Mr. Bennet, Mrs. Bennet, and Mr. Collins discuss his luck at having Lady Catherine as his patroness. He lives on her property, separated from her residence by a small path. She is a widow with extensive property and only one daughter.
Mr. Bennet judges his cousin, Mr. Collins, as completely absurd, which pleases him because he enjoys listening to the man prattle on and make a fool of himself.
After dinner Mr. Collins reads to the girls from a book of serious sermons (Fordyce's Sermons) and Lydia, the youngest of the Bennet girls, offends him by not paying sufficient attention to it.