Elizabeth realizes that her opinion of Darcy has totally changed that if he proposes again, she will accepts. She feels that Darcy is “exactly the man, who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her” To Elizabeth, “she became jealous of his esteem, when she could no longer hope to be benefited by it . . . she wanted to hear of him, when there seemed the least chance of gaining intelligence.” Even if Darcy is still interested in her, the Lydia-Wickham affair serves as a reminder of Darcy’s original objection to marrying Elizabeth. And Elizabeth believes that he must consider the poor condition of her family and an example of the embarrassment that association with her family..
While Elizabeth’s hope of Darcy’s still loving her slowly grows in these chapters, and Darcy’s feelings for her have never altered. Elizabeth’s instincts tell her: “Her heart did whisper, that he had done it for her.” The happy conclusion to Bingley’s courtship of Jane suggests that Darcy no longer cares about the Bennet sisters’ low social status. As evidence that Darcy has overcome this important obstacle at least to some, he does nothing to dissuade his friend from tying himself to a disreputable family. Previously, Darcy disrupted the romance between Bingley and Jane in order to protect his friend’s social status. However now, he allows their love to triumph over their class difference, without considering Lydia’s elopement scandal, which he could easily have used as an excuse to distance himself and his friends from the Bennets.