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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

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Volume Two, Chapters 9-12 Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. Why does Fitzwilliam refrain from marriage?

2. Who does Fitzwilliam remind Elizabeth of?

3. What does Fitzwilliam inform Elizabeth that Darcy has done for Bingley?

4. What is Elizabeth doing just prior to Darcy’s proposal?

5. What are the reasons that Darcy feels superior to her?

6. Why does Elizabeth reject his proposal?

7. How does Darcy react to her answer?

8. How does Elizabeth hurt Darcy the most?

9. When Darcy leaves, what does Elizabeth do?

10. When Elizabeth receives Darcy’s letter the next day, why does she begin to chastise herself?

Answers
1. He is the youngest son and will not inherit money or an estate.

2. He reminds her of Wickham, but he has a better mind.

3. He has kept Bingley from making an improper marriage.

4. She is rereading Jane’s letters, looking for any evidence of Darcy’s intervention.

5. He feels she has a low-class family.

6. She is mortified and angry with his pride and insolence.

7. He walks away in cold disappointment.

8. She charges him with acting in an ungentlemanly manner.

9. She breaks down and cries.

10. She realizes that her own pride and prejudice towards Darcy have made her judge him wrongly.

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