, or four miles, or five  miles, or whatever it is, above her ancles in dirt, and alone” (PP 66) which shows  disregard for the standard that women of higher social classes would follow,  exemplifying the Bennet’s as a family lower than the Bingley’s. Mr. Bingley’s  indifference to this proves Elizabeth’s initial cognitive judgment of his good character. Elizabeth rejects Mr. Darcy as one who is deserving of her good judgments when  she meets him at the first ball in Meryton. The novel follows the code that “morally, a  gentleman is someone who possesses certain virtues, such as courtesy, refinement,  honesty, and generosity” (PP 19). Upon Mr. Darcy’s introduction to the story, he is  juxtaposed with Mr. Bingley who is described as “gentlemanlike” which “signals his  possession of these qualities” (PP 19) of moralistic virtue. In the juxtaposition of these  characters, Mr. Darcy is deemed lacking such moralistic characteristics. Mr. Darcy’s  character is decided as being “the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world” (PP 18)  and when encouraged by Mr. Bingley to choose a woman to dance with, he replies, “your sisters are engaged, and there is not another woman in the room, whom it would not be a  punishment to stand up with,” (PP 18) meanwhile, Elizabeth “had been obliged, by the  scarcity of gentlemen, to sit down for two dances” (PP 18). While this indirectly targets  Elizabeth, Mr. Darcy later remarks “she is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt  me;  and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are  slighted by other men  (PP 20) referring directly to Elizabeth. Elizabeth overhears this  interaction and reveals that she has “no very cordial feelings towards [Mr. Darcy]” (PP  20). Throughout the rest of the novel, despite Darcy’s obvious attraction to Elizabeth in  which “he began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention,” (PP 110)  Elizabeth fails to recognize his true character and intentions. Following Darcy’s 
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admission of his true feelings for Elizabeth, in which she did not expect in the least for  her “astonishment was beyond expression” (PP 372) due to her failure to see past her  initial resentment, she denies requiting the same love for him as he has for her. Elizabeth 
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