Elizabeth’s outlook is changing so much so that she can now find it in her heart to even forgive Mr. Darcy for having disturbed Bingley’s affairs with Jane. Meanwhile, Mrs. Forster, wife of the Colonel of the regiment, has invited Lydia to travel to Brighton - a plot for Lydia to spend more time flirting with the officers who are leaving Meryton; Elizabeth attempts to share her concerns with her father regarding her younger sisters’ behavior and its devastation to their family’s honor, to no avail. And, finally, Mr. Wickham, whose ways have become transparent to Elizabeth, will probably never want to see her again after she suggested to him that she knows Darcy better and, therefore, understands certain situations differently now.
It is obvious where the anxiety about her family comes from since her parents’ marriage is a misfortune and the girls are at a detriment for it. The plans for summer travel with the Gardiners have been delayed causing changes in the official destination, which at first is a great disappointment for Elizabeth; however, when the time comes for them to finally begin their trip, it takes them to Derbyshire, home to Pemberley.
Elizabeth is relieved to know that Mr. Darcy would not be returning until the next morning, since it is decided that they tour the Prembley House, whereas the housekeeper shows them the rooms and the artwork within the place and speaks very gregariously about her master. And then conveniently, Mr. Darcy arrives home unexpectedly early: there they are, face to face, “their…eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush.” Darcy treats Elizabeth like a perfect gentleman, makes a great impression upon Mrs. Gardiner, and invites Elizabeth to meet his sister who is returning the next morning.
And so it happened sooner than expected that Darcy brought his sister, Georgiana, to the inn where Elizabeth and her aunt and uncle are staying; and she found his sister to be quite shy. In addition, Mr. Bingley also came to visit, and he mentions to Elizabeth how long it had been since he last saw Jane, which he surprisingly knew to the exact date. Furthermore, Elizabeth experiences gratitude towards Mr. Darcy for showing such civility with her after her allegations and refusal of his proposal.
Mrs. Gardiner and Elizabeth believe it to be right to return kindness and, therefore, go to Pemberly to wait on Miss Darcy who is, however, also in the company of Miss Bingley and Mrs. Hurst. Miss Bingley, in her jealousy, attempts to embarrass Elizabeth by reminding her of Wickham without saying his name, but instead causes unknown harm in Miss Darcy; and, likewise, Miss Bingley continues her disapprovals of Elizabeth after she leaves, although Darcy does not respond to her wickedness except to say that he “considered her as one of the handsomest women of [his] acquaintance.”