Elizabeth expects her appearance at Pemberley to be unwelcomed to Miss Bingley, who is jealous of her.
Georgiana greets them. Though civil, she is obviously fearful of doing something wrong—which some could misconstrue as being proud. Mrs. Hurst and Miss Bingley acknowledge them, but it is obviously an awkward moment. Mrs. Annesley, the woman who is in charge of Georgiana, initiates the conversation.
Miss Bingley watches Elizabeth closely. Elizabeth is trying to figure out whether she is looking forward to seeing Mr. Darcy or dreading his appearance.
Mrs. Annesley reminds Miss Darcy to ask for food to be brought in, and soon everyone is focused on eating.
Mr. Darcy enters, and Elizabeth decides she regrets his entrance. He had been with Mr. Gardiner. Elizabeth vows to be at ease, but this is difficult to accomplish when every eye is on her. Miss Darcy attempts to converse with Elizabeth more.
Miss Bingley takes the opportunity to ask how well her family is holding up with the loss of the militia. Elizabeth realizes she is referring to Wickham. Miss Bingley is ignorant of the incident that occurred with Georgiana and doesn’t realize the pain she is causing. Elizabeth answers the question neutrally. Miss Bingley, failing to rattle Elizabeth and bring down Mr. Darcy’s opinion of her, lets the matter drop. Georgiana doesn’t speak for the rest of the night.
Miss Bingley makes snide remarks to Miss Darcy about Elizabeth after she leaves. Miss Darcy trusts her brother’s judgment. Miss Bingley then tells Mr. Darcy that Elizabeth looks ill and coarse. She is too dark. She didn’t recognize her. Mr. Darcy claims she is merely tanned from traveling during the summer.
Miss Bingley claims she never thought Elizabeth was that beautiful. She thinks she is too shrewish. She reminds Mr. Darcy that he used to agree with her, though he seemed to change his mind later. Mr. Darcy agrees. He now considers Elizabeth very handsome.
Mrs. Gardiner and Elizabeth discuss everything but Mr. Darcy. Elizabeth would like to venture the topic, and Mrs. Gardiner would also like to discuss it—but neither wants to be the first to bring it up.