Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice Chapter 43 Summary
- Elizabeth is nervous and excited as their carriage approaches Pemberley.
- When the housekeeper shows them around, Elizabeth is delighted. It's all decked out in really good taste, and she can't help thinking that it could have been her house.
- Then she checks herself, realizing that Darcy would never have let her invite her aunt and uncle to visit.
- Mrs. Gardiner calls Elizabeth over to see a painting of Mr. Wickham, and the housekeeper explains that Wickham was a son of the late master's steward. He has gone in the army, she says, and has become very wild.
- Also, Mr. Darcy is the best landlord and the best master EVAR. She really digs him.
- She shows them the rooms Mr. Darcy set up specifically to make his sister happy.
- Hm, thinks Elizabeth. Maybe she's really misjudged him.
- They're just leaving the house to check out the gardens when …
- It's Mr. Darcy!
- Elizabeth manages not to run away and hide. Instead, she just blushes. So does he, but then he comes forward and greets her with total politeness.
- In fact, she's never seen him act so nice. He asks about her family and—well, it's actually super awkward. But he's definitely trying.
- They walk back to her aunt and uncle, and Mr. Darcy asks for an introduction.
- She figures he can't possibly think they're related to her, because they look and act so nice, and a little part of her is looking forward to seeing him backtrack when he realizes who they are.
- But he continues to be friendly and polite, even inviting Mr. Gardiner to come fish in his very own personal pond with his very own personal tackle.
- Could Mr. Darcy possibly still love her??
- Well, he's definitely inviting her to meet his sister, which is a pretty good sign. That's the biggest compliment he can pay her.
- Later, the Gardiners insist that Mr. Darcy is perfect in every way, and they're a little surprised that his behavior differed so dramatically from Wickham's description.
- Uh, says Elizabeth, it's possible that Wickham isn't as reliable as they had all believed.
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