Bennet immediately becomes happy and begins planning the wedding. Just at the instant the Sun is rising between them, she accepts. Lizzie is appalled that she would marry such a shallow man. She reproaches herself for not revealing the truth about Wickham's true character to her family. She also informs Elizabeth that the woman Wickham was looking to marry had left for Liverpool and that they are no longer getting married.
And, surprising no one, Mr. Only when Elizabeth goes to visit her friend at the estate of Darcy's aunt does the mystery begin to unfold. The next day the Bennet sisters return home to a mother who is not entirely happy that Jane has returned, having wanted her to stay with Bingley as long as possible. Oh, but he's out of town. Many critics have noted that many of the supporting characters in are mostly well drawn caricatures, unchanging and rather broad. Collins pays particularly close attention to Elizabeth at the ball, and even reserves the first two dances with her.
The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Collins also implies his relief that Elizabeth turned down his proposal, since her acceptance would have tied him to this now disgraced family. Darcy, but Elizabeth is completely offended and refuses to promise anything. When Lizzy and Darcy finally get some alone time on a walk, we get the moment we've all been waiting for: they clear up all their past misunderstandings, agree to get married, and then make out in the rain. Collins for purely materialistic reasons, Elizabeth knows their friendship can never be the same; they will separate. Bennet's only occupation in life is to get her daughters married. For Austen, the alternative to superficiality seems to be strong individuality and virtue.
Darcy leaves that part of the country before she can sort out her feelings and make amends with him. Bennet to call on Mr. Collins leaves again for his parish and Mrs. Lady de Bourgh invites them all to join her for dinner the next day. Meanwhile, Elizabeth's happiness for her sister is interrupted by a visit from Lady Catherine De Bourgh, who has heard a rumor that Darcy and Elizabeth are engaged, which they are not. She returns home afterwards to find that her sister Lydia has been invited to Brighton to stay with a Colonel and the moving army regiment, which she advises her father against allowing. This stress on good sense brings characters together as well.
They agree however that much of her being upset is because he was rude to her. When Elizabeth tells Wickham's story to Jane, however, Jane refuses think badly of either Wickham or Darcy, insisting that there must be some misunderstanding. Bennet that her constantly talking of Bingley is bringing Jane pain. The novel opens at Longbourn, the Bennet family's estate. Finally, Darcy proposes again to Elizabeth, who this time accepts. Lizzie say no; she lies. Elizabeth thinks that Darcy and Bingley's sisters have somehow managed to dissuade Bingley from proposing to Jane.
Darcy and Elizabeth have a conversation of their own on the nature of pride in each of them. Knowing Lydia's gullibility, Elizabeth assumes that Wickham must have misled her. Though a satisfactory outcome is eventually achieved, it is set against the social machinations of many other figures; the haughty Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the fatuous Mr. Darcy herself, grows extremely jealous of Elizabeth and mocks her lowly status. Lydia leaves with the officers back to Meryton to travel with Mrs. She turns him down, wounding his pride. He then leaves, and the others hurry back to the Bennet's home.
Bennet to visit Bingley when he arrives and after his refusal decides to invite him to dinner instead. Elizabeth and Darcy continue to speak awkwardly until the Gardiners catch up with them, at which point Darcy sees them off with great politeness. Soon, a letter arrives from Mr. It's clear to everyone that Mr. Then the dreaded cousin William Collins , a minister, comes to visit the Bennets. Bennet is upset when Darcy arrives with Bingley and everyone is more or less equally upset. Bennet returns, he confesses to Elizabeth that he blames himself for the situation.
Noting her flurried state, Darcy convinces her that they should send a servant for the Gardiners and then helps her calm down. Darcy puzzles Elizabeth with his behavior; he seems to seek out her company, but he never says much. Gardiner might have added to cover it and if he owes him for it. Well, we have some ideas—but we don't get to find out right away. Bennet to announce the new engagement, all of them equally happy with the engagement.
Lizzie receives a letter with the shocking news that Lydia has run away with Mr. Bennet decides to return home, leaving the search to Mr. Bennet is very happy to have one of her daughters married. Darcy was unable to convince Lydia to leave Wickham behind, so he offered Wickham money to secure their marriage. She realizes that her negative impression of Darcy had been wrong. Modest to a fault about the value of her work, Jane Austen nevertheless produced some of the enduring masterpieces of English literature, including the novels Pride and Prejudice, , , and.