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Pride and Prejudice | Study Guide

Jane Austen

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Chapter 11

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides in-depth summary and analysis of Chapter 11 of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice | Chapter 11 (Volume 1, Chapter 11) | Summary



At last, Jane's health begins to improve, and she is able to join the others downstairs. Bingley seeks out her attention. Caroline asks Elizabeth to walk around the drawing room with her, presumably to get Mr. Darcy's attention. Elizabeth and Darcy engage in an energetic and far-ranging discussion, which ends with the pair exchanging insults. Elizabeth says to Darcy, "Your defect is to hate everybody," and he responds by pointing out hers is to "willfully ... misunderstand them."


Darcy becomes more intrigued with Elizabeth. While he seems conscious of this attraction, Elizabeth seems not to be. A telling line of dialogue occurs when Darcy says, "My good opinion once lost, is lost forever"—a self-assessment that will be put to the test in future chapters. Elizabeth, for her part, speaks bluntly to Darcy, but Darcy appears not to take offense. He is flirtatious, while Elizabeth is openly disdainful.

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