The girls meet their youngest sisters, Kitty and Lydia, near the inn where they were to meet the Bennet carriage.
They eat together, while Lydia tells the latest news about Wickham: Mary King, the girl he was courting, has gone to stay with her uncle in Liverpool. So, Lydia says, Wickham is safe – and, Elizabeth thinks, Mary King is the safe one.
Lydia entertains them all the way home with stories. Elizabeth notices how often the young girl mentions Wickham's name.
At home, Lydia wants to go to Meryton, but Elizabeth says no. She does not want the town to talk about how the Bennet girls are barely home before they're running off to see men; furthermore, she dreads seeing Wickham.