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Those who assert a superiority over others are forced by life to reverse their assertion and chase after those they asserted against or submit to those above them in the same way that they try to dominate those below them.

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Darcy, who strutted around the ballroom conscious of his status, had to shed his pride and confess his inferiority of behavior before winning Eliza. Her character was more powerful than his status.

Caroline Bingley asserts by her superior dress and haughty behavior. She is humiliated by Darcy’s neglect and his preference for Eliza.

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