2005 P movie version - Matthew Macfadyen talks about his take on "Mr. Darcy". "...He's shy." I agree. He's had women sending their daughters after him (since he was a great "catch") since he was a teen. He is not very verbal, so new situations overwhelm him a bit, (and he hides behind formal manners). So for him to meet a young woman who does NOT chase him...is novelty.