Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Volume One, Chapters 2-3 Summary and Analysis

New Characters
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Bennet: the second daughter. She is intelligent, pretty, and independent

Jane Bennet: the eldest daughter. She is kind and beautiful, but too good-hearted

Catherine (Kitty) Bennet: next to the youngest daughter. She’s “boy crazy” and frivolous

Mary Bennet: the inarticulate third daughter, accomplished in provincial arts

Lydia Bennet: the youngest daughter. She is giddy, but is Mrs. Bennet’s favorite

Charlotte Lucas: Elizabeth’s best friend. She is sensible and intelligent but very plain-looking

Sir William and Lady Lucas: the neighbors of the Bennets and Charlotte’s parents

Charles Bingley: the handsome, single gentleman who moves next door. He becomes infatuated with Jane

Fitzwilliam Darcy: the proud, handsome aristocratic friend of Bingley

Summary
Mr. Bennet, without telling his family, has already called upon Mr. Bingley. He shocks the family when he relays this information and teases them. The girls all become inquisitive, and Mrs. Bennet is rapturous. She determines to ask Bingley to dinner in the near future. Mr. Bennet refuses to discuss with his family what Bingley looks or acts like, but a neighbor, Lady Lucas, drops by and gives a very favorable report.

A few days later, Mr. Bingley returns Mr. Bennet’s visit, and spends some time with him in his library. All the girls spy on him from an upper window, but are not introduced.

He finally meets the Bennet sisters at a ball at Meryton. He is attracted by Jane’s beauty and good nature, and dances two dances with her. Jane is equally interested in him. Another person in Bingley’s party, the even wealthier Mr. Darcy , attracts everyone’s attention....

(The entire section is 555 words.)