Fitzwilliam Darcy paced around his room in a highly agitated state. He was packed and more than ready to leave and wondered of his cousin's tardiness. They had both gone to Hunsford Parsonage to bid their farewells to the Collinses and their guests, but Darcy had not remained to wait on Miss Elizabeth Bennet, who was, they assumed, out on one of her favoured walks. Darcy knew for a fact that she was. He had encountered her earlier and had presented her with a letter, explaining the facts of his dealings with Mr. Wickham and the reasons for his interference with her sister and Mr. Bingley. He departed the parsonage quickly, not wishing to encounter her again. His heart still stung from the fierceness of her words in refusing his proposal. His cousin, Colonel Richard Fitzwilliam, apparently had remained at the parsonage, hoping she would return so he could see her once more before he left.
Darcy remained in his room, steadfastly intent on avoiding his aunt's merciless ranting. His only hope for sanity was to keep himself sequestered in his room until it was time to depart. His plans were to go north with Richard where they both had business. From there, he would go
Chapitre 1 Fitzwilliam Darcy se promenait dans sa chambre dans un état de grande agitation, il était plein à craquer et plus que prêt à partir, s'étonnait du retard de sa cousine, qui s'était rendue au presbytère de Hunsford pour faire leurs adieux aux Collins et à leurs invités, mais Darcy ne s'attendait pas à voir Mlle Elizabeth Bennet qui était, selon eux, sortie pour l'une de ses marches privilégiées, car Darcy savait que cette jeune femme avait fait une visite et il avait présenté une lettre expliquant ses relations avec les faits, la connaissant bien.