Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Volume One, Chapters 19-23 Summary and Analysis

Collins requests an audience with Elizabeth after having told Mrs. Bennet that he means to propose. The proposal is clumsy and condescending. Elizabeth refuses to marry someone for a position or for convenience. She expresses her refusal vehemently.

In Chapter 20, she is backed by her father. Her mother says she will never be seen with her again unless she complies. The house is in an uproar when Charlotte Lucas arrives.

Bingley’s whole entourage leaves for London for an indefinite time, without even contacting the Bennets, as Jane learns in a letter. Mrs. Bennet’s idle boast at the ball of a match between Jane and Bingley determined Miss Bingley to prevent it, and she convinced Bingley that Jane is indifferent and unsuitable. She sends a letter to the distraught Jane that Bingley is planning to court Miss Darcy, and will be absent the whole winter.

By Chapter 22, Collins proposes to Charlotte. Elizabeth is appalled, her mother disconsolate, and Lady and Lord Lucas are ecstatic.

The section ends with Chapter 23’s general reflections on what has come before.

Discussion and Analysis
Elizabeth’s refusal...

(The entire section is 367 words.)