In the novel, Pride and Prejudice, it is important that a woman finds a wealthy husband where big balls are held to with finding a husband. Mr. Bennet and Mrs. Bennet wants their five daughters to find a moneyed man to marry where it is very important . In this novel, Mr. Brinley represent men with money and class where it is very rare in Netherfield Park and Mr.Darcy who is also wealthy but is disliked by people because of his loathsome behavior.
Mr.Darcy rejects Elizabeth, who is in the middle class and is looking for a husband possible suitor at the ball and Mr.Darcy rejected her making her have a bad image about him. As the novel goes on Mr.Darcy starts to realize that he is falling for Elizabeth. Elizabeth is also loves Mr.Darcy when she understands him but her prejudice from her first impression of Mr.Darcy stops her.
The scene at the ball contributes to the meaning of the novel by the characters pride and prejudice where Mr.Darcy does not want to marry anyone below his class but cannot stop his love for Elizabeth and her prejudice toward him based on his first impression at the ball. In first line of the novel, Austen starts with “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen, 2) where during the nineteenth century it was very important for men who are moneyed to get married and to have kids to keep their good fortune going through the family. At the ball scene Mr. Darcy rudely refuses to dance with Elizabeth, “She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt ME; I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men” (Austen, 13) where Elizabeth overheard which creates a bad reputation for him causing her to lose interest in him and this also creates a negative reputation for Mr.
Darcy. The ball shows how Mr. Darcy pride of nobility and thinking that he is superior than other people. Due to Mr. Darcy’s prejudice of being superior shown at the ball contributes to the novel because he starts to fall in love with Elizabeth and he his to overcome his societal views.
Eventually, he decides to confess to Elizabeth, “these offenses might have been overlooked, had not your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that had long prevented my forming any serious design…
Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections” (Austen, 240) where he was sincerely sorry that his actions at the ball has cause Elizabeth to have an unpleasant feeling towards him but wishes that she could forgive him and accept his feelings. Unfortunately, she refuses him because of his actions at the ball where she has not forgiven him.