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Chapter 60

Elizabeth, now safe in her decision, wants to hear how Darcy fell in love with her. Darcy admits that he cannot pinpoint a beginning to his affection - that he was in the middle of falling for her before he even realized it was happening. He says that he admired her lively mind, and Lizzy suggests that he likes her because she is so different from other women. Next, Lizzy wants to know why Darcy had been so shy when he returned to Longbourn. He responds that he was reserved because she offered him no encouragement. She wonders if he would have declared his love had she not thanked him for his kindness to Lydia, and he insists that he knew he would ask her again after hearing Lady Catherine's account of their disagreement. He also says that he had come back to Netherfield with the sheer purpose of seeing Lizzy, and determining what her feelings for him were. The two then write letters to their respective aunts; Darcy confirms Lady Catherine's greatest fear, while Lizzy cheerfully responds to Mrs. Gardiner's lengthy note. She invites her aunt to Pemberley for Christmas, and declares herself immensely happy. Mr. Darcy writes a very different letter to his aunt, as does Mr. Bennet, who returns Mr. Collins' letter. Miss Bingley sends congratulations to her brother and Jane, and while she is not foolish enough to think her greetings sincere, Jane is pleased. Miss Darcy's reaction is almost completely opposite of Miss Bingley's; she is delighted to hear of her brother 's upcoming marriage. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Mr. Collins arrive at Lucas Lodge, anxious to get away from Lady Catherine for a while, who has been infuriated by witnessing Charlotte's delight at hearing of Lizzy's engagement. Lizzy is happy enough to see Charlotte to endure her husband, and also puts up with her vulgar aunt, Mrs. Philips. The situation only makes Lizzy long to get Darcy alone, and she looks forward to the quiet days they will spend together at Pemberley.

Chapter 61

Jane and Lizzy marry on the same day, one of the happiest of Mrs. Bennet's life. Afterwards, Mr. Bennet misses his second daughter profusely, and visits Pemberley a bit more than he should. The Bingleys stay at Netherfield for only a year, before the close proximity to Jane's mother and the Philipses is too much to bear. They buy an estate near Derbyshire, and Jane and Lizzy are overjoyed to be so close to each other. Kitty spends most of her time with her eldest sisters, and with their help, becomes a much more refined lady. Without Lydia to corrupt her, she thrives, and Mr. Bennet does not allow her to visit Mrs. Wickham, no matter how many offers are given. Without her sisters around for constant comparison, she adjusts to her new surroundings nicely. Wickham and Lydia remain unchanged by the marriages, and in her congratulatory letter, Lydia suggests that Lizzy should provide for her youngest sister and her husband, but asks that she not tell her husband of the request. Frequently, Lizzy and Jane do have to bail the Wickhams out. Eventually, Wickham and Lydia lose their affection for each other. Darcy continues to support Wickham in his profession, and allows Lydia to visit Pemberley. Both Wickhams visit the Bingleys, but so overstay their welcome that Bingley has to tell them to go home. Miss Bingley had been shocked by the Darcys' marriage, but remains civil to them in order to retain the privilege of visiting Pemberley. Georgiana settles at Pemberley, and she and Lizzy grow very close, which makes Darcy immeasurably happy. Lady Catherine despises her nephew's decision, and sends him a letter so rude that they do not speak for a long time. Eventually, Lizzy persuades her husband to forgive his aunt, and she calls on them at Pemberley, despite her feelings that it has been dirtied by Lizzy and her relatives. The Darcys and the Gardiners remain intimate friends, and never forget the luck that brought them all together in Derbyshire.

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Historical Context
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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
Chapters 36, 37, and 38
Chapters 39 and 40
Chapters 41 and 42
Chapters 43 and 44
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Chapters 49 and 50
Chapters 51 and 52
Chapters 53, 54, and 55
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Chapters 58 and 59
Chapters 60 and 61



 






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