All the sisters, except Mary, went to walk to Meryton, where they met a new officer, Mr Wickham.
While they were talking with Mr Wickham, Mr
Bingley and Mr Darcy had appeared. On recognizing the ladies in the group, the two gentlemen came directly towards them, and began the usual polite greetings. Suddenly Mr Darcy fixed his eyes on Mr Wickham, and after a few moments, touched his hat in greeting, but Mr Darcy seemed hardly to move a finger in return. Lizzy was astonished and wanted to know the reason for this behaviour.
At Meryton the young people had accepted an invitation from their aunt to supper and cards. Then, they heard that Mr Wickham was going to be there too. After a long talk, Lizzy noticed that the problem between Darcy and Wickham was because Mr Darcy’s father left Wickham, on his death, the best living to which he had the power to make an appointment, as soon as it became free. She too noticed, that is believed that Miss de Bourgh and her cousin (Darcy), will unite their fortune by marriage.