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Eliza’s confrontation with Darcy at the Netherfield ball is interrupted by Mr. Lucas. His initiative keeps the negativity in check, reflecting the subconscious bond of attraction beneath the surface that does not wish the confrontation to get out of hand. The overall atmosphere concerning the relationship between Eliza and Darcy is positive, though their own negative attitudes and those of other people have to be overcome before the relationship can mature. Later Lucas brings Eliza and Darcy back together, when he takes Eliza to Rosings to meet Charlotte.

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The delay in Jane’s first letter to Lambton concerning Lydia’s elopement enabled Eliza to remain at Lambton long enough to meet Darcy at Pemberley. The atmosphere was strong enough to delay the negative news until they had renewed their relationship.

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