1: This Belongs to Jane Bennet
2: Summer 18— Today a man came to town that has five-thousand a year. Mother is very excited. She hopes father will introduce my sisters and me to him. I am excited to see what he will be like. Is he fat or skinny; is he tall or short; is he even nice, or is he, instead, arrogant? The whole house is in an uproar because father will not see him. Maybe Elizabeth can persuade him to call on Mr. Bingley. Summer 18— We met Mr. Bingley last night at the ball! He is a wonderful, amiable man who is so affable in character. I think I am beginning to fall in love with him. He seems to like me as well. He danced with me more than once! If I marry him, I will have Lizzy to come and visit often. I am so happy.
3: Winter 18— Mr. Bingley has left Netherfield without any thought of ever returning. His sister is positive he will not return this winter, or next spring. She says he is to be united with Mr. Darcy’s younger sister. I hope it is not true. Lizzy thinks Caroline is lying to me, and that she is trying to make me think Mr. Bingley does not care for me, but I know she is not capable of such atrocities, and I am willing to accept I was mistaken that Mr. Bingley ever cared for me. I am going to London to visit my aunt, and I hope to see Caroline there.
4: Winter 18— I cannot bear it! Lydia—how could she? She has acted carelessly, without thought of her family or anyone else; we now are forever to be looked down upon because of our connection to her. I need my dearest Elizabeth here with me, for my mother cannot be consoled. Lizzy would know what to do. Winter 18— Lizzy finally arrived. She has helped alleviate my pain some, but I know she is hurting also. Uncle has gone to town, and my father has returned. My father told us this was his fault, and he has laid down rules for Kitty, for which I am grateful; I cannot help thinking, however, this will be of no use now because Lydia has already shamed us. I am as much to blame, for I did not tell anyone of Wickham’s character. However, I feel they
5: are married; they cannot be so improper as to live together unmarried! Winter 18— My uncle has found them! They are not married, but they will submit to being married if father agrees to certain terms. Mother is in raptures. All of us can breathe a sigh of relief. For now, I am satisfied.
6: Summer 18— Mr. Bingley has returned! I am so scared of how I may act. I hope he is not awkward around me because if he is, I will be as well. Mamma is very open in her ridicule of him, and it causes me pain. I do not think I am in danger of falling in love with him, and I told Lizzy as much. I hope I will be able to stay composed when I see him. Summer 18— He visited our house and told me he loves me! He said he always loved me. I am the happiest creature alive; it is as I always dreamed it would be. He proposed, and we will be married soon. Elizabeth and my mother are extremely happy. I will be ever so happy as to sign my name henceforth as Jane Bingley. I will go, for I am to happy too write.