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Pride and Prejudice | Chapter 12 (Volume 1, Chapter 12) | Summary

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Jane and Elizabeth are ready to return home to Longbourn. However, Mrs. Bennet is not quite ready for Jane's stay at Netherfield to end and tells them there is no carriage available. The Bennet sisters take the Bingley carriage home. Darcy is relieved that Elizabeth is gone. He is troubled by his growing interest in her and treats her coldly on the day of their departure to discourage any warm feelings she may have toward him. Once Jane and Elizabeth reach home, Mrs. Bennet is not happy to have them back. Nonetheless, Mr. Bennet is relieved to have them return for the sake of interesting conversation. The two youngest sisters, Kitty and Lydia, are completely consumed with chatter about the regiment officers encamped nearby.

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Five days after Jane's arrival at Netherfield, Elizabeth and Jane's departure is welcome. The Bennet sisters are ready to leave; Bingley's sisters are ready to have these sisters, their superiors in manners and inferiors in wealth, gone. Only Mr. Bingley and Mrs. Bennet are disappointed—and for the same reason—that Jane is leaving.

Darcy, for his part, has become concerned about his growing attraction to Elizabeth; he assumes that she must also be interested in him for his wealth. His resolve to discourage her affections shows how badly he has misread her.

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