Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 55-56
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Bingley calls upon the Bennet family again. Mrs. Bennett is up to her old tricks and keeps trying to leave Bingley and Jane alone together - calling her daughters out of the room. At first, it's to no success but then Elizabeth finds Jane and Bingley speaking closely. He has proposed marriage. Elizabeth is happy for her sister. But, she is also happy Bingley did not tell Jane that it was Darcy who tried to dissuade him of the romance originally. 

Lady Catherine makes a surprise call on the Bennet family. She and Elizabeth take a walk where Lady Catherine demands to know if she is engaged to Darcy - a rumor she heard despite Darcy being betrothed to her own daughter. Elizabeth denies this. Lady Catherine continues to make digs on how ridiculous it would be with the Bennett family being so low status - it would ruin Darcy’s reputation and alienate him from family and friends. Elizabeth stands up for herself.

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