Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice reaches its first climax in Volume II. In what scene does this climax occur, and what questions hang in the reader’s mind afterward?  

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Volume II covers from Chapter 24 to 42. It begins with confirmation of the Bingleys having left Netherfield House and settled in London. Jane goes to London and is snubbed. Elizabeth goes to Rosings to Charlotte and Collins where she meets Lady de Bourgh whose nephews, Darcy and Fitzwilliam, are visiting her. It ends with Lydia going off to Brighton and Elizabeth off to Derbyshire with her Aunt and Uncle Gardiner.

In between is Elizabeth's greatest adventure. In Chapters 34, 35 and 36 Elizabeth receives a proposal from Darcy, then receives a letter from him, then studies its contents. As tumultuous as the proposal is,

"I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to...

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