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Pride and Prejudice - Episodes 57 - End

The conclusion of Jane Austen's "Classic" tale about the turbulent relationship between the daughter of a country gentleman and a rich aristocratic landowner

Season 1, episode 19
57 min / Published

Bingley and Jane become engaged and Lady Catherine de Bourgh then visits the Bennets. The noblewoman (the aunt of Darcy) wants to speak with Elizabeth directly. She has come to understand that Darcy is planning on marrying Elizabeth, which comes as a surprise to her.

Lady Catherine insists that this cannot happen and wants assurances from Elizabeth to confirm the same understanding. This is based purely on Elizabeth’s low station in life and the fact that from birth Darcy was planned to wed her own daughter.

  • jane austen
  • pride and prejudice
  • classic novel
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Lady Catherine informs Elizabeth that she has heard a rumor that Darcy is planning to marry her. Such a notion, Lady Catherine insists, is ridiculous, given Elizabeth’s low station in life and the tacit engagement of Darcy to her own daughter.

Elizabeth conceals her surprise at this news and acts very coolly toward Lady Catherine. She admits that she and Darcy are not engaged but, despite the noblewoman’s demands, refuses to promise not to enter into an engagement to him. Lady Catherine claims that Elizabeth is bound to obey her by “the claims of duty, honour, and gratitude.”

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