In chapter 60, Lizzy asks Darcy when he fell in love with her. He replies that he cannot remember the hour, spot, look, or words that started his affection, but that he was in the middle before he began. Lizzy knows he was not taken with her beauty in the beginning and he must have found her uncivil behavior to be impertinent. Darcy admired her for the liveliness of her mind. Lizzy points out she was different from the women who were courting Darcy. They were all agreeable while Lizzy interested him because she was so unlike them. She says Darcy knew no good of her when he feel in love. He points out that he saw goodness in her affection toward Jane when she was ill at Netherfield. Lizzy would not have done less for her sister and she feels Darcy exaggerates her goodness. She informs him she will tease and quarrel with him as often as possible.
Darcy opens episode 99, with a little help from Lizzie. As it turns out he wanted to high-jack her video blog to announce that they have officially begun dating. The two flirtatiously argue over whether it’s been 6 days or a week. It culminates in Darcy introducing himself and saying Lizzie Bennet is amazing.
Lizzie makes sure Darcy knows she was just teasing. He’s picked up on Bennet family humor after having so many dinners with them. Lizzie tells him it just means Mr. Bennet likes him. Darcy feels if he had understood the casual conversation of the Bennet family, he wouldn’t have screwed up with Lizzie in the beginning. Lizzie tells him he did nothing wrong, but Darcy points out she calls their first meeting “The Most Awkward Dance Ever.” Lizzie admits it was bad, but she tells Darcy he didn’t want to like her then. All he wanted to do was take Bing and leave.
Darcy admits it was true, but he changed his mind. Lizzie asks him when he did. There wasn’t a specific moment for him, he was just in the middle before he knew he had begun. He asks Lizzie in turn when she realized her feelings had changed. Lizzie jokes that her feelings changed the moment she saw the Pemberley Digital offices. Darcy takes it all in good stride. In a seriously seductive way, Lizzie admits it was the same for her, gradual. There is a jump cut between an almost kiss and a rumpled couple who decides to change the topic.
As it turns out, Darcy has been thinking about the future. He needs to get back to San Francisco so his investors don’t think he’s goofing off. Lizzie is due to graduate in six weeks and he offers her a job at Pemberley Digital, not to mention they’d be in the same city. Lizzie refuses it as she doesn’t want to be the girl who dates the boss, plus she has some things lined up to start her own company. After writing up a business plan for her independent study based on her video diaries, Lizzie has received messages from investors. Darcy thinks he may know some investors as well.
Lizzie tells him that San Francisco will be the ideal place for her to start her company and Darcy is pleased with the idea. She has conditions though, trips home and visits from Lydia. She’s been enjoying getting to know her younger sister better. Darcy admits he shouldn’t have judged Lydia so harshly. He went based off of his first impressions of her. Lizzie confirms that her future plans work for Darcy and he agrees they do.
He tells Lizzie he has dinner reservations for their one week anniversary. His Aunt Catherine is in town and he figured they could grab dinner. Darcy says she and Mrs. Bennet would get along well. Lizzie laughs and says she can tell when he’s teasing. Darcy just gives her a look which makes Lizzie doubt her senses. Darcy says they have to go and leaves Lizzie and the viewership hanging on whether they have a dinner date or a dinner disaster.
In both works, Lizzie asks Darcy when he knew he was in love with her. Darcy does not know the exact moment, just that he was in the middle before he knew he had begun.
In LBD Darcy announces to the viewership that he and Lizzie have been dating for six days. Lizzie jumps in to say it’s been a week and the two go back and forth. Lizzie makes sure he knows she was teasing. In P&P Lizzy basically makes a promise to tease and quarrel with Darcy as much as possible, although she may have been teasing him by saying that. In P&P both of them tell their family and friends in turn that they are engaged. Some are thrilled for them, but others, not so much. The couple cannot wait to be at Pemberley where they will be away from anyone who has vulgar things to say about them.
In P&P Lizzy & Darcy’s future is pretty much assumed to be one of a life-long marriage founded in love. In LBD the future must be discussed. As Lizzie and Darcy just started dating, they have not entered into a binding marriage agreement. Darcy has plans, but Lizzie refutes them when she turns down his job offer at Pemberley Digital. She knows the risks she runs if she works for the boss, especially among her coworkers. Lizzie not only has a plan in place to avoid that, but she is going to start her own company. Both are acts of a 21st century woman. Lizzie has never been one to settle for anything less than what she wanted in her heart and she continues to be that way, even though her love for William Darcy could easily have swayed that. She is able to have a loving relationship and be an independent woman at the same time. Let Lizzie Bennet be an example to us all.
That’s all for now, until next time, my name is Joslyn Dechant and this is Pride & Prejudice vs The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.