The news that a wealthy young gentleman named Charles Bingley has rented the manor of Netherfield Park causes an excellent stir within the nearby village of Longbourn, especially within the Bennet household. The Bennets have five unmarried daughters—from oldest to youngest, Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia—and Mrs. Bennet is wanting to see all of them married. After Mr. Bennet pays a social visit to Mr. Bingley, the Bennets attend a ball at which Mr. Bingley is present. he’s crazy Jane and spends much of the evening dancing together with her. His close friend, Mr. Darcy, is a smaller amount pleased with the evening, and haughtily refuses to bop with Elizabeth, which makes everyone view him as arrogant and obnoxious.
At social functions over subsequent weeks, however, Mr. Darcy finds himself increasingly interested in Elizabeth’s charm and intelligence. Jane’s friendship with Mr. Bingley also continues to burgeon, and Jane pays a visit to the Bingley mansion. On her journey to the house, she is caught during a downpour and catches ill, forcing her to remain at Netherfield for several days. so as to tend to Jane, Elizabeth hikes through muddy fields and arrives with a spattered dress, much to the disdain of the snobbish Miss Bingley, Charles Bingley’s sister. Miss Bingley’s spite only increases when she notices that Darcy, whom she is pursuing, pays quite a little bit of attention to Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth and Jane return home, they find Mr. Collins visiting their household. Mr. Collins may be a young clergyman who stands to inherit Mr. Bennet’s property, which has been “entailed,” meaning that it can only be passed right down to male heirs. Mr. Collins may be a pompous fool, though he’s quite enthralled by the Bennet girls. Shortly after his arrival, he makes a proposal of marriage to Elizabeth. She turns him down, wounding his pride. Meanwhile, the Bennet girls became friendly with militia officers stationed during a nearby town. Among them is Wickham, a handsome young soldier who is friendly toward Elizabeth and tells her how Darcy cruelly cheated him out of an inheritance.
At the start of winter, the Bingleys and Darcy leave Netherfield and return to London, much to Jane’s dismay. an extra shock arrives with the news that Mr. Collins has become engaged to Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth’s ally, and therefore the poor daughter of an area knight. Charlotte explains to Elizabeth that she is getting older and wishes the match for financial reasons. Charlotte and Mr. Collins marry and Elizabeth promises to go to them at their new home. As winter progresses, Jane visits the town to ascertain friends (hoping also that she might see Mr. Bingley). However, Miss Bingley visits her and behaves rudely, while Mr. Bingley fails to go to her in the least. the wedding prospects for the Bennet girls appear bleak.
That spring, Elizabeth visits Charlotte, who now lives near the house of Mr. Collins’s patron, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who is additionally Darcy’s aunt. Darcy calls on Lady Catherine and encounters Elizabeth, whose presence leads him to form a variety of visits to the Collins’s home, where she is staying. One day, he makes a shocking proposal of marriage, which Elizabeth quickly refuses. She tells Darcy that she considers him arrogant and unsightly, then scolds him for steering Bingley faraway from Jane and disinheriting Wickham. Darcy leaves her but shortly thereafter delivers a letter to her. during this letter, he admits that he urged Bingley to distance himself from Jane, but claims he did so only because he thought their romance wasn’t serious. As for Wickham, he informs Elizabeth that the young officer may be a liar in which the important explanation for their disagreement was Wickham’s plan to elope together with his young sister, Georgiana Darcy.
This letter causes Elizabeth to reevaluate her feelings about Darcy. She returns home and acts coldly toward Wickham. The militia is leaving town, which makes the younger, rather man-crazy Bennet girls distraught. Lydia manages to get permission from her father to spend the summer with an old colonel in Brighton, where Wickham’s regiment are going to be stationed. With the arrival of June, Elizabeth goes on another journey, this point with the Gardiners, who are relatives of the Bennets. The trip takes her to the North and eventually to the neighborhood of Pemberley, Darcy’s estate. She visits Pemberley, after ensuring that Darcy is away, and delights within the building and grounds while hearing from Darcy’s servants that he’s an exquisite, generous master. Suddenly, Darcy arrives and behaves cordially toward her. Making no mention of his proposal, he entertains the Gardiners and invites Elizabeth to satisfy his sister.
Shortly thereafter, however, a letter arrives from home, telling Elizabeth that Lydia has eloped with Wickham which the couple is nowhere to be found, which suggests that they’ll be cohabitation out of wedlock. scared of the disgrace such a situation would cause her entire family, Elizabeth hastens home. Mr. Gardiner and Mr. Bennet explode to look for Lydia, but Mr. Bennet eventually returns home empty-handed. Just when all hope seems lost, a letter comes from Mr. Gardiner saying that the couple has been found in which Wickham has agreed to marry Lydia in exchange for an annual income. The Bennets are convinced that Mr. Gardiner has paid off Wickham, but Elizabeth learns that the source of the cash, and her family’s salvation, was none aside from Darcy.
Now married, Wickham and Lydia return to Longbourn briefly, where Mr. Bennet treats them coldly. They then depart for Wickham’s new assignment within the North of England. Shortly thereafter, Bingley returns to Netherfield and resumes his courtship of Jane. Darcy goes to remain with him and pays visits to the Bennets but makes no mention of his desire to marry Elizabeth. Bingley, on the opposite hand, presses his suit and proposes to Jane, to the delight of everyone but Bingley’s haughty sister.
While the family celebrates, Lady Catherine de Bourgh pays a visit to Longbourn. She corners Elizabeth and says that she has heard that Darcy, her nephew, is getting to marry her. Since she considers a Bennet an unsuitable match for a Darcy, Lady Catherine demands that Elizabeth promises to refuse him. Elizabeth spiritedly refuses, saying she isn’t engaged to Darcy, but she is going to not promise anything against her happiness. a touch later, Elizabeth and Darcy leave walking together and he tells her that his feelings haven’t altered since the spring. She tenderly accepts his proposal, and both Jane and Elizabeth are married.