Elizabeth’s fears for her sister’s health are calmed, and she is able to take delight in the new sites of her journey.
When they arrive at the parsonage, Mr. Collins and Charlotte greet them. Mr. Collins is civil to Elizabeth and inquires about her family. Charlotte is genuinely glad to see her.
Mr. Collins does seem to be trying to impress Elizabeth so that she has a concept of what she lost by refusing his proposal. Though the house is nice, Elizabeth has no regrets and wonders how Charlotte can seem so happy. Charlotte may sometimes blush when her husband makes one of his frequent asinine comments, but she acts like she doesn’t hear.
Afterwards, they walk in the garden—which Mr. Collins tends himself. However, the beauty of his garden is overshadowed by his neighbor’s.
Mr. Collins and Sir William continue their walk while the ladies return to the house. Charlotte seems to enjoy it when her husband is absent. It seems she is able to forget him most of the time.
Mr. Collins tells Elizabeth she’ll have the honor of meeting Lady Catherine on Sunday. She’ll be fortunate if the woman condescends to notice her. No doubt she’ll include them in the invitations she extends to the Collinses. Mr. Collins and his wife dine twice a week with the great lady, and she is always thoughtful enough to let them ride home in one of her carriages.
The next day, a great commotion is heard downstairs. Maria calls Elizabeth down to see Mrs. Jenkinson, a lady who lives with the de Bourghs and Miss de Bourgh. Elizabeth thinks they are rude to keep Charlotte outside. Maria says that the girl rarely does come in, but it is considered an honor when she visits. She comments on how thin and small the younger girl is. Elizabeth is thinking she’ll make a fine wife for Mr. Bingley, considering how cross she is.
Charlotte, when she comes back inside, explains they have been invited to dine at Rosings tomorrow.