Undoubtedly pride is one of the most obvious reason.
But that's not the only one.
It's important to notice the period when the story takes place : the eighteenth century.
A nobleman would have been seen as impure or insane if he had married a poor girl with such a low connections.
It's evident that Austen wants to highlight the struggle between "reason" and "feelings".
Darcy uses reason when he tends to avoid her or not speak to her.
Only afterwards he realizes that it's useless to put up a fight against "The Heart".
Thanks for correcting me Mr. Fivejedjon.
That's interesting: I've always thought of Darcy as an exponent of the high aristocracy, i.e. a nobleman, because of his family relationship with Lady Catherine de Bourgh and his wealth :D
But I think ,and as my teacher told us, that the bennets' family belong to the middle class while Darcy and Bingley to the aristochracy one, and Darcy himself mentioned this more than once.We can perceive the low position of her family by examinaning the behaviour of Lydia when she run away with Wickham, and the one of her mother and her sisters which was almost the time irritating and not acceptable and Elizabeth herself admitted thatQuote:
I don't think 'impure' is an appropriate word here, though he would certainly have been considered very foolish. While the Bennetts were a little lower down the social scale than Darcy, and were tainted by having relations in trade, Darcy was a gentleman, not a nobleman; Lizzy's father was also a gentleman, as Lizzy pointed out quite sharply.Yes ,you are right, when Lizzy talked to Lady Catherine she mentioned this:
``In marrying your nephew, I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman's daughter; so far we are equal.''
``True. You are a gentleman's daughter. But who was your mother? Who are your uncles and aunts? Do not imagine me ignorant of their condition.''
``Whatever my connections may be,'' said Elizabeth, ``if your nephew does not object to them, they can be nothing to you.''
Thank you sir Jed for your participation in this discussion
However, in England/Britain, the right of younger offspring and females to titles of nobility has always been more restricted than in some other European countries. Darcy's mother would have had the title of 'Lady', but Darcy himself had no title. (If his mother had married a man with a title, Darcy would have inherited that title on the death of his father).
Darcy might be loosely described as a member of the aristocracy, but not of the nobility.