This passage occurs shortly after Elizabeth has received a letter from mr.darcy. The reason for the writing of the letter comes from the fact that Elizabeth had accused Darcy of two main issues. The first accusation against darcy was that he was a dishonorable man because he cheated Mr.Wickham out of land. Following this accusation, Elizabeth also believed that bingley's dismissal of jane was his doing.
Both of these issues caused her anger and discontent towards mr.darcy because she had strong feelings for mr.wickham and believed such a good person did not deserve to be mistreated. And with jane, she was angered because she believed mr.bingley and jane could have been happy together and that mr.darcy had ruined any opportunity of that.
These accusations led mr.darcy to write the letter that spurred elizabeth's judgment of herself. In the letter, mr.darcy reveals that the real dispute between wickham and himself came from the fact that their wickham had attempted to marry darcy's sister and she had refused. And as for Jane and mr.bingley's issue, he believed he had done it for the best interest of mr.bingley.
Her reaction to the letter is clearly stated in the first line of the passage when it says, "She grew absolutely ashamed of herself." This reveals that she believes what mr.darcy had revealed in the letter and also that she is able to realize when she had done wrong.
By seeing her wrongs, the reader realizes she is a character with a good quality.
In the next line it reads, " Of neither darcy nor wickham could she think without feeling that she had been blind, partial, prejudiced, absurd." These feelings can be related to both characters because she felt blind to mr. Darcy's honorable intentions and also blind to wickham's lies. She also understood that she felt prejudiced because of darcy's high ranking. This line is closely followed by Elizabeth saying, I who have prided myself on my discernment." The relation between these two quotes is that they each include the words in the title of the book.
The placement of these words is no coincidental, but intentional, and there are many reasons for them occurring in this passage. The first, and most likely reason, is that they were intended to show a significant turning point in the book. Which is the point at which Elizabeth's pride of her character qualities, and her prejudice's against upper class are reversed, and also when Darcy's prejudice against the classes below him are dissolved along with his pride of himself. These changes are the most likely causes of Elizabeth and Darcy's like for each other, and that is why the author chose to make it known to the reader that significant words from the title were being used in this passage.
This passage also reveals many aspects of Elizabeth's character as well as creating emotions. The first line that reveals an aspect of Elizabeth's character is found in line two, when she says, "how despicable I have...