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Pride and Prejudice Chapter 7 Summary
- A militia unit arrives at Meryton for the winter. Meryton is a mile from Longbourn, where the Bennets reside.
- The two youngest Bennet girls, Catherine and Lydia, amuse themselves with the soldiers. Their father claims that their infatuation makes them the silliest girls in all of England.
- Let's put it this way: If the military was a rock band, Catherine and Lydia would be the groupies plotting ways to sneak into the band's trailer.
- Jane is invited to Netherfield to have lunch with Mr. Bingley's sisters, Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst.
- Mrs. Bennet schemes for Jane to go on horseback, rather than in the carriage, so that if it rains, she will have to stay all night.
- Jane gets so sick from getting wet in the rain that the Bingleys urge her to stay until she is better.
- Elizabeth is determined to help her sister. She walks three miles in the rain to Netherfield to take care of Jane.
- Everybody at Netherfield is surprised by Elizabeth's sudden arrival, and Mr. Darcy thinks to himself how pretty she looks after exercise.
- Jane is glad to see her, and Elizabeth begins to like Mr. Bingley's sisters when she sees how affectionate they are towards Jane.
- The Bingleys encourage Elizabeth to stay overnight so she can take care of her sister.