Mr Darcy has always remained one of my most intriguing Austen characters and from the first time I picked up Pride and Prejudice, the following line has made me chuckle and has remained imprinted on my brain:
"I have been a selfish being all my life, in practice, though not in principle."
- Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 58
Mr Darcy declares this near the closing of the novel when Elizabeth and himself reveal their true feelings for each other. Lizzy continues to thank him for his involvement in the Lydia situation and he is honest with her when he tells her that he loves her. I love this chapter!
I do not have an analysis of the quote; it is simply a representation of one of Jane Austen's lines that has touched me. Her characters are so superbly developed and we as readers become so passionate about them; forming opinions, feeling and bonds with them. I think that this quote just encapsulaes the misunderstood Mr Darcy that we all know and love.
Pic: Daily Mail webpage