Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 27-38

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 11177

Explore pride and prejudice as Elizabeth encounters Darcy at his aunt's estate. See how they feel about themselves and each other when they meet again after Darcy's sudden departure from Netherfield!


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


In this section of the novel, Elizabeth Bennet finally has the chance to leave Longbourn and visit her friend Charlotte in Kent. See what happens as Elizabeth finally meets the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh and her daughter in all the splendor of Rosings Park!

As you saw in the previous lesson in this Pride and Prejudice series, found under Related Lessons in the right-hand sidebar, Elizabeth has refused Mr. Collins's proposal, but her friend, Charlotte Lucas, accepts Mr. Collins's offer of marriage instead.

Mr. Collins and Charlotte

Illustration by C.E. Brock for the 1895 edition of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice (Chapter 28), via Wikimedia Commons, has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.

At Charlotte's request, Elizabeth has promised to visit Charlotte at the parsonage after her marriage, and in this section of the novel, you will see Elizabeth's visit.

The parsonage stands just opposite Rosings Park, the home of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, who is Mr. Darcy's formidable aunt. You will read this section to see who else Elizabeth encounters during her stay with Mr. and Mrs. Collins, and how she reacts to Lady Catherine's personality.

Before reading Chapters 27-38, it is necessary to define the vocabulary for these chapters. For this lesson:

  1. Define the following list of vocabulary words in your notebook. These words come from the chapters you will read in this lesson. You can use a print dictionary or use to look up the words.
  2. After the definition for each word, write a sentence using the word correctly. Have your parent or teacher check the sentences when you've finished to make sure the words are used correctly in context.

Keep these lists in a notebook, because there will be a general vocabulary quiz covering all five lessons at the end of your study of the novel.

The vocabulary words for chapters 27-38 are:

Avarice Effusion Pale (noun) Ostentatious Deference Formidable
Trepidation Conciliate Controverted Inured Tractable Prodigious
Officious Caprice Derision Unalloyed Verdure Wantonly
Accede Pecuniary Repugnance Profligacy Fervent Obeisance
Chagrin Upbraid Diminution Consternation    


Once you've had your parent or teacher check your sentences, you are ready to begin reading chapters 27-38 of the novel.

You can read any print edition of Pride and Prejudice or use an online text. Here is a link to a site where you can read a version of Pride and Prejudice from Project Gutenberg.

Remember as you read to have your Pride and Prejudice Character Organizer from the first lesson handy, so you can fill it in as you read with any new information.

When you've finished reading, move on to the Got It? section.

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