Never had there been such punishment for eavesdropping.
Perhaps Elizabeth Bennet had no supposition of hearing accolades pass Mr. Darcy’s lips on her behalf. Still, nothing could have prepared her for the offense.
“She is tolerable,” Mr. Darcy said, “but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”
Upon its publication and henceforth, ladies have taken Mr. Darcy as a Knightley character.