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Free Study Guide-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen-Free Plot Summary
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Chapter 58

Summary

Darcy returns from London and visits Longbourn. When Elizabeth thanks him for his kind intervention in Lydia’s affair, Darcy blushes because he had not expected that Mrs. Gardiner would tell Elizabeth about his part in the marriage. Darcy then proposes to Elizabeth again. This time Elizabeth happily accepts his proposal. As they talk over their past relationship, many misunderstandings are cleared. Darcy humbly informs Elizabeth that he has apologized to Bingley for his former rash advice about Jane and assured his friend that Jane truly loves him.


Notes

This is a very significant chapter, for the climax of the plot is reached when Elizabeth accepts Darcy’s proposal. Even when they have confessed their love, this intelligent pair pose and answer questions to each other, try to analyze their feelings, and review their past actions. It is important to note that Elizabeth and Darcy have undergone significant changes in the novel, putting aside their pride and prejudices; in contrast, Jane and Bingley have remained static characters.

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