Waiting Elizabeth waiting for Darcy: 'the period which passed in the drawing-room before the gentlemen came, was werisome and dull to a degree' - Lizzy has been waiting most of the novel, along with all the other women.
'Elizabeth soon saw that she was herself closely watched by Miss Bingley, and that she could not speak a word' - shows distrust amongst other women and what their behavious is like to each other during the waiting period. Represents the microcosm of Georgian society.
Austen writes about waiting during the Napoleonic wars
Jane waiting for Bingley,
Bennets waiting for a son 'Five daughters successively entered the world, but yet the son was to come; and Mrs. Bennet, for many years after Lydia's birth, had been certain that he would' Only a son could inherit, work, earn money, solve financial problems...
Theme of women waiting for men
The yellow Wallpaper: Woman waiting for John to return
Pathetic fallacy: Jane and Bingley's relationship starts in summer - happy time - warm... Breaks off in winter - sad time - cold... Resumes in summer.
The Yellow Wallpaper: Woman sane in the daytime, mad at night
It is surprising how how quickly tables have turned in opinions of Wickham have changed as "All Meryton seemed striving to blacken the man, who, but three months before, had been almost an angel of light" It just goes to show that gossip and opinions change and spread quickly Austen uses balance in orderly…