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Pride and Prejudice Chapter 56

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Chapter 56

  • The great Lady Catherine makes a surprise visit to the Bennet home to strong-arm Elizabeth into promising not to become engaged to Mr. Darcy, who Lady Catherine claims is engaged to her daughter.
  • Are they engaged? Elizabeth enquires.
  • Well, no, Lady Catherine hems and haws, but there has always been an understanding… the two mothers always wished it…but no, they're not actually engaged.
  • Well, neither is she, Elizabeth says. But she's sure not going to make Lady Catherine any promises.
  • Lady Catherine leaves in a huff, but only after declaring how ungrateful Elizabeth is after all she did for her while visiting the Collinses.

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