How Does Wickham First Impressions In Pride And Prejudice

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice takes place in rural England among the landed gentry. In the society’s social atmosphere, it is imperative for characters to have a facade and for most of the characters, their first impressions are much different from who they really are. The only characters that do not have a facade, such as Mr. Collins, are socially inept. These first impressions play a large role in the novel and are often taken at face value, to the detriment of the receiver and impressionist. Wickham and Darcy have first impressions that do not show who they truly are. At first, Darcy was the talk of ball for he was handsome and made 10,000 a year. Some said that he was even better looking than Mr. Bingley. This initially good impression, turned sour because “his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity for he was discovered to be proud, and above being pleased”(Austen 6). Darcy furthers this impression by being away from the party and refusing to dance with Elizabeth. His reason for denying her dance was that “she is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me”(Austen 7). Wickham first impression is, at first, quite similar to Darcy’s. Girls in Hertfordshire are talking about a new soldier that they have seen in town and how handsome he is. Wickham is then invited to dinner in Meryton and when he enters he immediately stands out, much like Darcy. Elizabeth, by just looking at him, believes that Wickham is superior in “person, countenance,

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