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Pride and Prejudice | Chapter 45 (Volume 3, Chapter 3) | Summary

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The visitors to Pemberley encounter Caroline Bingley, who makes rude comments to Elizabeth about her family, and Mrs. Annesley, who serves as Georgiana Darcy's companion. After Elizabeth departs, Caroline tries to engage Darcy in insulting Elizabeth but succeeds only in making Darcy declare Elizabeth one of the most beautiful women he knows. Georgiana is also not willing to engage in criticism of Elizabeth.

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Miss Annesley briefly provides a foil to the Bingley sisters. Although inferior in status, her ladylike conduct shows that she is more "well-bred" than the other ladies. Attention to social duties is one of Austen's most treasured values, as the reader sees time and time again.

An alliance is forming that supports Elizabeth. Both Darcy and his sister refuse to engage in negative conversation about her. Caroline sees that Darcy is interested in Elizabeth, not in her. While the Bingley sisters may have been successful in the past at influencing others, at this point their powers are becoming limited.

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