Flashcards in Key Scenes Deck (2)
Piano scene at Rosing’s
Elizabeth’s easy intelligent conversation with Colonel Fitzwilliam about books and music is significant as it alerts Mr Darcy to her social suitability (and possibly her attractiveness to other men).
The conversation prompts Lady Catherine to interrupt and to make assertions about her own love of music which serve only to reveal her ignorance, conceit and rudeness.
Mr Darcy walks away from his aunt and stands near the piano when Elizabeth begins to play– as if he is changing his allegiance.
Elizabeth challenges Darcy ‘with an arch smile’ (Vol. 2, Ch. 8, p. 144). The subsequent three-way discussion between herself, Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam appears to be about social skills (music, dancing, conversation) but is more important as it allows them an opportunity to explore and develop their relationship.