posted by i love polka on .
Can someone explain to me what's happening here? This is from Pride and Prejudice by the way:
Darcy made no answer. He seemed scarcely to hear her, and was walking up and down the room in earnest meditation; his brow contracted, his air gloomy. Elizabeth soon observed and instantly understood it. Her power was sinking; every thing must sink under such a proof of family weakness, such an assurance of the deepest disgrace. She should neither wonder nor condemn, but the belief of his self-conquest brought nothing consolatory to her bosom, afforded no palliation of her distress. It was, on the contrary, exactly calculated to make her understand her own wishes; and never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him, as now, when all love must be vain.
Darcy is walking up and down the room thinking... She thinks that Darcy is embarrassed by the things that her family have done. This is frightening Elizabeth. She is afraid that her final discovery that she does love him is going to have been for nothing.