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Summary Chapter 31

Colonel Fitzwilliam is much admired. However, an invitation to Rosings doesn’t come until Easter, as Lady Catherine is busy with her guests. Miss de Bourgh also doesn’t drop in at the parsonage. Colonel Fitzwilliam has called, but Mr. Darcy is only seen at church.

Lady Catherine is civil when they finally come to Rosings, but she focuses on her nephews. Colonel Fitzwilliam is attracted to Elizabeth and is glad for a diversion at Rosings. They have an animated discussion and attract the curiosity of both Lady Catherine and Mr. Darcy.

When Lady Catherine hears they are speaking about music, she claims she truly appreciates it and has exquisite taste. She would have been good at playing had she have learned, and so would have Anne if her health had been better. She is pleased that Miss Darcy practices a great deal. She claims Elizabeth will never play well if she doesn’t practice, and she has invited Charlotte to use Mrs. Jenkinson’s pianoforte. Mr. Darcy looks embarrassed by his aunt.

Elizabeth plays the piano at Colonel Fitzwilliam’s request. Mr. Darcy moves toward her. She tells him she won’t be intimidated. He says that is not his intention, and he enjoys hearing her opinions that are not really her own. Elizabeth good-humoredly reproaches him for revealing her true personality in a part of the world that she was hoping to pass herself off well in. Plus, he is begging for her to retaliate with a shocking response.

Colonel Fitzwilliam begs to hear her account of Mr. Darcy. She says at his first ball, Mr. Darcy only danced four dances despite plenty of willing partners. Mr. Darcy replies he only dances with people he knows. She chides him for not introducing himself, but he replies he isn’t good at it. Colonel Fitzwilliam says he doesn’t try, and Mr. Darcy reiterates that he doesn’t have the talent for it.

Elizabeth claims she doesn’t have the talent for pianoforte because she doesn’t practice, but she believes her fingers are just as capable as someone else’s.

Lady Catherine again wants to know what they are discussing. She admits that Elizabeth has good fingering, but she lacks practice and education. Anne would have been superior if her health had allowed it. Mr. Darcy doesn’t show himself to be in love with Anne. Elizabeth puts up with Lady Catherine’s instruction and remarks until it is time to leave.

Jane Austen