I wonder. If Elizabeth Bennet had, in order to secure her family’s future, reluctantly accepted Darcy’s first proposal, what would their marriage have been like?
Would they have developed respect for each other? Would she have changed her mind about him? Would they have developed mutual love over time?
Or would her resentment of the situation have tainted the whole relationship? Would Darcy’s efforts to salvage Lydia’s elopement have meant anything to her if she’d assumed it was to save his own reputation (given that he was going to marry her anyhow)?