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Pride and Prejudice Chapters 31 - 45


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Lyvia Couseillant | 8 comments Ch.31-45

About a week after Darcy and Fitzwilliam arrive at Rosings, the residents of the parsonage are again invited to dinner. Lady Catherine focuses much of her attention on Darcy, while Colonel Fitzwilliam seems to have fallen for Elizabeth. Darcy soon joins them at the piano and it is not long before Elizabeth and Darcy become engaged in conversation about Darcy's reserved behavior among strangers. Darcy states that he simply isn't able to easily talk with people he doesn't know well. The next morning, Darcy finds Elizabeth alone. Their conversation begins in a stilted and awkward manner, but soon Elizabeth cannot resist questioning him about whether Bingley plans on returning to Netherfield. Charlotte comes home and Darcy soon leaves. Surprised by his presence, Charlotte wonders if Darcy is in love with Elizabeth and watches him as he visits.Elizabeth keeps running into Darcy during her walks in the park and is bothered when he continues to join her. One day, she meets Colonel Fitzwilliam as she's walking and they begin discussing Darcy's character. Feeling unfit to see Lady Catherine and especially wanting to avoid Darcy after hearing what he did to Jane's marriage, Elizabeth decides not to go to Rosings that night for dinner, telling Charlotte that she has a headache. After a few minutes of silence, Darcy shocks Elizabeth with a declaration of love for her and a proposal of marriage. Elizabeth in turn stuns Darcy by refusing his proposal, stating, "I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry." She belittles him for separating Jane and Bingley, for treating Wickham poorly, and for his arrogance and selfishness. He accepts these accusations without apology. However, he is shocked when she accuses him of not behaving like a gentleman and when Elizabeth finishes her accusation of him, Darcy angrily departs. Elizabeth cries for a half hour afterward and goes to her room when everyone returns home.As Elizabeth is walking the next morning, gives her a letter, and leaves her alone to read it. In the letter, his involvement in Jane and Bingley's breakup and his treatment of Wickham. Regarding Jane and Bingley, Darcy states that he believed that Jane did not love Bingley, and he consequently persuaded Bingley that it was so, as well. He admits that he wanted to save Bingley from an reckless marriage. As for Wickham, Darcy states that he is a pleasant but a man who is greedy and vengeful. Wickham squandered the money, tried to get more from Darcy, and when that failed, tried to elope with Darcy's sister. At first, Elizabeth refuses to believe the letter, but after rereading it and thinking back on the circumstances Darcy recounts, she soon realizes, that it is completely true. She is horrified and ashamed.Depressed, she finally returns to the parsonage, and learns that both Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam have left.


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