The film opens with a tracking shot of a green covered field on a sun-lit morning. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bennet, the second-born Bennet daughter, walks along the field finishing a book. Upon coming home, she overhears her mother telling her father that Netherfield, a nearby estate, has been rented by a Mr. Bingley, a wealthy man from London. Mrs. Bennet begs Mr. Bennet to call on Mr. Bingley, believing him to be a very suitable match for any of her daughters. After Mr. Bennett finally divulges that he has already met Mr. Bingley, and that they can all expect to see him at an upcoming public ball, all of the Bennet daughters squeal each in excitement. Lizzie herself and the eldest sister Jane smile with pleasure, as the younger Lydia and Kitty jump out and down, and immediately begin to beg Jane to borrow her pretties pair of shoes. Mary, the youngest, merely goes back to playing her piano.
Later, at the public ball, the entire party is dancing, talking, and laughing; especially Lydia and Kitty, who seem to be giddy about being out in public in front of gentlemen. As Jane and Lizzie stand to the side observing the dance, Lizzie tells Jane that she has no intention of ever marrying. Jane disagrees and teases; "One day, Lizzie, a man will catch your eye and then you will have to hold your tongue."
Suddenly, the room goes silent, as Mr. Bingley enters the hall with two others in tow. As the entire party stares at them in wonder, Charlotte Lucas, who is a good friend of Lizzie's, goes to her side and whispers that it is Mr. Bingley with his sister Caroline and his best friend Mr.Fitzwilliam Darcy. After watching Mr. Darcy's stern demeanor, Lizzie observes "He looks miserable for so." Charlotte counters, "Miserable he may be, but poor he certainly is not."
Mrs. Bennet wastes no time in arranging an introduction between Mr. Bingley and his party to her daughters. Though Kitty and Lydia are already dancing, she manages to have Jane, Lizzie, Mary, and Charlotte introduces. While Mr. Darcy and Miss Bingley stare with an air of superiority, Mr. Bingley strikes up a conversation with Jane and Eliza.
Kitty and Lydia run up breathlessly to Mrs. Bennet, and tell her that the militia are due to stay in their town over the winter. All overcome with excitement, Mrs. Bennet can only be happier when she sees that Mr. Bingley has asked Jane to dance. Elizabeth, standing next to Mr. Darcy, asks "Do you dance, Mr.Darcy?"
His brief response, "Not if I can help it," makes Elizabeth smile to herself, and walks away, laughing at the slight. While she and Charlotte are later out of sight talking to themselves, they overhear Mr. Bingley and Darcy walk by, sharing their opinions of the dance. Bingley is quite entraptured by Jane, but owns up that Elizabeth is also not without her own charms. Darcy declares Jane to be the prettiest at the ball, and says that he only finds Lizzie "barely tolerable." Later, while talking with Darcy and Bingley, Elizabeth gives Darcy a jab of her own, saying that "she likes dancing, only when one's partner is 'barely tolerable.'" She leaves the group, smiling to herself in satisfaction.
The next morning, a letter arrives for Jane; Caroline Bingley has invited to dinner at Netherfield, though states that her brother and Darcy will be out away for dinner. After Mrs. Bennet refuses the use of the carriage for Jane, she makes her ride on horseback. Later, when it starts to pour, we see that Mrs. Bennet's clever scheme was to have Jane stranded at Netherfield, and ensure an overnight stay. However, Mrs. Bennet's plan is not perfect, as a letter from Jane arrives the next day saying that she has a terrible cold and can't return home.
Eliza, worried for her sister, walks the long distance in the muddy roads to Netherfield to visit Jane. When she walks in with her hair down and wild, with muddy shoes and skirt, Caroline and Darcy looked shocked at her appearance. Lizzie apologizes and asks about her sister; Darcy instantly replies that Jane is upstairs resting. Eliza is suprised a bit by the quick reaction, but then smiles and goes upstairs to Jane. Once she is gone, Miss Bingley is quick to observe how disheveled she looked, and that she "was almost positively medevil."
With a serious cold, Jane is unable to leave, and Elizabeth is forced to stay at Netherfield. While Jane rests, Eliza visits with Darcy and the Bingleys in the sitting room. As Miss Bingley makes increasingly brazen remarks about the unpolished behavior of her family and even Elizabeth, Darcy quietly hears hers out her venom but doesn't respond. After a few days, Jane recovers enough to return home, and her and Elizabeth say their goodbyes. Judging by Mr Bingley's concern for her sister, and his fumbling words around her, Elizabeth is sure that Mr Bingley is in love with Jane. While getting into the carriage, Elizabeth is shocked when Darcy takes her hand to help her into the carriage. As she watches him in disbelief as he walks away, he stretches the hand that touched her.
The Bennet sisters go into town next to see the soliders from the militia arrive, marching down the street. Lydia, being a naive flirt, takes her handkerchef and throws into the middle of the streets, in hopes that a solider will notice it - but to her dismay, they only ignore and trample it.
Upon arriving home, they learn that "the dreaded cousin" Mr Collins has written Mr Bennet, to tell him that he will be visiting soon. Eliza, explaining the unhappiness that his visit is bringing to the Bennet family to her friend Charlotte, says Mr Collins is due to inherit the Bennet estate after Mr Bennet dies, leaving the sisters and Mrs Bennet without a penny. When Mr Collins, a short and serious clergyman, arrives, the girls find him strange and overly complimentary on every point. That night, while the family sits in their living room reading and needle-pointing, he tells Mrs Bennet that he intends to marry one of the daughters, so that the estate will stay with the family. He says that Jane is the current object of his desire, but Mrs Bennet steers him towards Eliza, as she hopes Jane will marry Mr Bingley.
While the Bennet girls are in town shopping for ribbons, they run into Mr Wickham, a handsome soldier in the militia. While Kitty and Lydia shop enthusiastically, Eliza and Mr Wickham talk and flirt. On their walk home, they see Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy on horseback across a creek. Bingley reminds the girls of the ball that he is due to have, but when Darcy and Wickham stare at each other in discomfort, they are quick to ride off. Elizabeth, confused by the men's reactions to each other, asks Wickham how he knows Darcy. Wickham quickly tells Eliza that his father had been Darcy's family gardener, and had known each other since childhood. He claimed that he was a favorite of Darcy's father, and claimed that a large living that was left to him in the will was kept from him by Darcy, out of spite. Elizabeth is amazed at the story, but is not entirely shocked, given Darcy's personality.
The girls are all dressed in their finest white dresses and ribbons, and arrive at the Netherfield ball. Elizabeth is saddened to learn that Wickham will not be coming, but is quickly asked to dance by Mr Collins. She reluctantly accepts, and suffers and awkward dance while Mr Collins proclaims that "it is his intention to remain quite close to her for the remainder of the evening." Dismayed, Elizabeth runs off with Charlotte laughing at Mr Collins' ridiculous behaviour, when they suddenly run into Darcy. Quite, they stand looking at each other, until Darcy abruptly asks Eliza to dance. She accepts, and then hurries off with Charlotte for a quiet space. They laugh in disbelief, and Eliza claims that "this is most inconvenient, as she had resigned herself to loathe for all eternity" with a smile.
While they dance in partial silence, Eliza first begins a slight attempt at conversation while talking about the ball. As they dance, Elizabeth takes the opporunity to ask Darcy about Wickham, at which Darcy gets extremely uncomfortable. While their conversation grows intense, it is clear that there is a tension in their manners - possibly attraction. After they drop the argument, they suddenly appear to be the only two people dancing in the room. The dance ends, and they part.
Mr. Collins approaches Elizabeth as she walks away from the dance floor, and excitedly asks her who she was just dancing with. When Lizzie confirms that he is Mr. Darcy of Permberly, Mr. Collins immediately tells her that he plans on approaching him to personally give his regards, as Mr. Darcys aunt is who currently oversees his parsonage. Without a prior introduction, this would be extremely out of taste, but Mr. Collins could not be dissuaded by any of Elizabeths protests. Mr. Collins sidles up behind Mr. Darcy, and unable to get his attention after coughing conspicuously, he says his name increasingly louder until it becomes impossible to ignore. All of this did not go unnoticed by Caroline Bingley, who was quick to approach Elizabeth and say, How interesting your relatives are, Miss Elizabeth and with a curt bow by both, walks away. As Elizabeth walks through the party, she first finds her youngest sister Mary singing and playing at the piano in an untalented way while other girls snicker at her, Kitty and Lydia are collapsing on each other fairly drunk, while the mother, obviously also tipsy, meanders by humming to herself, eating a dessert with a spoon. Elizabeth runs into her friend Charlotte, and mourns that every member of her family is determined to make a spectacle of themselves. Charlotte reminds her that Jane is not to be included with that group, and they both agree and discuss Mr Bingleys obvious attraction for Jane. Charlotte warns Lizzie that Jane should show more affection & attention to Mr Bingley, to encourage him. Elizabeth agrees that Jane is reserved and shy, but feels that the attention is enough Charlotte still maintains that we are all fools in love.
Darcy and Caroline dance together as she insults the Bennets, Darcy ignores her and they continue to dance. Mrs.Bennet accidentally spills something on a gentleman and offers to wipe it off, we see Mr.Collins looking sad and dismayed about being rejected by Lizzie. Mr.Bennet finally finds Mary, she hugs him and cries; telling him that she had been practicing all week and that she hates balls, Mr.Bennet consoles her. We then see Lizzie in a dark room, thinking about her dance with Darcy. Early in the morning, the Bennets leave for their home with Lydia and Kitty asleep; Bingley smiles at Jane just before they leave, Caroline knows the look on her brother's face means only one thing...love, and if she is going to have anything about it; she has to act quick.
The next morning, Mr.Collins enters the dining area as the Bennets are having breakfast; he asks if he can speak to Lizzie alone, Mrs.Bennet shoos her family into the parlor whereas Lizzie pleads with Jane and her father to stay, but Mrs.Bennet manages to get them to leave with her. Mr.Collins, after making a long speech, proposes marriage to Lizzie; who ultimately rejects him and rushes from the house, Mrs.Bennet goes after her and tells her that she WILL marry Mr.Collins, Lizzie says that she doesn't love him and that she cannot make her marry him. Mrs.Bennet tells Mr.Bennet to tell Lizzie that he wants her to marry Mr.Collins, Mr.Bennet tells Lizzie that if she marries Mr.Collins then he will never speak to her again; Lizzie thanks him and races off. Lizzie returns inside, Jane looks sick and pale; Lizzie see's a letter in her hand. In the bedchamber that night, Lizzie is packing a case for Jane so she can travel to London and retrieve Mr.Bingley she also complains that Mr.Bingley better have a good reason for leaving Netherfield; Jane tells her to read the letter, she doesn't mind. Lizzie reads the letter and it is revealed that they left because Mr.Darcy is far too impatient to wait out his stay and see his younger sister Georgiana, of whom Caroline would like to call her sister. Lizzie realizes that Caroline dragged Bingley away so she could set him up with Darcy's younger sister, Jane tells Lizzie that she hardly finds Caroline that deceitful and perhaps Bingley just never loved her at all. Lizzie protests and says that Bingley DOES love her and to not give up, she tells Jane to go to London and stay with their Aunt and Uncle and she is sure that Bingley will send for her before the week is out. The family bid Jane farewell the next morning as she rides off to London to seek out her love.
Later in the afternoon, Elizabeth is sitting in the barn and spinning around on a swing; she stops when Charlotte appears. Charlotte tells Lizzie that Mr.Collins has proposed to her and she has accepted, Lizzie argues that Mr.Collins is anything but right for her; Charlotte agrees but she tells Lizzie to look at her, she is 27 years old and can no longer bare to live off her parents; she tells her that she cannot do any better than Mr.Collins and warns her good friend NOT to judge her actions. A few weeks later, Charlotte and Mr.Collins are wed and they invite Lizzie to see their home; Lizzie is less than amused by her surroundings but can tell that Charlotte is genuinely happy. They hear Mr.Collins calling for them, he meets them at the parlor window and tells them Darcy's aunt and supplier of their cottage Lady Catherine De Bourg has invited them to dine with her. They head for her manor, Mr.Collins gives Lizzie and Charlotte a few instructions as they enter the house and head straight for the parlor where Lady De Bourg waits. De Bourg introduces Collins, Lizzie and Charlotte to her daughter and she says she trust that they know her young nephew Mr.Darcy. Darcy, who is presence, says nothing; only bows. We are also introduced to his other good friend and cousin of Darcy, Colonel Fitzwilliam who is both pleasurable and kind to Lizzie. They all head for the dining room, where Catherine asks Lizzie about her younger sisters; she tells her that they are all in public, Catherine is less than amused. As they go to the drawing room, Catherine asks Lizzie to play the piano but Lizzie refuses, saying she does not know how to play very well. However, Catherine is lady of the house so Lizzie must play. As Lizzie begins to play the piano, Darcy comes up to her and shares a conversation about his younger sister, Georgiana. Darcy whispers to Lizzie in saying that he cannot really carry a conversation with people he barely knows, Lizzie advises him to heed his Aunt's advice and practice. The next day, at the Collins home, Lizzie is writing a letter to Jane when Darcy suddenly storms in. He is a bit startled by Lizzie's presence, Lizzie stands and curtseys as he bows. Lizzie offers him a seat, Darcy seems a bit distracted. Lizzie tells Darcy that both Charlotte and Mr.Collins are in the village, Darcy nods. He tells Lizzie that the house is charming, he says Catherine did a good deal to it before Mr.Collins arrived. Lizzie says that she could not have bestowed her kindness on a more grateful subject. There is a moment of silence, Lizzie asks if she should call for some tea but Darcy says no. With that, he bids Lizzie farewell and leaves the house just as Charlotte is returning. Charlotte asks Lizzie what she has done to Darcy, Lizzie says she has no idea. The next morning in church, Mr.Collins is acting as clergy as it storms outside. Lizzie begins whispering to Fitzwilliam about how long he intends to stay, he says he will leave when Darcy leaves, saying he is at his disposal. Lizzie remarks that it seems most people are. Fitzwilliam wonders as to why his cousin has not married, he says whoever will marry him will be a most lucky woman in saying that Darcy makes a rather loyal companion because he has just saved the life of one of his friends. Lizzie asks aloud what happened, she remembers to keep her voice hushed. Fitzwilliam says that he saved him from an imprudent marriage, Lizzie asks who the friend was. Fitzwilliam says it was Darcy's closest friend, Charles Bingley. Lizzie keeps her gaze upon Darcy from across the room as she continues to address Fitzwilliam. Lizzie asks if Darcy gave a reason for his interference, Fitzwilliam says that he had strong objections to the lady. Lizzie asks what the objections were, was it her fortune? Fitzwiliam says it was her family that he found unsuitable, Lizzie asks if he was the one who seperated them. Fitzwillaim says he is plenty sure but he doesn't know. Darcy looks up and Lizzie turns away from him, terribly upset.
Moments later, Lizzie runs for shelter from the rain as she begins to collect her thoughts. Darcy enters the scene, giving Lizzie a slight start. Darcy tells Lizzie that he has struggled in vain for quite awhile but he can no longer bear it, he says he went to Catherine only to see Lizzie herself. He goes on in saying that he has fought against his better judgement, his family, his ranking, and the inferority of her birth. He says he will easily cast them aside if she will agree to end his agony, Lizzie doesn't understand. Darcy blurts out that he loves her most ardently and asks her to be his wife. Lizzie appreciates the struggle that Darcy has fought against and apologizes for causing him pain, she tells him that it was unconciously done. Darcy asks if this is her answer, Lizzie says it is. Darcy asks if she is laughing at him, Lizzie says she isn't, Darcy asks if she is rejecting him. Lizzie remarks "I'm sure the feelings which hindered your regard will help you overcome it." Darcy asks why he was rejected, and Lizzie asks why he told her he loved her against his own judgement. Lizzie says if she is acting uncivil then that is an excuse but she has other reasons for her objection. Darcy asks what the reasons are. Lizzie asks Darcy if anything would even tempt her to marry the man who has ruined her sister's happiness, Darcy is silent. Lizzie asks Darcy if he denies seperating Bingley and Jane, exposing Bingley to the world of caprice and her sister to a world of dissapointed hopes. Darcy doesn't deny it. Lizzie asks how he could do it, Darcy says it was because he felt Jane was indifferent. Lizzie is confused. Darcy says he observed them and he realized that Bingley was more caring of Jane than she was of him, Lizzie defends Jane only saying that she is shy. Darcy says that Bingley was persuaded that Jane didn't feel strongly for him, Lizzie says it was only because that Darcy suggested it. Darcy insists that he did it for Bingley's good. Lizzie snaps in saying that Jane hardly shows her true feelings to her. Darcy is stunned. Lizzie asks if Bingley's fortune had some help in this decision, Darcy says he would never do Jane that kind of dishonor but it was suggested. Lizzie asks what was suggested. Darcy says that he suggested that an advantegous marriage would be the worst way to go about things, Lizzie asks if Jane left that impression and Darcy says it wasn't Jane but there was the matter of the other Bennet family members. Lizzie asks if it was there want of connection, she says that Bingley did not object to this factor. Darcy says there was more. Lizzie asks what else there was. Darcy says that it was the lack of propierty shown by Mrs.Bennet, the three younger Bennet girls, and, even on the occasion, Mr.Bennet. As thunder clashes, you can clearly see that Lizzie is hurt. Darcy asks Lizzie to forgive him, he should've never brought Lizzie's sisters into the argument. Lizzie then asks about Mr.Wickham, Darcy seems infuriated by that name. Lizzie says that Wickham told her of his misfortunes, and Darcy sarcastically remarks that they have been great, and Lizzie says that even after all Wickham has been through that Darcy treats him with sarcasm. Darcy asks Lizzie if this is her opinon of him, Lizzie is quiet. Darcy thanks Lizzie and says that the offences might have been easily overlooked had Lizzie's pride not been hurt by the scruples of their own relationship. Darcy asks if he is to rejoice in the inferiorty of Lizzie's circumstances, Lizzie remarks that those are the words of a gentleman. Lizzie says that Darcy's arrogance, conceit, and selfish disdain towards others feelings made him the last man in the world that she could ever be called upon to marry. Another clash of thunder, this time it is Darcy that is hurt. As he leans in as though he is about to kiss her, he pulls away and tells Lizzie to forgive him for taking up so much of her time and he leaves. In the Collins parlor, Lizzie stands gazing in the mirror when Darcy's reflection appears from behind her, Lizzie refuses to speak with him. Darcy leaves a letter, he tells Lizzie that it'll explain all his reasons. With that, he is gone. Lizzie opens the letter and reads it, it is only then she learns the truth. Wickham had indeed inherited money from Darcy's father but he gambled it away intentionally. Wickham dissappeared for some time, but made his way back the summer of last year, he then declared his love for Darcy's sister Georgiana and whom he tried to persuade to elope with him. Georgiana was to inherit a large sum of money, when it was clear that none of Georgiana's inheritance would go to him, he dissappeared again. Georgiana was placed in despair for some time, but the letter does not mention just how bad it was. But it does say that Georgiana was only fifteen years old when she was abandoned. The letter goes on where Darcy explains that though his reasons for seperating Bingley and Jane may appear insufficent, that he was only in service to his most beloved friend. Lizzie returns home, when she does she is asked by Mr.Bennet if she is all right, Lizzie says she is fine. Mrs.Bennet comes in and tells Lizzie that Jane has returned from London, Lizzie asks how Jane is and Mrs.Bennet says that she is in the drawing room. We go to the drawing room, where Jane and Lizzie are sitting together. Jane says she is over Mr.Bingley and if he were to pass her on the street one day that she would simply turn the cold shoulder, she then tells Lizzie that London is very entertaining and very divert. She asks Lizzie if there was any news in Kent, Lizzie says there was nothing or at least nothing to entertain. Suddenly, Kitty and Lydia burst in with Mrs.Bennet right behind them. Kitty is in tears and throws herself on the sofa, and asks why she didn't ask her as well. Lydia says it is because she is better company, she tries to console her. Lizzie asks what the matter is, Kitty argues that she has just as much right as Lydia does. Mrs.Bennet says that Lydia has been invited to Brighton by the Forsters. Lydia says that sea-bathing is going to be rather nice, she also adds that she will be dining with officers every night. Lizzie immetidately goes to Mr.Bennet's study and asks him to refuse Lydia's permission to go to Brighton, she says that Lydia will only be looked upon as a silly flirt and will make their family seem ridiculous and Kitty will simply follow her example. Mr.Bennet says that the family will have no peace until Lydia is gone, Lizzie asks if that is all he can think about. Mr.Bennet assures Lizzie that Colonel Forster, is a sensible man and will be sure to keep Lydia out of any mischief and he also says that Lydia is far too poor to be the object of any man's prey. Lizzie tells Mr.Bennet that it is dangerous. Mr.Bennet says that soliders would rather find women tolerable then a headstrong fifteen-year-old like Lydia, he says that he hopes that Lydia's stay in Brighton will help her learn of her own insignificance because at any rate she can hardly grow worse and if Brighton does not work then he will be obliged to lock Lydia in her room for the rest of her life. Lizzie storms out of the study, infuriated by her father's decision. As Lizzie is passing through the kitchen, her Aunt suddenly says that Lizzie is welcomed to join them on their trip to the Peak District, so she can get some fresh air. Lizzie takes her Aunt and Uncle's offer and travels with them to the Peak District. As they sit under a tree, Lizzie asks where there exact location is. Her uncle says they are rather close to Pemberely, which Lizzie remembers is Darcy's estate, Lizzie's uncle says he has a desire to visit Darcy but Lizzie says they shouldn't. Lizzie says she doesn't want to see Darcy because he is incredibly rich, Lizzie's aunt says that is rather snobbish. Despite Lizzie's objections, they go to Pemberely where Darcy thankfully isn't at that particular time of day, the Darcy's household servant shows them around the house and shows them in a sculpture of Darcy's face, the maid asks Lizzie if she finds Darcy's handsome and Lizzie says he is. Lizzie makes her way to the Darcy's parlor and is fascinated by the wonderful sights, when she suddenly hears a piano playing. Curious to figure out who is playing, she carefully opens the door to the next room and see's a beautiful young woman with blonde hair playing a beautiful tune on the piano, she is surprised when Darcy comes into the room and lays a hand on the girl's shoulder. The girl gasps in excitement and hugs Darcy as he smiles and laughs, Lizzie gasps which is heard by Darcy. Lizzie flees but is stopped by Darcy, Darcy says he thought she was in London and Lizzie says she isn't, she says she came back a day early. She tells Darcy that she is travelling with her Aunt and Uncle, Darcy asks if she is having a pleasant trip and Lizzie says it has been very pleasant. She tells Darcy that they are to travel to Matlock the next morning, Darcy asks if they are currently staying in Lambton and Lizzie says they are, at an inn called the Rose and Crown. She apologizes to Darcy for intruding, but the servants had told them it was opened to all visitors. Darcy asks if he can see Lizzie back to the village, but Lizzie says it wouldn't be neccessary because she is rather fond of walking. Darcy knows this well. Later that night at the inn, Lizzie watches from a distance as Darcy enters and shares a brief conversation with Lizzie's Aunt and Uncle but he leaves briskly and Lizzie steps out of her hiding place. Her aunt informs Lizzie that Darcy had just invited the three of them to dine with them, she adds that Darcy wanted Lizzie to meet his sister. Lizzie is awfully embarassed, the girl whom she clearly saw was only his sister, Georgiana. The next afternoon at Pemberely, Georgiana is playing the piano for Darcy in the parlor when Lizzie arrives she eagerly runs up to her and curtseys as does Lizzie. Darcy introduces them formally, Georgiana says that Darcy has told her so much about Lizzie that she feels they are friends already, Lizzie thanks her. She compliments Georgiana on the piano forte she was playing, Georgiana tells Lizzie that Darcy gave it to her when he shouldn't have, Darcy says he should've and Georgiana agrees. Darcy smiles and says his sister is very easily persuaded, Lizzie tells Georgiana that Darcy had to once tolerate her terrible playing. Georgiana tells Lizzie that Darcy said the complete opposite and told her that she played very good, Lizzie says that he must've been lying then. Darcy says he told Georgiana that Lizzie played "quite well". Lizzie says as long it was quite well and not very well as Georgiana said, then she is ultimately satisified. Georgiana gives her brother a knowing look, Darcy quickly asks Lizzie's uncle if he is fond of fishing and her uncle says that he is. Darcy asks him if he would accompany him to the lake later in the afternoon, and her uncle says he would be delighted. Georgiana asks Lizzie if she plays duets, Lizzie says she would only do so if she was forced. Georgiana orders Darcy to force her. Later that night at Pemberely, Lizzie's Aunt and Uncle and Darcy are sitting in the parlor when Lizzie comes in, she seems hysterical. Darcy stands as she enters, Lizzie does not stay for long and leaves. Darcy sits back down but instantly is on his feet again when Lizzie comes back into the room, holding a letter in her hand. She tells them it's from Jane, and it is not good news. Lydia has run off with Wickham.