Mrs. Bennet told Mr.
Bennet about a man who just bought some land in their town and they argued about whether or not Mr. Bennet would go talk to him about marrying one of their daughters. Mr.
and Mrs. Bennet argue more about how they will make an acquaintance with Mr. Bingley until Mr.
Bennet says he has already met with him. Mr. Bingley repaid Mr. Bennet’s visit and there was a ball where Mr. Bingley danced with the Bennet’s daughter Jane twice.
Jane told her sister Elizabeth how much she liked Mr. Bingley and his sisters and the narrator told about his past and how he got his money. The girls all met and talked about the ball from the night before; about Mr.
Bingley and Mr. Darcy, about who danced with who, and a conversation that Charlotte overheard between Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy. Charlotte and Elizabeth talked about the relationship between Jane and Mr.
Bingley and about Mr. Darcy, the narrator tells that Mr. Darcy is starting to admire Elizabeth, and there is another ball where Mr.
Darcy tries to dance with Elizabeth. Jane received an invitation to dinner from Miss Bingley and Mrs. Bennet insisted she go on horseback because the rain would forbid her from coming home, Jane got sick from the rain and Elizabeth walked all the way to their house to visit her sister.Elizabeth had dinner with the Bingley family, the Bingley sisters made fun of Elizabeth’s manners and her clothes, they all argued what really made up an “accomplished woman,” and Jane’s health only got worse (Austen 35). Mrs. Bennet and two of her daughters came to visit Jane and see how she was doing, Mrs.
Bennet said that she was too ill to be taken back home (just because she wanted her to stay with Mr. Bingley more), Mrs. Bennet compared Lucy to Lady Lucas’ daughter Charlotte, and they reminded Mr.
Bingley of his promise to have a ball. Caroline, Elizabeth and Darcy are in the drawing room and they interrupt him while he is writing a letter to his sister, Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy argue about Mr.
Bingley’s personality and whether he’s too kind or not, Elizabeth notices that Mr. Darcy keeps looking at her while she is by the piano, but she says no when he asks her to dance. Jane is finally feeling well enough to leave her room and she joins everyone else, but Mr. Bingley only talks to her; Caroline tries to get Mr.
Darcy’s attention by pretending to be interested in a book of the same series he is reading and when this doesn’t work she asks Elizabeth to walk around the room with her, but Mr. Darcy doesn’t want to join them; Elizabeth then says it’s best to laugh at ridiculousness and they talk about their faults. Elizabeth has a letter sent to her mother asking if they can send the carriage to pick up her and Lucy but Mrs. Bennet says they will stay until the following Tuesday so the girls borrow the Bingley’s carriage instead, Mr.
Darcy is glad that they are leaving so that his affection for Elizabeth doesn’t show, and Mr. Bennet is glad that the girls are finally home. Mr.
Bennet tells his wife and daughters that they will be having a man none of them have met before, Mr. Collins, over for dinner and he explains that Mr. Collins will inherit their estate when Mr.
Bennet dies, he then reads them a letter from Mr. Collins saying he is supported by Lady Catherine De Bourgh and he plans to make amends with them, during dinner he compliments their estate a bit too much for Mrs. Bennet’s liking. Mr. Collins talks only about himself and his life with Lady Catherine De Bourgh and Mr.
Bennet only listens and understands Mr. Collins’s self importance, after dinner Mr. Collins reads a book of sermons to the girls but Lydia interrupts him to tell her mother about Colonel Foster and Mr. Collins is offended but still accepts their apology. We find out that Mr. Collins plans to marry one of the Bennet sisters to make up for taking over their property and when he tells Mrs.
Bennet he picked Jane she turns him away from her and towards Elizabeth, he then joins the sisters on their walk to Meryton where they encounter Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy; Mrs.
Philips invites them to dinner, and after a bit of convincing she invites Mr. Wickham, who they also encountered on their walk. Elizabeth and Mr. Wickham have a conversation in which Mr. Wickham explains that his father worked for Mr.
Darcy’s father and that his father really liked him and that when his father died, Darcy’s father was his godfather, and that when Darcy passed on he left money for Wickham to pursue his career but young Darcy found a loophole and would not give up the money; Wickham also reveals that Darcy’s sister is much like him and that Lady Catherine De Bourgh is Darcy’s aunt. Elizabeth tells her older sister Jane what Mr.Wickham has told her about Mr. Darcy and she cannot believe it, Mr.
Bingley and his sisters visit to invite the Bennets to a long awaited ball at the Netherfield, and as Elizabeth is excited to dance with Mr. Wickham, Mr. Collins asks her to allow him the first two dances. Elizabeth is disappointed that Mr.
Wickham is not at the ball and accepts Mr. Darcy’s invitation to dance , but the two of them barely talk at all; Caroline then explains to Elizabeth that Mr. Wickham was in the wrong against Mr. Darcy – the opposite of how Wickham had explained it – but she doesn’t believe it; Mr. Collins introduces himself to Mr. Darcy after realizing his connection with Lady Catherine, and Darcy overhears Mrs.
Bennet talking of Jane and Mr. Bingley. Mr.
Collins asks to speak with Elizabeth privately, and asks her to marry him, saying his two main reasons for this are that all clergymen should have wives and that Lady Catherine told him he should get married; she rejects his offer and he goes on to tell her that it is unlikely she will get a better offer and that most women usually reject the offer the first few times they are asked.Mrs. Bennet is excited to congratulate Mr. Collins for the proposal, and cannot believe her daughter rejected it; she asks her husband to speak with Elizabeth and he tells her that if she does not marry, her mother will not speak to her and that if she does marry, he will not speak to her; Mrs. Bennet ask Jane and Charlotte for help, but Mr.
Collins tells her he does not want to marry her anymore. Mr. Collins does not talk to Elizabeth, the sisters walk to their aunt’s house where they meet Mr. Wickham and get confirmation from him that he was avoiding Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth introduces Mr.
Wickham to her parents, and Jane receives a letter from Miss. Bingley saying that her and her siblings have left for London and will not be back anytime soon.Charlotte and Mr.
Collins have been getting along very well and one morning he goes out to her house and proposes to her, she accepts; Charlotte’s parents are thrilled but her friend Elizabeth is disappointed but wishes her happiness anyways. Charlotte’s father, Sir William Lucas comes to Longbourn to tell them of Charlotte’s engagement and Mrs. Bennet and Lydia cannot believe it; Mrs. Bennet’s attitude toward the matter worsens as Mr. Collins comes back to make wedding plans; Jane and Elizabeth are worried because Jane has not received a letter from the Bingley’s.Volume IIJane finally receives a letter back from Miss Bingley, but it tells her information that only upsets her and Mr.
Bennet tells Elizabeth that she should let Mr. Wickham “be her man” and find love like Jane has but Elizabeth says she will find someone else (Austen 119). Mrs.
Bennet’s sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, came to Longbourn for Christmas and Mrs. Bennet, Jane and Elizabeth all told Mrs. Gardiner of the ordeal with Mr. Bingley and after hearing the story Mrs.
Gardiner invited Jane to come back home with her and Jane accepted.Mrs. Gardiner tells Elizabeth she should not fall for Mr. Wickham and she agrees, Jane writes saying she has visited Miss Bingley and Miss bingley has returned the visit, but it is clear to Jane that they will no longer be friends, and Elizabeth realizes she never loved Mr. Wickham because he is flirting with another girl and she doesn’t care.
Elizabeth goes to visit Charlotte and visits Jane on the way, Mrs. Gardiner tells Lizzy that it looks bad that Mr. Wickham has started talking to a girl right after she inherits money which upsets Lizzy but she is no longer upset after being invited on a summer vacation. Elizabeth and the Lucases finally make it to the Collins’ residence to visit and they are given a tour of the estate, once by Mr.
Collins and another time by Mrs. Collins and Elizabeth is shocked to see that Charlotte actually enjoys her life there, the entire party is then invited to dine with the De Bourgh family the next night. While dining at Rosings, Elizabeth and the Lucases learn that Lady Catherine is snobby and conceded, she asks Elizabeth many questions about her family and scolds Elizabeth for not having a governess while growing up as if it’s her fault. The party spends a lot of time with Lady Catherine, Mr.
Darcy comes to visit for Easter and it is soon realized that he has come to see Elizabeth; he asks how her family is doing and she responds by asking if he has seen Jane while she’s been in London the past few months just to try getting information about Mr. Bingley. They all gather again at Rosings and Colonel Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth are flirting, which catches Mr.
Darcy’s attention; Lady Catherine interrupts to ask what they are talking about and Elizabeth is forced to play the piano when it is learned that they are talking about music and when Elizabeth points out that she is not naturally good at the piano, Lady Catherine tells her she should practice a lot more. Mr. Darcy comes into the Collins’ house while Elizabeth is alone and they have an awkward conversation much like they had at the ball and he leaves shortly after Charlotte arrives, Charlotte claims that he must be in love with Elizabeth but Lizzy laughs at how crazy that sounds. Darcy keeps coincidentally showing up at Lizzy’s favorite spot while she is out on her walks, one day Colonel Fitzwilliam shows up at the Collins’ house and catched Elizabeth alone, they begin to talk about Mr. Bingley and Miss Darcy and Fitzwilliam reveals that there had been objections against the young girl from Hertfordshire, not realizing it is Elizabeth’s sister; she gets so upset that it causes her a headache so bad she cannot go for tea at Rosings with the rest of the party. Mr.
Darcy takes Elizabeth’s absence as the perfect time to ‘check up on her’ and get her alone, he confesses his love to her and she tells him all the reasons she will not marry him and even says she may have considered it, “had he behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner” (Austen 164). The morning after the refused proposal, Darcy comes with a letter for Elizabeth explaining how he was wrong for turning Bingley away from Jane, and how he HAD given the money left by his father to Wickham and promised him a living but Wickham decided to study law instead and gave up the living in exchange for 3,000 pounds, he then showed up a bit later without money and a law degree and wanting to be a clergyman, Darcy then claims that he tried to elope with his little sister, of which Darcy found out just in time. Elizabeth reads over Darcy’s letter many times and finally comes to the realization that Darcy is not at all to blame in the situation with Wickham, she also realizes that her sister never really acted like she loved Bingley anyways; when she returns to the house she finds out that Darcy and Fitzwilliam came to say goodbye, but they’ve already left. Now that her nephews have left, Lady Catherine is lonely and she invites the Collinses and Elizabeth over to visit, but Elizabeth is still trying to figure out how she really feels about Darcy.Before Elizabeth leaves, Darcy tells her how happy he and Charlotte are together and how lucky they are to have Lady Catherine, Jane and Elizabeth meet up to go home together, and all the while Elizabeth tries to figure out how much she should really tell Jane.
The two girls meet with Kitty and Lydia when they get to the carriage and while eating Lydia tells them of how Wickham’s new girl has gone to Liverpool to stay with her uncle; when they arrive back home, Lydia wants to go to Meryton but Elizabeth says they shouldn’t.Elizabeth finally tells Jane about Mr. Darcy’s proposal and Jane feels bad that Elizabeth upset him, she also tells Jane about his side of the story with Wickham and it takes Jane a while to believe it, but she finally does; Elizabeth does not, however, tell Jane about Bingley. As the officers are leaving soon, the Bennet girls are upset, but Lydia is invited to join them; Lizzy tries convincing her father that it is a bad idea for Lydia to go, but he lets her go anyways; before Wickham leaves, Lizzy tells him how she spent some time with Darcy and Fitzwilliam and how she really liked Fitzwilliam and Darcy grows on her the more she speaks with him.
Elizabeth finally starts to see that her parents do not have a good marriage and she realizes that her father is partly to blame for the way their daughters were brought up because he just sat in the library rather than trying to help; Lizzy’s summer plans with the Gardiners are changed from going to Lake Country to going to Derbyshire and visiting the Pemberley (Darcy’s estate). Volume IIIElizabeth and the Gardiners are taking their tour of the Pemberley when on their way out to the garden they see Mr. Darcy, he politely greets her and asks to be introduced to the Gardiners, he then invites Mr.
Gardiner to go fishing with him and he invites Elizabeth to meet his sister. The Darcys invite Elizabeth and the Gardiners to dinner and the Gardiners begin to believe that Darcy might love their niece, Bingley also shows up and claims he has a lot to talk to Elizabeth about – it is clear he does not love Miss Darcy – they also discover that the people in this town have a great opinion of Mr. Darcy and not of Mr.
Wickham.Elizabeth is not excited to see Miss Bingley at dinner, but the visit goes well, Miss Bingley tries getting Elizabeth to speak of Wickham in Mr. Darcy’s presence, and she does not; after she leaves, Miss Bingley talks bad about Elizabeth, but neither Miss nor Mr. Darcy will join in. Lizzy receives two letters from Jane – one saying that Lydia has run off to Scotland to marry Wickham, and another saying that they’ve gone to London, not Scotland – this means that Wickham has not a plan of marrying Lydia at all, just to hook up with her; Elizabeth tells this information to Darcy with hopes that he’ll understand and the Gardiners and their niece leave immediately. The Gardiners try to hope that Wickham really does want to marry Lydia, but Lizzy is not convinced and she claims to have a good reason not to be; Mr.
Bennet has left to find his daughter and Mr. Gardiner says he will meet him in London to help with the search. Mr.
Gardiner sends a letter to say that he has contacted Wickham’s superior to see if he knows anyone in London, Mr. Collins writes to the Bennet family to say that none of their daughters will ever get married and he’s lucky for not marrying Elizabeth, and Mr. Gardiner writes again to say that while Mr.
Bennet is headed home he is still on the search. The two have been found unmarried, but Mr. Wickham agrees to marry Lydia as long as Mr. Bennet can send them some money every year; Mr.
Bennet figures it must’ve cost Mr. Gardiner about 10,000 pounds to marry Lydia and because Mrs. Bennet has no idea how much money it will cost, she is okay if the Gardiners pay for it. Mr. Bennet writes to Mr.
Gardiner to thank him for making this work out and promises to repay him, as Mrs. Bennet begins to plan the wedding, Mr. Bennet says he will not have the couple at Longbourn; Elizabeth wishes she’d never said a word about this situation to Mr.
Darcy and realizes that he’s perfect for her; the girls finally convince their father to let Lydia come visit. When Wickham and Lydia arrive, they are acting as if everything is okay and this is shocking, Lydia tells Lizzy that Mr. Darcy was at her wedding and instead of asking for more information, Elizabeth writes to her aunt. Mrs. Gardiner explains that Mr.
Darcy left the day after Elizabeth did and found Wickham and Lydia in London, Darcy repaid Wickham’s debts and gave him money to marry Lydia; upon learning this, Elizabeth begins to wonder if Mr. Darcy did this for her and Mr. Wickham meets her while she’s taking a walk and tries to find out how much she knows about him. After this conversation with Elizabeth, Mr. Wickham does not bother her anymore and he leaves with Lydia; only three days after his long awaited return to Netherfield, Mr. Bingley visits the Bennet family, bringing Darcy along with him, there is some awkward silence and Mrs.
Bennet breaks it with embarrassing conversation about Lydia’s marriage.She invites the two men to come back for dinner and they accept. Elizabeth is upset that Mr. Darcy came and did not speak a word to her and decides not to think of him anymore, that is until they return for dinner; it is now clear that Mr. Bingley and Jane are in love and Elizabeth tries to talk to Mr.
Darcy but never actually does.Later, Bingley comes to dinner at the Bennet’s alone and Mrs. Bennet gets everyone to leave so he and Jane can be alone, but Bingley does not propose, she tries it again the next day and he does; he begins to come to their house daily and Jane tells Elizabeth she wishes she could be this happy too and Lizzy says this is impossible. Lady Catherine visits Longbourn to try convincing Elizabeth not to marry Mr. Darcy, for he and her daughter are engaged; Elizabeth gets Lady Catherine to admit that they’re not actually engaged and says that she can’t make any promises. Elizabeth finds out that Mr.
Collins has written to congratulate the Bennets on Jane’s engagement and to say that Lady Catherine is not happy about Lizzy’s engagement to Mr. Darcy, but they’re not engaged. Mr. Darcy comes back from London and as soon as he is alone with Elizabeth he tells her that what he did for Lydia was all for her and declares his love for her once more then asks if she still does not like him to which she responds by telling him she loves him; in trying to convince him that Elizabeth would not be a good wife, Lady Catherine only persuaded him to believe that Elizabeth loves him.Elizabeth tells Jane about her engagement and tells her that she actually loves Darcy and she tells Jane how he contributed to Lydia’s marriage; on their walk together, Darcy and Lizzy decide how they will talk to her parents for the blessing and Elizabeth tells her father what Darcy did for Lydia; after Elizabeth talks to her mother, all she can talk about is how rich her daughter will be. Elizabeth is now more comfortable and flirty with Mr. Darcy and asks him what made him fall in love with her; Mr. Bennet also confirms both of his daughter’s engagements to Mr. Collins.Mrs. Bennet is still crazy and embarrassing, Mr. Bennet visits Lizzy at Pemberley quite frequently, Jane and her husband move closer to the Darcys, Kitty spends more time with her two older sisters and Mr. Bennet does not allow her to see Lydia, Mary just stays at home, Lydia writes to Elizabeth asking for money and Elizabeth tells her to stop asking, although her and Mr. Darcy do send money and help with her husband’s career; Lady Catherine and Miss Bingley forget that they disliked Lizzy and Jane, and the Gardiners still come around.