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Chapters 29, 30, and 31

Chapter 29

Mr. Collins cannot be more pleased - he longs to show off his patroness and the degree of affection she has for he and his wife. The entire rest of the day and next morning are spent talking of nothing else. As everyone gets ready for the outing, Mr. Collins runs from room to room, telling everyone to hurry, and frightening Maria, who does not have much experience in such matters. The group eventually walks over together, while Mr. Collins discusses what various things in Lady Catherine's house had cost. Once inside Rosings, the group is led into the room where Lady Catherine, her daughter, and Mrs. Jenkinson. Lady Catherine rises to meet them, but in a manner of condescension. Lizzy sizes up her hostesses, and cannot help but confirm Wickham's assessment of her. She then moves on to Miss de Bourgh, who is pale, sickly, and quiet. Dinner is served on beautiful plates, and by numerous servants, and everything is excessively admired by both Mr. Collins and Sir William. After dinner, the ladies move to the drawing room, where there is nothing to do but listen to Lady Catherine, who leaves not a second empty for anyone to speak. Most of the conversation consists of Lady Catherine's advice to Charlotte - on her marriage, her animals, and her home. Finding Lizzy attractive and well-mannered, she asks several inappropriate questions about her family. Lady Catherine is shocked to find out that they are not as accomplished, educated, or refined as she thinks women should be. Then she wants to know how old Lizzy is, and is not pleased that Lizzy, at first, will not answer. After Lizzy surmises that she is the first person to have stood up to Lady de Bourgh, and finally admits that she is only twenty. On the ride home, Mr. Collins wants to hear what Lizzy thinks of Rosings and Lady Catherine, and for Charlotte's sake, she has nothing but praise.

Chapter 30

Sir William leaves after a week, but Elizabeth stays. She and Charlotte spend most of their time in the drawing room at the back of the house, and Lizzy at first cannot understand why. She soon, realizes, however, that this arrangement keeps Charlotte away from her husband for most of the day, and sees it as a good plan. Mr. Collins and his wife call on Lady Catherine nearly every day, and every once in a while, she returns their visit, spending the entire time criticizing their home and lifestyle. The entire group dines at Rosings about twice a week, and every visit is nearly the same as the first. Lizzy enjoys her time with Charlotte, and takes quiet walks alone in the garden, favoring an area bordering Lady Catherine's estate. After a few weeks, Elizabeth hears that Mr. Darcy will be visiting his aunt for Easter. She is also anxious to see him interact with his aunt and her daughter, his intended wife. Darcy is joined by his cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam, and both men immediately pay a visit to the parsonage. Charlotte asks Lizzy to be nice, hinting that Mr. Darcy would not have walked over had it not been for Lizzy's presence. Colonel Fitzwilliam is friendly and well mannered; Darcy is exactly as Lizzy remembers him.

Chapter 31

A full week passes before the Collinses and Lizzy are invited back to Rosings Cottage. They accept the invitation, and find Lady Catherine entirely caught up in her nephews, particularly Darcy. Colonel Fitzwilliam, meanwhile, has developed an affection for Lizzy. He seats himself next to each her, and they so enjoy each other's company that they draw the attention of both Lady Catherine and Mr. Darcy.
After coffee, Colonel Fitzwilliam asks Lizzy to play the piano, which she does. Darcy leaves his aunt's side to stand by the piano and listen, and they openly flirt. Lizzy talks of Darcy's reserve during their first few meetings, and Darcy argues that he is not good with conversation. Lizzy compares his problems to hers on the piano, and suggests that both could be remedied with practice. Darcy agrees with a smile. Lady Catherine interrupts, and wants to know what they are talking about, so Lizzy goes back to playing the piano. Lady Catherine takes Darcy aside, and tries to talk up her own daughter at Lizzy's expense. Darcy has no reaction, and Lizzy remains at the piano until a carriage is sent for to take her back to the parsonage.

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