the longing to hold her hand.
The movie directs us towards Mr. Darcy’s barely contained desire for Ms. Elizabeth,as a man in love who doesn’t want to be, whereas in the book he reacted as a man of his social status and time period would have, complete derision and mockery. Mr. Darcy is not a sympathetic character for nearly the entirety of the novel. He routinely insults the Bennet family, stands in the way of her sister’s chances of marrying Mr. Bingley (directly intervening on his friend’s behalf on purely social/economic grounds), and writes Ms. Bennet perhaps the most patronizing letter in the existence of correspondence, basically telling her “you’re poor but I have feelings for you and omg like what?”
This is the central narrative of Darcy in the book and one aspect of the title, his pride, her prejudice. The movie out of necessity and modern sentiment towards marriage as an institution of love, paints Darcy as an unintentional ass, when in reality, it was completely intentional.