The next morning, Elizabeth is surprised by a visit from Darcy. Conversation is awkward, and they struggle to avoid awkward silences. Elizabeth asks Darcy about suddenly departing Netherfield. Darcy suggests that Bingley is not likely to return there because of his connections in London. After Darcy leaves, Charlotte tells Elizabeth that the only explanation for Darcy's odd behavior in calling on her is that he must be in love with her. Elizabeth finds this idea hard to believe.
Elizabeth's barbed questions show that she blames Darcy for steering Bingley away from Jane. That Darcy doesn't quite understand her question implies that she may not be entirely right. In Charlotte's observation, Elizabeth is once again presented with evidence that she doesn't believe because of her prejudice against Darcy.
Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam continue their visits, but Darcy is unreadable and Charlotte comes to think that maybe it's Fitzwilliam who loves Elizabeth.
Yet Darcy is an intensely private person, which makes him hard to read.