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Chapters 12, 13, and 14

Chapter 12

The next morning, Elizabeth writes to her mother, asking for a carriage to be sent for the two girls the following day. Mrs. Bennet, wanting them to stay for a full week, insists that she cannot spare the carriage before Tuesday. Finally, Bingley loans them a carriage for the ride. Mr. Darcy begins to realize that he likes he Lizzy more than he should, and barely says a word to her for the rest of her stay. After church on Sunday, the Bennets finally leave, and everyone is friendly and in good spirits as they depart. Mrs. Bennet is angry to see the girls home so soon, but Mr. Bennet welcomes them happily. The other Bennet daughters are just as the two eldest had left them, particularly Catherine and Lydia, who are full of information about the officers.

Chapter 13

The next day at breakfast, Mr. Bennet announces that the family will have a guest and his wife mistakenly thinks it will be Mr. Bingley. After much prodding from his excitable family, Mr. Bennet finally reveals that the guest is his cousin, Mr. Collins, who is set to inherit the house and his fortune upon Mr. Bennet's death. Mrs. Bennet is quickly inconsolable, decrying the fact that the house will be taken away from the Bennets' own children in favor of a distant relative. To try to console his family, Mr. Bennet reads aloud from a letter he received from Mr. Collins. The man says that he hopes to repair a rift that occurred between Mr. Bennet and his late father, particularly as he has just been ordained into the ministry and welcomes family ties. He explains that he lives by the patronage of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, a wealthy widow who pays for his parsonage and salary. The family finds his letter polite, but detect self-importance in his writing. Mr. Collins arrives when he says he will, and is very polite and formal with the family. The subject of the estate comes up, and Mr. Collins hints that he is there to court the Bennet girls. He is interrupted by the call to dinner, and the Bennet daughters are relieved. He admires the house and the meal, and inquires which of the daughters is to credit for the wonderful food. An offended Mrs. Bennet returns that they are able to have a cook and that her daughters do not cook. Mr. Collins spends the rest of the meal apologizing.

Chapter 14

After dinner, Mr. Bennet is finally able to talk with Mr. Collins and comments on the luck his cousin has in living under the patronage of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. To this, Mr. Collins sits up straighter and delivers his praise of the woman. Mr. Bennet asks about her family, and is told that the widow has only one daughter, a girl very well-off and of extensive property. Mr. Collins explains that the girl is beautiful but sickly, and therefore does not go into town or make herself known in society. He then proceeds to explain how he flatters Lady Catherine, and how he pays her the utmost attention. He even admits to practicing compliments, and further practicing so that they sound unrehearsed. Mr. Bennet is very amused by the peculiarity of his cousin, and laughs to himself. By tea-time, he is sick of Mr. Collins, and the entire family meets in the drawing room for tea as Mr. Collins reads. Lydia is too chatty, talking of frivolous matters, and Mr. Collins reprimands her. Only Jane and Lizzy apologize for their sister.

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Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Chapters 4, 5, and 6
Chapters 7 and 8
Chapters 9 ,10, and 11
Chapters 12, 13, and 14
Chapters 15 and 16
Chapters 17, 18, and 19
Chapters 20, 21, and 22
Chapters 23, 24, and 25
Chapters 26, 27, and 28
Chapters 29, 30, and 31
Chapters 32, 33, and 34
Chapter 35
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Chapters 39 and 40
Chapters 41 and 42
Chapters 43 and 44
Chapters 45 and 46
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Chapters 49 and 50
Chapters 51 and 52
Chapters 53, 54, and 55
Chapters 56 and 57
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