Or is she simply fulfilling their roles as objects of desire, meant to do as men require of them?
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Elizabeth does represent a new type of female protagonist. Elizabeth Bennet is lively, quick-witted, sharp-tongued, bold and intelligent. She is keen and perceptive, but Elizabeth's pride in that very ability engenders a prejudice that almost hinders her happy future with Darcy. Elizabeth is not impressed by mere wealth or titles, rather, she values propriety, good-manners, and virtue. Marrying "well" is not good enough for Elizabeth, she demands sincerity and compassion.