Jane Gets Sick at Bingley's Estate and Elizabeth Goes to Visit
Mr.Collins and Mr.Wickham Make Their First Appearance
Mr.Collins sucessfully Proposes to Charlotte
Bingley Leaves For London
Elizabeth Visits Charlotte
Darcy Proposes to Elizabeth and Gets Rejected
Darcy Writes Letter to Elizabeth About Wickham
Lydia Runs Off With Wickham
Darcy Pays Wickham to Marry Lydia to Prevent Bennet Family Shame
Jane and Bingley Engage and Darcy and Elizabeth Engage
"Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England" (Austen 1).
When Mr.Bingley moves into town, Mrs.Bennet automatically tries to arrange an introduction between him and Mr.Bennet. Mrs.Bennet sees his arrival as an opportunity to get a wealthy spouse for one of her daughters.
" The girls grieved over such a number of ladies, but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing...And when the party entered the assembly room it consisted of only five altogether" (Austen 5 ).
The Bennet daughters and Mr.Bingley's guests attend the Meryton ball together; this is where they first meet. This is where Darcy gets his first impression of Elizabeth, saying she is not pretty enough for him.
When Jane gets a letter to visit Netherfield Park her mother decides to send her on horse so Jane will get sick due to the poor weather. When Elizabeth goes to visit her, the Bingley sisters make fun of Bennet family.
"My dearest Lizzy,
I find myself very unwell this morning, which , I suppose, is to be imputed to my wet through yesterday. My kind friends will not hear of my returning till I am better." (Austen 22).
When the daughters return from Netherfield Mr. Bennet informs them of a visit from Mr.Collins, the inheritor of their property. This is the first time the readers learn of who Mr.Collins truly is: a clergyman. Later Mr,Denny, Lydia's officer friend, introduces the family to Mr.Wickham.
" 'At four o'clock, there fore, we may expect this peace-making gentlemen,' said Mr. Bennet, as he folded up the letter." (Austen 1).
Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth Bennet's best friend, marries Mr.Collins as a means of feeling financially secure and stable. Charlotte then explains her views on happiness and the benefits of marriage; her ideals are brought to the reader's attention at this point.
" 'Engaged to Mr.Collins! my dear Charlotte-- impossible!' " (Austen 1).
"The whole party have left Netherfield by this time, and are on their way to town- and without any intention of coming back again." (Austen 1).
"March was to take Elizabeth to Hunsford. Absence had increased her desire of seeing Charlotte again, and weakened her disgust of Mr. Collins. (Austen 112).
" 'In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.' " (Austen 140).
" '...by the apprehension of it containing any repetition of those sentiments or renewal of those offers which were last night so disgusting to you.' "(Austen 145).
" 'I have seen them both. They are not married, nor can I find there was any intention of being so...assure to your daughter her equal share.' " (Austen 221).
" ' Mr. Darcy called, and was shut up with him several hours... the motive professed, was his conviction of its being owing to himself that Wickham's worthlessness." (Austen 235).
" 'My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.' " (Austen 267)
"Darcy was delighted with their engagement..." (Austen 270).
Mr.Bingley leaves Netherfield after the ball to take care of some business in London. Bingley's sisters join him in London as a way of detaching him from Jane; this causes Jane a lot of grief.
In March, Elizabeth goes with Sir William Lucas to visit Charlotte. That night, they spend the night in London with Jane. When they get to Charlottes, they have dinner that night; Elizabeth is criticized all dinner long.
Elizabeth runs into Darcy and he abruptly confesses his love for her. He then delivers a proposal that is filled with remarks about her social inferiority. Angrily, she declines the proposal.
Elizabeth encounters Darcy again, but this time he quickly gives her a letter and leaves. In the letter, Darcy details his reasoning for wanting to split Jane and Bingley as well as the truth about Wickham.
When Elizabeth returns to the inn, she finds two letters from Jane. The first letter reveals that Lydia has eloped with Wickham and that nobody has heard from the couple since. Initially, Elizabeth is worried because she is scared that the entire family's reputation will be ruined.
As a way of displaying his love for Elizabeth, Darcy tracks down Lydia and Wickham , so he can pay for their wedding expenses. He does this so Wickham will not leave Lydia and cause family shame.
After dinner Bingley tells Jane that he will request for her hand in marriage. Bingley then goes and asks, and Mr.Bennet accepts. Elizabeth becomes afraid that Darcy will not propose again, but he does.