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Chapters 26, 27, and 28

Chapter 26

Later, Mrs. Gardiner tells her niece of her doubts of Mr. Wickham. Elizabeth promises to heed her warning. Despite her interest in the man, she will do her best to limit her time with him.
After Jane leaves with the Gardiners, Charlotte travels to Hunsford to wed Mr. Collins. She and Lizzy continue to keep in touch, but Lizzy realizes they no longer share the intimacy they once did. A few letters also arrive from Jane, saying that they have arrived safely in London but that she has not heard from the Bingleys. She hopes to call on Caroline Bingley the next day. After her visit, she writes Lizzy describing the affair. She says that the Bingleys never received her first letter announcing her visit to London, and that Miss Darcy was set to dine with the sisters that evening. Jane's visit had been cut short because the Bingley sisters were going out, but she concludes the letter by saying that she expects them to call on her soon. For four weeks, however, she hears nothing from them. Finally, Miss Bingley visits, and Jane writes again to Lizzy. She tells her sister that it appears she had been right about the Bingley women. Caroline had been very unpleasant during her visit, and had told Jane that Mr. Bingley knew she was in town, but was too busy with Miss Darcy to see her. Jane is now convinced that Bingley has no affection for her. Lizzy feels badly for her sister, but is somewhat glad that at least Jane will not have to be fooled by the Bingleys anymore. She secretly hopes that Mr. Bingley will marry Miss Darcy soon, and forever regret his connection to the woman Wickham described as proud and unpleasant. Mrs. Gardiner sends word to ask Lizzy about Wickham, and Lizzy reports that he has found affection for someone else, a woman of sizable fortune. Elizabeth admits that she does not really care. She tells her aunt that she is convinced she has never been in love, for the thought of Wickham and his new love, Miss King, hardly bothers her. Her youngest sisters are more concerned with Wickham's change of heart than she is. Lizzy writes that they are too young and inexperienced in matters of the world, and do not yet understand that money greatly influences the affections of all young men.

Chapter 27

A few months later, Lizzy travels to Hunsford to visit Charlotte and Mr. Collins. She travels with Sir William Lucas and the second Lucas daughter, Maria, and they spend a night in London along the way. They reach the Gardiners' house before noon, and Jane greets Lizzy with excitement. Later, Lizzy steals a moment with her aunt, and is saddened to find out that Jane has been upset about the Bingley affair. Mrs. Gardiner says that Jane has completely given up on the man, and asks if Lizzy has done the same with Wickham. Lizzy assures her aunt that she has, and explains that Wickham is now after Miss King, a woman with a bit of a fortune. Lizzy wonders how people can live in such a manner - Wickham so blatantly out for money, and Miss King for not recognizing, or not caring about, his motives. Later, Lizzy's aunt and uncle invite her to join them on a vacation that summer, and she accepts excitedly.

Chapter 28

As they leave the next morning, Lizzy is in high spirits, happy that Jane is well and excited for the upcoming summer's journey. At last they arrive at the parsonage, and are greeted by an exuberant Charlotte and a very formal Mr. Collins. The group goes on a tour of the Collinses' garden, and every tree, path, and shrub is described in great detail by Mr. Collins. Later, at dinner, Mr. Collins reveals that Lady Catherine is away, but will return for church next Sunday. He then babbles on about how much his guests will like her, how she is certain to include them in invitations to dine at Rosings while they are visiting, and how Lady Catherine has taken to his new wife, Charlotte. The next day, Miss de Bourgh and Mrs. Jenkinson, a woman who lives with the de Bourghs at Rosings, unexpectedly drop in at the parsonage. Lizzy inspects Miss de Bourgh, and upon finding her pale, sickly, and looking entirely unpleasant, she has to laugh, picturing her with Mr. Darcy. She notes that Miss de Bourgh will make him an excellent wife. At last, the ladies leave, and Mr. Collins and Charlotte enter the house with the news that they are all to dine at Rosings Cottage the next day.

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