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Chapters 9 ,10, and 11

Chapter 9

In the morning, Lizzy sends a note to Longbourn urging her mother to come visit Jane, and the woman arrives with the two youngest Bennets in tow. Mrs. Bennet is relieved to find that Jane's illness is not life threatening, but will require her to stay at Mr. Bingley's house for several more days. Darcy says something that offends Mrs. Bennet, who contradicts him, stunning the group. Miss Bingley takes the opportunity to exchange a glance with Darcy at Lizzy's expense. Hoping to change the conversation, Lizzy asks her mother if Charlotte Lucas has visited Longbourn while she has been attending to Jane at Netherfield. Mrs. Bennet replies that both Charlotte and her father paid them a visit, and then praises Sir Lucas' good breeding, a barb aimed at Darcy. She then puts down Charlotte Lucas, calling her plain, and declares Jane's beauty. As the women prepare to leave, Lydia asks Bingley to hold a ball at Netherfield, and he says he will when Jane is better. They leave, and the women's ridicule begins.

Chapter 10

The next day, Jane begins to feel better, and after spending much of the day with her, Lizzy joins the rest of the group in the drawing room. Darcy is writing a letter to his sister, and Miss Bingley hangs on his every letter. Her repeated attempts to involve Darcy in conversation prove futile. A conversation starts on humility, and Darcy says that Bingley displays the appearance of humility, which he finds deceitful. The two men argue, mainly on subjects that simply reflect how different they are. Finally, Bingley somewhat insults Darcy, and Lizzy holds back a laugh for his sake. Darcy goes back to writing his letter. Lizzy notices that Darcy keeps staring at her, finally decides that he does it because he hates her. This does not bother her, as she does not like him either. Darcy then asks Lizzy to dance, and she playfully refuses. She expects him to be offended, but he is, instead, intrigued. Miss Bingley takes notice. The next day, while on a walk with Darcy, she ridicules his "mother-in-law" Mrs. Bennet and the two boy-crazy youngest Bennet girls. They come across Lizzy and Mrs. Hurst, the older Bingley sister, and Miss Bingley worries that she was overheard. Lizzy, meanwhile, is just happy to know that Jane is on the mend, and both Bennets will be going home soon.

Chapter 11

After dinner, Elizabeth brings Jane into the drawing room, and all four women have a wonderful time before the men arrive. As soon as Bingley and Darcy enter, Miss Bingley places all her attention on Darcy, but he is too preoccupied with tending to Jane to notice. All her conversation attempts again fail. Darcy, meanwhile, keeps looking at Elizabeth. He then starts a conversation about teasing and jokes - saying that folly is fine to laugh at, but one's weaknesses should not be ridiculed. Darcy admits some of his own faults - a bad temper, an inability to forgive and forget, and a tendency to be resentful. Elizabeth laughs and says that Darcy's failure is a tendency to hate everyone; he replies that hers is to misunderstand people. An annoyed Miss Bingley calls for a return of the music, and Darcy begins to wonder if he has paid Lizzy too much attention

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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
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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