Sir William Lucas announces Charlotte's engagement.
Mrs. Bennet is incensed. It takes her many months to forgive and cease being rude to the Lucases.
Lady Lucas finds it irresistible to gloat, however, and she starts calling on the Bennets more frequently to talk about how happy she is to have her daughter settled.
Day after day passes without hearing from Mr. Bingley. The girls, especially Jane, grow more uncomfortable about it. The only news they hear is that he will not be returning to Netherfield that winter.
Mrs. Bennet resents Charlotte, imagining that she plans to kick Mrs. Bennet and the girls out of the house as soon as Mr. Bennet dies. She claims she would not mind the match at all if it weren't for the "entail," by which she means the fact that the house will go to Mr. Collins and his wife upon Mr. Bennet's death.