The courtship between Darcy and Elizabeth is among the most well-known love stories in the English literary canon. As in most love stories, the two young people must overcome numerous obstacles, starting with the conflicts caused by their own personal characteristics. Both Elizabeth and Darcy are guilty of prejudice and pride. Elizabeth shows pride when she first meets Darcy and feels prejudice for him when she sees his behavior and interprets is meaning, and Darcy is overly proud of his social status and feels prejudice towards those who have lesser standing. There are other many smaller obstacles that are placed between the lovers and realization of their relationship, including Wickham’s lies, Mrs. Bennet’s stupidity, Miss Bingley’s snobbery, and Lady Catherine’s attempts at interference. In all of these cases, anxieties related to social class and connections, or the wish to gain better connections, get tin the way of the workings of love. There is indication that Austen sees love as something independent of social and economic forces in the fact that Darcy and Elizabeth eventually fall in love and marry. She shows that if individuals are able to transcend the distortions of hierarchical society, they have the hope of finding real love. It is true, however, that Austen does sound a bit more of a realist (or perhaps even cynical) in her depiction of Charlotte Lucas and the decision to marry Mr. Collins for financial security. This shows that love is not always the motivator for marriage. With the novel’s main characters, Darcy and Elizabeth, however, Austen suggests that real love is able to overcome the most challenging of circumstances.