Antes de que llegara ninguna respuesta de Collins ni felicitación de su esposa a Elizabeth, la familia de Longbourn se enteró de que los Collins iban a venir a casa de los Lucas. Pronto se supo la razón de tan repentino traslado. Lady Catherine se había puesto tan furiosa al recibir la carta de su sobrino, que Charlotte, que de veras se alegraba de la boda, quiso marcharse hasta que la tempestad amainase. En aquellos momentos, la llegada de su amiga fue un gran placer para Elizabeth; aunque durante sus encuentros este placer se le venía abajo al ver a Mr. Darcy expuesto a todo el despliegue de servilismo de su marido. Pero él, no obstante, lo soportó todo con admirable serenidad. Incluso escuchó a Sir William Lucas cuando éste lo halagó por llevarse la más brillante joya del condado, y le expresó sus esperanzas de que pudieran verse con frecuencia en St. James, con una muy decente compostura. Darcy se encogió de hombros, pero cuando ya sir William no podía verle.

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Before any answer could arrive from Mr. Collins, or any congratulations to Elizabeth from his wife, the Longbourn family heard that the Collinses were come themselves to Lucas Lodge. The reason of this sudden removal was soon evident. Lady Catherine had been rendered so exceedingly angry by the contents of her nephew's letter, that Charlotte, really rejoicing in the match, was anxious to get away till the storm was blown over. At such a moment, the arrival of her friend was a sincere pleasure to Elizabeth, though in the course of their meetings she must sometimes think the pleasure dearly bought, when she saw Mr. Darcy exposed to all the parading and obsequious civility of her husband. He bore it, however, with admirable calmness. He could even listen to Sir William Lucas, when he complimented him on carrying away the brightest jewel of the country, and expressed his hopes of their all meeting frequently at St. James's, with very decent composure. If he did shrug his shoulders, it was not till Sir William was out of sight.