In chapter 58, Darcy and Bingley visit the Bennets. Jane & Bingley set off on a walk alone, while Darcy & Lizzy walk Kitty to see Maria. The two of them continue on alone and Lizzy expresses her gratitude to Darcy for what he did for Lydia. Darcy is upset in thinking that Mrs. Gardiner told Lizzy, but it was Lydia who did. Lizzy again expresses how grateful she is for what Darcy did for her family. He makes it perfectly clear, however, that he did it only for her.
After some silence, Darcy breaks and admits his feelings are still what they were last April. Lizzy only need say that her feelings are unchanged and he will leave her alone forever. She admits that her feelings have changed. Darcy’s happiness can not be repressed and it shows all over his face.
Darcy tells Lizzy that he learned to hope especially after she refused to promise Lady Catherine she would never marry him. The two speak of confusion on Darcy’s actions and words during the first proposal. He asks if his letter made any difference and Lizzy tells him it melted her prejudices away.
Lizzie starts off episode 98 by acting as though she wants to hear from the viewers about their lives. She finally breaks face and says she wasn’t going to leave them hanging.
She picks up right were episode 97 left off. Darcy asks Lizzie if she films everything in her life. She tells him she doesn’t but he tends to show up while she’s filming. Darcy says they have been a help for his perspective. He was surprised to see Charlotte. Lizzie tells him it is their birthday. After a bit of awkwardness, Darcy cuts to the chase and states that Lizzie called him. He was in Chicago and was unable to call her back right away. Lizzie tells him that he didn’t have to come, but Darcy says he did because he needed to see the look on her face when he asked why she called him. Darcy has been watching Lizzie’s videos and knows she found out he was the one who stopped Wickham. Lizzie says her family will be forever grateful. Darcy tells her he didn’t do it for them, he did it for her. She expresses her gratitude.
Darcy admits to being confused. Lizzie mentions in one of her videos that they are not friends. He realizes, even after all the time they spent together in San Francisco, they are not. He asks if Lizzie wants to be friends and she does. She accidently makes it sound as if she just wants to be friends. Darcy admits that his feelings for her have not changed since the fall and he starts rambling about where they should go from there. Lizzie interrupts him with a kiss though and asks if it makes things clearer for him.
Darcy says it does, but he needs some more clarification, so he goes in for another kiss. Lizzie admits she was confused as well. They were getting along so well at Pemberley, but when she left Darcy never contacted her. He didn’t know if Lizzie would want to hear from him and he saw her focus was completely on her sister. He didn’t want to be an unwelcome distraction and Lizzie assures him he wouldn’t have been. Lizzie got his hopes up again when she told Caroline that his life was his choice and her life was her choice. Darcy doubted everything again though in thinking Lizzie may have said that only because she was grateful for what he did.
Lizzie makes it clear that she only wants to be with Darcy because of him and not just because she’s grateful. They kiss again on that declaration and Lizzie turns off the camera for some privacy.
In this comparison, we find Lizzy surprised Darcy came back to Netherfield in P&P, while Darcy shows up unexpectedly in LBD. Similar conversations take place in both works. In P&P they discuss Darcy’s saving Lydia & Lizzy’s gratitude while on a walk. In LBD this is discussed in the den in front of LIzzie’s camera for storytelling purposes. One difference being that Lizzie reached out and contacted Darcy in LBD, where as she didn’t in P&P. This little change in story helps add to the equality in gender roles in the 21st century. It’s perfectly acceptable for Lizzie to call Darcy and initiate a conversation today, whereas it may have been seen as socially unacceptable in the 1800’s. In both works, Darcy makes it clear that he saved Lydia with Lizzie in mind and not her whole family. As previously mentioned, he paid for Lydia & Wickham’s wedding & dowry in P&P, while he bought out a whole company in LBD to prevent the sex tape from going up. While Darcy may not be the best at expressing himself in words, he certainly knows how to in gestures.
In LBD Darcy comments that Lizzie’s videos have been helpful for broadening his perspective. In P&P, though I didn’t include it in the summary, Darcy knows how much he owes Lizzy for making him a better person. He tells her that she allowed him to see beyond himself and the selfishness he tends toward due to being an only child for so long while growing up.
In P&P Darcy admits his feelings are unchanged since last April when he first confessed his love for Lizzy. Lizzy admits her feelings have changed and Darcy is visibly happy. In LBD Darcy admits he feels the same for Lizzie as he did in the fall. She expresses her feelings have changed by kissing him.
Darcy tells Lizzy he got his hopes up when she refused to promise Lady Catherine that she would never marry him in P&P. In LBD Darcy got his hopes up when Lizzie told Caroline they were each able to make their own choices. In both works they discuss mutual confusion about each other’s feelings and where they stood with one another. It seems as though there shouldn’t be any more confusion for the happy couple as they are engaged in P&P and dating in LBD.
That’s all for now, until next time, my name is Joslyn Dechant and this is Pride & Prejudice vs The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.