Pride and Prejudice | Study Guide

Jane Austen

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Chapter 53

Professor Bradley Greenburg of Northeastern Illinois University provides in-depth summary and analysis of Chapter 53 of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice.

Pride and Prejudice | Chapter 53 (Volume 3, Chapter 11) | Summary

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Summary

Lydia and Wickham leave for his new military posting in Newcastle. Mrs. Bennet is sad because her darling daughter will be so far away, but news that Bingley is returning to Netherfield proves a distraction. Bingley arrives at Longbourn, and Mr. Darcy is with him. Bingley is very pleasant, but Darcy seems reserved. Mrs. Bennet is carelessly rude to Darcy, upsetting Elizabeth, who knows Darcy's role in saving their family from disgrace. Mrs. Bennet invites the two gentlemen to return to dine with them soon.

Analysis

Elizabeth finds Darcy's reserve during the visit confusing. She is not sure whether this behavior reflects his feelings about her or discomfort around her family. Her spirits are low, and the reader feels her frustration. She is not accustomed to being so unsure of herself.

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