Experts even have a name for this tendency we have to think our communication is stronger and clearer than it actually is: signal amplification bias.
In , as in Austen’s other works, the private angst surrounding the choice of a marriage partner really reflects the larger, public anxieties swirling around a disintegrating class structure, a new social mobility, and increasing personal autonomy. The rest of the story consists of the correction of those misreadings—and of the prejudice and pride that foster such misunderstandings.
Bennet, in return, exerts the only authority she has: nagging. Bennet might have grown into a better partner and woman with more active loving-kindness from him. Bennet fits the description of what one marriage expert—Pat Ennis of the marriage-enrichment program The Third Option—calls the “Critical Nag,” one who is never happy with how others do things. Bennet, meanwhile, is the “Ridiculer-Name Caller,” the person who constantly puts others down.
Austen would not likely be surprised at recent findings reported here at found that the majority of men polled by the magazine said that they judge a woman by her family.
This truth universally acknowledged forms one of the great obstacles between Elizabeth and Darcy, a point revealed in the explanatory letter Darcy writes to Elizabeth following her refusal of one of the most infamous marriage proposals in all of literature.