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Summary Chapter 30

Sir William is satisfied that his daughter is well-settled and in prestigious company during his weeklong visit. Mr. Collins entertains him, but at his departure the household returns to normal.

Mr. Collins does not demand much attention, dividing his time between his garden and private book room. Charlotte spends her time in a back room which is less comfortable but discourages too many visits from her husband.

Mr. Collins’ room has a view of the road that allows him to see what carriages passed by. Though it was a daily occurrence, he always remarked whenever he saw Miss de Bourgh’s carriage. She’d often stop to speak to Charlotte but almost never came inside.

Mr. Collins often visited Rosings without Charlotte. When Lady Catherine visited them, she observed their work and gave advice. She was very active in settling disputes within her own community. They dine at Rosings twice a week.

Elizabeth finds her stay pleasant. She gets to spend time with Charlotte, and the weather encourages long walks.

Mr. Darcy is going to be coming for a visit. Miss de Bourgh admires him and seems jealous that Charlotte and Elizabeth had spent some time with him.

Mr. Collins sees Mr. Darcy’s arrival and pays his respects the next day. Colonel Fitzwilliam, the younger son of Mr. Darcy’s uncle, arrives with Mr. Darcy. Both Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam accompany Mr. Collins back to the patronage. Charlotte believes this visit is due to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth asks Mr. Darcy if he had seen Jane in London, knowing full well he hadn’t. He seems genuinely puzzles and answers no.

Jane Austen