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Chapters 32, 33, and 34

Chapter 32

Elizabeth is alone in the house the next morning, and is startled by a visit from Darcy. Lizzy decides to bring up Bingley, and offers how interesting the party's quick departure had been from Netherfield. Darcy says that Bingley will not likely return, will rent it to new tenants if the situation presents itself. Darcy then draws his chair closer to Lizzy and asks her a question to which she does not respond. Feeling awkward, he draws his chair back, picks up a newspaper, and resumes the conversation rather coldly. Charlotte and her sister soon return, and Darcy leaves. Charlotte excitedly surmises that he must be in love with Lizzy, but after evaluating the conversation, they determine that he must have stopped by only out of boredom. Mrs. Collins determines to figure him out. She often suggests to Lizzy that he might be in love with her, but Lizzy only laughs. Secretly, Charlotte wishes that Elizabeth will marry Colonel Fitzwilliam, who is kind, wealthy, and certainly fond of her.

Chapter 33

Elizabeth often runs into Darcy while on her walks in the park. To prevent future encounters, she says that the area is a favorite of hers, hoping that he will avoid it to avoid seeing her. She continues to run into him there, however. Each time, he insists on walking back with her, and asking odd questions, that she might stay at Rosings in the future. Lizzy wonders if he believes Colonel Fitzwilliam will ask for her hand. A few days later, she sets out on her walk and is surprised when Colonel Fitzwilliam appears. They walk together, and Lizzy asks if he is set to leave on Saturday as she has heard. Fitzwilliam answers that he is, unless Darcy postpones the trip again. He then talks about his life of "self-denial and dependence," the result of being a younger son without inheritance. Fitzwilliam continues, stating that a younger son with money cannot marry as he chooses, but must attach himself to a woman of fortune. Lizzy realizes that this remark is meant to tell her that he could never marry her, for she has little money to offer. Conversation then continues with talk of Miss Darcy, who is under the guardianship of both her brother and Colonel Fitzwilliam. Lizzy asks if she has given them any trouble, and in his quick response, she is certain that the girl has caused them worry. Conversation then turns to Bingley, and Fitzwilliam recounts that Darcy has recently saved Bingley from "a most imprudent marriage," and that all of Bingley's friends and family had held strong objections against the lady. Lizzy silently fumes with indignation. Once back at the parsonage, Lizzy mind reels. She has always thought that Darcy was involved in changing Bingley's mind, but thought the plan to be masterminded by Miss Bingley. Knowing now that he is the cause for Jane's suffering thoroughly infuriates her, particularly as it is not Jane's personality that is so offensive, but her family's meager financial status and low connections. Angry, crying, and not feeling well, she does not join the rest of the party to call at Rosings.

Chapter 34

Once they leave, she takes out all of Jane's letters, and looks over them again. Her sister's words quietly reveal her pain, and Lizzy only gets angrier with Darcy. She is startled by the doorbell, and is astonished to see Mr. Darcy. He asks about her health, and she gives a cold answer. After a few minutes of silence, Darcy blurts out that he cannot hide his feelings anymore. He is in love with her. Elizabeth is astonished and cannot utter a word, so he continues, noting that her inferiority is a problem, but that it cannot sway his feelings. Despite her distaste for the man, she is flattered by his affection and feels bad knowing she is certain to refuse him. He finishes his speech by describing his attempts to rid himself of feelings for such an inferior woman, but that he has been unsuccessful in his efforts. He then asks for her hand, certain that she will accept. Lizzy furiously replies that she has never sought his love, or even his like, and that he has given it entirely unwillingly. She says there is no hope of their match after such a speech. Darcy is angered and initially stunned silent, then demands to know why she so rudely rejects him. Elizabeth, in turn, asks how he could think she would accept after he insults and offends her, and admits that he fell in love with her against his will and against all reason. She continues by saying that nothing could even tempt her of falling for the man who has permanently ruined her sister's happiness. Scarcely without pause, she says that she has every reason in the world to dislike him. Darcy admits that he separated Bingley from the woman he loves, and hints that he should have done the same for himself. Lizzy then brings up Mr. Wickham, and says that she has long known of Darcy's horrible character. Darcy angers at the mere mention of Wickham's name, and explodes after Lizzy enumerates his many offenses against the man. Darcy suggests that Lizzy would not so readily believe Wickham if it were not for her own pride, so acutely hurt by Darcy's concerns about the obvious familial connections that make her a bad prospect. Darcy says he will not disguise his feelings, and that he could not rejoice in her low connections, then thoroughly insults her family and calls them "beneath" him. Lizzy only angers more, and gets even more rude with Darcy. She finishes by saying he could have offered no proposal that she would have accepted, and that her distaste for him has grown bit by bit from the very day they met. Because he is selfish and disdainful, he is "the last man in the world" she would ever marry. Darcy then leaves, saying he is sorry for bothering her and ashamed of any feelings he held for her. Lizzy, weakened and stunned, cries for half an hour. She replays the entire conversation, and while still a little flattered by his affection, she cannot believe he would think she could accept such an offer.

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