Before we dive in any further, we are about to meet a bunch of new characters, so I drew you a little map to keep track :)
Okay so, Mr. Bingley returns Mr. Bennet's visit (that was a thing in those days, if someone visited you at your house, you were expected to have dinner with them at theirs), and there's all this stuff about the Bennet girls watching from the window, but not actually meeting him, and they hear Mr. Bingley is bringing a bunch of girls to the dance but they turn out to be his sisters, blah, blah, blah, but basically we just want to get to the juicy part, which is the
MERYTON ASSEMBLY (a community dance):
Mr. Bingley arrives at the dance with two of his sisters, his sister's husband, and Mr. Darcy.
Everyone likes Bingley.
His sisters and the husband are alright.
And Mr. Darcy is a douche.
The reason for his doucheness comes primarily from an incident with Lizzie. Lizzie is chilling on the side of the room, taking a break from the dancing, when she overhears Darcy talking to Bingley.
Bingley is like, Dude, come dance! These chicks are crazy hot!
And Darcy is all, I certainly shall not.
But...! But...! and Bingley *gestures wildly to all of the incredibly gorgeous women in the room.*
You're dancing with the only pretty girl in the room, says Darcy, with a nod to Jane.
(Lizzie does a silent whoop! whoop! for Jane)
I know, says Bingley, but hey, what about her sister? She seems awesome! Don't look now, but she's sitting behind you.
Darcy looks behind him. He catches Lizzie's eye. Turns back to Bingley.
Meh, she's alright, but not hot enough to tempt me, says Darcy.
Thus, Lizzie does not feel particularly warm and fuzzy toward Mr. Darcy.
Word of Warning For Young Men Entering Small Towns: Don't say anything you wouldn't be comfortable seeing as a headline in the paper the next day.
Within minutes, the entire room knows the story. And the name of 'Darcy' is immediately attached to 'PROUD.'
To be continued next week!! Comment below if there's a particular scene you want to make sure gets paraphrased (some stuff I leave out because, well, I'm paraphrasing :)
Caitlin Lushington is the Co-Artistic Director of the Enso Theatre Ensemble, a teacher, director, and actress. Sometimes she works too hard, sometimes she forgets things, and she strives to put the car keys back in the same place every time. She drinks tea every morning from her TARDIS mug and "Mr. Tea" diffuser. She loves the morning and wishes she had a photographic memory, so she could remember the names of every person she meets.