Vanity, Not Love, Has Been My Folly

Explore the nuances of self-discovery in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice as Elizabeth Bennet confronts her own pride and prejudice in a pivotal moment of personal growth. Unearth the layers of irony and character evolution with us.

Vanity, Not Love, Has Been My Folly
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How despicably I have acted!" she cried; "I, who have prided myself on my discernment! I, who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister, and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust!
How humiliating is this discovery! Yet, how just a humiliation! Had I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.
Pleased with the preference of one, and offended by the neglect of the other, on the very beginning of our acquaintance, I have courted prepossession and ignorance, and driven reason away, where either were concerned. Till this moment I never knew myself.

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