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Since the rest of the party has gone out, the next morning Elizabeth sits alone, writing a letter to Jane. Darcy suddenly walks in. Both of them are at loss for words, but Elizabeth finally asks about the abrupt departure of the Bingleys from Netherfield. Darcy does not say much, but he tells her that Bingley may dispose of Netherfield. Their conversation is interrupted by the entry of Charlotte and her sister. After Darcy departs, Charlotte tells Elizabeth of her notion that Darcy is in love with her. Elizabeth laughs at the suggestion. Darcy and Fitzwilliam begin to often come to the parsonage. Although Darcy usually says little, Charlotte notices that he often looks at Elizabeth.
Darcy’s frequent visits to the parsonage and his awkward reticent manner suggest that he is in love with Elizabeth; Elizabeth, however, is as blind to his affection as she is to his goodness. Even when Charlotte suggests Darcy’s love, Elizabeth only laughs at the notion.
The contrast between Colonel Fitzwilliam and Darcy is further portrayed. Fitzwilliam, with his informed mind, is nothing more than a superior version of Wickham. Ironically, Elizabeth judges him to be a superior person to Darcy.