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Chapters 43 and 44

Chapter 43

Elizabeth is excited as they pull into Pemberley Woods. The grounds are large and beautiful, and when they finally reach the house, she is stunned. It is very large, and one of the most beautiful homes she has ever seen. An elderly maid, Mrs. Reynolds, ushers them through several of the gorgeous rooms, elegantly but tastefully decorated. Lizzy silently remembers that she had the chance to be mistress of this fine home, and wonders what it would be like to invite family to the estate and take pride in the house as her own. She then quickly remembers that her family would not be welcome there, and dismisses any regret. The housekeeper reveals that Darcy is set to return the next day with a group of friends, and Lizzy rejoices in their lucky timing. Mrs. Gardiner inquires about a picture of Wickham that is hanging with those of the family, and the housekeeper explains that the Darcys had brought him up, but that he has joined the military and gone a little wild. Darcy, however, was a sweet boy, and has grown into a wonderful man, just like his father. They come upon a very realistic portrait of Darcy, and Lizzy realizes that she looks at the man in a much better light now than she ever has before. They walk outside, and as they cross the lawn to the river, Darcy appears. His eyes meet Lizzy's, and both are stunned and embarrassed. Darcy recovers, however, and gives his attention to Lizzy, asking about her family. She is entirely embarrassed for having been caught at his house, and their brief conversation is noticeably uncomfortable. He, also, seems uneasy. Lizzy wonders why he treats her so kindly, a complete contrast to their last meeting at Rosings Park. He leaves them to enter the house, and Mrs. Reynolds continues their tour of the grounds. Darcy soon joins them. She formally introduces her relatives to him, and finds it ironic that these very people are some of those who formed the basis for his objection to her. Darcy does appear a bit surprised to hear that the elegant pair is related to the Bennets, and Lizzy is glad to have some family that is not embarrassing. She notes that Darcy seems completely changed, and is now a much nicer person. On the way back to the house, Darcy says that Bingley and his sisters are set to arrive the next day. He surprises Lizzy by announcing that his sister would very much like to meet her, and asks Lizzy to return to Pemberley to make her acquaintance. As soon as they leave, her aunt and uncle begin their praises of Darcy. Lizzy admits that she has never seen him so friendly. Mrs. Gardiner brings up Wickham, piecing together both Mrs. Reynolds' take on the man, and the inability for a man as nice as Darcy to treat someone in the manner of which he is accused. I have no idea what the previous sentence is trying to say! Lizzy attempts to defend Darcy without revealing too much on the subject, and Mrs. Gardiner seems to believe her.

Chapter 44

The very next day, the Darcys come to the inn, and Lizzy's aunt and uncle are delighted to find out why they are paying them a visit. They start to believe that Darcy is falling in love with their niece. Miss Darcy turns out not to be the proud girl Wickham had made her out to be, just very shy. Though only sixteen, she is taller than Elizabeth, and both beautiful and womanly. Lizzy instantly likes the girl. Bingley arrives a few minutes later. Darcy, Bingley, and Georgiana all thoroughly enjoy themselves in Lizzy's presence. Darcy is as agreeable as he had been the day before, and as the group gets up to leave, he invites Lizzy and the Gardiners to dinner at Pemberley. The visit will be in two days. Bingley tells Lizzy that he cannot wait to see her again, as he has a lot to talk to her about, and many questions to ask. Lizzy assumes these questions are about Jane. The Gardiners, meanwhile, realize it is obvious that Darcy is in love with Elizabeth. They decide that they fully believe in the admiration of his housekeeper, and deem him a very good man. They have also found out that Wickham is not well thought of in the area, as he left many outstanding debts in Derbyshire, which Darcy had to take care of. Lizzy cannot sleep that night, her thoughts consumed by Darcy. Her view of him has clearly been changed by his letter, discovery of the truth behind his actions, and the praise bestowed upon him by his housekeeper. What impresses her the most, however, is his affection for her, and his maintenance of that affection even after her cruel refusal. He has gone beyond being pleasant to seeking the acceptance of her friends, and to introducing her to his sister. She attributes his actions to love. She and Mrs. Gardiner decide to return Miss Darcy's kindness by calling on her the next morning, and Lizzy is excited. After breakfast, Mr. Gardiner leaves for Pemberley, to fish with Bingley and Darcy.

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