Pride and Prejudice: Chapters 39-48

Contributor: Melissa Kowalski. Lesson ID: 11195

Witness the fallout from Elizabeth's refusal of Darcy's proposal, as she travels with her aunt and uncle for a summer vacation. Discover where the trio travels, and what characters they encounter!


Literary Studies

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

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Elizabeth, now that she has refused Darcy's proposal, has a chance to reflect on her decision both at home and on her summer excursion with her aunt and uncle, the Gardiners. See where the Gardiners' vacation takes them and who they encounter on their trip!

As you saw in the previous section of the novel, Mr. Darcy surprises Elizabeth with a marriage proposal.

Upset with Mr. Darcy's manner of address and his actions against Jane and Mr. Wickham, Elizabeth refuses Darcy's proposal. The next morning, she receives a letter from Darcy explaining his side of her accusations and Elizabeth begins to learn she may have been unfairly prejudiced against him.

In this section, you will read to find out what happens when Elizabeth travels on a summer vacation with her aunt and uncle, the Gardiners.

Elizabeth introduces Mr. Darcy to the Gardiners

Illustration by C. E. Brock for the 1895 edition of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice (Chapter 43), via Wikimedia Commons, has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.

Before reading this section of the text, it is necessary to define the vocabulary for chapters 39-48. For this section of the text:

  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 39-48 are:

depreciate equivocal encumbrance aught querulous acquiesce
affable coppice environs curricle livery perturbation
petulance acrimony brevity nettled exigence palliation
actuated sanguine invective dilatory enormity licentiousness


Once you've had your parent or teacher check your sentences, you can read this lesson's section of the novel, Chapters 39-48.

You can use any print edition of Pride and Prejudice or choose an online version, such as Pride and Prejudice, from Project Gutenberg.

Remember to have your Pride and Prejudice Character Organizer from the first lesson handy in order to add any new information you find as you read. Happy reading!

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

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