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Pride and Prejudice | Study Guide

Jane Austen

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Chapter 32

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides in-depth summary and analysis of Chapter 32 of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice | Chapter 32 (Volume 2, Chapter 9) | Summary



The following day, Darcy visits the Collins home. Only Elizabeth is at home. At first they speak awkwardly. Elizabeth begins to question him about Bingley and whether he will return to Netherfield. She also asks him the ideal distance that a married woman might live from her family home. He tells her that Bingley is unlikely to return to Netherfield.

Charlotte then arrives home, and Darcy leaves soon after. After observing them, Charlotte suggests that Darcy might be in love with Elizabeth. Over the next several days, the cousins visit them several more times; Darcy usually sits glumly and talks little. At the end of the chapter, Charlotte speculates about whether Darcy or Colonel Fitzwilliam would be a better match for Elizabeth.


Darcy's visits puzzle Elizabeth. The exchanges are awkward and the conversations not really significant. It is the practical Charlotte who observes Darcy's unspoken reason for visiting. The reader needs Charlotte's objective perspective to understand what is happening, because Elizabeth admits no attraction to either Darcy or his cousin.

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