Mr. Collins admits to Mrs. Bennett that he plans to marry one of the girls, thus bringing peace over the inheritance drama. He had his sights set on Jane, but Mrs. Bennett, who is overjoyed at the prospect of her daughters getting engaged, guides Collins towards Elizabeth. Collins accompanies the girls into town where they meet Lydia's officer friend Mr. Denny and a charming new recruit: Mr. Wickham. The next night, the girls attend a dinner put on by their aunt, Mrs. Phillips, and convince her to invite Mr. Wickham. Elizabeth is charmed by Wickham. As they talk, she learns Wickham was the god son of Mr. Darcy's father and knows him well. When Mr. Darcy's father died, Wickham was to inherit some money but Darcy saw to it that he never received anything at all. Wickham claims Darcy and his sister are too proud - clearly showing a distaste for them both. Elizabeth also finds out that Lady Catherine is Mr. Darcy's aunt and Darcy is set to marry her invalid daughter.
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