Chapter X begins, “The day passed much as the day before had done.” (Can I just summarize with “ditto?”) More bizarre conversation between the same people who really need something constructive to do, while Jane continues to occupy and recover in a bed upstairs somewhere. Meanwhile, the unmarried Bingley sister, Caroline, is growing ever more jealous and anxious of Darcy’s affection for Elizabeth, though Elizabeth continues to slight him at every opportunity. (Why! But I am not supposed to ask that until the second and third stages of inquiry.)
Jane is relieved of her bed rest and is able to assemble in the drawing room with the others, where she enjoys much attention from Mr. Bingley. Elizabeth, on the other hand, is conversing with Caroline and Mr. Darcy about faults when the subject of vanity and pride comes up again: “vanity is weakness…but pride- where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation,” says Darcy. After all of their bantering, Darcy considers whether he is giving Elizabeth too much notice.
The Bennet girls want to return home as soon as possible, but Mother Bennet refuses to send the carriage; therefore they borrow Mr. Bingley’s carriage. Mr. Darcy is grateful of their leaving, as Elizabeth “attracted him more than he liked,” and he plans to control any traces of interest in her from here on.
Mr. Bennet shares a letter with his wife and five daughters that he has received from Mr. Collins, his cousin, who is the future owner of Longbourn since the Bennets have no sons to inherit their estate, which is the way things are done in their time; and Mr. Collins has requested to visit and make an acquaintance. Mr. Collins also mentions that he received his ordination and that he is the patronage of Lady Catherine de Bourgh. More on her later…