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Pride and Prejudice Chapter Summaries

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Introduction

Chapter 12 Jane and Elizabeth want to leave nether field but Mrs Bennet wants them to stay there by saying that she cannot send the carriage. Bingley lends his carriage to them and he is sad that they are going home. Darcy is also sad at this as he is beginning to become fond of Elizabeth. Chapter 13 Mr Bennet's cousin, Mr Collins Arrives at the Bennet's to stay for two weeks. He likes the Benet's house and he also finds the Bennet daughters quite admirable. Mrs Bennet realizes that the house and everything in it will soon be Mr Collin's when Mr Bennet dies and has a slight fear of this as her and her daughters will have no where to live. Chapter 14 Mr Collins meets his cousins once again and boasts about his skill of making compliments towards ladies especially Lady Catherine. Chapter 15 Lady Catherine has spoken to Mr Collins about marrying, and he then enquires about Jane. When he finds out that Jane is soon to be engaged he turns his feelings towards Elizabeth. He then walks in to town with the Bennet's. Mr Wickham meets the Bennet's and whilst Darcy and Bingley are riding to meet the Bennet's, they bump into each other. Darcy and Mr Wickham see each other and show signs of knowing each other, but there is dislike between them. Chapter 16 Elizabeth and Wickham talk about Darcy. He explains why he dislikes him ; He grew up with Darcy and was Darcy's Fathers godson. He also tells her that Darcy has refused to give him money from Darcy's father when he died, even though it was in the will. Elizabeth thinks of Darcy as a disagreeable man, proud, haughty and dishonourable. Chapter 17 Elizabeth tells Jane everything that she has learnt about Darcy, but Jane finds it quite hard to believe. Also Bingley has organised a ball in Nether field , which Elizabeth is very excited about. ...read more.

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Elizabeth also knows about Bingley but doesn't want to inform Jane of this as she still has affections for him. Chapter 41 The regiment leaves Meryton. Lydia, Kitty and Mrs. Bennet continue to try to get Mr. Bennet to agree to a trip to Brighton to be near the regiment, but when Mrs. Forster, invites Lydia to come and stay with them there, the thought of them all going is forgotten. Elizabeth tries to persuade her father not to let Lydia go as she is too young and feels that it would not be best for her. Lydia leaves home with Mrs. Forster, as they go ahead to Brighton the next morning. Chapter 42 Lizzy wants to go with the Gardiner's on a trip but it is put off for 2 weeks, and instead of going to the lakes they plan to go to Derbyshire. Elizabeth is worried about this because she knows that this is where Darcy lives ( Pemberley), and she is not keen on meeting him again. Also Mr Gardiner wishes to visit Pemberley which Lizzy is not to happy about, and she learns that he will not be there for the summer. Chapter 43 When Lizzy visits Pemberley she admires the woods and buildings. While she is there she meets the housekeeper who gives them a tour around the house. Elizabeth bumps in Darcy when she is walking the grounds and they are both quite embarrassed to meet each other. Darcy leans in to talk to her and she is surprised by this. After they have walked the grounds again, they bump into Darcy again, who asks Lizzy to introduce him to her friends. She is glad of this as this part of the family do not embarrass each other. Darcy also asks Lizzy if he would like to meet his sister as she is returning to the grounds the next day. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jane finally realises Lizzy's feelings towards Darcy and is happy for her. The next day Mrs. Bennet sees Darcy coming, and makes Lizzy walk out with him again so that the rest of the family does not have to be with him. During their walk it is decided that Darcy will ask Mr. Bennet for his consent to Lizzy's hand I marriage.. The evening approaches, and Darcy leaves from Lizzy's father, smiling; Lizzy is quite relieved. She is has to convince her father see that she is in love with Darcy, and he accepts this. She also tells him what Darcy did for Lydia, and he is relieved by this as Darcy won't make him pay the money back. Lizzy tells her mother the news; she is quite shocked by this but pleased that another one of her daughters is to be married and that Lizzy will be in good fortune. Chapter 60 Lizzy writes a letter to Mrs Gardiner telling her of the engagement, and Darcy writes one to Lady Catherine. Miss Darcy is quite sincere in her happiness for her brother's engagement. The Collins come to visit, as Charlotte wants to get away from Lady Catherine's as she is angry over the engagement, and Charlotte is so pleased for Lizzy. Chapter 61 Mrs Bennet is happy that she marries of two of her daughters, but Mr Bennet misses Elizabeth at home, so he often visits Pemberley. Bingley and Jane remain at Netherfield, but then buy an estate within thirty miles of Pemberley. Lydia often invites Kitty to visit her, but Mr. Bennet will not allow it. Wickham and Lydia are often wanting for money, and ask for it from Elizabeth and Jane, who provide some. Miss Bingley is horrified by Darcy's marriage to Lizzy, but as she wants to still be welcome at Pemberley, she tries to be civil. Darcy and Lizzy are very close to the Gardiners, as they have the warmest gratitude towards them and they were the people that united Lizzy and Darcy together. ...read more.

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