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  • Miss Elizabeth!

  • I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer

  • These past months have been a torment

  • I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you, I had to see you

  • I've fought against my better judgement, my family's expectation, the inferiority of

  • your birth by rank and circumstance, all these things and I'm willing to put them aside

  • and ask you to end my agony.

  • I don't understand...

  • I love you.

  • Most ardently.

  • Please do me the honour of accepting my hand.

  • Sir, I...

  • I appreciate the struggle you have been through,

  • and I am very sorry to have caused you pain,

  • believe me it was unconsciously done.

  • Is this your reply?

  • Yes, sir.

  • Are you... are you laughing at me?

  • No.

  • Are you rejecting me?

  • I'm sure that the feelings which as you told me have hindered your regard,

  • will help you in overcoming it.

  • Might I ask why with so little endeavour at civility I am thus repulsed.

  • And I might as well inquire why with so evident a design of insulting me

  • you chose to tell me that you liked me against your better judgement.

  • No, believe me, I didn't mean to... If I was uncivil, then that is some excuse,

  • but I have other reasons, you know I have.

  • What reasons?

  • Do you think that anything might tempt me to accept the man who has ruined perhaps forever

  • the happiness of a most beloved sister?

  • Do you deny it Mr. Darcy?

  • That you separated a young couple who loved each other,

  • exposing your friend to the censure of the world for caprice,

  • and my sister to its derision for disappointed hopes?

  • And involving them both in misery of the acutest kind?

  • I do not deny it.

  • How could you do it?

  • Because I believed your sister indifferent to him.

  • Indifferent? I watched them most carefully, and realised

  • his attachment was deeper than hers. That's because she's shy!

  • Bingley too is modest and was persuaded she didn't feel strongly for him.

  • Because you suggested it.

  • I did it for his own good!

  • My sister hardly shows her true feelings to me!

  • I suppose you suspected his... his fortune had some bearing...

  • No, I wouldn't do your sister the dishonour, though it was suggested...

  • What was?

  • It was made perfectly clear that an advantageous marriage...

  • Did my sister give that impression?

  • No, no!

  • No, there was however I have to admit the matter of your family...

  • Our want of connection?

  • Mr. Bingley didn't seem to vex himself about that. No, it was more that that.

  • How, sir? It was the lack of propriety shown by your

  • mother, your three younger sisters, and even on occasion your father.

  • Forgive me.

  • You and your sister I must exclude from this.

  • And what about Mr. Wickham?

  • Mr. Wickham!?

  • What excuse can you give you your behaviour towards him?

  • You take an eager interest in that gentleman's concerns.

  • He told me of his misfortunes. Oh, yes, his misfortunes have been very great, indeed.

  • You ruin his chances, and yet you treat him with sarcasm?

  • So this is your opinion of me?

  • Thank you for explaining so fully.

  • Perhaps these offences might have been overlooked had not your pride

  • been hurt... My pride?!

  • ...by my honesty in admitting scruples about our relationship.

  • Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your circumstances?

  • Are those the words of a gentleman?

  • From the first moment I met you

  • your arrogance and conceit, your selfish disdain for the feelings of others,

  • made me realise that you were the last man in the world

  • I could ever be prevailed upon to marry.

  • Forgive me,

  • madam, for taking up so much of your time.

Miss Elizabeth!

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Pride and Prejudice (2005) Confession Scene

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