One minor thing that kind of bugs me about P&P adaptations: they often make it seem like Elizabeth's visit to Pemberley helped her realize she had feelings for Darcy because of his welath and grandeur when really it was (I think?!) because she saw how much happier and at ease he was there and other people's high regard for him. I can't tell you how many people I've heard say that Lizzie comes off like a gold digger because this epiphany comes once she sees his estate.
I mean, Elizabeth herself makes that joke about starting to love him ‘cause of how fancy his house and property are, but that’s classic Lizzy making jokes to avoid getting too sentimental about her Feelings. But it’s also a valid concern. The spectre of materialism haunts the pages of P&P more than in any other Austen novel, I think. Mrs. Bennet is forever going on and on about her daughters making good marriages–good being financially stable. Everyone acknowledges this from that famous first line of the novel regarding men of fortune and their need for wives. We know a rich man doesn’t NEED a wife in practical terms, but the clever unspoken implication is that such a man requires a wife because it is simply unconscionable for a rich man to remain single while there are genteel ladies with no money or prospects in need of that support. (As Austen says elsewhere in Mansfield Park: “… there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are pretty women to deserve them.”) These ‘deserving’ single women are everywhere in Austen, but there are a lot more of them in Pride and Prejudice. (Once you have a family with five daughters it just becomes a headache to think of how one is to provide good marriages for all of them and Mrs. Bennet really deserves much more sympathy than she gets in this regard. Fuck, I’d have a nervous disposition, too.)
Mrs. Bennet is perhaps too unguarded about her schemes and hopes for her daughter’s prospects, which is where the suspicion of nothing but materialistic motives comes from in Darcy, and which he uses to sway Bingley. The Bennets’ financial position is no secret, and Jane is just too difficult to read. Darcy presumes his own wealth and standing is enough to woo Elizabeth into accepting him, because I don’t think a sane smart man in his position could claim to have done any proper courtship prior to his first proposal. No, he was banking on Elizabeth being persuaded by the sheer force of his wealth and her poverty. Of course Elizabeth does not, and has already rejected the offer of Mr. Collins’ eligible situation (he’s horrible, but he IS materially a sound match,) but Mr. Darcy is not to know.
Elizabeth’s change of feelings towards Darcy do coincide with her going to Pemberley, and it’s not unreasonable for everyone around her to presume that may have something to do with it (her father worries that her acceptance of Darcy’s proposal has been prompted by material considerations, as he has been humbled by Lydia’s elopement and perhaps realizes what a poor father and provider he has been, and fears for Lizzy’s unhappiness if she is prompted by desperation to take this offer after such a scare as the family had with the scandal.)
Of course, modern readers have no real excuse for seriously thinking Elizabeth is a mere gold-digger. That whole suspicion pervades the book, swirling around almost all the single women we see. It’s a tacit presumption by many, but it’s never to be spoken of in an open and vulgar fashion, as Mrs. Bennet does, because people do have feelings. Charlotte plays the game of placating Mr. Collins and allowing him to pretend he has acted on sentiment when she knows she is marrying him for her own independence and security and that his attachment to her must be imaginary. Elizabeth resists both offers of marriage which would prompt acceptance on materialistic terms, alone. Darcy only has confidence in his first proposal because of his wealth–so he’s presuming that Elizabeth is at least neutral towards him AND that she cannot fail to have been influenced by her mother’s style of thinking (and the wider cultural presumptions that prompt Charlotte’s alliance with Mr. Collins.) Lizzy is a poor Bennet, and he is Mr. Darcy of Pemberley, and trusts that even simply the rumour of his income will be enough to attract her. He’s certainly not been engaging on a personal level.
Elizabeth, we know, goes strongly against all these presumptions. Firstly because she rejects Mr. Collins on the basis of principle, and though she thinks he is ridiculous, she does not hate him. She simply knows she cannot sacrifice her personal happiness for material security. That is the base-line, for her. Then there’s Darcy, and when he proposes, she despises him more thoroughly than she despises anyone else in her world. Darcy doesn’t know this, as he’s been living in a parallel universe where he just thinks he’s been rather quiet around her and doesn’t know that she knows/thinks he’s that asshole who ruins the lives of people she loves/likes. Darcy could only dream of being a Mr. Collins, at that point, and Lizzy would have still rejected him. She double-hates him, and then he has to do the work to come back from that and re-build something workable where his worth as a human being comes from something other than his purchasing power. Of course he has it in him, and only needs an opportunity and motivation to show it, and this is what happens at Pemberley.
Mr. Collins also has the opportunity of displaying his comfortable home and standing in Kent when Elizabeth visits but she isn’t swayed by any of it, no matter how pretty the county or imposing Rosings Park is. So, yes, she admires Pemberley, and jokes about how it changed her mind, but Mr. Collins’ pretty parsonage didn’t make her regretfully think of what might have been, nor would Pemberley (no matter how grand) truly make Elizabeth wish she would have accepted Mr. Darcy as he was when he first proposed.
Now, in adaptations, time is always going to be an issue when one must decide what to keep, what to cut, and what people/events to conflate to save on space. The third act is crammed with post-proposal fallout, Truths being revealed, the hard grind of deep character development, and the action of Lydia’s fall and rescue and More Truths being revealed. And Lizzy’s joke about loving Darcy since the day she saw Pemberley is funny, so of course it gets left in, as does the final dramatic salvo of Mr. Bennet’s uncertainty about what is motivating Elizabeth to accept Darcy’s proposal. I guess anybody doing a superficial viewing of this rollicking rush of events could presume that she seriously meant it, but I feel like the nuance is still there if we’re willing to take a moment to grasp it. I haven’t personally encountered anybody who seriously believes Elizabeth is a gold-digger, when she continually proves she is not, especially contrasted against her mother’s open materialism and the foil of Charlotte’s pragmatic choice to accept Mr. Collins after Lizzy rejected him.