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Pride and Prejudice | Chapter 59 (Volume 3, Chapter 17) | Summary

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Elizabeth first shares her news with Jane, who is dumbfounded because of Elizabeth's initial disdain for Darcy. Darcy calls on the Bennets to ask Mr. Bennet for Elizabeth's hand in marriage. The family is surprised and excited. Elizabeth confides in her father Darcy's role in rescuing Lydia's reputation. Mrs. Bennet is ecstatic that her daughter is marrying into such wealth.

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Mr. Bennet is overcome with shock that Elizabeth would want to marry Darcy, and the scene in which Elizabeth persuades her father that she is following her heart is one of the novel's most touching, revealing her tumultuous emotions: "'I do, I do like him,' she replied, with tears in her eyes. 'I love him. Indeed he has no improper pride. He is perfectly amiable. You do not know what he really is; then pray do not pain me by speaking of him in such terms.'"

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