Long before they meet, Miss Elizabeth Bennet entertains notions of Mr. Darcy as being good-natured, compassionate, and exceedingly handsome. Indeed, everything a gentleman ought to be.
In light of the ardent disdain that he incites in her family and friends at the Meryton assembly, reconciling her favorable impression of him proves deeply unsettling. Hence she goes about making out his true nature.
Boasting to the gentleman of an acquaintance with his worst enemy hardly recommends her to him. Tempestuous sparks promise to ignite into passionate flames as Darcy and Elizabeth endeavor to sketch each other's character.