Idiotic attitudes of love through characters
Idiotic attitudes to love and life are presented by the creation of smyplistic stereotype characters who are usually both despicable and laughable
"the particular advice...of the very noble lady whom I have the honour of calling patroness....This has been my motive, my fair cousin, and I flatter myself it will not sink me in your esteem. And now nothing remains, but to assure you in the most animated language of the violence of my affactions."
Reported speech is frequently used to imply a discreet distance from intimate discussion and leaving the reader to reflect and speculate on the exact events and words used
"His sense of her inferiority....of the family obstacles...were dwelt on with a warmth..."
" Elizabeth now forced herself to soeak...though not very fluently, gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change..."
Perceptions of attarctiveness in a partner can be quite rigid. These perceptions might be accurate, but can equally lead to being decieved about a person's true character.
Jane and Bibgley: "He is just what a young man ought to be...sensible, good- humoured and lively..."
Elizabeth's response to Wickham: "...the agreeable manner in which he fell into conversation...made her feel...the dullest topic might be rendered interesting...by the skill of the speaker."
True love= difficulties
True love comes form couples well-matched in qualities and background, but it is often necessary for couples to go through difficulties and a learning process to be fully prepared and able to love properly
Darcy: "my behaviour...was unpardonable I cannot think of it without abhorance."
Elizabeth: "Oh! do not repeat what I then said....I have long been most heartily ashamed of it."
Ridiculing society through third person narrative
An ironic third person narrative voice gently ridicules the desperate competitiveness and absessions beneath the surface of polite society
"It is universally acknowledged that a single man in posessions of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."