Pride and Prejudice

How would you compare the acceptance of proud people in roday's society as compared to Jane Austen's time?

In chapter 5, page 21, of Pride and Prejudice, Miss Lucas was telling Lizzy about Darcy. She said, ''His pride does not offend me so much as pride often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man, with family, fortune, everything in his favour, should think highly of himself. If I may so express it, he has a right to be proud."

Do you think Miss Lucas was misleading with ther opinion and how would you describe the acceptance of pride in today's society as compared to Austen's time?

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I think that pride, in the time of Victorian England, had a much more narrow context as it does now. Miss. Lucas's description of Mr. Darcy reflects the common understanding of the time; pride isn't so much earned rather than it comes from family lineage and wealth. Today the concept of pride has a much larger connotation, even in England. To rise up and create ones own wealth is cause for greater pride thanks simply inheriting it. The "self made man" holds greater worth than simply the "made man". Still pride can extend to the most menial of tasks. Pride can be found in anything someone derives immense satisfaction in doing.