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Summary Chapter 43

 

Elizabeth's heart flutters as they approach Pemberley. The woods are beautiful. She admires how the stately house stands in harmony with nature. She begins to think it would be wonderful to be the mistress of Pemberley.

The inside of the house is useful but elegant. Elizabeth almost regrets her refusal but reminds herself she would have been lost to her family.

Elizabeth is glad their visit will be brief, for Mr. Darcy will return with his friends the next day.

The housekeeper Mrs. Reynolds proudly talks about Mr. Darcy and Miss Darcy. Elizabeth is surprised by her account of him, for Elizabeth’s concept has always been that he wasn’t’ a good-tempered person. She is hungry to hear more details and is glad that her uncle questions the housekeeper.

The Gardiners are not convinced that Mr. Darcy’s disposition is as good as the housekeeper makes out. They believe Wickham’s version of events.

Elizabeth’s opinion is influenced by Mrs. Reynold’s account, whom she believes is an intelligent woman.

While touring the garden, they run into Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth gives an embarrassed greeting. He is much different in manner, much nicer and approachable. Elizabeth regrets coming. She worries he’ll think she is there to capture him. She is too distracted to notice the beauty of the woods. Her thoughts are on him.

Mr. Darcy meets up with them on the trail. Elizabeth is too embarrassed to speak. She is glad that he meets members of her family she doesn’t have to be ashamed of. Elizabeth wonders at how different Mr. Darcy is.

Elizabeth mentions he hadn't been expected home until the next day, which Mr. Darcy confirms. He tells Elizabeth that his sister wishes to see her again. Mr. Bingley and his sisters will also be there.

The Gardiner’s opinion of Mr. Darcy improves. However, Mrs. Gardiner still thinks the servant exaggerated in her description of her master. Elizabeth, to defend Mr. Darcy, tells what she knows about Wickham.

Jane Austen