Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Jones, the doctor, examine Jane in the morning. Although she is not in real danger, both agree it is best if she remain at Netherfield for the time being.
Mrs. Bennet is delighted that her daughter has to stay there for a while longer.
Everyone congregates in the breakfast parlour, and Mr. Bingley discovers that Elizabeth studies people to discern their characters. They talk about how complex people are the most interesting to study.
Mr. Darcy remarks that complex people must be difficult to find in the country and Mrs. Bennet takes offense.
Elizabeth tries to save her mother from her own foolish talk, but Mrs. Bennet inevitably reveals her social climbing tendencies at the same time that she tries to ingratiate herself with the Bingleys.
Next, Mrs. Bennet makes a fool of herself by going on and on about Jane's beauty.
When the Bennets leave to go to Jane's room, the Bingley women start to gossip about them, but Mr. Darcy refuses to disparage Elizabeth.