Pride and Prejudice
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- We like to call this chapter "Elizabeth Realizes Her Idiocy."
- When Elizabeth first reads Darcy's letter, she's still mad.
- But then she goes for a long walk and reads it again (and again), realizing that Mr. Darcy might actually be completely blameless.
- She tries to excuse Wickham by thinking about his good qualities, but, oops: he doesn't actually have any.
- In fact, it was really inappropriate for Wickham to have brought up Mr. Darcy in the first place.
- Plus, he waited until the Netherfield contingent had left before he started spreading his anti-Darcy story around.
- Hmm. It's not looking good for Wickham.
- Plus, Mr. Darcy might be kind of a jerk, but he's not actually immoral.
- Cue another character transformation. Lizzy is suddenly ashamed of herself: she's been prejudiced against Darcy.
- She even admits that Jane didn't act much like she loved Bingley.
- There's still the little matter of him thinking her family is disgusting—but, um, he's actually right about that.
- When she returns to the house, Elizabeth discovers that Mr. Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam had dropped by to say good-bye (they're heading out of town), and now they're gone.