I'm one of those cynic few, I suppose it's cynic at any rate, who believe that any love story is made up of approximately 7 essential elements. It makes it no less magical to me, it just means that i'm able to place exactly where in the story I am by what's already happened.
These elements in my opinion are;
- The two meet/remeet each other and either get off on a bad footing(more common) or fall instantly in love (less common because in the type of story i normally read this would make the rest of the story void, although it has it's place, if for example they need to fight their situation rather than each other to be together).
- The two are forced into a rather excessive amount of contact with each other for no apparant reason, often against the will of one party or the other.
- The two discover they have a lot in common, or at least a startling amount of chemistry.
- She tells him she hates him, possibly despite the fact she already knows she loves him.
- He either despairs and goes off only to realise he can't live without her or becomes determined to make her see his good qualities.
- The couple declare their undying love for one another.
- The two get married or make some sort of lasting commitment to one another.
When Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy meet they definately get off on the wrong footing. Meeting at a ball where he displays his pride much to her displeasure.
The two spend an awful lot of time together, although not a lot of it in intimate society at the beginning of the story. Mostly at balls, although they are also forced together when Jane Bennett becomes ill, and later at Mr Darcy's aunts.
Elizabeth has very little respect for Mr Darcy, compounded by rumours which she is told. However he becomes attracted to her. In the 1995 Tv adaptation it is in the first episode that he first expresses an admiration for her 'fine eyes'.
Mr Darcy then proposes to Elizabeth. She tells him in no uncertain terms that she would never marry him, that she does in fact despise him.
He despairs at this point, resolves to leave her alone, but does try to improve her opinion of him on some points. When they then spend more time together, coincidentally, she begins to see him in a better light, and a softer side to him.