Elizabeth now realizes that Miss Bingley's behavior toward her has been motivated by jealousy and wonders how she will respond when they meet that morning.
Miss Darcy is civil but shy, while Miss Bingley and her sister are simply courteous.
Miss Bingley observes Elizabeth closely.
Mr. Darcy enters the room, having heard from Mr. Gardiner, who is fishing, that Mrs. Gardiner and Elizabeth were planning a visit.
As soon as Darcy enters, all eyes are upon him, wondering how he will behave towards Elizabeth. Miss Bingley tries to incite Elizabeth to make a favorable comment about Wickham, knowing that Darcy despises him but not knowing the full story. She has no idea the pain she is causing both the Darcys, but Elizabeth answers in a composed manner.
When Mr. Darcy sees Elizabeth out to their carriage, Miss Bingley starts abusing Elizabeth.
Miss Darcy refuses to join in, since her brother thinks so highly of Elizabeth.
When Mr. Darcy returns, Miss Bingley continues her attack, hoping to make him think unkindly of Elizabeth. Still, she can't rouse him.
At last he admits that he thinks Elizabeth one of the most attractive women he knows.
So, as the narrator remarks archly, Miss Bingley managed to provoke him to say something that is only painful to herself.
On the way home, Elizabeth and Mrs. Gardiner talk about everything except what they want to talk about most – Mr. Darcy.