Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 16-26

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 11194

Life at Longbourn gets more interesting as Mr. Collins involves himself in the life of the Bennets. See what happens when the worlds of the clergy, gentility, and military collide in little Meryton!


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, find out what happens when Mr. Collins's interest in Elizabeth Bennet increases as he begins to consider her a suitable woman for his position in life!

As you have seen from the first Pride and Prejudice lesson, found under Related Lessons in the right-hand sidebar, Mr. Collins has begun to develop an interest in Elizabeth Bennet after Mrs. Bennet kindly informs him Jane Bennet may soon be engaged to Mr. Bingley.

Elizabeth, however, is unaware of Mr. Collins's intentions. In this section of the novel, you will see what happens when Elizabeth learns of Mr. Collins's plan to marry her.

Mr. Collins

Illustration by C.E. Brock for the 1895 edition of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice (Chapter 18), via Wikimedia, is in the public domain.

Before reading, you will need to define the vocabulary for Chapters 16-26. For this lesson:

  1. Define the following list of vocabulary words in your notebook from the section of the novel to be read for each 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 16-26 are:

Redress Implacability Insolent Veracity Perforce Taciturn
Eclat Hauteur Enumerate Probity Derision Conciliatory
Languor Purport Diffidence Dissemble Vivacity Manifold
Coquetry Peevish Avail Abate Rectitude Incensed
Repine Circumspect Impute Jilt Ablution Solicitude
Duplicity Effectual        


Once you've had your parent or teacher check your answers, you are ready to read this lesson's section of the novel, Chapters 16-26.

You can read any print edition of Pride and Prejudice or choose an online version. Here is a link to a choice of file options for reading Pride and Prejudice, from Project Gutenberg.

Remember to have your Pride and Prejudice Character Organizer from the first lesson handy to add any new information for the characters as you read. Enjoy your reading!

Next, continue on to the Got It? section to test your knowledge!

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