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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Chapter 1
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. "My dear Mr. Bennet," said his lady to him one day, "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?" Mr. Bennet replied that he had not. "But it is," returned she; "for Mrs. Long has just been here, and she told me all about it." Mr. Bennet made no answer. "Do you not want to know who has taken it?" cried his wife impatiently. "_You_ want to tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it." This was invitation enough. "Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken by a young man of large fortune from the north of England; that he came down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much delighted with it, that he agreed with Mr. Morris immediately; that he is to take possession before Michaelmas, and some of his servants are to be in the house by the end of next week." "What is his name?" "Bingley." "Is he married or single?" "Oh! Single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!" "How so? How can it affect them?" "My dear Mr. Bennet," replied his wife, "how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them." "Is that his design in settling here?" "Design! Nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he _may_ fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes." "I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go, or you may send them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are as handsome as any of them, Mr. Bingley may like you the best of the party." "My dear, you flatter me. I certainly _have_ had my share of beauty, but I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now. When a woman has five grown-up daughters, she ought to give over thinking of her own beauty." "In such cases, a woman has not often much beauty to think of." "But, my dear, you must indeed go and see Mr. Bingley when he comes into the neighbourhood." "It is more than I engage for, I assure you."

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"But consider your daughters. Only think what an establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general, you know, they visit no newcomers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for _us_ to visit him if you do not." "You are over-scrupulous, surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying whichever he chooses of the girls; though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy." "I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good-humoured as Lydia. But you are always giving _her_ the preference." "They have none of them much to recommend them," replied he; "they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters." "Mr. Bennet, how _can_ you abuse your own children in such a way? You take delight in vexing me. You have no compassion for my poor nerves." "You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least." "Ah, you do not know what I suffer." "But I hope you will get over it, and live to see many young men of four thousand a year come into the neighbourhood." "It will be no use to us, if twenty such should come, since you will not visit them." "Depend upon it, my dear, that when there are twenty, I will visit them all." Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three-and-twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character. _Her_ mind was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.

Chapter 2
Mr. Bennet was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr. Bingley. He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after the visit was paid she had no knowledge of it.It was then disclosed in the following manner. Observing his second daughter employed in trimming a hat, he suddenly addressed her with: "I hope Mr. Bingley will like it, Lizzy." "We are not in a way to know _what_ Mr. Bingley likes," said her mother resentfully, "since we are not to visit." "But you forget, mamma," said Elizabeth, "that we shall meet him at the assemblies, and that Mrs. Long promised to introduce him." "I do not believe Mrs. Long will do any such thing. She has two nieces of her own. She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion of her." "No more have I," said Mr. Bennet; "and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you." Mrs. Bennet deigned not to make any reply, but, unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters. "Don't keep coughing so, Kitty, for Heaven's sake! Have a little compassion on my nerves. You tear them to pieces." "Kitty has no discretion in her coughs," said her father; "she times them ill." "I do not cough for my own amusement," replied Kitty fretfully. "When is your next ball to be, Lizzy?" "To-morrow fortnight."
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"Aye, so it is," cried her mother, "and Mrs. Long does not come back till the day before; so it will be impossible for her to introduce him, for she will not know him herself." "Then, my dear, you may have the advantage of your friend, and introduce Mr. Bingley to _her_." "Impossible, Mr. Bennet, impossible, when I am not acquainted with him myself; how can you be so teasing?" "I honour your circumspection. A fortnight's acquaintance is certainly very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a fortnight. But if _we_ do not venture somebody else will; and after all, Mrs. Long and her daughters must stand their chance; and, therefore, as she will think it an act of kindness, if you decline the office, I will take it on myself." The girls stared at their father. Mrs. Bennet said only, "Nonsense, nonsense!" "What can be the meaning of that emphatic exclamation?" cried he. "Do you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on them, as nonsense? I cannot quite agree with you _there_. What say you, Mary? For you are a young lady of deep reflection, I know, and read great books and make extracts." Mary wished to say something sensible, but knew not how. "While Mary is adjusting her ideas," he continued, "let us return to Mr. Bingley." "I am sick of Mr. Bingley," cried his wife. "I am sorry to hear _that_; but why did not you tell me that before? If I had known as much this morning I certainly would not have called on him. It is very unlucky; but as I have actually paid the visit, we cannot escape the acquaintance now." The astonishment of the ladies was just what he wished; that of Mrs. Bennet perhaps surpassing the rest; though, when the first tumult of joy was over, she began to declare that it was what she had expected all the while. "How good it was in you, my dear Mr. Bennet! But I knew I should persuade you at last. I was sure you loved your girls too well to neglect such an acquaintance. Well, how pleased I am! and it is such a good joke, too, that you should have gone this morning and never said a word about it till now." "Now, Kitty, you may cough as much as you choose," said Mr. Bennet; and, as he spoke, he left the room, fatigued with the raptures of his wife. "What an excellent father you have, girls!" said she, when the door was shut. "I do not know how you will ever make him amends for his kindness; or me, either, for that matter. At our time of life it is not so pleasant, I can tell you, to be making new acquaintances every day; but for your sakes, we would do anything. Lydia, my love, though you _are_ the youngest, I dare say Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball." "Oh!" said Lydia stoutly, "I am not afraid; for though I _am_ the youngest, I'm the tallest." The rest of the evening was spent in conjecturing how soon he would return Mr. Bennet's visit, and determining when they should ask him to dinner.

Chapter 3
Not all that Mrs. Bennet, however, with the assistance of her five daughters, could ask on the subject, was sufficient to draw from her husband any satisfactory description of Mr. Bingley. They attacked him in various ways--with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises; but he eluded the skill of them all, and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour, Lady Lucas. Her report was highly favourable. Sir William had been delighted with him. He was quite young, wonderfully handsome, extremely agreeable, and, to crown the whole, he meant to be at the next assembly with a large party. Nothing could be more delightful! To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love; and very lively hopes of Mr. Bingley's heart were entertained. "If I can but see one of my daughters happily settled at Netherfield," said Mrs. Bennet to her husband, "and all the others equally well married, I shall have nothing to wish for."

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" cried Mr. and everybody hoped that he would never come there again." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 4 . Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike. unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. She could not imagine what business he could have in town so soon after his arrival in Hertfordshire. Mrs. and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield. declined being introduced to any other lady. I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life as I have this evening. the husband of the eldest. was angry that the ball closed so early. You know how I detest it. to press his friend to join it. Bennet. whose dislike of his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment by his having slighted one of her daughters. "Oh! She is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you. I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. danced every dance. I hate to see you standing about by yourself in this stupid manner. for you are wasting your time with me. most disagreeable man in the world. The girls grieved over such a number of ladies. and rode a black horse. etc. and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening. Amongst the most violent against him was Mrs. His brother-in-law. who is very pretty. unable to accept the honour of their invitation. His character was decided. Darcy. Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves. Bingley returned Mr. and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance. looking at the eldest Miss Bennet. speaking occasionally to one of his own party. Darcy danced only once with Mrs." said Mr. and. and she began to fear that he might be always flying about from one place to another. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine. "I must have you dance. and there are several of them you see uncommonly pretty. Bennet's visit. tall person. An invitation to dinner was soon afterwards dispatched. but not handsome enough to tempt _me_. Mr.com In a few days Mr. with an air of decided fashion.www. till catching her eye. Your sisters are engaged. His sisters were fine women. You had much better dance. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you. by the scarcity of gentlemen. He was the proudest. "Come. and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding. and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room. but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing. and being unworthy to be compared with his friend. Bennet was quite disconcerted." "Which do you mean?" and turning round he looked for a moment at Elizabeth. of whose beauty he had heard much. and easy. and above being pleased. and during part of that time. to sit down for two dances. consequently. And when the party entered the assembly room it consisted of only five altogether--Mr. Bingley as obliged to be in town the following day. Mr. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles. He had entertained hopes of being admitted to a sight of the young ladies. Bingley was to bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen with him to the assembly. for they had the advantage of ascertaining from an upper window that he wore a blue coat. Bingley. Darcy had been standing near enough for her to hear a conversation between him and Mr. Elizabeth Bennet had been obliged. Bingley. Hurst. and never settled at Netherfield as he ought to be. unaffected manners. The ladies were somewhat more fortunate. that instead of twelve he brought only six with him from London--his five sisters and a cousin. but he saw only the father. he had a pleasant countenance. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room. Darcy. he withdrew his own and coldly said: "She is tolerable. Mr. and a report soon followed that Mr. and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with. The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man. and already had Mrs. the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. for he was discovered to be proud. Mr." "_You_ are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room. Bennet planned the courses that were to do credit to her housekeeping. who came from the dance for a few minutes. but his friend Mr.english-area. Lady Lucas quieted her fears a little by starting the idea of his being gone to London only to get a large party for the ball." said he. Bingley. "for a kingdom! Upon my honour. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley. he was lively and unreserved. till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity. and sat about ten minutes with him in his library. his two sisters." "I certainly shall not. What a contrast between him and his friend! Mr. noble mien. At such an assembly as this it would be insupportable. and I dare say very agreeable." "I would not be so fastidious as you are. handsome features. and another young man. merely looked the gentleman. when an answer arrived which deferred it all. Mr. of his having ten thousand a year. to be above his company. disagreeable countenance. Bingley.

Everybody said how well she looked. and the two fourth with Maria Lucas. and danced with her twice! Only think of _that_. in good spirits to Longbourn. Compliments always take _you_ by surprise. "that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting _his_ fancy. I am quite delighted with him. With a book he was regardless of time. he asked Miss Lucas. therefore." Chapter 4 When Jane and Elizabeth were alone. the former. Well. Hurst's gown--" Here she was interrupted again. Jane was as much gratified by this as her mother could be." as she entered the room. Bingley followed his advice. fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there. and Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough never to be without partners. His character is thereby complete. I never in my life saw anything more elegant than their dresses. No thanks to his gallantry for that. "He is just what a young man ought to be. Darcy.com Mr.english-area. and she had been distinguished by his sisters. O that he had sprained his ankle in the first place!" "Oh! my dear. though in a quieter way. So he inquired who she was. not at all worth pleasing. "sensible. Darcy walked off. Bennet had seen her eldest daughter much admired by the Netherfield party. Bingley had danced with her twice. and he walked there. They returned. with great spirit among her friends. you know. The evening altogether passed off pleasantly to the whole family. and the two fifth with Jane again. and the _Boulanger_--" "If he had had any compassion for _me_. I dare say the lace upon Mrs. the village where they lived. Mr. Bennet. Then the two third he danced with Miss King. "he would not have danced half so much! For God's sake. They found Mr. What could be more natural than his asking you again? He could not help seeing that you were about five times as pretty as every other woman in the room. Bingley thought her quite beautiful. my dear. and got introduced. the shocking rudeness of Mr. "we have had a most delightful evening. Mrs. if he possibly can. Mr. horrid man. She was therefore obliged to seek another branch of the subject. a most excellent ball. I quite detest the man." replied Elizabeth. "But I can assure you. and asked her for the two next. Jane was so admired. and of which they were the principal inhabitants. He is so excessively handsome! And his sisters are charming women. Bennet protested against any description of finery. he did not admire her at all. for she had a lively.www. and I never saw such happy manners!—so much ease. indeed. expressed to her sister just how very much she admired him." "Dear Lizzy!" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 5 . Bennet still up. and related. who had been cautious in her praise of Mr. say no more of his partners. and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. my dear. "Oh! my dear Mr. which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball. and Mr. But that is one great difference between us. Mr. however. he certainly is very agreeable. and on the present occasion he had a good deal of curiosity as to the events of an evening which had raised such splendid expectations." cried her husband impatiently. but he soon found out that he had a different story to hear. Elizabeth felt Jane's pleasure. I wish you had been there. for he is a most disagreeable." she added. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here. compliment." I did not expect such a "Did not you? I did for you. and I give you leave to like him. She told the story. "which a young man ought likewise to be. to have given him one of your set-downs. with much bitterness of spirit and some exaggeration. which delighted in anything ridiculous. He had rather hoped that his wife's views on the stranger would be disappointed. lively. You have liked many a stupider person. and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings toward him. playful disposition. and _me_ never. First of all. he actually danced with her twice! and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time. however." "I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. Bingley before. and the two sixth with Lizzy." said she. nobody can. I was so vexed to see him stand up with her! But. with such perfect good breeding!" "He is also handsome. good-humoured. nothing could be like it. Mary had heard herself mentioned to Miss Bingley as the most accomplished girl in the neighbourhood.

too. for none of whom he had felt the smallest interest. he had soon felt acquainted with all the room. to like people in general. but as he was now provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor. on the contrary. but. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. but I always speak what I think. They were of a respectable family in the north of England. Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship. Darcy was continually giving offense. But to be candid without ostentation or design--to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better. but was not convinced. but Darcy was clever." Elizabeth listened in silence. Bingley was by no means deficient. The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently characteristic. and I am much mistaken if we shall not find a very charming neighbour in her. everybody had been most kind and attentive to him. but proud and conceited. Hurst. Bingley was sure of being liked wherever he appeared. a circumstance more deeply impressed on their memories than that their brother's fortune and their own had been acquired by trade.english-area. and with more quickness of observation and less pliancy of temper than her sister. and sometimes made choice of his county. In understanding. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly a hundred thousand pounds from his father. and meanly of others. openness.com "Oh! you are a great deal too apt." "I would not wish to be hasty in censuring anyone. Mr. were not inviting. who had married a man of more fashion than fortune. and of associating with people of rank. His sisters were anxious for his having an estate of his own. and into it for half-an-hour--was pleased with the situation and the principal rooms. Bingley had never met with more pleasant people or prettier girls in his life. and pronounced her to be a sweet girl. Mr. as to Miss Bennet. Bingley had not been of age two years. They were rather handsome. He was at the same time haughty. whether he might not spend the remainder of his days at Netherfield. not deficient in good humour when they were pleased. and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied. nor in the power of making themselves agreeable when they chose it. Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty. and say nothing of the bad--belongs to you alone. and their brother felt authorized by such commendation to think of her as he chose. and one whom they would not object to know more of. and were therefore in every respect entitled to think well of themselves. he could not conceive an angel more beautiful. Mrs. less disposed to consider his house as her home when it suited her." "I know you do. there had been no formality. They were in fact very fine ladies. Miss Bennet was therefore established as a sweet girl. but did not live to do it." "Certainly not--at first. Bingley had the firmest reliance. and of his judgement the highest opinion. Miss Bingley was by no means unwilling to preside at his table--nor was Mrs. and. Miss Bingley is to live with her brother. had seen a collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion. Mr. But they are very pleasing women when you converse with them. no stiffness. but she smiled too much. reserved. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in your life. and keep his house. and leave the next generation to purchase. though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own. who had intended to purchase an estate. Bingley intended it likewise. though well-bred. she was very little disposed to approve them. Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness. You never see a fault in anybody. In that respect his friend had greatly the advantage. and took it immediately. you know. Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so--but still they admired her and liked her. had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds. satisfied with what the owner said in its praise. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 6 . With _your_ good sense. And so you like this man's sisters. when he was tempted by an accidental recommendation to look at Netherfield House. and with a judgement too unassailed by any attention to herself. it was doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his temper. had been educated in one of the first private seminaries in town. were in the habit of spending more than they ought. and ductility of his temper.www. their behaviour at the assembly had not been calculated to please in general. and fastidious. though he was now only established as a tenant. and it is _that_ which makes the wonder. and from none received either attention or pleasure. do you? Their manners are not equal to his. Darcy. On the strength of Darcy's regard. to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough--one meets with it everywhere. Darcy was the superior. in spite of great opposition of character. He did look at it. and his manners.

english-area. But I can guess how it was. denominated from that period Lucas Lodge. is he?--poor Eliza!--to be only just _tolerable_. everything in his favour. One cannot wonder that so very fine a young man." "I certainly saw Mr. that is very decided indeed--that does seem as if--but. his presentation at St. If he had been so very agreeable. Lady Lucas was a very good kind of woman. there cannot be two opinions on that point." said Mrs. Charlotte. Sir William Lucas had been formerly in trade in Meryton. Bennet with civil self-command to Miss Lucas. Lizzy. It had given him a disgust to his business." said her mother. Long. and. "does not offend _me_ so much as pride often does. my dear. ma'am?--is not there a little mistake?" said Jane. Long told me last night that he sat close to her for half-an-hour without once opening his lips. "that he never speaks much. and I dare say he had heard somehow that Mrs." "I believe. unless among his intimate acquaintances. where he had made a tolerable fortune. Eliza." "_My_ overhearings were more to the purpose than _yours_." "His pride. because there is an excuse for it. he had removed with his family to a house about a mile from Meryton. about twenty-seven. and he could not help answering her. that it would be quite a misfortune to be liked by him. Robinson. Mrs. They had several children. it may all come to nothing. "_You_ began the evening well." said Charlotte." "Another time. If I may so express it. and whether he did not think there were a great many pretty women in the room. and. and _which_ he thought the prettiest? and his answering immediately to the last question: 'Oh! the eldest Miss Bennet. because he danced with her twice. everybody says that he is eat up with pride. with family." "I do not mind his not talking to Mrs. but she said he seemed quite angry at being spoke to. and obliging.com Chapter 5 Within a short walk of Longbourn lived a family with whom the Bennets were particularly intimate. With _them_ he is remarkably agreeable. Long. he has a _right_ to be proud. where he could think with pleasure of his own importance. unshackled by business." said Miss Lucas. on the contrary. but he seemed to like his second better. and risen to the honour of knighthood by an address to the king during his mayoralty. "I would not dance with _him_. I may safely promise you _never_ to dance with him. Bennet. By nature inoffensive. Long does not keep a carriage." said Jane. The distinction had perhaps been felt too strongly. friendly." "Miss Bingley told me.www. and had come to the ball in a hack chaise. To be sure that _did_ seem as if he admired her—indeed I rather believe he _did_--I heard something about it--but I hardly know what-something about Mr. occupy himself solely in being civil to all the world. a sensible. in quitting them both. "but I wish he had danced with Eliza. for he is such a disagreeable man. and the morning after the assembly brought the former to Longbourn to hear and to communicate." "Oh! you mean Jane." "I beg you would not put it into Lizzy's head to be vexed by his ill-treatment. not too clever to be a valuable neighbour to Mrs. if I were you. he was all attention to everybody." "Yes. That the Miss Lucases and the Miss Bennets should meet to talk over a ball was absolutely necessary. was Elizabeth's intimate friend. "Mr. "_You_ were Mr." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 7 . Bingley's first choice. ma'am. you know. speaking to her. I suppose. James's had made him courteous. intelligent young woman. Darcy is not so well worth listening to as his friend.'" "Upon my word! Well. and to his residence in a small market town. Robinson. The eldest of them. fortune." "Perhaps you mean what I overheard between him and Mr. beyond a doubt. it did not render him supercilious. For. however. should think highly of himself. did not I mention it to you? Mr. Darcy "Aye--because she asked him at last how he liked Netherfield." "Are you quite sure." said Miss Lucas." "I do not believe a word of it. Robinson's asking him how he liked our Meryton assemblies. though elated by his rank. he would have talked to Mrs.

if he had not mortified _mine_. "I should not care how proud I was. vanity to what we would have others think of us. I am convinced that it is very common indeed. if he sees enough of her." "Your plan is a good one. as they always see each other in large mixed parties." The boy protested that she should not. that it is not safe to leave any to itself. had a value as arising in all probability from the influence of their brother's admiration. Jane should therefore make the most of every half-hour in which she an command his attention. if she does not help him on. When she is secure of him. though Bingley and Jane meet tolerably often. but she considered with pleasure that it was not likely to be discovered by the world in general. and does not endeavour to conceal it. As yet. But. "It may perhaps be pleasant. "and if I were to see you at it." "Then you would drink a great deal more than you ought. and was in a way to be very much in love. that he does not know Jane's disposition as you do.english-area. she cannot even be certain of the degree of her own regard nor of its reasonableness. Miss Bennet's pleasing manners grew on the goodwill of Mrs. not to discover it too. By Jane. that he _did_ admire her and to _her_ it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference which she had begun to entertain for him from the first." "Pride. It was generally evident whenever they met. but he may never do more than like her. "where nothing is in question but the desire of being well married. as much as her nature will allow. and that there are very few of us who do not cherish a feeling of selfcomplacency on the score of some quality or other. hardly excepting even her sister. I should take away your bottle directly. a composure of temper and a uniform cheerfulness of manner which would guard her from the suspicions of the impertinent. She danced four dances with him at Meryton. and if I were determined to get a rich husband. I dare say I should adopt it. and has since dined with him in company four times. Vanity and pride are different things. who piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections.www. I believe. Eliza." "If I were as rich as Mr. The visit was soon returned in due form." said Mrs. she is not acting by design. indeed. that human nature is particularly prone to it. "to be able to impose on the public in such a case. she saw him one morning at his own house. Chapter 6 The ladies of Longbourn soon waited on those of Netherfield. or any husband. he must find it out. since Jane united.com "That is very true. though the words are often used synonymously. But these are not Jane's feelings. "and I could easily forgive _his_ pride. and the argument ended only with the visit. a wish of being better acquainted with _them_ was expressed towards the two eldest. but there are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement." "Perhaps he must. and the younger sisters not worth speaking to. real or imaginary. Bingley likes your sister undoubtedly." replied Elizabeth. but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be so very guarded. and could not like them. Darcy. and though the mother was found to be intolerable." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 8 . it is never for many hours together. This is not quite enough to make her understand his character. he must be a simpleton. Bennet. such as it was. she continued to declare that she would. there will be more leisure for falling in love as much as she chooses. If a woman conceals her affection with the same skill from the object of it. I would keep a pack of foxhounds. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every attachment. this attention was received with the greatest pleasure. and drink a bottle of wine a day. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves. who came with his sisters." "But she does help him on. She mentioned this to her friend Miss Lucas." replied Elizabeth. but Elizabeth still saw superciliousness in their treatment of everybody. In nine cases out of ten a women had better show _more_ affection than she feels. "is a very common failing." replied Charlotte. A person may be proud without being vain. and. Hurst and Miss Bingley." observed Mary. she may lose the opportunity of fixing him." cried a young Lucas. She has known him only a fortnight. If I can perceive her regard for him." "Remember. By all that I have ever read. We can all _begin_ freely—a slight preference is natural enough." "But if a woman is partial to a man. though their kindness to Jane. with great strength of feeling. and it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in the dark. it is impossible that every moment should be employed in conversing together.

was always impatient for display. His doing so drew her notice.english-area. she added. she might only have discovered whether he had a good appetite. "There is a fine old saying. but with respect to any other leading characteristic. to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable nowhere. she was eagerly succeeded at the instrument by her sister Mary. I do not imagine that much has been unfolded. Darcy only can answer. where a large party were assembled. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. "I wish Jane success with all my heart. I would really rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of hearing the very best performers." On Miss Lucas's persevering. worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments." "It will be _her_ turn soon to be teased. Mr. though by no means capital." Her performance was pleasing. Had she merely _dined_ with him. and when they next met." said Miss Lucas. He has a very satirical eye." "You make me laugh. but you must remember that four evenings have also been spent together--and four evenings may do a great deal. Darcy mean. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying." On his approaching them soon afterwards. He began to wish to know more of her. "Very well. he looked at her only to criticise. she turned to him and said: "Did you not think. than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. and as a step towards conversing with her himself. in consequence of being the only plain one in the family. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand. you would have been invaluable.com "Not as you represent it. if it must be so. and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with." "Well. when I was teasing Colonel Forster to give us a ball at Meryton?" "With great energy. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty. Darcy. and you know what follows. Charlotte. and that you would never act in this way yourself. Miss Lucas defied her friend to mention such a subject to him. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she hardly had a good feature in her face. who having." "But if he does it any more I shall certainly let him know that I see what he is about." said she to Charlotte. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 9 . though without seeming to have any intention of speaking. Darcy. Bingley's attentions to her sister. and before she could reply to the entreaties of several that she would sing again." "You are a very strange creature by way of a friend!—always wanting me to play and sing before anybody and everybody! If my vanity had taken a musical turn. and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming an object of some interest in the eyes of his friend. however. and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself. It was at Sir William Lucas's. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form." And gravely glancing at Mr. You know it is not sound." "You are severe on us. After a song or two. he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing." "Yes. attended to her conversation with others. it does not advance their felicity in the least. "I am going to open the instrument. Mr. but it is not sound. "What does Mr. which immediately provoking Elizabeth to do it." said Charlotte. that I expressed myself uncommonly well just now. it must. I should think she had as good a chance of happiness as if she were to be studying his character for a twelvemonth. "by listening to my conversation with Colonel Forster?" "That is a question which Mr. Of this she was perfectly unaware. but it is always a subject which makes a lady energetic." Occupied in observing Mr. he had looked at her without admiration at the ball. these four evenings have enabled them to ascertain that they both like Vingt-un better than Commerce. and if she were married to him to-morrow. but as it is. he was caught by their easy playfulness. and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world. which everybody here is of course familiar with: 'Keep your breath to cool your porridge'. and I shall keep mine to swell my song.www. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation. Eliza. I shall soon grow afraid of him.

he was struck with the action of doing a very gallant thing.english-area. Darcy stood near them in silent indignation at such a mode of passing the evening. which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached. when she instantly drew back. but in vain. smiling." "Yes. sir. and Elizabeth at that instant moving towards them. I am sure when so much beauty is before you. taking her hand. till Sir William thus began: "What a charming amusement for young people this is. "Your friend performs delightfully. to the exclusion of all conversation. considering the inducement. Darcy bowed. Miss Eliza." And. and received no inconsiderable pleasure from the sight. "You excel so much in the dance. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society. sir. it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner." "Certainly. Darcy. had been listened to with much more pleasure. nor did Sir William at all shake her purpose by his attempt at persuasion. and Mary. I have not the least intention of dancing. sir." said Elizabeth. requested to be allowed the honour of her hand. and was too much engrossed by his thoughts to perceive that Sir William Lucas was his neighbour. at the end of a long concerto." he continued after a pause. was glad to purchase praise and gratitude by Scotch and Irish airs. and called out to her: "My dear Miss Eliza. and though this gentleman dislikes the amusement in general. James's?" "Never." "You have a house in town. though extremely surprised. that it is cruel to deny me the happiness of seeing you. and turned away. indeed. I entreat you not to suppose that I moved this way in order to beg for a partner. and he was thinking of her with some complacency. and said with some discomposure to Sir William: "Indeed. "He is. to oblige us for one half-hour." Sir William only smiled.com Mary had neither genius nor taste. Mr. we cannot wonder at his complaisance--for who would object to such a partner?" Elizabeth looked archly. but I did not feel quite certain that the air of London would agree with Lady Lucas. though not playing half so well. 10 . with some of the Lucases. I believe. Darcy who. with grave propriety. when thus accosted by Miss Bingley: Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés Do you often dance at St." "Mr. my dear Miss Eliza. and two or three officers. at the request of her younger sisters. Mr. but. and though vanity had given her application. was not unwilling to receive it. you must allow me to present this young lady to you as a very desirable partner. sir. he would have given it to Mr. Darcy. but his companion was not disposed to make any. You cannot refuse to dance. on seeing Bingley join the group. Elizabeth. I conclude?" Mr. Her resistance had not injured her with the gentleman." He paused in hopes of an answer. I am sure. "I had once had some thought of fixing in town myself--for I am fond of superior society. why are you not dancing? Mr." Mr. "and I doubt not that you are an adept in the science yourself. Every savage can dance. Darcy is all politeness. who. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. he can have no objection." "You saw me dance at Meryton." "Do you not think it would be a proper compliment to the place?" "It is a compliment which I never pay to any place if I can avoid it. and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world. Mr. joined eagerly in dancing at one end of the room. Elizabeth was determined. easy and unaffected. indeed. Darcy.www.

" Miss Bingley immediately fixed her eyes on his face. I have suspected it some time. The two youngest of the family. it was to remain the whole winter. and as his composure convinced her that all was safe. She had a sister married to a Mr. with perfect indifference. At present. and Meryton was the headquarters. and however bare of news the country in general might be. on a distant relation. in a moment. to pay their duty to their aunt and to a milliner's shop just over the way. a most convenient distance for the young ladies. the mention of which gave animation to their mother. was worthless in their eyes when opposed to the regimentals of an ensign. I assure you. and at length they began to know the officers themselves. and a brother settled in London in a respectable line of trade. Bennet coolly observed: "From all that I can collect by your manner of talking. Mr. of course. Mr. indeed. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 11 . After listening one morning to their effusions on this subject. Phillips. Phillips visited them all. Darcy replied with great intrepidity: "Miss Elizabeth Bennet. They could talk of nothing but officers. Mr. and this opened to his nieces a store of felicity unknown before." "You are considering how insupportable it would be to pass many evenings in this manner--in such society. My mind was more agreeably engaged.english-area. from love to matrimony. and yet the noise--the nothingness. they were well supplied both with news and happiness by the recent arrival of a militia regiment in the neighbourhood. and yet the self-importance of all those people! What would I give to hear your strictures on them!" "You conjecture is totally wrong. her wit flowed long. a walk to Meryton was necessary to amuse their morning hours and furnish conversation for the evening.com "I can guess the subject of your reverie. and. How long has she been such a favourite?—and pray. were particularly frequent in these attentions. Her father had been an attorney in Meryton. but I am now convinced. but Lydia. you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. and when nothing better offered." "Nay. and Mr. and their mother's fortune. Chapter 7 Mr." Catherine was disconcerted. Every day added something to their knowledge of the officers' names and connections. she will always be at Pemberley with you. if you are serious about it." "Miss Elizabeth Bennet!" repeated Miss Bingley." "I should imagine not.www. continued to express her admiration of Captain Carter. it jumps from admiration to love. as he was going the next morning to London. though ample for her situation in life. The village of Longbourn was only one mile from Meryton. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow. and indeed I am quite of your opinion. was entailed. Catherine and Lydia. "I am all astonishment. which. and her hope of seeing him in the course of the day. Bennet's property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a year. they always contrived to learn some from their aunt. and made no answer. I shall consider the matter is absolutely settled. Phillips were now productive of the most interesting intelligence." He listened to her with perfect indifference while she chose to entertain herself in this manner. and desired he would tell her what lady had the credit of inspiring such reflections. who were usually tempted thither three or four times a week. who had been a clerk to their father and succeeded him in the business. You will be having a charming mother-in-law. A lady's imagination is very rapid. I knew you would be wishing me joy. could but ill supply the deficiency of his. Bingley's large fortune. in default of heirs male. unfortunately for his daughters. and had left her four thousand pounds. their minds were more vacant than their sisters'. indeed. Their visits to Mrs. Their lodgings were not long a secret. I was never more annoyed! The insipidity. when am I to wish you joy?" "That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask.

it came from Netherfield. and if a smart young colonel. The rain continued the whole evening without intermission.com "I am astonished. I am sure. Bennet. who is it from? What is it about? What does he say? Well. while her daughter read. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 12 ." "But if you have got them to-day. Bennet." "This is the only point. your father cannot spare the horses. but her mother was delighted. however. make haste. indeed. "MY DEAR FRIEND. and the Hursts have no horses to theirs. Mrs. Come as soon as you can on receipt of this." "That would be a good scheme. because it seems likely to rain. "my aunt says that Colonel Forster and Captain Carter do not go so often to Miss Watson's as they did when they first came." said Mrs. she sees them now very often standing in Clarke's library. you must not expect such girls to have the sense of their father and mother. Jane certainly could not come back. should want one of my girls I shall not say nay to him. Jane was therefore obliged to go on horseback." "If my children are silly. it should not be of my own. "No. Jane. my dear. Her hopes were answered." "Oh! but the gentlemen will have Mr. "that is very unlucky. Bennet was prevented replying by the entrance of the footman with a note for Miss Bennet. They are wanted in the farm. and I thought Colonel Forster looked very becoming the other night at Sir William's in his regimentals. so I do still at my heart. Bennet." cried Lydia. are they not?" "They are wanted in the farm much oftener than I can get them." said Mrs." said Jane. Mr. My brother and the gentlemen are to dine with the officers. I had hoped that our sentiments coincided in every particular. "I wonder my aunt did not tell us of _that_. I dare say they will not think about officers any more than we do. and she was eagerly calling out." "Mamma." Mrs. I remember the time when I liked a red coat myself very well--and. on which we do not agree. Bingley's chaise to go to Meryton. they are all of them very clever. Bennet." "Yes--but as it happens." "My dear Mr. Jane had not been gone long before it rained hard." "It is from Miss Bingley. I flatter myself.--Yours ever." "Can I have the carriage?" said Jane. and then read it aloud. we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives." said Elizabeth." "I had much rather go in the coach. and then you must stay all night. my dear." "Dining out." She did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged. "CAROLINE BINGLEY" "With the officers!" cried Lydia. Bennet's eyes sparkled with pleasure. "Well. When they get to our age." said Elizabeth. my love. I must hope to be always sensible of it.-"If you are not so compassionate as to dine to-day with Louisa and me. If I wished to think slightingly of anybody's children.english-area. with five or six thousand a year. my dear. "my mother's purpose will be answered. make haste and tell us. you had better go on horseback. and the servant waited for an answer. "that you should be so ready to think your own children silly. for a whole day's tete-a-tete between two women can never end without a quarrel. Jane. Her sisters were uneasy for her.www." "But. but I must so far differ from you as to think our two youngest daughters uncommonly foolish. and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day. "if you were sure that they would not offer to send her home.

who had only been withheld by the fear of giving alarm or inconvenience from expressing in her note how much she longed for such a visit." said Catherine and Lydia. there is not much the matter with me. however. and by herself. Jones--therefore do not be alarmed if you should hear of his having been to me--and. was almost incredible to Mrs. there was good humour and kindness. when she saw how much affection and solicitude they showed for Jane.--Yours. The distance is nothing when one has a motive. "but every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason. was very feverish. etc. My kind friends will not hear of my returning till I am better. and when Miss Bingley left them together." said her father. The former was divided between admiration of the brilliancy which exercise had given to her complexion." "We will go as far as Meryton with you. Miss Bennet had slept ill. People do not die of little trifling colds." observed Mary. Bennet. indeed!" said Mrs. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her immediately. jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity. "as to think of such a thing. I shall be back by dinner. When breakfast was over they were joined by the sisters. Bennet more than once. and Jane. The apothecary came. where all but Jane were assembled.com "This was a lucky idea of mine. which. in such dirty weather. feeling really anxious." said Mr. and finding herself at last within view of the house.www. Elizabeth accepted their company. I do not wish to avoid the walk. however." "Is this a hint to me. that she had caught a violent cold.-"I find myself very unwell this morning. Hurst and Miss Bingley. I suppose. and Elizabeth began to like them herself. As long as she stays there. Hurst nothing at all. and as she was no horsewoman. "perhaps we may see something of Captain Carter before he goes. as if the credit of making it rain were all her own. was delighted at her entrance. She was shown into the breakfast-parlour. crossing field after field at a quick pace. and having examined his patient. to much conversation.english-area. it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of Mr. Darcy said very little. and where her appearance created a great deal of surprise. and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise. Mr. in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get there. excepting a sore throat and headache." said Lydia. "to send for the horses?" "No. as might be supposed. That she should have walked three miles so early in the day. very politely by them. Her inquiries after her sister were not very favourably answered. and under your orders. dirty stockings. the two youngest repaired to the lodgings of one of the officers' wives. Till the next morning. They insist also on my seeing Mr. only three miles. and that they must Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 13 . she was not aware of all the felicity of her contrivance." "I shall be very fit to see Jane--which is all I want. and doubt as to the occasion's justifying her coming so far alone. She was not equal. was determined to go to her. "If we make haste. Lizzy. She declared her resolution. it is all very well." "Oh! I am not afraid of her dying. "How can you be so silly. and Elizabeth continued her walk alone. and in their brother's manners there was something better than politeness. exertion should always be in proportion to what is required. in my opinion. and Elizabeth was convinced that they held her in contempt for it. Elizabeth silently attended her. said. though the carriage was not to be had. and Mr. and not well enough to leave her room." "Well. when Elizabeth had read the note aloud. however." In Meryton they parted. walking was her only alternative. and though up. my dear. is to be imputed to my getting wet through yesterday." Elizabeth." cried her mother. and. as they walked along. Bingley. could attempt little besides expressions of gratitude for the extraordinary kindness she was treated with. She will be taken good care of. I would go and see her if I could have the carriage." "I admire the activity of your benevolence. indeed. and the three young ladies set off together. "if your daughter should have a dangerous fit of illness--if she should die. She was received. Breakfast was scarcely over when a servant from Netherfield brought the following note for Elizabeth: "MY DEAREST LIZZY. The latter was thinking only of his breakfast. with weary ankles.

because her sister had a cold? Her hair. Bingley's. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. so untidy. they had. but being an excellent walker. drink. nothing to do elsewhere. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well when she came into the room this morning. and his attentions to herself most pleasing. repeated three or four times how much they were grieved. above her ankles in dirt. to recommend her. Darcy. Miss Bingley was engrossed by Mr. or four miles." observed Miss Bingley in a half whisper. and alone. and Miss Bingley began abusing her as soon as she was out of the room. and amongst which she had the pleasure of distinguishing the much superior solicitude of Mr. Jane was by no means better. and at half-past six Elizabeth was summoned to dinner. Very nonsensical to come at all! Why must _she_ be scampering about the country." "Your picture may be very exact. and her head ached acutely. who lived only to eat." said Bingley.english-area. "I am afraid. and they prevented her feeling herself so much an intruder as she believed she was considered by the others. Elizabeth did not quit her room for a moment." "Certainly not. and play at cards. her sister scarcely less so. Louisa." said Miss Bingley. and added: "She has nothing. Mrs. how shocking it was to have a bad cold. advised her to return to bed. The advice was followed readily." "To walk three miles. When the clock struck three. who. and how excessively they disliked being ill themselves. I am afraid there is no chance of it. when Jane testified such concern in parting with her. "that this adventure has rather affected your admiration of her fine eyes. Hurst thought the same. Hurst began again: "I have a excessive regard for Miss Jane Bennet." "It shows an affection for her sister that is very pleasing." "Not at all. The sisters. in fact. no beauty. But with such a father and mother. when he found her to prefer a plain dish to a ragout. When dinner was over." said Bingley. and her petticoat. and then thought no more of the matter: and their indifference towards Jane when not immediately before them restored Elizabeth to the enjoyment of all her former dislike." A short pause followed this speech. "and I am inclined to think that you would not wish to see _your_ sister make such an exhibition. six inches deep in mud." he replied. she returned directly to Jane. and a servant was dispatched to Longbourn to acquaint the family with her stay and bring back a supply of clothes. Mr. she is really a very sweet girl. for the feverish symptoms increased. and promised her some draughts. a most country-town indifference to decorum. To the civil inquiries which then poured in. had nothing to say to her. I could hardly keep my countenance." "She did. so blowsy!" "Yes. in short. She had very little notice from any but him. Her manners were pronounced to be very bad indeed. quite alone! What could she mean by it? It seems to me to show an abominable sort of conceited independence. and she only wanted a little pressing to accept it. "they were brightened by the exercise. she had no conversation. he was an indolent man. the gentlemen being out. and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office." "_You_ observed it. by whom Elizabeth sat. and very unwillingly said so. I am sure. Darcy.www. Hurst.com endeavour to get the better of it. or five miles. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice. Elizabeth felt that she must go. indeed. Their brother. I am absolutely certain. Louisa." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 14 . nor were the other ladies often absent. His anxiety for Jane was evident. on hearing this. Elizabeth most thankfully consented. a mixture of pride and impertinence. "but this was all lost upon me. She really looked almost wild. and such low connections. and Mrs. and as for Mr. no style. she could not make a very favourable answer. Chapter 8 At five o'clock the two ladies retired to dress. and I wish with all my heart she were well settled. Darcy. Mr. indeed. that Miss Bingley was obliged to convert the offer of the chaise to an invitation to remain at Netherfield for the present. was the only one of the party whom she could regard with any complacency. or whatever it is. I hope you saw her petticoat. Miss Bingley offered her the carriage.

" said Bingley. when you build _your_ house." said Miss Bingley. they returned to her room on leaving the dining-parlour. and though I have not many. What a delightful library you have at Pemberley." "That is capital. when she had the comfort of seeing her sleep." "Miss Eliza Bennet. but suspecting them to be playing high she declined it." "I deserve neither such praise nor such censure." "Upon my word." "But I would really advise you to make your purchase in that neighbourhood." "With all my heart. Hurst looked at her with astonishment. and they both laughed heartily. Darcy!" "It ought to be good. but I am an idle fellow. There is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire. and making her sister the excuse." cried Elizabeth." "I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these. Mr. however. "despises cards. with a book. "If they had uncles enough to fill _all_ Cheapside. and was immediately invited to join them. Caroline. She is a great reader. and indulged their mirth for some time at the expense of their dear friend's vulgar relations. "that my father should have left so small a collection of books. and then walked towards the table where a few books were lying. and when it seemed to her rather right than pleasant that she should go downstairs herself." "And then you have added so much to it yourself. said she would amuse herself for the short time she could stay below." Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room. I will buy Pemberley itself if Darcy will sell it. but his sisters gave it their hearty assent. Charles." cried Bingley.com "I think I have heard you say that their uncle is an attorney on Meryton." "I wish it may." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 15 . Charles." "Yes.english-area. To this speech Bingley made no answer. till late in the evening. and they have another.www." said Miss Bingley." replied Darcy. "it would not make them one jot less agreeable. She was still very poorly." "But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world. and Elizabeth would not quit her at all. Mr. "it has been the work of many generations. On entering the drawing-room she found the whole party at loo. I wish it may be half as delightful as Pemberley. With a renewal of tenderness. and take Pemberley for a kind of model. and I have pleasure in many things." "Neglect! I am sure you neglect nothing that can add to the beauties of that noble place. "And I wish my collection were larger for your benefit and my own credit." he replied." added her sister. "I am astonished." Elizabeth thanked him from her heart. who lives somewhere near Cheapside. you are always buying books. and has no pleasure in anything else. "Do you prefer reading to cards?" said he. "that is rather singular." "I am talking of possibilities. "and I hope it will be soon increased by seeing her quite well. I have more than I ever looked into. I should think it more possible to get Pemberley by purchase than by imitation. He immediately offered to fetch her others--all that his library afforded. "I am _not_ a great reader." "In nursing your sister I am sure you have pleasure. and sat with her till summoned to coffee.

as you describe united. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable." "It is amazing to me." replied Darcy. dancing. convinced that no country advice Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 16 . "how young ladies can have patience to be so very accomplished as they all are. all of them. and soon laying it wholly aside. I cannot boast of knowing more than half-a-dozen. "Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?" said Miss Bingley." Mrs." said Miss Bingley." "All this she must possess. the tone of her voice. to observe the game. Elizabeth joined them again only to say that her sister was worse. and that she could not leave her." "How I long to see her again! I never met with anybody who delighted me so much. it succeeds. "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial. Elizabeth soon afterwards left the room." "Oh! certainly. Bingley urged Mr. in the whole range of my acquaintance." said Darcy." "Undoubtedly. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music. Jones being sent for immediately. while his sisters. to deserve the word. But I am very far from agreeing with you in your estimation of ladies in general. "Then." observed Elizabeth. "will she be as tall as I am?" "I think she will. I do comprehend a great deal in it. She is now about Miss Elizabeth Bennet's height. I rather wonder now at your knowing _any_. "Elizabeth Bennet." "Nor I. such manners! And so extremely accomplished for her age! Her performance on the pianoforte is exquisite. I scarcely know anyone who cannot do all this." cried his faithful assistant.www. I never saw such capacity. in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading. that are really accomplished.english-area. when the door was closed on her. in my opinion. it is a paltry device. and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time. or the word will be but half-deserved. as to leave her very little attention for her book." "Yes. and the modern languages. "is one of those young ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own. Bingley and his eldest sister. "has too much truth. with bitter complaints of their inattention to what was going forward. without being informed that she was very accomplished. They all paint tables." "All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles. to whom this remark was chiefly addressed." Miss Bingley was not so entirely satisfied with this reply as to continue the subject." said Miss Bingley. her address and expressions. or rather taller. I am sure. when Mr. "no one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. a very mean art." added Darcy. and application. But. and taste. Such a countenance. what do you mean?" "Yes. cover screens. and were both protesting that they knew many women who answered this description. Hurst called them to order. The word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no otherwise than by netting a purse or covering a screen. drawing. and net purses. she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking. I think. and with many men. I dare say." "I am no longer surprised at your knowing _only_ six accomplished women.com Elizabeth was so much caught with what passed. she drew near the card-table." "Your list of the common extent of accomplishments." said Bingley. singing. and besides all this. As all conversation was thereby at an end. and stationed herself between Mr." "Are you so severe upon your own sex as to doubt the possibility of all this?" "I never saw such a woman. "you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished woman. "there is a meanness in _all_ the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. and elegance. Hurst and Miss Bingley both cried out against the injustice of her implied doubt.

" "It must not be thought of. removal. and do not run on in the wild manner that you are suffered to do at home. she requested to have a note sent to Longbourn." said Darcy. neighbourhood you move in a very confined and unvarying society. Had she found Jane in any apparent danger." was her answer. I consider myself as quite fixed here. neither did the apothecary. The note was immediately dispatched. Bingley by a housemaid. "that Miss Bennet will receive every possible attention while she remains with us. "I am sure. Madam. without exception." said Elizabeth. and its contents as quickly complied with. who arrived about the same time. "Indeed I have. reached Netherfield soon after the family breakfast. I should probably be off in five minutes.www. as her restoration to health would probably remove her from Netherfield. Bennet." cried her mother. They solaced their wretchedness. "and therefore if I should resolve to quit Netherfield. but she was not so unwilling to comply with their brother's proposal. "You begin to comprehend me. his sisters declared that they were miserable. "that you were a studier of character. desiring her mother to visit Jane. "Oh! yes--I understand you perfectly. "She is a great deal too ill to be moved." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés In a country 17 . After sitting a little while with Jane. and in the morning had the pleasure of being able to send a tolerable answer to the inquiries which she very early received from Mr." "I did not know before." "The country. think it at all advisable. and a charming prospect over the gravel walk. Bingley was quite uncomfortable. however. Jones says we must not think of moving her. therefore. Bennet was profuse in her acknowledgments. "remember where you are. and form her own judgement of her situation. They have at least that advantage." "Whatever I do is done in a hurry. Bingley met them with hopes that Mrs. recommended an express to town for one of the most eminent physicians. intricate character is more or less estimable than such a one as yours. Bennet would have been very miserable. I am sure. the sweetest temper I have ever met with. accompanied by her two youngest girls." "Removed!" cried Bingley. by duets after supper. to her daughter's proposal of being carried home. You will not think of quitting it in a hurry.english-area. It must be an amusing study. sir. while he could find no better relief to his feelings than by giving his housekeeper directions that every attention might be paid to the sick lady and her sister. for she is very ill indeed. with cold civility. We must trespass a little longer on your kindness. for she has. though you have but a short lease. You have a sweet room here." "Yes. and it was settled that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning. My sister." "That is as it happens. however. will not hear of her "You may depend upon it. though with the greatest patience in the world." "I wish I might take this for a compliment. It does not follow that a deep. if Miss Bennet were not decidedly better. I do not know a place in the country that is equal to Netherfield." Mrs." "Lizzy. I often tell my other girls they are nothing to _her_. but being satisfied on seeing her that her illness was not alarming. Bingley. which is always the way with her. do you?" cried he. "can in general supply but a few subjects for such a study. At present." "That is exactly what I should have supposed of you. Mr. Mrs. "if it was not for such good friends I do not know what would become of her. This she would not hear of. but intricate characters are the _most_ amusing." replied he. I hope. the mother and three daughter all attended her into the breakfast parlour. on Miss Bingley's appearance and invitation. Chapter 9 Elizabeth passed the chief of the night in her sister's room.com could be of any service. but to be so easily seen through I am afraid is pitiful. turning towards her. Bennet had not found Miss Bennet worse than she expected." said Miss Bingley. she had no wish of her recovering immediately. and some time afterwards from the two elegant ladies who waited on his sisters. Mrs. and suffers a vast deal. however." she added. She would not listen. Mr." continued Bingley immediately. In spite of this amendment.

_my_ daughters are brought up very differently." "Aye--that is because you have the right disposition. For my part. turned silently away. They have each their advantages. and very pretty they were. however. Bingley for his kindness to Jane. he did not. He only meant that there was not such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in the town. It is a pity they are not handsome! Not that I think Charlotte so _very_ plain--but then she is our particular friend. quite mistake the matter. with an apology for troubling him also with Lizzy. blushing for her mother. is it not. and after a short silence Mrs. she called yesterday with her father. healthy love it may. Elizabeth. but as to not meeting with many people in this neighbourhood. he wrote some verses on her. I fancy she was wanted about the mince-pies. after looking at her for a moment. I do not trust my own partiality. for the sake of saying something that might turn her mother's thoughts. I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away. and I can be equally happy in either. Bingley was unaffectedly civil in his answer. but to be sure." Nothing but concern for Elizabeth could enable Bingley to keep his countenance. "Yes. she would go home. She longed to speak. Darcy. She performed her part indeed without much graciousness." he replied.com "But people themselves alter so much. continued her triumph. nobody said there were. for my part. Bennet. It is what everybody says." "Indeed. Mr. Darcy with a very expressive smile. my dear. "There has been many a one. yes. "You quite mistook Mr. indeed. Mamma. offended by his manner of mentioning a country neighbourhood. When she was only fifteen. Upon this signal. who fancied she had gained a complete victory over him." "Oh! dear. "Of a fine. and when I am in town it is pretty much the same. and the Lucases are a very good sort of girls. and say what the occasion required. I believe there are few neighbourhoods larger. which you must acknowledge to be true. His sister was less delicate. "I cannot see that London has any great advantage over the country. Bennet was satisfied. and forced his younger sister to be civil also." "She seems a very pleasant young woman." Darcy only smiled. but you must own she is very plain." said Elizabeth impatiently. However. Bingley?" "When I am in the country. I fancy. and envied me Jane's beauty. Lady Lucas herself has often said so." "Certainly. stout. But everybody is to judge for themselves." "Yes. Jane--one does not often see anybody better looking. "I never wish to leave it." Everybody was surprised. and never open their mouths. thin sort of inclination. Everything nourishes what is strong already. overcome in the same way. The country is a vast deal pleasanter. there was a man at my brother Gardiner's in town so much in love with her that my sister-in-law was sure he would make her an offer before we came away. I do not like to boast of my own child. Perhaps he thought her too young. Bingley. But. I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!" "I have been used to consider poetry as the _food_ of love." cried Mrs. but could think of nothing to say. What an agreeable man Sir William is. and directed her eyes towards Mr.www. and those persons who fancy themselves very important. Bingley." "And so ended his affection. I know we dine with four-and-twenty families. I always keep servants that can do their own work. "seemed to think the country was nothing at all. you are mistaken. and Darcy. Mr. assure you there is quite as much of _that_ going on in the country as in town." said Darcy. except the shops and public places. but Mrs. and soon afterwards ordered her carriage." looking at Darcy. now asked her if Charlotte Lucas had been at Longbourn since _her_ coming away. I assure you. Mr. is not he? So much the man of fashion! So genteel and easy! He had always something to say to everybody. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 18 . Bennet began repeating her thanks to Mr.english-area." "Did Charlotte dine with you?" "No. and the general pause which ensued made Elizabeth tremble lest her mother should be exposing herself again. But if it be only a slight. Bennet. Mr. _That_ is my idea of good breeding. that there is something new to be observed in them for ever. But that gentleman. "I Mrs." said Elizabeth.

com the youngest of her daughters put herself forward. to address Mr. His answer to this sudden attack was delightful to their mother's ear: "I am perfectly ready. however. But you would not wish to be dancing when she is ill. and Mrs. that it would be the most shameful thing in the world if he did not keep it." "You are mistaken. Mr.www. that the youngest should tax Mr. Darcy was writing. did not appear. and was exactly in union with her opinion of each. and Elizabeth returned instantly to Jane.english-area. Chapter 10 The day passed much as the day before had done. and her own easy manners recommended her." "Thank you--but I always mend my own. Let me mend it for you. The two girls had been whispering to each other during the whole visit. Bingley on the subject of the ball. whose affection had brought her into public at an early age. who continued." Lydia declared herself satisfied. had increased into assurance. by your desire. or on the length of his letter. I mend pens remarkably well. Hurst was observing their game. to whom her uncle's good dinners. too! How odious I should think them!" "It is fortunate. well-grown girl of fifteen. Bennet and her daughters then departed. and I think it infinitely superior to Miss Grantley's." "How many letters you must have occasion to write in the course of a year! Letters of business. and the result of it was. in spite of all Miss Bingley's witticisms on _fine eyes_. and in the evening Elizabeth joined their party in the drawing-room. a favourite with her mother." "I am afraid you do not like your pen. The loo-table. and pray let her know that I am quite in raptures with her beautiful little design for a table. She was very equal. though slowly. and by that time most likely Captain Carter would be at Meryton again. and Miss Bingley. leaving her own and her relations' behaviour to the remarks of the two ladies and Mr." "Pray tell your sister that I long to see her. however. Mrs." she added. either on his handwriting. Elizabeth took up some needlework." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 19 . that they fall to my lot instead of yours. Bingley with having promised on his first coming into the country to give a ball at Netherfield. which the attention of the officers. "Tell your sister I am delighted to hear of her improvement on the harp. Lydia was a stout. or on the evenness of his lines. to keep my engagement. "I shall insist on their giving one also. Hurst and Mr. Mr. Bingley were at piquet. adding. with a fine complexion and good-humoured countenance. The perpetual commendations of the lady. name the very day of the ball." Mrs. to mend. then. and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion. I write rather slowly. I shall tell Colonel Forster it will be quite a shame if he does not. with the perfect unconcern with which her praises were received. and when your sister is recovered. and abruptly reminded him of his promise. "Oh! yes--it would be much better to wait till Jane was well." "How can you contrive to write so even?" He was silent. seated near him. formed a curious dialogue." "I have already told her so once. And when you have given _your_ ball. "How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!" He made no answer. could not be prevailed on to join in their censure of _her_. therefore. was watching the progress of his letter and repeatedly calling off his attention by messages to his sister. Darcy. you shall. and a sort of natural self-consequence. the latter of whom. I assure you. "You write uncommonly fast. if you please. Hurst and Miss Bingley had spent some hours of the morning with the invalid. She had high animal spirits.

you had better stay probably do it. "this is too much.english-area. as you were till next week. Darcy?" "My style of writing is very different from yours. however." "And which of the two do you call _my_ little recent piece of modesty?" "The indirect boast." "To yield readily--easily--to the _persuasion_ of a friend is no merit with you. Mr. has merely desired it." said Bingley." cried Bingley. But I am afraid you are giving it a turn which that gentleman did by no means intend." "That will not do for a compliment to Darcy. but whether always charming it is not for me to determine. "because he does _not_ write with ease. for he would certainly think better of me. You have shown him off now much more than he did himself. Allowing the case. And yet. 'Bingley. therefore. Darcy?" "They are generally long. but I am by no means convinced that you would Your conduct would be quite as dependent on chance as that of any man I mounting your horse. and ride off as fast as I could. and I believe it at this moment. and blots the rest." "It is a rule with me.com "Will you give me leave to defer your raptures till I write again? At present I have not room to do them justice. you must remember. "than the appearance of humility. He studies too much for words of four syllables. I shall see her in January. cannot write ill. that a person who can write a long letter with ease." said Elizabeth. upon my honour. asked it without offering one argument in favour of its propriety. that the friend who is supposed to desire his return to the house." "Would Mr. to stand according to your representation. if not estimable. to remember at night all the foolish things that were said in the morning. you would probably not go--and at another word. if under such a circumstance I were to give a flat denial." "Oh!" cried Miss Bingley. Bingley did not do justice to his own disposition. "that Mr. know." said Darcy. "Charles writes in the most careless way imaginable. which. Mr. At least." He leaves out half his "My ideas flow so rapidly that I have not time to express them--by which means my letters sometimes convey no ideas at all to my correspondents. and can be of no real advantage to yourself or anyone else?" "Nay. words." "You expect me to account for opinions which you choose to call mine. you think at least highly interesting. you meant it to be a sort of panegyric." cried Elizabeth. But do you always write such charming long letters to her. Bingley." "Oh! it is of no consequence. Do not you. and if. I did not assume the character of needless precipitance merely to show off before the ladies. of compliment to yourself--and yet what is there so very laudable in a precipitance which must leave very necessary business undone." "You have only proved by this. Darcy must speak for himself. I believe what I said of myself to be true. It is often only carelessness of opinion. might stay a be gone with such celerity." "Your humility. but which I have never acknowledged. Bennet this morning that if you ever resolved upon quitting Netherfield you should be gone in five minutes. Darcy then consider the rashness of your original intentions as atoned for by your obstinacy in adhering to it?" "Upon my word." "I am exceedingly gratified.' you would month. a friend were to say. The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor. Miss Bennet. "must disarm reproof. and the delay of his plan. Caroline. When you told Mrs. "by your converting what my friend says into a compliment on the sweetness of my temper." "I dare say you believed it. and sometimes an indirect boast. for you are really proud of your defects in writing.www. because you consider them as proceeding from a rapidity of thought and carelessness of execution. I cannot exactly explain the matter." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 20 . and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance." cried her brother." "Nothing is more deceitful.

than you may be aware of. till the circumstance occurs before we discuss the discretion of his behaviour thereupon. and Mr. and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her." "You appear to me. Bingley. A regard for the requester would often make one readily yield to a request. "I heard you before. Mrs. "is no sacrifice on my side. We may as well wait. I should not pay him half so much deference. according to his ideas of right. "let us hear all the particulars. as she turned over some music-books that lay on the instrument. but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody. where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no very great moment. Elizabeth could not help observing. Darcy smiled. at last that she drew his notice because there was something more wrong and reprehensible. and want to silence this." cried Bingley. perhaps. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 21 . Miss Bingley varied the charm by a lively Scotch air. and then you may say whatever you like of me. after a polite request that Elizabeth would lead the way which the other as politely and more earnestly negatived. He really believed. "You dislike an argument. but I could not immediately determine what to say in reply.com "To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either. when he has nothing to do. She could only imagine. should you think ill of that person for complying with the desire. but made no answer. I declare I do not know a more awful object than Darcy. Miss Bennet. But in general and ordinary cases between friend and friend. before we proceed on this subject. and did finish his letter. how frequently Mr. I assure you. and. Miss Bingley moved with some alacrity to the pianoforte. on particular occasions. and yet that he should look at her because he disliked her." Elizabeth. was still more strange. but Elizabeth thought she could perceive that he was rather offended. and while they were thus employed. I know. was amazed at his gallantry. "Oh!" said she. but I always delight in overthrowing those kind of schemes. that if Darcy were not such a great tall fellow." Mr. Bingley. Darcy. She liked him too little to care for his approbation. to seize such an opportunity of dancing a reel?" She smiled. as well as the degree of intimacy subsisting between the parties?" "By all means. in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.' that you might have the pleasure of despising my taste. I have. and soon afterwards Mr. however. You wanted me. and of a Sunday evening. having rather expected to affront him. "I see your design. drawing near Elizabeth." "Perhaps I do. Hurst sang with her sister. Darcy had much better finish his letter. When that business was over. to say 'Yes." "Indeed I do not dare. made up my mind to tell you. Darcy's eyes were fixed on her. not forgetting their comparative height and size. without waiting to be argued into it?" "Will it not be advisable. I shall be very thankful. he should be in some danger. that were it not for the inferiority of her connections. at his own house especially. and in particular places. and cheating a person of their premeditated contempt. and therefore checked her laugh." Mr. therefore. Darcy took her advice.english-area. He repeated the question. without waiting for arguments to reason one into it. If you and Miss Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room. than in any other person present. to arrange with rather more precision the degree of importance which is to appertain to this request. After playing some Italian songs. she seated herself. The supposition did not pain her." said Elizabeth. he applied to Miss Bingley and Elizabeth for an indulgence of some music. that I do not want to dance a reel at all--and now despise me if you dare. with some surprise at her silence. She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man. I am not particularly speaking of such a case as you have supposed about Mr. to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection.www. Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received. Darcy. in comparison with myself. said to her: "Do not you feel a great inclination. for that will have more weight in the argument. Miss Bennet. Mr." said his friend. Arguments are too much like disputes." "What you ask.

when this desirable event takes place. and Mrs. but to stretch himself on one of the sofas and go to sleep. Hurst. and said he was "very glad." said Miss Bingley. might be copied. Jane was already so much recovered as to intend leaving her room for a couple of hours that evening. "running away without telling us that you were coming out. rejoicing as she rambled about. She often tried to provoke Darcy into disliking her guest. principally Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 22 . stay where you are." but diffuseness and warmth remained for Bingley's salutation." But Elizabeth. or suspected enough to be jealous. They are in the same profession." Then taking the disengaged arm of Mr. and talked scarcely to anyone else. And. Mr. Miss Bingley's eyes were instantly turned toward Darcy.english-area. in the hope of being at home again in a day or two. as to the advantage of holding her tongue. but their colour and shape. She assured him that no one intended to play. Mr. Mr. Elizabeth. in some confusion. When tea was over. and her great anxiety for the recovery of her dear friend Jane received some assistance from her desire of getting rid of Elizabeth. and appear to uncommon advantage." answered Mrs. she left Elizabeth to walk by herself. We had better go into the avenue. no. Their powers of conversation were considerable. and Mr. admitted three. and she removed at his desire to the other side of the fireplace. Do let the portraits of your uncle and aunt Phillips be placed in the gallery at Pemberley. She had obtained private intelligence that Mr. Put them next to your great-uncle the judge. and seeing her well guarded from cold. As for your Elizabeth's picture. Darcy felt their rudeness. "I hope. for what painter could do justice to those beautiful eyes?" "It would not be easy. He was full of joy and attention. and the silence of the whole party on the subject seemed to justify her. Hurst also made her a slight bow. indeed." "Have you anything else to propose for my domestic felicity?" "Oh! yes. that she might be further from the door. saw it all with great delight. you know. The first half-hour was spent in piling up the fire." said she. The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a fourth. bordering on conceit and impertinence. Elizabeth ran up to her sister. Hurst and Elizabeth herself. You are charmingly grouped. laughingly answered: "No. which your lady possesses. so remarkably fine. who had not the least inclination to remain with them. to catch their expression.com Miss Bingley saw. you must not have it taken. Hurst. But when the gentlemen entered. by talking of their supposed marriage. "I did not know that you intended to walk." At that moment they were met from another walk by Mrs." She then ran gaily off. lest she should suffer from the change of room. with a polite congratulation. only in different lines. Darcy did not wish for cards. Jane was no longer the first object. endeavour to check that little something. as they were walking together in the shrubbery the next day.www. and she had something to say to him before he had advanced many steps. at work in the opposite corner. and the eyelashes. and immediately said: "This walk is not wide enough for our party. if I may mention so delicate a subject. Darcy. Mr. "you will give your mother-in-law a few hints. do cure the younger girls of running after officers. and planning his happiness in such an alliance. lest they had been overheard. and laugh at their acquaintance with spirit. and Elizabeth had never seen them so agreeable as they were during the hour which passed before the gentlemen appeared. Miss Bingley did the same. Hurst reminded his sister-in-law of the card-table--but in vain. He addressed himself to Miss Bennet. attended her into the drawing-room. Hurst soon found even his open petition rejected. He then sat down by her. and if you can compass it. Good-bye. The path just Chapter 11 When the ladies removed after dinner. Hurst had therefore nothing to do. "You used us abominably ill. relate an anecdote with humour. where she was welcomed by her two friends with many professions of pleasure. Darcy took up a book. They could describe an entertainment with accuracy.

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occupied in playing with her bracelets and rings, joined now and then in her brother's conversation with Miss Bennet. Miss Bingley's attention was quite as much engaged in watching Mr. Darcy's progress through _his_ book, as in reading her own; and she was perpetually either making some inquiry, or looking at his page. She could not win him, however, to any conversation; he merely answered her question, and read on. At length, quite exhausted by the attempt to be amused with her own book, which she had only chosen because it was the second volume of his, she gave a great yawn and said, "How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest for some amusement; when hearing her brother mentioning a ball to Miss Bennet, she turned suddenly towards him and said: "By the bye, Charles, are you really serious in meditating a dance at Netherfield? I would advise you, before you determine on it, to consult the wishes of the present party; I am much mistaken if there are not some among us to whom a ball would be rather a punishment than a pleasure." "If you mean Darcy," cried her brother, "he may go to bed, if he chooses, before it begins--but as for the ball, it is quite a settled thing; and as soon as Nicholls has made white soup enough, I shall send round my cards." "I should like balls infinitely better," she replied, "if they were carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much more rational if conversation instead of dancing were made the order of the day." "Much more rational, my dear Caroline, I dare say, but it would not be near so much like a ball." Miss Bingley made no answer, and soon afterwards she got up and walked about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; but Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious. In the desperation of her feelings, she resolved on one effort more, and, turning to Elizabeth, said: "Miss Eliza Bennet, let me persuade you to follow my example, and take a turn about the room. I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so long in one attitude." Elizabeth was surprised, but agreed to it immediately. Miss Bingley succeeded no less in the real object of her civility; Mr. Darcy looked up. He was as much awake to the novelty of attention in that quarter as Elizabeth herself could be, and unconsciously closed his book. He was directly invited to join their party, but he declined it, observing that he could imagine but two motives for their choosing to walk up and down the room together, with either of which motives his joining them would interfere. "What could he mean? She was dying to know what could be his meaning?"--and asked Elizabeth whether she could at all understand him? "Not at all," was her answer; "but depend upon it, he means to be severe on us, and our surest way of disappointing him will be to ask nothing about it." Miss Bingley, however, was incapable of disappointing Mr. Darcy in anything, and persevered therefore in requiring an explanation of his two motives. "I have not the smallest objection to explaining them," said he, as soon as she allowed him to speak. "You either choose this method of passing the evening because you are in each other's confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking; if the first, I would be completely in your way, and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire." "Oh! shocking!" cried Miss Bingley. "I never heard anything so abominable. How shall we punish him for such a speech?" "Nothing so easy, if you have but the inclination," said Elizabeth. "We can all plague and punish one another. Tease him—laugh at him. Intimate as you are, you must know how it is to be done." "But upon my honour, I do _not_. I do assure you that my intimacy has not yet taught me _that_. Tease calmness of manner and presence of mind! No, no--feel he may defy us there. And as to

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"Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!" cried Elizabeth. "That is an uncommon advantage, and uncommon I hope it will continue, for it would be a great loss to _me_ to have many such acquaintances. I dearly love a laugh." "Miss Bingley," said he, "has given me more credit than can be. The wisest and the best of men--nay, the wisest and best of their actions--may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in life is a joke." "Certainly," replied Elizabeth--"there are such people, but I hope I am not one of _them_. I hope I never ridicule what is wise and good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, _do_ divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can. But these, I suppose, are precisely what you are without." "Perhaps that is not possible for anyone. But it has been the study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a strong understanding to ridicule." "Such as vanity and pride." "Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. always under good regulation." But pride--where there is a real superiority of mind, pride will be

Elizabeth turned away to hide a smile. "Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume," said Miss Bingley; "and pray what is the result?" "I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect. He owns it himself without disguise." "No," said Darcy, "I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough, but they are not, I hope, of understanding. My temper I dare not vouch for. It is, I believe, too little yielding--certainly too little for the convenience of the world. I cannot forget the follies and vices of other so soon as I ought, nor their offenses against myself. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost, is lost forever." "_That_ is a failing indeed!" cried Elizabeth. "Implacable resentment _is_ a shade in a character. But you have chosen your fault well. I really cannot _laugh_ at it. You are safe from me." "There is, I believe, in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil--a natural defect, which not even the best education can overcome." "And _your_ defect is to hate everybody." "And yours," he replied with a smile, "is willfully to misunderstand them." "Do let us have a little music," cried Miss Bingley, tired of a conversation in which she had no share. "Louisa, you will not mind my waking Mr. Hurst?" Her sister had not the smallest objection, and the pianoforte was opened; and Darcy, after a few moments' recollection, was not sorry for it. He began to feel the danger of paying Elizabeth too much attention.

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In consequence of an agreement between the sisters, Elizabeth wrote the next morning to their mother, to beg that the carriage might be sent for them in the course of the day. But Mrs. Bennet, who had calculated on her daughters remaining at Netherfield till the following Tuesday, which would exactly finish Jane's week, could not bring herself to receive them with pleasure before. Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at least not to Elizabeth's wishes, for she was impatient to get home. Mrs. Bennet sent them word that they could not possibly have the carriage before Tuesday; and in her postscript it was added, that if Mr. Bingley and his sister pressed them to stay longer, she could spare them very well. Against staying longer, however, Elizabeth was positively resolved--nor did she much expect it would be asked; and fearful, on the contrary, as being considered as intruding themselves needlessly long, she urged Jane to borrow Mr. Bingley's carriage immediately, and at length it was settled that their original design of leaving Netherfield that morning should be mentioned, and the request made.

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The communication excited many professions of concern; and enough was said of wishing them to stay at least till the following day to work on Jane; and till the morrow their going was deferred. Miss Bingley was then sorry that she had proposed the delay, for her jealousy and dislike of one sister much exceeded her affection for the other. The master of the house heard with real sorrow that they were to go so soon, and repeatedly tried to persuade Miss Bennet that it would not be safe for her--that she was not enough recovered; but Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right. To Mr. Darcy it was welcome intelligence--Elizabeth had been at Netherfield long enough. She attracted him more than he liked--and Miss Bingley was uncivil to _her_, and more teasing than usual to himself. He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration should _now_ escape him, nothing that could elevate her with the hope of influencing his felicity; sensible that if such an idea had been suggested, his behaviour during the last day must have material weight in confirming or crushing it. Steady to his purpose, he scarcely spoke ten words to her through the whole of Saturday, and though they were at one time left by themselves for half-an-hour, he adhered most conscientiously to his book, and would not even look at her. On Sunday, after morning service, the separation, so agreeable to almost all, took place. Miss Bingley's civility to Elizabeth increased at last very rapidly, as well as her affection for Jane; and when they parted, after assuring the latter of the pleasure it would always give her to see her either at Longbourn or Netherfield, and embracing her most tenderly, she even shook hands with the former. Elizabeth took leave of the whole party in the liveliest of spirits. They were not welcomed home very cordially by their mother. Mrs. Bennet wondered at their coming, and thought them very wrong to give so much trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again. But their father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really glad to see them; he had felt their importance in the family circle. The evening conversation, when they were all assembled, had lost much of its animation, and almost all its sense by the absence of Jane and Elizabeth. They found Mary, as usual, deep in the study of thorough-bass and human nature; and had some extracts to admire, and some new observations of threadbare morality to listen to. Catherine and Lydia had information for them of a different sort. Much had been done and much had been said in the regiment since the preceding Wednesday; several of the officers had dined lately with their uncle, a private had been flogged, and it had actually been hinted that Colonel Forster was going to be married.

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"I hope, my dear," said Mr. Bennet to his wife, as they were at breakfast the next morning, "that you have ordered a good dinner to-day, because I have reason to expect an addition to our family party." "Who do you mean, my dear? I know of nobody that is coming, I am sure, unless Charlotte Lucas should happen to call in—and I hope _my_ dinners are good enough for her. I do not believe she often sees such at home." "The person of whom I speak is a gentleman, and a stranger." Mrs. Bennet's eyes sparkled. "A gentleman and a stranger! It is Mr. Bingley, I am sure! Well, I am sure I shall be extremely glad to see Mr. Bingley. But--good Lord! how unlucky! There is not a bit of fish to be got to-day. Lydia, my love, ring the bell—I must speak to Hill this moment." "It is _not_ Mr. Bingley," said her husband; "it is a person whom I never saw in the whole course of my life." This roused a general astonishment; and he had the pleasure of being eagerly questioned by his wife and his five daughters at once. After amusing himself some time with their curiosity, he thus explained: "About a month ago I received this letter; and about a fortnight ago I answered it, for I thought it a case of some delicacy, and requiring early attention. It is from my cousin, Mr. Collins, who, when I am dead, may turn you all out of this house as soon as he pleases." "Oh! my dear," cried his wife, "I cannot bear to hear that mentioned. Pray do not talk of that odious man. I do think it is the hardest thing in the world, that your estate should be entailed away from your own children; and I am sure, if I had been you, I should have tried long ago to do something or other about it."
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therefore. I think not. I hate such false friends. I shall not be the person to discourage him. I feel it my duty to promote and establish the blessing of peace in all families within the reach of my influence. and I think it is very impertinent of him to write to you at all. near Westerham. "He seems to be a most conscientious and polite young man. Bennet. "WILLIAM COLLINS" "At four o'clock. as he folded up the letter. Bennet. you may perhaps be a little softened by his manner of expressing himself.english-area. and his kind intention of christening. Bennet was beyond the reach of reason. 15th October. and burying his parishioners whenever it were required. upon my word. and on these grounds I flatter myself that my present overtures are highly commendable. and since I have had the misfortune to lose him.--There is something very pompous in his style.'—My mind. as well as to assure you of my readiness to make them every possible amends--but of this hereafter. is now made up on the subject." said Mr. where it shall be my earnest endeavour to demean myself with grateful respect towards her ladyship. I cannot be otherwise than concerned at being the means of injuring your amiable daughters. "and nothing can clear Mr. Mrs.--'There. and she continued to rail bitterly against the cruelty of settling an estate away from a family of five daughters. There is a mixture of servility and self-importance in his letter. as Lady Catherine is far from objecting to my occasional absence on a Sunday. which I can do without any inconvenience. "It certainly is a most iniquitous affair. my dear. sir?" "No. but for some time I was kept back by my own doubts. fearing lest it might seem disrespectful to his memory for me to be on good terms with anyone with whom it had always pleased him to be at variance. "I cannot make him out. but it was a subject on which Mrs. and if he is disposed to make them any amends.--And what can he mean by apologising for being next in the entail?—We cannot suppose he would help it if he could. that I am sure I shall not." "There is some sense in what he says about the girls. I have frequently wished to heal the breach. dear sir. and be ever ready to perform those rites and ceremonies which are instituted by the Church of England. moreover. I have great hopes of finding him quite the reverse. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn. whose bounty and beneficence has preferred me to the valuable rectory of this parish.-"The disagreement subsisting between yourself and my late honoured father always gave me much uneasiness. indeed. marrying.--Could he be a sensible man. They had often attempted to do it before. November 18th." said Mr. Monday." "Hunsford. and I doubt not will prove a valuable acquaintance." "No.www. "He must be an oddity. by four o'clock." Elizabeth was chiefly struck by his extraordinary deference for Lady Catherine. Why could he not keep on quarreling with you." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 26 . we may expect this peace-making gentleman." said Jane. But if you will listen to his letter. I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the Right Honourable Lady Catherine de Bourgh. provided that some other clergyman is engaged to do the duty of the day. in favour of a man whom nobody cared anything about. I propose myself the satisfaction of waiting on you and your family. If you should have no objection to receive me into your house. however. especially if Lady Catherine should be so indulgent as to let him come to us again. he does seem to have had some filial scruples on that head. the wish is certainly to his credit. with respectful compliments to your lady and daughters. however. "Dear Sir. for having received ordination at Easter. which promises well.—I remain. I am impatient to see him. As a clergyman. widow of Sir Lewis de Bourgh. and that the circumstance of my being next in the entail of Longbourn estate will be kindly overlooked on your side.com Jane and Elizabeth tried to explain to her the nature of an entail. I think. and shall probably trespass on your hospitality till the Saturday se'ennight following. and very hypocritical. and not lead you to reject the offered olive-branch. "to guess in what way he can mean to make us the atonement he thinks our due." "Though it is difficult. Bennet. as his father did before him?" "Why." said she. and beg leave to apologise for it. as you will hear. your well-wisher and friend. Kent.

Collins was eloquent in her praise. It is a pity that great ladies in general are not more like her. but the ladies were ready enough to talk. It was next to impossible that their cousin should come in a scarlet coat. At present I will not say more. There is no knowing how estates will go when once they come to be entailed. and Mr. answered most readily. But he was set right there by Mrs. and was received with great politeness by the whole family. heavy-looking young man of five-and-twenty. As for their mother. It is a grievous affair to my poor girls. appeared very remarkable. perhaps. sir?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 27 . She had even condescended to advise him to marry as soon as he could. Bennet indeed said little. Lady Catherine was reckoned proud by many people he knew. who assured him with some asperity that they were very well able to keep a good cook. Lady Catherine de Bourgh's attention to his wishes. for else they will be destitute enough. neither the letter nor its writer were in any degree interesting. The subject elevated him to more than usual solemnity of manner. "and I dare say she is a very agreeable woman.www. to the entail of this estate. and therefore started a subject in which he expected him to shine. and with a most important aspect he protested that "he had never in his life witnessed such behaviour in a person of rank--such affability and condescension. In a softened tone she declared herself not at all offended. said he had heard much of their beauty. and had even vouchsafed to suggest some herself--some shelves in the closet upstairs. and consideration for his comfort. by observing that he seemed very fortunate in his patroness. and he begged to know to which of his fair cousins the excellency of its cooking was owing." said Mary. I do indeed. "the letter does not seem defective. when we are better acquainted-" He was interrupted by a summons to dinner. and could say much on the subject. Mr. Bennet. you must confess. but that I am cautious of appearing forward and precipitate. Not that I mean to find fault with _you_.com "In point of composition. His air was grave and stately. and all its furniture. he thought it time to have some conversation with his guest. Collins was punctual to his time. and she was preparing to see him with a degree of composure which astonished her husband and daughters. "You are very kind." "You allude. This gallantry was not much to the taste of some of his hearers. Mr. She had been graciously pleased to approve of both of the discourses which he had already had the honour of preaching before her. and it was now some weeks since they had received pleasure from the society of a man in any other colour. and his commendation of everything would have touched Mrs. she made not the smallest objection to his joining in the society of the neighbourhood nor to his leaving the parish occasionally for a week or two. Bennet could not have chosen better. the dining-room. perhaps. I am sure. to make up her pool of quadrille in the evening." said Mrs. provided he chose with discretion. Bennet on having so fine a family of daughters. Collins seemed neither in need of encouragement. that he did not doubt her seeing them all in due time disposed of in marriage. Bennet scarcely spoke at all. Chapter 14 During dinner. Mr. yet I think it is well expressed. of the hardship to my fair cousins.english-area. but he continued to apologise for about a quarter of an hour. and had sent for him only the Saturday before. Collins's admiration. Mr." To Catherine and Lydia. where she had perfectly approved all the alterations he had been making. I am sure." "I am very sensible. He begged pardon for having displeased her. and I wish with all my heart it may prove so. but when the servants were withdrawn. Bennet. Mr. The idea of the olive-branch perhaps is not wholly new. He was a tall. Collins's letter had done away much of her ill-will. were examined and praised. and had once paid him a visit in his humble parsonage. Mr. The dinner too in its turn was highly admired. and his manners were very formal. The hall. and that her daughters had nothing to do in the kitchen. who quarreled with no compliments. She had also asked him twice to dine at Rosings. Bennet's heart. But I can assure the young ladies that I come prepared to admire them. but that in this instance fame had fallen short of the truth." "Ah! sir. Does she live near you. He had not been long seated before he complimented Mrs. to visit his relations." "That is all very proper and civil. for such things I know are all chance in this world. as he had himself experienced from Lady Catherine. but Mrs. nor inclined to be silent himself. Bennet. They were not the only objects of Mr. Things are settled so oddly. but _he_ had never seen anything but affability in her. and the girls smiled on each other. She had always spoken to him as she would to any other gentleman. but. madam. but for the mortifying supposition of his viewing it all as his own future property. and added.

and of very extensive property. and he listened to him with the keenest enjoyment. It amazes me. Bennet. By tea-time." "You judge very properly. the heiress of Rosings." Then turning to Mr. after assuring them that he bore his young cousin no ill-will. She is unfortunately of a sickly constitution. when tea was over. that my uncle Phillips talks of turning away Richard. that her charming daughter seemed born to be a duchess. and it is a sort of attention which I conceive myself peculiarly bound to pay. Miss de Bourgh is far superior to the handsomest of her sex. and if he does. but. Kitty stared at him. and who still resides with them. however. and Mr. shaking her head. and promised that it should not occur again. for. and after some deliberation he chose Fordyce's Sermons. and begging pardon. and. and said: "I have often observed how little young ladies are interested by books of a serious stamp. "and it is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. Mr. Collins. and that the most elevated rank. "then she is better off than many girls. and. I always wish to give them as unstudied an air as possible. and Lydia exclaimed. and should never resent her behaviour as any affront. but Mr. as I am informed by the lady who superintended her education. mamma. Mrs. she interrupted him with: "Do you know. Lady Catherine herself says that. Bennet. he offered himself as his antagonist at backgammon." "Her indifferent state of health unhappily prevents her being in town. Colonel Forster will hire him. her ladyship's residence. certainly. though written solely for their benefit. I confess. which has prevented her from making that progress in many accomplishments which she could not have otherwise failed of. Bennet. laid aside his book. requiring no partner in his pleasure. But I will no longer importune my young cousin." said Mr. or are the result of previous study?" "They arise chiefly from what is passing at the time. His cousin was as absurd as he had hoped. and often condescends to drive by my humble abode in her little phaeton and ponies. Her ladyship seemed pleased with the idea. if he would resume his book. as I told Lady Catherine one day. the dose had been enough. Bennet's expectations were fully answered. Other books were produced. Mr. and you may imagine that I am happy on every occasion to offer those little delicate compliments which are always acceptable to ladies. in point of true beauty. much offended. I shall walk to Meryton to-morrow to hear more about it. instead of giving her consequence. I have more than once observed to Lady Catherine. protested that he never read novels. maintaining at the same time the most resolute composure of countenance. with very monotonous solemnity. and a book was produced. and to ask when Mr.english-area. he started back. Lydia gaped as he opened the volume. But she is perfectly amiable. These are the kind of little things which please her ladyship. and before he had. seated himself at another table with Mr. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 28 ." "Ah!" said Mrs.com "The garden in which stands my humble abode is separated only by a lane from Rosings Park. Bennet and her daughters apologised most civilly for Lydia's interruption. there can be nothing so advantageous to them as instruction. My aunt told me so herself on Saturday. young lady is she? Is she handsome?" And what sort of "She is a most charming young lady indeed. Collins readily assented. would be adorned by her. because there is that in her features which marks the young lady of distinguished birth. Denny comes back from town. and though I sometimes amuse myself with suggesting and arranging such little elegant compliments as may be adapted to ordinary occasions. has deprived the British court of its brightest ornaments. and by that means. glad to invite him to read aloud to the ladies. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment. on beholding it (for everything announced it to be from a circulating library). Bennet was glad to take his guest into the drawing-room again. but Mr. Bennet accepted the challenge." Lydia was bid by her two eldest sisters to hold her tongue. observing that he acted very wisely in leaving the girls to their own trifling amusements. Collins. except in an occasional glance at Elizabeth." "Has she been presented? I do not remember her name among the ladies at court. Bennet. read three pages.www." Mr." "I think you said she was a widow. and prepared for backgammon. sir? Has she any family?" "She has only one daughter.

all wondered who he could be. and have his library to himself. Mr. He was then. full of eligibility and suitableness. and excessively generous and disinterested on his own part. and for the first evening _she_ was his settled choice. Bennet. walking with another officer on the other side of the way. their time passed till they entered Meryton. however. and in seeking a reconciliation with the Longbourn family he had a wife in view. for thither Mr. when the sound of horses drew their notice. and established all his strictest notions of what was due to seniority. of most gentlemanlike appearance. Denny addressed them directly. if he found them as handsome and amiable as they were represented by common report. he had merely kept the necessary terms. and Miss Bennet the principal object. was extremely pleased to close his large book. Such doings discomposed Mr. All were struck with the stranger's air. Having now a good house and a very sufficient income. led the way across the street.com Chapter 15 Mr. Bennet. succeeded her of course. nominally engaged with one of the largest folios in the collection. or a really new muslin in a shop window. made him altogether a mixture of pride and obsequiousness. and he was happy to say had accepted a commission in their corps. and the man whom she could not bear to speak of the day before was now high in her good graces. Collins. and there he would continue. could recall them. and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society. he intended to marry. This was his plan of amends--of atonement--for inheriting their father's estate. Elizabeth. His plan did not vary on seeing them. The subjection in which his father had brought him up had given him originally great humility of manner. Miss Bennet's lovely face confirmed his views. determined if possible to find out. at the request of Mr. The attention of the younger ones was then no longer to be gained by him. without forming at it any useful acquaintance. Bennet exceedingly. a good figure. and trusted that she might soon have two daughters married. and Darcy and Bingley were seen riding down the street. In pompous nothings on his side. turning back. to meet with folly and conceit in every other room of the house. and the respect which he felt for her high rank. Wickham. On distinguishing the ladies of the group. "As to her _younger_ daughters. as he told Elizabeth. her _eldest_ daughter. being in fact much better fitted for a walker than a reader. and Kitty and Lydia. his civility. was most prompt in inviting Mr. and he bowed as they passed. Bennet before breakfast. for in a quarter of an hour's tete-a-tete with Mrs. a conversation beginning with his parsonage-house. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 29 . made an alteration. self-importance and humility. but really talking to Mr. and began the usual civilities. This was exactly as it should be. and entreated permission to introduce his friend. whom they had never seen before. and Mr. The next morning. and he thought it an excellent one. Collins was to attend them. and civil assents on that of his cousins. His appearance was greatly in his favour. Collins to join his daughters in their walk. and though he belonged to one of the universities. she must just mention--she felt it incumbent on her to hint. under pretense of wanting something in an opposite shop. and though prepared. In his library he had been always sure of leisure and tranquillity. But the attention of every lady was soon caught by a young man.www. mingling with a very good opinion of himself. the greatest part of his life having been spent under the guidance of an illiterate and miserly father. Lydia's intention of walking to Meryton was not forgotten. Mr. as he meant to choose one of the daughters. he was used to be free from them there. Denny concerning whose return from London Lydia came to inquire. equally next to Jane in birth and beauty. a caution against the very Jane he had fixed on. Bingley was the principal spokesman. and the whole party were still standing and talking together very agreeably. a fine countenance. who was most anxious to get rid of him. Collins was not a sensible man. The introduction was followed up on his side by a happy readiness of conversation--a readiness at the same time perfectly correct and unassuming." Mr. Their eyes were immediately wandering up in the street in quest of the officers. and go. that a mistress might be found for it at Longbourn. and his right as a rector.english-area. and very pleasing address. therefore. was likely to be very soon engaged. of his house and garden at Hunsford. of his authority as a clergyman. The officer was the very Mr. and fortunately had just gained the pavement when the two gentlemen. Mrs. with little cessation. but it was now a good deal counteracted by the selfconceit of a weak head. Collins had only to change from Jane to Elizabeth--and it was soon done--done while Mrs. living in retirement. and leading naturally to the avowal of his hopes. she could not take upon her to say--she could not positively answer--but she did not _know_ of any prepossession. Collins had followed him after breakfast. A fortunate chance had recommended him to Lady Catherine de Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant. amid very complaisant smiles and general encouragement. Bennet was stirring the fire. and his veneration for her as his patroness. he had all the best part of beauty. every sister except Mary agreed to go with her. who had returned with him the day before from town. the two gentlemen came directly towards them. and the consequential feelings of early and unexpected prosperity. produced from her. Bennet treasured up the hint. and Mr. and nothing less than a very smart bonnet indeed. had reached the same spot. for the young man wanted only regimentals to make him completely charming.

were become "stupid. when her civility was claimed towards Mr. and give him an invitation also. As they walked home. she said. had they appeared to be in the wrong. Bennet by admiring Mrs. and was assured with unwearying civility that they were perfectly needless. who had told her that they were not to send any more draughts to Netherfield because the Miss Bennets were come away. Wickham walked with the young ladies to the door of Mr. she felt all the force of the compliment. Mr. when they were suddenly arrested by the sight of the stranger. were particularly welcome. Wickham had accepted their uncle's invitation. Phillips protested that they would have a nice comfortable noisy game of lottery tickets. she should have known nothing about. Kitty and Lydia would certainly have continued the occupation. a comparison that did not at first convey much gratification. Bingley. Darcy corroborated it with a bow. and they had all taken their seats. but without seeming to have noticed what passed. Jones's shop-boy in the street. and was beginning to determine not to fix his eyes on Elizabeth. that Mr. he supposed. He protested that. but though Jane would have defended either or both. Collins by Jane's introduction of him. Collins was at leisure to look around him and admire. as he walked up and down the street. and who was its proprietor--when she had listened to the description of only one of Lady Catherine's drawing-rooms. he had never seen a more elegant woman. Phillips understood from him what Rosings was. She had been watching him the last hour. however. which. Mr. from their recent absence. which he could not help flattering himself. after a few moments. she could no more explain such behaviour than her sister. but even pointedly included him in her invitation for the next evening. it was impossible not to long to know.www. although utterly unknown to her before. Wickham. and even in spite of Mrs. The prospect of such delights was very cheering. Phillips was always glad to see her nieces.english-area. if the family from Longbourn would come in the evening. Phillips's throwing up the parlour window and loudly seconding the invitation.com he said. and all Mr. When this information was given. and she was eagerly expressing her surprise at their sudden return home. and their aunt promised to make her husband call on Mr. and they parted in mutual good spirits." Some of them were to dine with the Phillipses the next day. and the two eldest. for she had not only received him with the utmost civility. but her contemplation of one stranger was soon put to an end by exclamations and inquiries about the other. touched his hat--a salutation which Mr. and Elizabeth happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each other. Phillip's house. Both changed colour. that he declared he might almost have supposed himself in the small summer breakfast parlour at Rosings. and the girls had the pleasure of hearing. Phillips was quite awed by such an excess of good breeding. the coach conveyed him and his five cousins at a suitable hour to Meryton. disagreeable fellows. and then made their bows. and would hardly have resented a comparison with the housekeeper's room. Mrs. as their own carriage had not fetched them. she could only tell her nieces what they already knew. and had Mr. apologising for his intrusion. who. Mr. but unluckily no one passed windows now except a few of the officers. in spite of Miss Lydia's pressing entreaties that they should come in. and was then in the house. one looked white. Darcy just deigned to return. Elizabeth related to Jane what she had seen pass between the two gentlemen. Collins repeated his apologies in quitting the room. which he returned with as much more. that Mr. Denny had brought him from London. but when Mrs. and Mrs. Mr. Mr. This was agreed to. except Lady Catherine and her daughter. without any previous acquaintance with her. What could be the meaning of it? It was impossible to imagine. but yet he had never met with so much attention in the whole course of his life. took leave and rode on with his friend. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 30 . however. Phillips's manners and politeness. and he was so much struck with the size and furniture of the apartment. Mrs. as they entered the drawing-room. Collins's scruples of leaving Mr. She received him with her very best politeness. and that he was to have a lieutenant's commission in the ----shire. Denny and Mr. if she had not happened to see Mr. the other red. was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting. In another minute. in comparison with the stranger. of whom. on his way to Longbourn on purpose to inquire after her. Chapter 16 As no objection was made to the young people's engagement with their aunt. Something. Bennet for a single evening during his visit were most steadily resisted. Wickham. might be attributed to his connection with them. might be justified by his relationship to the young ladies who introduced him to her notice. and Mrs. Wickham appeared. Mr. and a little bit of hot supper afterwards. Collins on his return highly gratified Mrs. and found that the chimney-piece alone had cost eight hundred pounds. Mr.

and examine their own indifferent imitations of china on the mantelpiece." cried Elizabeth very warmly. but Mr. The gentlemen did approach. though it was only on its being a wet night. Are you much acquainted with Mr. "I know little of the game at present. and when Mr. and she was very willing to hear him." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 31 . You could not have met with a person more capable of giving you certain information on that head than myself." "I cannot pretend to be sorry. and he found in Mrs. Mr." "I have no right to give _my_ opinion. He is not at all liked in Hertfordshire. Darcy had been staying there. the very cold manner of our meeting yesterday. to the young ladies he certainly was nothing. Here you are in your own family. who could not listen to their cousin. whose opinion of his consequence increased with what she heard. but he had still at intervals a kind listener in Mrs. as you probably might. Everybody is disgusted with his pride. after seeing. or frightened by his high and imposing manners. Mr. Mr. and was by her watchfulness. and who was resolving to retail it all among her neighbours as soon as she could." said Wickham. Wickham walked into the room. with occasional digressions in praise of his own humble abode. too eager in making bets and exclaiming after prizes to have attention for anyone in particular. most abundantly supplied with coffee and muffin. she soon grew too much interested in the game. he was happily employed until the gentlemen joined them. It is impossible for _me_ to be impartial. however. after a short interruption." said Wickham. who followed them into the room. Wickham and the officers. however. At first there seemed danger of Lydia's engrossing him entirely. but with _him_ I believe it does not often happen. and. unwilling to let the subject drop. added. at such an assertion. with the smallest degree of unreasonable admiration. "You may well be surprised. most threadbare topic might be rendered interesting by the skill of the speaker. Wickham was therefore at leisure to talk to Elizabeth. Collins seemed to sink into insignificance. The world is blinded by his fortune and consequence. I say no more _here_ than I might say in any house in the neighbourhood. Wickham began the subject himself. and the improvements it was receiving. breathing port wine. for in my situation in life--" Mrs. "He is a man of very large property in Derbyshire. except Netherfield." "Upon my word. Wickham did not play at whist. was unexpectedly relieved. You will not find him more favourably spoken of by anyone. and with ready delight was he received at the other table between Elizabeth and Lydia.www. but being likewise extremely fond of lottery tickets. Elizabeth felt that she had neither been seeing him before. I am not qualified to form one. A clear ten thousand per annum. Wickham was as far beyond them all in person. and the best of them were of the present party. She dared not even mention that gentleman. for I have been connected with his family in a particular manner from my infancy. for she was a most determined talker. The officers of the ----shire were in general a very creditable. the interval of waiting appeared very long. nor thinking of him since. But I believe your opinion of him would in general astonish--and perhaps you would not express it quite so strongly anywhere else. He inquired how far Netherfield was from Meryton. "his estate there is a noble one. Darcy?" "As much as I ever wish to be." replied Mr." said he. and then. and Elizabeth was the happy woman by whom he finally seated himself. and who had nothing to do but to wish for an instrument. dullest. "but I shall be glad to improve myself. Phillips a very attentive listener. Her curiosity." Elizabeth could not but look surprised. "About a month. countenance. "I have spent four days in the same house with him. though what she chiefly wished to hear she could not hope to be told--the history of his acquaintance with Mr. Mr. but could not wait for his reason. and I think him very disagreeable. Phillips was very glad for his compliance. I understand. by sitting down to whist. Phillips. Darcy. "as to his being agreeable or otherwise. It was over at last. stuffy uncle Phillips. I have known him too long and too well to be a fair judge. When the card-tables were placed. and walk. Miss Bennet. Allowing for the common demands of the game. and the agreeable manner in which he immediately fell into conversation. asked in a hesitating manner how long Mr. Mr. as _they_ were superior to the broad-faced. made her feel that the commonest. air. and sees him only as he chooses to be seen. "that he or that any man should not be estimated beyond their deserts. after receiving her answer.com In describing to her all the grandeur of Lady Catherine and her mansion. Wickham was the happy man towards whom almost every female eye was turned. To the girls. he had the opportunity of obliging her in turn." "Yes." said Elizabeth. gentlemanlike set. With such rivals for the notice of the fair as Mr. Wickham.english-area.

but the delicacy of it prevented further inquiry." "Indeed!" "Yes--the late Mr. He had not a temper to bear the sort of competition in which we stood--the sort of preference which was often given me. the society. I can never defy or expose _him_." Elizabeth honoured him for such feelings. to be an ill-tempered man. Darcy. and excessively attached to me. Wickham began to speak on more general topics. I knew it to be a most respectable. agreeable corps." said he. His father. and I should at this time have been in possession of a most valuable living. but when the living fell." "Oh! no--it is not for _me_ to be driven away by Mr. He meant to provide for me amply. and that it was given to another man. and the very great attentions and excellent acquaintances Meryton had procured them. and speaking of the latter with gentle but very intelligible gallantry. exactly as I was of an age to hold it. "whether he is likely to be in this country much longer. imprudence—in short anything or nothing. at the next opportunity of speaking." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 32 . Darcy liked me less. Darcy without being grieved to the soul by a thousand tender recollections. and listened with all her heart. "But what. If _he_ wishes to avoid seeing _me_. and my friend Denny tempted me further by his account of their present quarters. Meryton. I have been a disappointed man.com "I should take him. a sense of very great ill-usage. Darcy chose to doubt it--or to treat it as a merely conditional recommendation. I cannot do justice to his kindness. and my spirits will not bear solitude. that we are very different sort of men. A man of honour could not have doubted the intention." "This is quite shocking! He deserves to be publicly disgraced. and thought him handsomer than ever as he expressed them." "I do not at all know. I believe." Wickham only shook his head. Society. We are not on friendly terms. He was my godfather. after a pause. and I can never be in company with this Mr. Had the late Mr." he added. Certain it is. Mr. Darcy bequeathed me the next presentation of the best living in his gift.www. and thought he had done it." said she. is necessary to me. and _to_ him. but his father's uncommon attachment to me irritated him. I _must_ have employment and society. rather than his disappointing the hopes and disgracing the memory of his father. but Mr. determined dislike of me--a dislike which I cannot but attribute in some measure to jealousy. "but how could _that_ be? How could his will be disregarded? Why did you not seek legal redress?" "There was just such an informality in the terms of the bequest as to give me no hope from law. he must go. was one of the best men that ever breathed. "It was the prospect of constant society. "can have been his motive? What can have induced him to behave so cruelly?" "A thorough. but circumstances have now made it eligible. and the truest friend I ever had. even on _my_ slight acquaintance. but I have no reason for avoiding _him_ but what I might proclaim before all the world. unguarded temper. and good society." "Some time or other he _will_ be--but it shall not be by _me_. Miss Bennet. I own. and to assert that I had forfeited all claim to it by extravagance. But the fact is. "which was my chief inducement to enter the ----shire. it was given elsewhere. and I may have spoken my opinion _of_ him. that I cannot accuse myself of having really done anything to deserve to lose it. A military life is not what I was intended for. that the living became vacant two years ago.english-area. Till I can forget his father. his son might have borne with me better. I can recall nothing worse. and it always gives me pain to meet him. I hope your plans in favour of the ----shire will not be affected by his being in the neighbourhood." Elizabeth found the interest of the subject increase. and that he hates me. and no less certain is it. the neighbourhood. Darcy." "Good heavens!" cried Elizabeth. but I verily believe I could forgive him anything and everything. I have a warm. and most painful regrets at his being what he is. had it pleased the gentleman we were speaking of just now. the late Mr. The church _ought_ to have been my profession--I was brought up for the church. His behaviour to myself has been scandalous. appearing highly pleased with all that he had yet seen. "I wonder. very early in life. but I _heard_ nothing of his going away when I was at Netherfield. too freely.

to assist his tenants. and I have devoted hours and hours to her amusement. He can be a conversible companion if he thinks it worth his while. "How abominable! I wonder that the very pride of this Mr. too. at Netherfield." "How strange!" cried Elizabeth. It has connected him nearer with virtue than with any other feeling. but Mr. to degenerate from the popular qualities. and. _My_ father began life in the profession which your uncle. and relieve the poor. about fifteen or sixteen." After many pauses and many trials of other subjects. truly amiable. Mr. Darcy gave him a voluntary promise of providing for me. a most intimate. she continued. He has also _brotherly_ pride. which. within the same park. Darcy often acknowledged himself to be under the greatest obligations to my father's active superintendence. she was affectionate and pleasing. inmates of the same house." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 33 . but did not suspect him of descending to such malicious revenge. and saying: "I am astonished at his intimacy with Mr. is a powerful motive. "A young man. immediately before my father's death. Since her father's death. the friend. Elizabeth could not help reverting once more to the first. She is a handsome girl. highly accomplished. and is. her home has been London.english-area. Bingley?" "Not at all. with _some_ brotherly affection. It has often led him to be liberal and generous. Darcy is. As a child. and when." "Can such abominable pride as his have ever done him good?" "Yes. Among those who are at all his equals in consequence. as I think you said." Elizabeth was again deep in thought. I had not thought so very ill of him." "It _is_ wonderful. the favourite of his father!" She could have added. He cannot know what Mr. too. whose very countenance may vouch for your being amiable"--but she contented herself with." replied Wickham. Bingley! How can Mr. makes him a very kind and careful guardian of his sister. very proud. Darcy." replied Wickham. like _you_. "To treat in such a manner the godson. and extremely fond of me. who seems good humour itself. His disposition must be dreadful. where a lady lives with her. I understand. confidential friend.com "I had not thought Mr." After a few minutes' reflection. such injustice. amiable. "for almost all his actions may be traced to pride. and _filial_ pride--for he is very proud of what his father was--have done this. Phillips. connected together. I really believe. rational. of his having an unforgiving temper. charming man. honourable. Darcy has not made him just to you! If from no better motive. to give his money freely. and you will hear him generally cried up as the most attentive and best of brothers. "and one." "What sort of girl is Miss Darcy?" He shook his head. I had supposed him to be despising his fellow-creatures in general. But she is nothing to me now. "I _do_ remember his boasting one day. He does not want abilities." "He is a sweet-tempered. "I wish I could call her amiable. and superintends her education. Mr. But she is too much like her brother--very. as of his affection to myself. and perhaps agreeable-allowing something for fortune and figure. objects of the same parental care. that he should not have been too proud to be dishonest-for dishonesty I must call it." "I will not trust myself on the subject. Darcy so bad as this--though I have never liked him. and after a time exclaimed. in the closest manner!" "We were born in the same parish. He was most highly esteemed by Mr. such inhumanity as this." "Probably not. Darcy can please where he chooses. Mr. But we are none of us consistent. but with the rich he is liberal-minded. and pride had often been his best friend. to display hospitality. be in friendship with such a man? How can they suit each other? Do you know Mr. "I can hardly be just to him. Darcy and devoted all his time to the care of the Pemberley property. appears to do so much credit to— but he gave up everything to be of use to the late Mr. he is a very different man from what he is to the less prosperous. I am convinced that he felt it to be as much a debt of gratitude to _him_. It gives me pain to speak ill of a Darcy. sharing the same amusements. and in his behaviour to me there were stronger impulses even than pride. Family pride. His pride never deserts him. the greatest part of our youth was passed together. of the implacability of his resentments. who had probably been his companion from childhood. however. just.www. Bingley. Not to appear to disgrace his family. sincere. or lose the influence of the Pemberley House.

and Mr. enumerating all the dishes at supper. and nothing remained therefore to be done." Mr. Whatever he said. part from her authoritative manner. but his manners recommended him to everybody." said she. he had lost every point. he asked Elizabeth in a low voice whether her relation was very intimately acquainted with the family of de Bourgh." Elizabeth allowed that he had given a very rational account of it.com The whist party soon afterwards breaking up. She has the reputation of being remarkably sensible and clever. of the fish she had lost and the fish she had won. in some way or other. done gracefully. It had not been very great. and happily I am not in such circumstances as to make five shillings any object. and whatever he did. Vain indeed must be all her attentions. that he considered the money as a mere trifle. Chapter 17 Elizabeth related to Jane the next day what had passed between Mr. Collins were once silent. but to think well of them both. "I know very well. but I very well remember that I never liked her. "been deceived. vain and useless her affection for his sister and her praise of himself. and yet. protesting that he did not in the least regard his losses at whist. The possibility of his having endured such unkindness. with mutual satisfaction till supper put an end to cards. "They have both. conceited woman." she replied. She could think of nothing but of Mr." I never heard of her "Her daughter. and throw into the account of accident or mistake whatever could not be otherwise explained. impossible for us Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 34 . I did not. to defend the conduct of each. "has very lately given him a living. was enough to interest all her tender feelings. but there was not time for her even to mention his name as they went. will have a very large fortune. I hardly know how Mr. and that in spite of her being his patroness. I dare say. and begged that she would not make herself uneasy. I suspect his gratitude misleads him. "Mr. had more to say than he could well manage before the carriage stopped at Longbourn House. I knew nothing at all of Lady Catherine's connections. of which we can form no idea. existence till the day before yesterday." said she. Wickham. It is. as she thought of poor Miss Bingley. Phillips. Collins took his station between his cousin Elizabeth and Mrs. "speaks highly both of Lady Catherine and her daughter. Wickham's attentions. for neither Lydia nor Mr. "that when persons sit down to a card-table. "Lady Catherine de Bourgh. madam. I am removed far beyond the necessity of regarding little matters. was said well. Collins was first introduced to her notice. who chooses that everyone connected with him should have an understanding of the first class. Phillips's supper party." "I believe her to be both in a great degree. but when Mrs. and repeatedly fearing that he crowded his cousins. but thanks to Lady Catherine de Bourgh. "I have not seen her for many years." "You know of course that Lady Catherine de Bourgh and Lady Anne Darcy were sisters. all the way home. he assured her with much earnest gravity that it was not of the least importance. The usual inquiries as to his success was made by the latter. but from some particulars that he has related of her ladyship. Wickham's attention was caught. it was not in her nature to question the veracity of a young man of such amiable appearance as Wickham. and Mrs. Interested people have perhaps misrepresented each to the other. consequently that she is aunt to the present Mr. the players gathered round the other table and Mr." replied Wickham. There are undoubtedly many who could not say the same. and gave the rest of the ladies their share of Mr. if he were already selfdestined for another. but I rather believe she derives part of her abilities from her rank and fortune. and after observing Mr. indeed. Lydia talked incessantly of lottery tickets. Bingley's regard. and they continued talking together. and the rest from the pride for her nephew. Miss de Bourgh. and that her manners were dictatorial and insolent. Wickham and herself. Collins for a few moments. and of what he had told her. Darcy could be so unworthy of Mr. Elizabeth went away with her head full of him. but he certainly has not known her long." This information made Elizabeth smile. in short.www. Phillips. they must take their chances of these things.english-area. Collins in describing the civility of Mr. There could be no conversation in the noise of Mrs." "No. Jane listened with astonishment and concern. she knew not how to believe that Mr. Phillips began to express her concern thereupon. Darcy. Collins. she is an arrogant." said he. and it is believed that she and her cousin will unite the two estates.

for the two first dances especially. one whom his father had promised to provide for. And even Mary could assure her family that she had no disinclination for it. saying not much to Elizabeth. that I shall hope to be honoured with the hands of all my fair cousins in the course of the evening. Bingley. or we shall be obliged to think ill of somebody.com to conjecture the causes or circumstances which may have alienated them." Elizabeth's spirits were so high on this occasion. One does not know what to think. Darcy contradict it. Collins's proposal accepted with as good a grace as she could. They were soon gone again. and hurrying off as if eager to escape from Mrs." "It is difficult indeed--it is distressing. Can his most intimate friends be so excessively deceived in him? Oh! no. Collins. No man of common humanity. and was very far from dreading a rebuke either from the Archbishop. Bingley's invitation. Wickham. in the absence of more eligible visitors. The happiness anticipated by Catherine and Lydia depended less on any single event. and the attentions of her brother. Darcy. instead of a ceremonious card. Bingley's being imposed on. whether he would think it proper to join in the evening's amusement. at any rate.www." Elizabeth felt herself completely taken in. Bennet as much as possible. there was truth in his looks. she could not help asking him whether he intended to accept Mr. It now first struck her. no man who had any value for his character. to respectable people. The two young ladies were summoned from the shrubbery. he was by no means the only partner who could satisfy them. a ball. that though she did not often speak unnecessarily to Mr. everything mentioned without ceremony. "it is enough--I think it is no sacrifice to join occasionally in evening engagements. and Mr. would have much to suffer when the affair became public. that _she_ was selected from among her sisters as worthy of being mistress of Hunsford Parsonage. and repeatedly asked what she had been doing with herself since their separation. The prospect of the Netherfield ball was extremely agreeable to every female of the family." "Laugh as much as you choose." But Jane could think with certainty on only one point--that Mr. or any particular person. by the arrival of the very persons of whom they had been speaking. do but consider in what a disgraceful light it places Mr. given by a young man of character." "I can much more easily believe Mr. Bennet's civilities. Society has claims on us all. one knows exactly what to think. a preference which I trust my cousin Jane will attribute to the right cause.english-area. She was not the better pleased with his gallantry from the idea it suggested of something more. and if he did. avoiding Mrs. There was no help for it. where this conversation passed. Mr. for though they each. Darcy's look and behavior. and I profess myself one of those who consider intervals of recreation and amusement as desirable for everybody. and she was rather surprised to find that he entertained no scruple whatever on that head. Wickham's happiness and her own were perforce delayed a little longer. "I am by no means of the opinion. and of seeing a confirmation of everything in Mr. and I am so far from objecting to dancing myself. and nothing at all to the others." "I beg your pardon. rising from their seats with an activity which took their brother by surprise. Bingley himself. Jane pictured to herself a happy evening in the society of her two friends. and Elizabeth thought with pleasure of dancing a great deal with Mr. meant to dance half the evening with Mr. Miss Elizabeth. facts. Mr." said he. and now. however. It is impossible." "Very true. My dearest Lizzy. like Elizabeth. "that a ball of this kind. Mrs. can have any evil tendency. and was particularly flattered by receiving the invitation from Mr. The two ladies were delighted to see their dear friend again. Wickham should invent such a history of himself as he gave me last night. and of assisting to form a quadrille table at Rosings. She had fully proposed being engaged by Mr. To the rest of the family they paid little attention." said she. and a ball was. if he _had_ been imposed on. I assure you. without actual blame on either side. or Lady Catherine de Bourgh. "While I can have my mornings to myself. called it an age since they had met. Bennet chose to consider it as given in compliment to her eldest daughter. what have you got to say on behalf of the interested people who have probably been concerned in the business? Do clear _them_ too. and to have Mr. and I take this opportunity of soliciting yours. Wickham. The idea soon reached to Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 35 . by venturing to dance. Collins instead! her liveliness had never been worse timed. which was fixed for the following Tuesday. Bingley and his sisters came to give their personal invitation for the long-expected ball at Netherfield. and not to any disrespect for her. indeed. Besides. but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. Wickham for those very dances. names. than that Mr. to be treating his father's favourite in such a manner. let Mr. could be capable of it. my dear Jane. If it be not so.

and till he did. she addressed him a second time with:-- Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 36 . and Monday endurable to Kitty and Lydia. and Darcy approached to claim her hand. and to point him out to her particular notice. She was resolved against any sort of conversation with him. Elizabeth made no answer. that. no officers. and often moving wrong without being aware of it. adding. and heard his frequent attempt at a compliment on her wit and vivacity. and took her place in the set. though unheard by Lydia. and allow her fancy for Wickham to make her appear unpleasant in the eyes of a man ten times his consequence. Wickham among the cluster of red coats there assembled. Mr. apologising instead of attending. however. Sunday. it was useless to quarrel about him. and having told all her griefs to Charlotte Lucas. and was in conversation with her. trusting that it was not more than might be won in the course of the evening. awkward and solemn. Bingley. "I do not imagine his business would have called him away just now. to the day of the ball. a doubt of his being present had never occurred to her. could have made such a Friday. and was again silent. with a significant smile. there was such a succession of rain as prevented their walking to Meryton once. as it assured her that Darcy was not less answerable for Wickham's absence than if her first surmise had been just. Elizabeth. it could not dwell long on her spirits. and she began to imagine that their silence was to last through the two dances. and had the refreshment of talking of Wickham. Charlotte tried to console her: "I dare say you will find him very agreeable. If there had not been a Netherfield ball to prepare for and talk of. patience with Darcy. Darcy who took her so much by surprise in his application for her hand. Chapter 18 Till Elizabeth entered the drawing-room at Netherfield. gave her all the shame and misery which a disagreeable partner for a couple of dances can give. and she was left to fret over her own want of presence of mind. amazed at the dignity to which she was arrived in being allowed to stand opposite to Mr. She had dressed with more than usual care. the absolute fact of his absence was pronounced by his friend Denny." "Heaven forbid! _That_ would be the greatest misfortune of all! To find a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! Do not wish me such an evil. their equal amazement in beholding it. that she could hardly reply with tolerable civility to the polite inquiries which he directly afterwards approached to make. however. The certainty of meeting him had not been checked by any of those recollections that might not unreasonably have alarmed her. to whom Lydia eagerly applied. brought a return of distress." This part of his intelligence. Saturday. and at first was resolved not to break it. not to be a simpleton. and who told them that Wickham had been obliged to go to town on business the day before. she made some slight observation on the dance. was caught by Elizabeth.www. and though more astonished than gratified herself by this effect of her charms. no news could be sought after--the very shoe-roses for Netherfield were got by proxy. Charlotte could not help cautioning her in a whisper. The first two dances. every feeling of displeasure against the former was so sharpened by immediate disappointment. for from the day of the invitation. and was not yet returned. however. was injury to Wickham. it was not long before her mother gave her to understand that the probability of their marriage was extremely agreeable to _her_. they were dances of mortification. Collins might never make the offer. she returned to Charlotte Lucas. Wickham. and of hearing that he was universally liked. She danced next with an officer. whose blind partiality provoked her. she was soon able to make a voluntary transition to the oddities of her cousin. and though this was not exactly the case. and turned away with a degree of ill-humour which she could not wholly surmount even in speaking to Mr. and. forbearance. But in an instant arose the dreadful suspicion of his being purposely omitted for Mr.english-area. No aunt.com conviction. Darcy's pleasure in the Bingleys' invitation to the officers. if he had not wanted to avoid a certain gentleman here. and though every prospect of her own was destroyed for the evening. They stood for some time without speaking a word. Collins. He replied. and prepared in the highest spirits for the conquest of all that remained unsubdued of his heart. Mr. Even Elizabeth might have found some trial of her patience in weather which totally suspended the improvement of her acquaintance with Mr. The moment of her release from him was ecstasy. whom she had not seen for a week. When those dances were over. without knowing what she did. and nothing less than a dance on Tuesday. and looked in vain for Mr. did not choose to take the hint. till suddenly fancying that it would be the greater punishment to her partner to oblige him to talk. But Elizabeth was not formed for ill-humour. as she observed his increasing civilities toward herself. when she found herself suddenly addressed by Mr. Darcy." When the dancing recommenced. being well aware that a serious dispute must be the consequence of any reply. and reading in her neighbours' looks. the younger Miss Bennets would have been in a very pitiable state at this time. He walked away again immediately. she accepted him. After a pause of some minutes. Attendance.

however. and said." "What think you of books?" said he. Darcy:--but let me not interrupt you. You will not thank me for detaining you from the bewitching converse of that young lady. Darcy. unable to resist the temptation." "I must not decide on my own performance. "Very well." The effect was immediate." He smiled. meaning to pass through the set to the other side of the room." The latter part of this address was scarcely heard by Darcy. taciturn disposition." "Are you consulting your own feelings in the present case. you know. he turned to his partner. but Sir William's allusion to his friend seemed to strike him forcibly." "I do not think we were speaking at all." "I am sorry you think so. Recovering himself. It would look odd to be entirely silent for half an hour together. especially when a certain desirable event. unwilling to speak. then. and that I must hope to have this pleasure often repeated. and seemed desirous of changing the subject. unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room. But _now_ we may be silent. One must speak a little. however. She answered in the affirmative. I talked about the dance. I am sure we never read the same. who were dancing together. as that they may have the trouble of saying as little as possible. whose bright eyes are also upbraiding me. Allow me to say. my dear Eliza (glancing at her sister and Bingley) shall take place. smiling. and they were again silent till they had gone down the dance. there can at least be no want of subject. and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb. We are each of an unsocial. or not with the same feelings. "and in a manner which he is likely to suffer from all his life. my dear sir. "When you met us there the other day." replied Elizabeth archly. What congratulations will then flow in! I appeal to Mr. and his eyes were directed with a very serious expression towards Bingley and Jane. is less certain.www." He made no answer. _You_ think it a faithful portrait undoubtedly. We may compare our different opinions. added. and assured her that whatever she wished him to say should be said. while you are dancing?" "Sometimes. "for I have always seen a great similarity in the turn of our minds. I am sure." "This is no very striking resemblance of your own character. That reply will do for the present. that your fair partner does not disgrace you. I cannot pretend to say. and in a constrained manner said. we had just been forming a new acquaintance. "Books--oh! no. Sir William could not have interrupted two people in the room who had less to say for themselves. but on perceiving Mr. "Mr. It is evident that you belong to the first circles.com "It is _your_ turn to say something now. "I have been most highly gratified indeed." replied Elizabeth with emphasis. and Elizabeth. and yet for the advantage of _some_." "He has been so unlucky as to lose _your_ friendship. We have tried two or three subjects already without success. Darcy. A deeper shade of _hauteur_ overspread his features." said he. Perhaps by and by I may observe that private balls are much pleasanter than public ones." Darcy made no answer. could not go on. but if that be the case. he stopped with a bow of superior courtesy to compliment him on his dancing and his partner. though blaming herself for her own weakness. "Sir William's interruption has made me forget what we were talking of." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 37 . or do you imagine that you are gratifying mine?" "Both. conversation ought to be so arranged. shortly. when he asked her if she and her sisters did not very often walk to Meryton.english-area. and." "Do you talk by rule. but he said not a word. "How near it may be to _mine_. and what we are to talk of next I cannot imagine. At length Darcy spoke. sir. and _you_ ought to make some sort of remark on the size of the room. At that moment. Sir William Lucas appeared close to them. Such very superior dancing is not often seen. Mr. or the number of couples. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his _making_ friends--whether he may be equally capable of _retaining_ them.

considering his descent. with a firm voice. as soon afterwards appeared by her suddenly exclaiming. "I am trying to make it out. to be secure of judging properly at first. Darcy's steward. who has undertaken to make inquiries on the same subject of Bingley. for as to Mr. I may never have another opportunity. that he cannot bear to hear George Wickham mentioned." "It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion.com "No--I cannot talk of books in a ball-room. without knowing what she said." "The _present_ always occupies you in such scenes--does it?" said he. for. "You are much mistaken if you expect to influence me by such a paltry attack as this. my head is always full of something else." "I would by no means suspend any pleasure of yours. and that though my brother thought that he could not well avoid including him in his invitation to the officers." he coldly replied. on the contrary. Miss Eliza." "I am." said Elizabeth angrily. and with an expression of civil disdain accosted her: "So." She then sought her eldest sister. I pity you. for her thoughts had wandered far from the subject. exceedingly. Darcy. and I find that the young man quite forgot to tell you. "Yes. that you were not to sketch my character at the present moment. I can assure you.www. but I know very well that Mr." answered he gravely." "May I ask to what these questions tend?" "Merely to the illustration of _your_ character. not to give implicit confidence to all his assertions. Mr." "Insolent girl!" said Elizabeth to herself. "Excuse my interference--it was kindly meant. I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me "I can readily believe. and I wonder how he could presume to do it. Darcy. that he was the son of old Wickham. and Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 38 . he has always been remarkably kind to him. with a look of doubt. turning away with a sneer. indeed." "His guilt and his descent appear by your account to be the same. Darcy's steward. one could not expect much better. when Miss Bingley came towards her. "I remember hearing you once say. and directed all his anger against another. Elizabeth instantly read her feelings. I do not know the particulars. the late Mr. though George Wickham has treated Mr." "But if I do not take your likeness now. as there is reason to fear that the performance would reflect no credit on either. His coming into the country at all is a most insolent thing. and I could wish." said she." replied Miss Bingley. "that reports may vary greatly with respect to me. Miss Eliza. a glow of such happy expression. that you hardly ever forgave. as to its _being created_. They had not long separated. as a friend." "I do not get on at all. I hear you are quite delighted with George Wickham! Your sister has been talking to me about him. Darcy's using him ill. he was excessively glad to find that he had taken himself out of the way. "And never allow yourself to be blinded by prejudice?" "I hope not. I suppose. as sufficiently marked how well she was satisfied with the occurrences of the evening. and they went down the other dance and parted in silence. Miss Bennet. "for I have heard you accuse him of nothing worse than of being the son of Mr. and of _that_. I see nothing in it but your own wilful ignorance and the malice of Mr. You are very cautious. he informed me himself. Darcy in a most infamous manner. and on each side dissatisfied.english-area. that your resentment once created was unappeasable. always. among his other communication. for in Darcy's breast there was a tolerable powerful feeling towards her." she replied." "I beg your pardon." "And what is your success?" She shook her head." said he. endeavouring to shake off her gravity. Let me recommend you. but really. Jane met her with a smile of such sweet complacency. and asking me a thousand questions. Darcy is not in the least to blame. it is perfectly false. She said no more. which soon procured her pardon. though not to an equal degree. however. for this discovery of your favourite's guilt.

Wickham. with a countenance no less smiling than her sister's. I happened to overhear the gentleman himself mentioning to the young lady who does the honours of the house the names of his cousin Miss de Bourgh. and has learnt the rest from that friend himself. Wickham has deserved much less attention from Mr. Darcy's regard. that there is now in the room a near relation of my patroness. but since he is unacquainted with several parts of the story. On their being joined by Mr. and. which on every other subject shall be my constant guide." said she. But what does he say of the living?" "He does not exactly recollect the circumstances. I dare say. when she ceased speaking. and is quite ignorant of the circumstances which have principally offended Mr. to whose inquiry after the pleasantness of her last partner she had scarcely replied." She then changed the discourse to one more gratifying to each. give me leave to observe that I consider the clerical office as equal in point of dignity with the highest rank in the kingdom—provided that a proper humility of behaviour is at the same time maintained." "You are not going to introduce yourself to Mr. Bingley himself. Collins listened to her with the determined air of following his own inclination." "I have not a doubt of Mr. "by a singular accident. and everything else. "I want to know. a nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in this assembly! I am most thankful that the discovery is made in time for me to pay my respects to him. replied thus: "My dear Miss Elizabeth. I shall venture to still think of both gentlemen as I did before. Bingley's defense of his friend was a very able one. perhaps. the superior in consequence. Bingley does not know Mr. "I have not forgotten him. My total ignorance of the connection must plead my apology. Bingley's regard. I am satisfied." And with a low bow he left her to attack Mr. Mr. I shall entreat his pardon for not having done it earlier. Elizabeth withdrew to Miss Lucas. before Mr. whose reception of his advances she eagerly watched. and trust he will excuse my not having done it before. But perhaps you have been too pleasantly engaged to think of any third person. "but you must excuse my not being convinced by assurances only." "This account then is what he has received from Mr. that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity. and honour of his friend. Wickham himself?" "No. it must belong to Mr. rather than a compliment to his aunt. and those which regulate the clergy. Mr." Elizabeth tried hard to dissuade him from such a scheme. assuring him that Mr. I believe him to be Lady Catherine's _nephew_.english-area. I have the highest opinion in the world in your excellent judgement in all matters within the scope of your understanding. and is perfectly convinced that Mr. but he believes that it was left to him _conditionally_ only. Darcy!" "Indeed I am. he never saw him till the other morning at Meryton.com at that moment solicitude for Wickham. How wonderfully these sort of things occur! Who would have thought of my meeting with." "No. which leads me to perform what I look on as a point of duty. Mr. but permit me to say. It will be in my power to assure him that her ladyship was quite well yesterday se'nnight. "I have found out. Darcy. and of her mother Lady Catherine. and on which there could be no difference of sentiment. Bingley's sincerity. I am afraid he has been very imprudent. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 39 ." "Mr. Collins came up to them. but he will vouch for the good conduct. Elizabeth listened with delight to the happy. Darcy more than once. though modest hopes which Jane entertained of Mr. and I am sorry to say by his account as well as his sister's. to begin the acquaintance. and has deserved to lose Mr. for." said Elizabeth warmly. gave way before the hope of Jane's being in the fairest way for happiness. Wickham is by no means a respectable young man. Darcy. the probity. in which case you may be sure of my pardon. Mr. Darcy would consider his addressing him without introduction as an impertinent freedom. Darcy. "what you have learnt about Mr. though he has heard them from Mr. and said all in her power to heighten her confidence in it. Darcy than he has received. but I have nothing satisfactory to tell you. which I am now going to do. resentment against his enemies. and that if it were. that it was not in the least necessary there should be any notice on either side. Pardon me for neglecting to profit by your advice. Bingley does not know the whole of his history." replied Jane. Darcy." said he. though in the case before us I consider myself more fitted by education and habitual study to decide on what is right than a young lady like yourself.www. You must therefore allow me to follow the dictates of my conscience on this occasion. and told her with great exultation that he had just been so fortunate as to make a most important discovery.

She could not help frequently glancing her eye at Mr. to her inexpressible vexation. after very little entreaty. madam. or persuade her to describe her felicity in a less audible whisper. who sat opposite to them. She saw her in idea settled in that very house. therefore. Darcy? You will never recommend yourself to his friend by so doing!" Nothing that she could say. and she had the mortification of seeing Mary.english-area. though every glance convinced her of what she dreaded. for. for. and she began her song. but Jane was very composedly talking to Bingley. I assure you. but in vain. in all the felicity which a marriage of true affection could bestow. Darcy. however. It was an animating subject. for Mary. Mr. and living but three miles from them. and then it was such a comfort to think how fond the two sisters were of Jane." said he. "What is Mr. it was so pleasant at her time of life to be able to consign her single daughters to the care of their sister." and "Lady Catherine de Bourgh. because on such occasions it is the etiquette. Mrs." "For heaven's sake. Mary's powers were by no means fitted for such a display. By many significant looks and silent entreaties. Bingley. singing was talked of. after the pause of half a minute began another. At length. of endeavouring even to like Bingley's two sisters. When they sat down to supper. did she endeavour to prevent such a proof of complaisance. Elizabeth was in agonies. that I should be afraid of him? I am sure we owe him no such particular civility as to be obliged to say nothing _he_ may not like to hear. under such circumstances. "to be dissatisfied with my reception. pray. speak lower. Bennet had no more to say. Mr. Her mother only scolded her for being nonsensical. Bingley. Bennet to find comfort in staying home at any period of her life. and she determined not to venture near her. and lastly. who had been long yawning at the repetition of delights which she saw no likelihood of sharing. Her mother would talk of her views in the same intelligible tone. and to be certain that they must desire the connection as much as she could do. lest she might hear too much. She concluded with many good wishes that Lady Lucas might soon be equally fortunate. It was necessary to make this circumstance a matter of pleasure. her voice was weak. Collins. Elizabeth blushed and blushed again with shame and vexation. The expression of his face changed gradually from indignant contempt to a composed and steady gravity. the hint of a hope that she might be prevailed on to favour them again. preparing to oblige the company." As Elizabeth had no longer any interest of her own to pursue. Her mother's thoughts she plainly saw were bent the same way. had any influence. In vain did Elizabeth endeavour to check the rapidity of her mother's words. Darcy's contempt seemed abundantly increasing with the length of his second speech. to see how she bore it. as Jane's marrying so greatly must throw them in the way of other rich men. and Mr. that she might not be obliged to go into company more than she liked. such a promising thing for her younger daughters.com and whose astonishment at being so addressed was very evident. but no one was less likely than Mrs. She looked at Jane. I am much pleased with him. and of nothing else but her expectation that Jane would soon be married to Mr. His being such a charming young man. and she felt capable. replied with an air of distant civility. on receiving. Collins allowed him time to speak. Darcy was eyeing him with unrestrained wonder. But not long was the interval of tranquillity. moreover. It was really a very handsome thought. was left to the comforts of cold ham and chicken." It vexed her to see him expose himself to such a man. however. however. amongst the thanks of the table. Darcy to me. for though he was not always looking at her mother. "I have no reason. Elizabeth's eyes were fixed on her with most painful sensations. and the train of agreeable reflections which her observations gave birth to. What advantage can it be for you to offend Mr. and her manner affected. openly. and saw them making signs of derision at Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 40 . Mr. Bennet seemed incapable of fatigue while enumerating the advantages of the match. Collins then returned to Elizabeth." "Hunsford. and even paid me the compliment of saying that he was so well convinced of Lady Catherine's discernment as to be certain she could never bestow a favour unworthily. and so rich. and when at last Mr. Darcy seemed much pleased with the attention. She looked at his two sisters. she was convinced that his attention was invariably fixed by her. she could perceive that the chief of it was overheard by Mr.www. He answered me with the utmost civility. Mr. made her perhaps almost as happy as Jane. Mary would not understand them. she felt as if hearing it all. and moved another way. Darcy. Her cousin prefaced his speech with a solemn bow and though she could not hear a word of it. were the first points of self-gratulation. she turned her attention almost entirely on her sister and Mr. and saw in the motion of his lips the words "apology. and deeply was she vexed to find that her mother was talking to that one person (Lady Lucas) freely. and Lady Lucas. It was. she considered it a most unlucky perverseness which placed them within one of each other. Upon the whole. and she watched her progress through the several stanzas with an impatience which was very ill rewarded at their close. when supper was over. was not discouraged from speaking again. Elizabeth now began to revive. such an opportunity of exhibiting was delightful to her. though evidently and triumphantly believing there was no chance of it. and Mrs. and at the end of it he only made him a slight bow.

and. The Longbourn party were the last of all the company to depart. Bennet. and even Lydia was too much fatigued to utter more than the occasional exclamation of "Lord. Bennet was most pressingly civil in her hope of seeing the whole family soon at Longbourn. She was teased by Mr. I cannot acquit him of that duty. "That will do extremely well. was enjoying the scene. and Elizabeth. nor could I think well of the man who should omit an occasion of testifying his respect towards anybody connected with the family. a little detached from the rest. He assured her. lest Mary should be singing all night. Hurst and her sister scarcely opened their mouths. Mr. after his return from London. Bennet. and good-naturedly engaged Mr. that he was a remarkably clever. except to complain of fatigue. I do not mean. however. I should have great pleasure. was afraid her anxiety had done no good. Bingley and his sisters on the elegance of their entertainment.english-area. and she could not determine whether the silent contempt of the gentleman. and happy did she think it for Bingley and her sister that some of the exhibition had escaped his notice. and at Darcy. They repulsed every attempt of Mrs. He took the hint. Darcy. which was very little relieved by the long speeches of Mr. however. it would have been impossible for them to play their parts with more spirit or finer success. to assert that we can be justified in devoting too much of our time to music. however." And with a bow to Mr. put it out of her power to dance with others. which he cannot be excused from making as comfortable as possible. he concluded his speech. and that his feelings were not of a sort to be much distressed by the folly which he must have witnessed. Bennet at conversation. was somewhat disconcerted. for there are certainly other things to be attended to. which had been spoken so loud as to be heard by half the room. "were so fortunate as to be able to sing. Collins. or the insolent smiles of the ladies. Others of the party were now applied to. and rejoiced in it. sorry for her. The rector of a parish has much to do. that as to dancing. that his chief object was by delicate attentions to recommend himself to her and that he should therefore make a point of remaining close to her the whole evening. She was at least free from the offense of Mr. and though he could not prevail on her to dance with him again. Collins for having spoken so sensibly. which gave them time to see how heartily they were wished away by some of the family. Mr. In the first place.com each other. to assure him how happy he would make them by eating a family dinner with them at any time. and talked only to each other. without the ceremony of a formal invitation. for I consider music as a very innocent diversion. was bad enough. And I do not think it of light importance that he should have attentive and conciliatory manner towards everybody. though pretending not to hear. how tired I am!" accompanied by a violent yawn. Wickham. She looked at her father to entreat his interference. She felt it to be the probable consequence of her allusions to Mr. Bingley and Jane were standing together. Mrs. I am sure. Bingley. "If I. good kind of young man. had to wait for their carriage a quarter of an hour after everybody else was gone. and he readily engaged for taking the earliest opportunity of waiting on her. but no one looked more amused than Mr. who often joined them. She owed her greatest relief to her friend Miss Lucas. You have delighted us long enough. child. especially towards those to whom he owes his preferment. Darcy's further notice. and the hospitality and politeness which had marked their behaviour to their guests. He must write his own sermons. Collins's conversation to herself. Elizabeth preserved as steady a silence as either Mrs. In vain did she entreat him to stand up with somebody else. That his two sisters and Mr. Mrs. Darcy said nothing at all. and were evidently impatient to have the house to themselves. and addressed herself especially to Mr. imperturbably grave. who continued. and sorry for her father's speech. though often standing within a very short distance of her. Darcy. Hurst or Miss Bingley. Collins. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit. To Elizabeth it appeared that. and perfectly compatible with the profession of a clergyman. Many stared--many smiled. and observed in a half-whisper to Lady Lucas. were more intolerable. There was no arguing upon such a project. Collins. by a manoeuvre of Mrs. said aloud. had her family made an agreement to expose themselves as much as they could during the evening. and offer to introduce him to any young lady in the room. and the time that remains will not be too much for his parish duties." Mary. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 41 . Bennet himself. When at length they arose to take leave. should have such an opportunity of ridiculing her relations. quite disengaged. and by so doing threw a languor over the whole party. who was complimenting Mr. who continued most perseveringly by her side. and the care and improvement of his dwelling." said Mr. in equal silence. he must make such an agreement for tithes as may be beneficial to himself and not offensive to his patron. whither he was obliged to go the next day for a short time. in obliging the company with an air.www. while his wife seriously commended Mr. and when Mary had finished her second song. he was perfectly indifferent to it. he never came near enough to speak. Bingley was all grateful pleasure. The rest of the evening brought her little amusement.

that I have your respected mother's permission for this address.com Mrs. so far from doing you any disservice. not brought up high. and your wit and vivacity. with vexed and embarrassed looks. that it is the particular advice and recommendation of the very noble lady whom I have the honour of calling patroness. allowing for the necessary preparations of settlements. though not equal. she sat down again and tried to conceal. and though the man and the match were quite good enough for _her_. "Believe me. I could not satisfy myself without Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 42 . must be acceptable to her. no. Choose properly. I beg you will not go. as I am. I singled you out as the companion of my future life. Chapter 19 The next day opened a new scene at Longbourn." The idea of Mr. that I do not reckon the notice and kindness of Lady Catherine de Bourgh as among the least of the advantages in my power to offer. Jenkinson was arranging Miss de Bourgh's footstool.english-area.' Allow me. You would have been less amiable in my eyes had there _not_ been this little unwillingness. 'Mr." Elizabeth would not oppose such an injunction--and a moment's consideration making her also sensible that it would be wisest to get it over as soon and as quietly as possible. A clergyman like you must marry. for coming into Hertfordshire with the design of selecting a wife. gathering her work together." And. secondly. On finding Mrs. Mr." "No. first. and I will visit her. Mrs. nonsense. rather adds to your other perfections. You can hardly doubt the purport of my discourse. that she said. Bennet answered instantly. being run away with by his feelings. "Oh dear!--yes--certainly. Bingley and Netherfield. when I solicit for the honour of a private audience with her in the course of this morning?" Before Elizabeth had time for anything but a blush of surprise. where I can assure you there are many amiable young women. but allow me to assure you. But before I am run away with by my feelings on this subject. pleasure. made Elizabeth so near laughing. But the fact is. Almost as soon as I entered the house. new carriages. and for your _own_. Collins made his declaration in form. Thus much for my general intention in favour of matrimony. especially when tempered with the silence and respect which her rank will inevitably excite. He can have nothing to say to me that anybody need not hear. Twice has she condescended to give me her opinion (unasked too!) on this subject. and thirdly--which perhaps I ought to have mentioned earlier. soon after breakfast. while Mrs. Collins. do not go. Mr. Collins began. Collins. the worth of each was eclipsed by Mr. Come. let her be an active. useful sort of person. I think. my fair cousin. Elizabeth. perhaps it would be advisable for me to state my reasons for marrying--and. by incessant employment the feelings which were divided between distress and diversion. she was hastening away. Bennet was perfectly satisfied. Lizzy. Collins. with all the observances. to inherit this estate after the death of your honoured father (who. This is my advice. I am sure Lizzy will be very happy--I am sure she can have no objection. I desire you to stay where you are. about to escape. and it was but the very Saturday night before I left Hunsford--between our pools at quadrille. however your natural delicacy may lead you to dissemble." And upon Elizabeth's seeming really. she should undoubtedly see her daughter settled at Netherfield in the course of three or four months. Having resolved to do it without loss of time. that your modesty. she thought with equal certainty. You will find her manners beyond anything I can describe. you must marry. Find such a woman as soon as you can. he addressed the mother in these words: "May I hope. which he supposed a regular part of the business. I want you upstairs. I am going away myself. by the way. however. Mrs. Of having another daughter married to Mr. and as soon as they were gone. Bennet. it remains to be told why my views were directed towards Longbourn instead of my own neighbourhood. but able to make a small income go a good way. Elizabeth was the least dear to her of all her children. madam.www. my attentions have been too marked to be mistaken. Collins must excuse me. choose a gentlewoman for _my_ sake. and with considerable. to observe. with all his solemn composure. when Elizabeth called out: "Dear madam. and he continued: "My reasons for marrying are. bring her to Hunsford. that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish. as I certainly did. Kitty. may live many years longer). Bennet and Kitty walked off. that being. and wedding clothes. I _insist_ upon your staying and hearing Mr. for your interest with your fair daughter Elizabeth. and quitted the house under the delightful persuasion that. that I am convinced that it will add very greatly to my happiness. and having no feelings of diffidence to make it distressing to himself even at the moment. my dear Miss Elizabeth. and one of the younger girls together. Collins. he set about it in a very orderly manner. moreover. Mr. that she could not use the short pause he allowed in any attempt to stop him further. as his leave of absence extended only to the following Saturday. she added: "Lizzy.

"You forget that I have made no answer. that the loss to them might be as little as possible. that in spite of your manifold attractions. and my relationship to your own. with a formal wave of the hand. do all in my power to prevent your being otherwise. As I must therefore conclude that you are not serious in your rejection of me." "I am not now to learn. I know not how to express my refusal in such a way as to convince you of its being one. My feelings in every respect forbid it. Nay. and shall make no demand of that nature on your father. and I flatter myself it will not sink me in your esteem. may not be for several years. and perhaps you have even now said as much to encourage my suit as would be consistent with the true delicacy of the female character." she cried. sir. therefore. This has been my motive. or even a third time." And rising as she thus spoke. This matter may be considered. Your portion is unhappily so small that it will in all likelihood undo the effects of your loveliness and amiable qualifications. my fair cousin. but it is impossible for me to do otherwise than to decline them. And you may be certain when I have the honour of seeing her again. it is by no means certain that another offer of marriage may ever be made you. economy. though I am far from accusing you of cruelty at present. which will not be yours till after your mother's decease." said Mr. all praise of me will be unnecessary." replied Mr. and shall hope to lead you to the altar ere long. I wish you very happy and very rich. she would have quitted the room." cried Elizabeth with some warmth. I shall be uniformly silent. and that one thousand pounds in the four per cents. since I am well aware that it could not be complied with. is all that you may ever be entitled to. Let me do it without further loss of time. that your refusal of my addresses is merely words of course. because I know it to be the established custom of your sex to reject a man on the first application." It was absolutely necessary to interrupt him now. Collins not thus addressed her: "When I do myself the honour of speaking to you next on the subject. I shall speak in the very highest terms of your modesty." cried Elizabeth. speaking the truth from her heart. had Mr. "your hope is a rather extraordinary one after my declaration. You could not make _me_ happy. On that head. are circumstances highly in my favour. as finally settled. Collins. without any self-reproach. that I have no pretensions whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man. my dear cousin. sir. "that it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the man whom they secretly mean to accept. intending to plague you. when he first applies for their favour.com resolving to choose a wife from among his daughters. you must have satisfied the delicacy of your feelings with regard to my family. I am therefore by no means discouraged by what you have just said." "Indeed. but to accept them is absolutely impossible. You must give me leave to judge for myself. and you may assure yourself that no ungenerous reproach shall ever pass my lips when we are married. and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second. I would rather be paid the compliment of being believed sincere. but as a rational creature." "You must give me leave to flatter myself. I thank you again and again for the honour you have done me in your proposals. Can I speak plainer? Do not consider me now as an elegant female. sir. "you puzzle me exceedingly. Collins very gravely--"but I cannot imagine that her ladyship would at all disapprove of you. and pay me the compliment of believing what I say. or that the establishment I can offer would be any other than highly desirable. according to the usual practice of elegant females." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 43 . I shall hope to receive a more favourable answer than you have now given me. I shall choose to attribute it to your wish of increasing my love by suspense. and you should take it into further consideration. were your friend Lady Catherine to know me. Mr." "Upon my word. I do assure you that I am not one of those young ladies (if such young ladies there are) who are so daring as to risk their happiness on the chance of being asked a second time. I am persuaded she would find me in every respect ill qualified for the situation. when the melancholy event takes place--which. I am perfectly serious in my refusal." "I do assure you.www. and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who could make you so. therefore. In making me the offer. and by refusing your hand. Mr. My situation in life. Collins. Collins. and may take possession of Longbourn estate whenever it falls. and other amiable qualification. my connections with the family of de Bourgh.english-area. To fortune I am perfectly indifferent." "Really. My reasons for believing it are briefly these: It does not appear to me that my hand is unworthy your acceptance. as I have already said. Accept my thanks for the compliment you are paying me. If what I have hitherto said can appear to you in the form of encouragement. however. And now nothing remains for me but to assure you in the most animated language of the violence of my affection. I am very sensible of the honour of your proposals." "Were it certain that Lady Catherine would think so. "You are too hasty.

" To such perseverance in wilful self-deception Elizabeth would make no reply. Collins. Mr." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 44 . depend upon it. she would have been glad to be equally satisfied that her daughter had meant to encourage him by protesting against his proposals. since the refusal which his cousin had steadfastly given him would naturally flow from her bashful modesty and the genuine delicacy of her character.com "You are uniformly charming!" cried he. called out as she entered the library. and if you do not make haste he will change his mind and not have _her_. This information. and Mr. and Miss Elizabeth was summoned to the library. no sooner saw Elizabeth open the door and with quick step pass her towards the staircase. you are wanted immediately. perhaps it were better not to force her into accepting me." "Speak to Lizzy about it yourself. "that Lizzy shall be brought to reason. foolish girl. determined. Collins was not left long to the silent contemplation of his successful love.www. who naturally looks for happiness in the marriage state." "Sir. sir. child. with the result of which he trusted he had every reason to be satisfied. "Oh! Mr. I am sure. Tell her that you insist upon her marrying him. Is it true?" Elizabeth replied that it was. when she had finished her speech." said he. alarmed. you quite misunderstand me. I know not whether she would altogether be a very desirable wife to a man in my situation." cried Mr. "I have not the pleasure of understanding you." She would not give him time to reply." said Mrs. than she entered the breakfast-room." Mrs. Collins." she added. and could not help saying so." cried her father as she appeared. and whose behavior at least could not be mistaken for the affectation and coquetry of an elegant female. startled Mrs. Bennet rang the bell. "Very well--and this offer of marriage you have refused?" "I have. "and I am persuaded that when sanctioned by the express authority of both your excellent parents. I understand that Mr. Bennet. Collins. Bennet. and congratulated both him and herself in warm terms on the happy prospect or their nearer connection. and then proceeded to relate the particulars of their interview." Mr. and fixed them on her face with a calm unconcern which was not in the least altered by her communication. if he persisted in considering her repeated refusals as flattering encouragement. Lizzy declares she will not have Mr. whose negative might be uttered in such a manner as to be decisive. In everything else she is as good-natured a girl as ever lived. Mr. my proposals will not fail of being acceptable. "Come here. Bennet raised his eyes from his book as she entered. Bennet. but hurrying instantly to her husband." "Pardon me for interrupting you.english-area. Bennet. "but if she is really headstrong and foolish. "But. she could not contribute much to my felicity. Collins and Lizzy. Collins has made you an offer of marriage. She is a very headstrong. She shall hear my opinion. and immediately and in silence withdrew. I will go directly to Mr. "Lizzy is only headstrong in such matters as these. but she dared not believe it. I will speak to her about it directly. and we shall very soon settle it with her. "I have sent for you on an affair of importance. Bennet. and does not know her own interest but I will _make_ her know it. with an air of awkward gallantry." "And what am I to do on the occasion? It seems an hopeless business." "Let her be called down. "Of what are you talking?" "Of Mr. having dawdled about in the vestibule to watch for the end of the conference. Chapter 20 Mr. If therefore she actually persists in rejecting my suit. because if liable to such defects of temper. for Mrs. madam. to apply to her father. Collins received and returned these felicitations with equal pleasure. Collins begins to say that he will not have Lizzy. however. we are all in an uproar. for she vows she will not have him. Collins. You must come and make Lizzy marry Mr.

my dear Miss Lucas. was meditating in solitude on what had passed. you will never get a husband at all--and I am sure I do not know who is to maintain you when your father is dead. Your mother insists upon your accepting it. meanwhile. and let me and Mr. determined to hear all she could. and the possibility of her deserving her mother's reproach prevented his feeling any regret. "looking as unconcerned as may be. who entered the room with an air more stately than usual. there she comes. Bennet. she said to the girls. till they were joined by Mr. Though her manner varied. I am cruelly used." continued Mrs. that you will allow me the free use of my understanding on the present occasion. She talked on. "Pray do. Elizabeth. "Now. and no sooner had they entered the breakfast-room. and though his pride was hurt. "I am glad you are come." Elizabeth passed quietly out of the room. She endeavoured to secure Jane in her interest. replied to her attacks. Bennet was alone. where Mrs." Her daughters listened in silence to this effusion. We now come to the point. than she likewise began on the subject. and you will find me as good as my word. Bennet give up the point. He thought too well of himself to comprehend on what motives his cousin could refuse him.www. Collins. "for nobody is on my side. Collins have a little conversation together. you know. Charlotte Lucas came to spend the day with them. that I should never speak to you again. nobody feels for my poor nerves. hold your tongues. First. indeed. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. without interruption from any of them.english-area. Jane and Kitty followed. did Mrs. She talked to Elizabeth again and again. satisfied herself with walking to the window and pretending not to hear. nobody takes part with me. Collins. and she will not have him.com "Very well. before they were joined by Kitty. Miss Lizzy--if you take it into your head to go on refusing every offer of marriage in this way. Your mother will never see you again if you do _not_ marry Mr. Mr." Elizabeth could not but smile at such a conclusion of such a beginning. calling on Miss Lucas for her compassion. Collins!" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 45 . I do insist upon it. and caring no more for us than if we were at York. that you. Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. but Mrs. His regard for her was quite imaginary. Is it not so. Mr. who had persuaded herself that her husband regarded the affair as she wished. detained first by the civility of Mr. "I have two small favours to request. her determination never did. Bennet began the projected conversation: "Oh! Mr. sensible that any attempt to reason with her or soothe her would only increase the irritation. in talking to anybody. Mrs. but Jane. and on perceiving whom. or I will never see her again. Collins. and I will never see you again if you _do_. People who suffer as I do from nervous complaints can have no great inclination for talking." she added in a melancholy tone." replied her husband. was excessively disappointed. and entreating her to persuade her friend Lizzy to comply with the wishes of all her family. declined interfering. and Charlotte. flying to her. and sometimes with playful gaiety. provided she can have her own way. he suffered in no other way." Charlotte hardly had time to answer. and Elizabeth. I have no pleasure in talking to undutiful children. coaxed and threatened her by turns. I have done with you from this very day. for there is such fun here! What do you think has happened this morning? Mr. I shall be glad to have the library to myself as soon as may be. sometimes with real earnestness." Not yet. with all possible mildness. But I tell you. cried in a half whisper." "An unhappy alternative is before you." "My dear. Collins. in talking this way? You promised me to _insist_ upon her marrying him. Collins has made an offer to Lizzy. Bennet. Bennet. Bennet?" "Yes. who. and secondly. and then by a little curiosity. While the family were in this confusion. all of you. whose inquiries after herself and all her family were very minute. however. Not that I have much pleasure. She was met in the vestibule by Lydia. I told you in the library. however. who came to tell the same news. In a doleful voice Mrs. I shall not be able to keep you—and so I warn you. "Aye. therefore. "What do you mean. but Lydia stood her ground." Charlotte's reply was spared by the entrance of Jane and Elizabeth. Those who do not complain are never pitied. of my room. in spite of her disappointment in her husband.

a letter was delivered to Miss Bennet. Perhaps not the less so from feeling a doubt of my positive happiness had my fair cousin honoured me with her hand. the same party with him for so many hours together. and of their meaning to dine in Grosvenor Street. it came from Netherfield. He joined them on their entering the town. and attended them to their aunt's where his regret and vexation. His accompanying them was a double advantage. You shall hear what she says. and the concern of everybody. and though the suddenness of their removal surprised her. whose civility in listening to him was a seasonable relief to them all." he presently continued. the peculiar duty of a young man who has been so fortunate as I have been in early preferment. that to be in the same room. at some future period." Chapter 21 The discussion of Mr. but we will hope. "let us be for ever silent on this point. The whole party have left Netherfield by this time. flowing hand. You will not. he voluntarily acknowledged that the necessity of his absence _had_ been selfimposed. and putting the letter away. which comprised the information of their having just resolved to follow their brother to town directly. well covered with a lady's fair. the girls walked to Meryton to inquire if Mr. When they had gained their own room. The morrow produced no abatement of Mrs. Jane recollected herself soon. she felt all the compliment it offered to herself. it was not to be supposed that their Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 46 . Darcy. I depend on you for that. and Elizabeth saw her sister's countenance change as she read it. consider me as showing any disrespect to your family. Elizabeth had hoped that his resentment might shorten his visit. and I trust I am resigned. The envelope contained a sheet of elegant. Collins's offer was now nearly at an end. as Wickham and another officer walked back with them to Longbourn. Hurst had a house. however. Bennet's ill-humour or ill health. and it was most acceptable as an occasion of introducing him to her father and mother." replied he. not by embarrassment or dejection. by thus withdrawing my pretensions to your daughter's favour. but his plan did not appear in the least affected by it. Jane. "to resent the behaviour of your daughter. The next was in these words: "I do not pretend to regret anything I shall leave in Hertfordshire. and during the walk he particularly attended to her. and to Saturday he meant to stay. little. and that scenes might arise unpleasant to more than myself." said he. might be more than I could bear. Bennet the compliment of requesting you to interpose your authority in my behalf. but Elizabeth felt an anxiety on the subject which drew off her attention even from Wickham. than a glance from Jane invited her to follow her upstairs. be objectionable in having accepted my dismission from your daughter's lips instead of your own. My object has been to secure an amiable companion for myself. with due consideration for the advantage of all your family.www. Far be it from me. and the assiduous attentions which he had been so sensible of himself were transferred for the rest of the day to Miss Lucas. tried to join with her usual cheerfulness in the general conversation. Resignation to inevitable evils is the evil duty of us all." To these highflown expressions Elizabeth listened with all the insensibility of distrust. and are on their way to town--and without any intention of coming back again. and occasionally from some peevish allusions of her mother. to enjoy many returns of that delightful intercourse we have known. I fear. He scarcely ever spoke to her. To Elizabeth. said: "This is from Caroline Bingley. After breakfast.english-area. Wickham were returned. I have certainly meant well through the whole affair. and no sooner had he and his companion taken leave. My conduct may. where Mr. she saw nothing in it really to lament. or by trying to avoid her. what it contains has surprised me a good deal. Soon after their return. "as the time drew near that I had better not meet Mr. in a voice that marked his displeasure. my dearest friend. He was always to have gone on Saturday. Mr. hot-pressed paper. but by stiffness of manner and resentful silence.com "My dear madam. _his_ feelings were chiefly expressed. As for the gentleman himself. Collins was also in the same state of angry pride. I here beg leave to apologise. and in the meanwhile may lessen the pain of separation by a very frequent and most unreserved correspondence." She highly approved his forbearance. and Elizabeth had only to suffer from the uncomfortable feelings necessarily attending it. and saw her dwelling intently on some particular passages. and if my _manner_ has been at all reprehensible. and to lament over his absence from the Netherfield ball. and they had leisure for a full discussion of it. and especially to her friend. taking out the letter. my dear madam. was well talked over. except your society. I hope. and for all the commendation which they civilly bestowed on each other. without having paid yourself and Mr. But we are all liable to error. "I found." She then read the first sentence aloud. for I have often observed that resignation is never so perfect as when the blessing denied begins to lose somewhat of its value in our estimation.

My brother admires her greatly already. and the affection she inspires in Louisa and myself is heightened into something still more interesting. She follows him to town in hope of keeping him there. he is in the smallest degree less sensible of _your_ merit than when he took leave of you on Tuesday. Bingley will not be detained in London by them. But may we not hope that the period of future happiness to which Miss Bingley looks forward may arrive earlier than she is aware. from the notion that when there has been _one_ intermarriage. my dearest Jane. and wants him to marry Miss Darcy. I think. her relations all wish the connection as much as his own. "It is unlucky. but as we are certain it cannot be so.com absence from Netherfield would prevent Mr." said she. am I wrong. but I will not leave the country without confiding them. had any intention of making one of the crowd--but of that I despair. after a short pause. But. or that it will be in her power to persuade him that. and tries to persuade you that he does not care about you. But the case is this: We are not rich enough or grand enough for them. "Indeed. she may have less trouble in achieving a second." "Mr." Jane shook her head. that she is perfectly convinced of her brother's indifference.www. I am sure." "Why will you think so? It must be his own doing. and she is the more anxious to get Miss Darcy for her brother. Could she have seen half as much love in Mr. from the hope we dare entertain of her being hereafter our sister. Miss Bingley sees that her brother is in love with you. instead of being in love with you. he is very much in love with her friend." "You shall have it in a few words. Miss Bingley. he will have frequent opportunity now of seeing her on the most intimate footing. that he may not be obliged to spend his vacant hours in a comfortless hotel. I will read it to you:" "When my brother left us yesterday. and I trust you will not esteem them unreasonable. there can. elegance. and. Bingley's being there." "Caroline decidedly says that none of the party will return into Hertfordshire this winter. and a sister's partiality is not misleading me. No one who has ever seen you together can doubt his affection. Darcy for herself. and as to the loss of their society. my dearest friend. and that if she suspects the nature of my feelings for him. and at the same time convinced that when Charles gets to town he will be in no hurry to leave it again. for mine is totally different. she was persuaded that Jane must cease to regard it. But you do not know _all_. in indulging the hope of an event which will secure the happiness of so many?" "What do you think of _this_ sentence. She is not such a simpleton. Will you hear it?" "Most willingly. my dearest Jane. she would have ordered her wedding clothes. I do not know whether I ever before mentioned to you my feelings on this subject. Jane. Many of my acquaintances are already there for the winter. he imagined that the business which took him to London might be concluded in three or four days. I _will_ read you the passage which particularly hurts me. to confess the truth." "It is evident by this. I wish that I could hear that you. in the enjoyment of his. I really do not think Georgiana Darcy has her equal for beauty." added Jane. I will have no reserves from _you_. you ought to believe me. and nothing to prevent it. Darcy is impatient to see his sister. when I call Charles most capable of engaging any woman's heart. "that he comes back no more this winter. and accomplishments. my dear Lizzy?" said Jane as she finished it. and I dare say it would succeed. and that the delightful intercourse you have known as friends will be renewed with yet greater satisfaction as sisters? Mr. _we_ are scarcely less eager to meet her again.english-area. I sincerely hope your Christmas in Hertfordshire may abound in the gaieties which that season generally brings. you cannot seriously imagine that because Miss Bingley tells you her brother greatly admires Miss Darcy. if Miss de Bourgh were out of the way. He is his own master." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 47 . in which there is certainly some ingenuity. With all these circumstances to favour an attachment. and that your beaux will be so numerous as to prevent your feeling the loss of the three of whom we shall deprive you." "It is only evident that Miss Bingley does not mean that he _should_. we have determined on following him thither. she means (most kindly!) to put me on my guard? Can there be any other opinion on the subject?" "Yes. "Is it not clear enough? Does it not expressly declare that Caroline neither expects nor wishes me to be her sister. "that you should not be able to see your friends before they leave the country. cannot.

however openly or artfully spoken. You could not have started a more happy idea. was of the most flattering kind. and appearances were so favourable. and she was gradually led to hope. "and if. that though he had been invited only to a family dinner. however. he was comparatively diffident since the adventure of Wednesday.www. she would take care to have two full courses. but Charlotte's kindness extended farther than Elizabeth had any conception of. even supposing the best." Charlotte assured her friend of her satisfaction in being useful. Jane's temper was not desponding. and he was not willing to have the attempt known till its success might be known likewise. at some length. You have now done your duty by her. Collins. and that it amply repaid her for the little sacrifice of her time. and that being the case. I advise you by all means to refuse him. Collins's long speeches would allow. and Miss Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 48 . she would have felt almost secure of success if he had not been to leave Hertfordshire so very soon." "But. But little had she dared to hope that so much love and eloquence awaited her there. Bennet should only hear of the departure of the family. and hasten to Lucas Lodge to throw himself at her feet. This was very amiable. its object was nothing else than to secure her from any return of Mr. for it led him to escape out of Longbourn House the next morning with admirable slyness.com "If we thought alike of Miss Bingley." "That is right. and all that I can hope in this case is that she is deceiving herself. Chapter 22 The Bennets were engaged to dine with the Lucases and again during the chief of the day was Miss Lucas so kind as to listen to Mr. you find that the misery of disobliging his two sisters is more than equivalent to the happiness of being his wife. by all means. my choice will never be required. and she could not for a moment suppose that those wishes. But I know the foundation is unjust. she had the consolation that Mr. They agreed that Mrs. from a conviction that if they saw him depart. everything was settled between them to the satisfaction of both. the lady felt no inclination to trifle with his happiness. and the conclusion of all was the comfortable declaration. for though feeling almost secure. and as they entered the house he earnestly entreated her to name the day that was to make him the happiest of men. and with reason. Believe her to be deceived. for Charlotte had been tolerably encouraging. and she bewailed it as exceedingly unlucky that the ladies should happen to go away just as they were all getting so intimate together. that when they parted at night." replied Jane. and though such a solicitation must be waived for the present. I could not hesitate. my dear sister. "It keeps him in good humour. Caroline is incapable of wilfully deceiving anyone.english-area. "your representation of all this might make me quite easy." said Elizabeth. however. in accepting a man whose sisters and friends are all wishing him to marry elsewhere?" "You must decide for yourself. In as short a time as Mr. but even this partial communication gave her a great deal of concern. and must fret no longer." said she. since you will not take comfort in mine. Miss Lucas perceived him from an upper window as he walked towards the house. could influence a young man so totally independent of everyone. without being alarmed on the score of the gentleman's conduct. It appeared to her merely the suggestion of Caroline's interested wishes. Bingley would be soon down again and soon dining at Longbourn. they could not fail to conjecture his design. "You must know that though I should be exceedingly grieved at their disapprobation. Elizabeth took an opportunity of thanking her. faintly smiling. can I be happy. His reception. that Bingley would return to Netherfield and answer every wish of her heart. and had soon the pleasure of seeing its happy effect. After lamenting it. He was anxious to avoid the notice of his cousins. The stupidity with which he was favoured by nature must guard his courtship from any charm that could make a woman wish for its continuance. by engaging them towards herself. A thousand things may arise in six months!" The idea of his returning no more Elizabeth treated with the utmost contempt. "and I am more obliged to you than I can express. and instantly set out to meet him accidentally in the lane. though the diffidence of affection sometimes overcame the hope." "How can you talk so?" said Jane. upon mature deliberation. Collins's addresses. She represented to her sister as forcibly as possible what she felt on the subject." "But if he returns no more this winter. I cannot consider your situation with much compassion. Such was Miss Lucas's scheme. But here she did injustice to the fire and independence of his character." "I did not think you would.

and Sir William gave it as his decided opinion. it would be highly expedient that both he and his wife should make their appearance at St. She had gained her point. As for my fair cousins. for he was longing to publish his prosperous love. to be sure. and Mr. Risk anything rather than her displeasure. Collins's fancying himself in love with her friend had once occurred to Elizabeth within the last day or two. and had time to consider of it. but that Charlotte could encourage him seemed almost as far from possibility Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 49 . but it could not be kept without difficulty. The least agreeable circumstance in the business was the surprise it must occasion to Elizabeth Bennet. the ceremony of leavetaking was performed when the ladies moved for the night. Lady Lucas began directly to calculate. Miss Lucas called soon after breakfast." They were all astonished. whenever his engagements might allow him to visit them. and Mrs. Bennet was likely to live. and you may depend upon my not taking so material a step without her ladyship's concurrence. not excepting my cousin Elizabeth. and be satisfied that _we_ shall take no offence. She rated his abilities much higher than any of the others. and probably would blame her. I shall now take the liberty of wishing them health and happiness. all of them equally surprised that he meditated a quick return. The whole family. stay quietly at home. Collins. cared not how soon that establishment were gained. Collins. and his prospects of future wealth were exceedingly fair. when he returned to Longbourn to dinner. Collins should be in possession of the Longbourn estate. must be their pleasantest preservative from want. "I am particularly obliged to you for this friendly caution. and Mary might have been prevailed on to accept him. and therefore charged Mr. without having ever been handsome. Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony. she thought that if encouraged to read and improve himself by such an example as hers.com Lucas." "My dear sir. Bennet. Mrs. Collins's present circumstances made it a most eligible match for their daughter.english-area. A promise of secrecy was of course very dutifully given. with great politeness and cordiality. and he was at the same time exercising great self-denial. who could by no means wish for so speedy a return. it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune. to drop no hint of what had passed before any of the family. But on the following morning. Mr." With proper civilities the ladies then withdrew. Elizabeth would wonder. she felt all the good luck of it. and however uncertain of giving happiness. "this invitation is particularly gratifying. Charlotte herself was tolerably composed. and in a private conference with Elizabeth related the event of the day before. every hope of this kind was done away. and though by no means so clever as herself. Collins. and you may be very certain that I shall avail myself of it as soon as possible." "Believe me. and for every other mark of your regard during my stay in Hertfordshire. and though her resolution was not to be shaken." replied Mr. in short. which I should think exceedingly probable. Her reflections were in general satisfactory. and his attachment to her must be imaginary. and the boys were relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte's dying an old maid. my dear sir. This preservative she had now obtained. Mr. and if you find it likely to be raised by your coming to us again. whose friendship she valued beyond that of any other person. his society was irksome. my good sir? You had better neglect your relations than run the risk of offending your patroness. The younger girls formed hopes of _coming out_ a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done." "You cannot be too much upon your guard. She resolved to give her the information herself. with more interest than the matter had ever excited before. But still he would be her husband. though my absence may not be long enough to render it necessary. my gratitude is warmly excited by such affectionate attention. marriage had always been her object. As he was to begin his journey too early on the morrow to see any of the family. to whom they could give little fortune. how many years longer Mr. who accepted him solely from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment. James's. her feelings must be hurt by such a disapprobation. and depend upon it. said how happy they should be to see him at Longbourn again. Bennet wished to understand by it that he thought of paying his addresses to one of her younger girls. that whenever Mr. "My dear madam. was neither sensible nor agreeable. were properly overjoyed on the occasion. and it was bestowed with a most joyful alacrity. he might become a very agreeable companion. you will speedily receive from me a letter of thanks for this. Bennet. Sir William and Lady Lucas were speedily applied to for their consent." he replied. there was a solidity in his reflections which often struck her. immediately said: "But is there not danger of Lady Catherine's disapprobation here. and at the age of twenty-seven.www. because it is what I have been hoping to receive. The possibility of Mr. for the curiosity excited by his long absence burst forth in such very direct questions on his return as required some ingenuity to evade.

and Elizabeth was then left to reflect on what she had heard. the excellent character of Mr.www. how can you tell such a story? Do not you know that Mr. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 50 ." and after an awkward pause. and the convenient distance of Hunsford from London.com as she could encourage him herself. It was a long time before she became at all reconciled to the idea of so unsuitable a match. connection. but she had not supposed it to be possible that.english-area. he unfolded the matter—to an audience not merely wondering." Elizabeth quietly answered "Undoubtedly. and she could not help crying out: "Engaged to Mr. boisterously exclaimed: "Good Lord! Sir William. but Sir William's good breeding carried him through it all. Charlotte did not stay much longer. and situation in life. Collins had been taken in. and her astonishment was consequently so great as to overcome at first the bounds of decorum. gave way to a momentary confusion here on receiving so direct a reproach. she persisted in disbelieving the whole of the matter. to announce her engagement to the family. Chapter 23 Elizabeth was sitting with her mother and sisters. She had always felt that Charlotte's opinion of matrimony was not exactly like her own. and calmly replied: "Why should you be surprised. Collins was wishing to marry you. by mentioning her prior knowledge of it from Charlotte herself. he listened to all their impertinence with the most forbearing courtesy. Collins wants to marry Lizzy?" Nothing less than the complaisance of a courtier could have borne without anger such treatment. she trusted that they would never be happy together. however. thirdly. you know. and many months were gone before she could at all forgive their daughter. Two inferences. but incredulous. and by making a variety of remarks on the happiness that might be expected from the match. and on these two points she principally dwelt during the rest of the day. Nor did that day wear out her resentment. Collins was a most humiliating picture! And to the pang of a friend disgracing herself and sunk in her esteem. was added the distressing conviction that it was impossible for that friend to be tolerably happy in the lot she had chosen. and much selfgratulation on the prospect of a connection between the houses. she soon regained her composure. and making a strong effort for it. a month passed away before she could speak to Sir William or Lady Lucas without being rude. and considering Mr. and fourthly. that the match might be broken off. Bennet. in which she was readily joined by Jane. In the first place. always unguarded and often uncivil. protested he must be entirely mistaken. I am not romantic. as it was no more than she expected. when called into action. Collins. and Lydia. I ask only a comfortable home. Collins should be able to procure any woman's good opinion. I hope you will be satisfied with what I have done. A week elapsed before she could see Elizabeth without scolding her. for Mrs." replied Charlotte. and that she wished her all imaginable happiness. she was very sure that Mr. and endeavoured to put a stop to the exclamations of her mother and sisters by the earnestness of her congratulations to Sir William. were plainly deduced from the whole: one. and the other that she herself had been barbarously misused by them all. I am convinced that my chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on entering the marriage state. because he was not so happy as to succeed with you?" But Elizabeth had now recollected herself. secondly. they returned to the rest of the family. very much surprised--so lately as Mr. with more perseverance than politeness. was able to assure with tolerable firmness that the prospect of their relationship was highly grateful to her. Collins! My dear Charlotte--impossible!" The steady countenance which Miss Lucas had commanded in telling her story. feeling it incumbent on her to relieve him from so unpleasant a situation. The strangeness of Mr. With many compliments to them. Collins's making two offers of marriage within three days was nothing in comparison of his being now accepted. though. she would have sacrificed every better feeling to worldly advantage. when Sir William Lucas himself appeared. that Elizabeth was the real cause of the mischief. now put herself forward to confirm his account. Mrs. Elizabeth. "I see what you are feeling. Charlotte the wife of Mr. Nothing could console and nothing could appease her. reflecting on what she had heard. "You must be surprised. I never was. Collins's character. sent by his daughter. But when you have had time to think it over. my dear Eliza? Do you think it incredible that Mr. Bennet was in fact too much overpowered to say a great deal while Sir William remained. but no sooner had he left them than her feelings found a rapid vent. and though he begged leave to be positive as to the truth of his information. and doubting whether she was authorised to mention it.

As her successor in that house. and was counting the days till she might reasonably hope to hear again. which he trusted would be an unanswerable argument with his amiable Charlotte to name an early day for making him the happiest of men. As for Jane. but his reception at Longbourn was not quite so gracious as it had been on his first introduction. however. and it affected them in no other way than as a piece of news to spread at Meryton. She hated having visitors in the house while her health was so indifferent. of his happiness in having obtained the affection of their amiable neighbour. for the strength of his attachment. it was also very inconvenient and exceedingly troublesome. The sight of Miss Lucas was odious to her.com Mr. Unwilling as she was to admit an idea so destructive of Jane's happiness. It was very strange that he should come to Longbourn instead of to Lucas Lodge. Bennet's sour looks and ill-natured remarks might have been enough to drive happiness away. and which she never failed to contradict as a most scandalous falsehood. more painful than Elizabeth's. The promised letter of thanks from Mr. but whatever she felt she was desirous of concealing. Day after day passed away without bringing any other tidings of him than the report which shortly prevailed in Meryton of his coming no more to Netherfield the whole winter. Bennet. Bennet. Even Elizabeth began to fear--not that Bingley was indifferent—but that his sisters would be successful in keeping him away. Bingley's continued absence. Mr. but she said less of her astonishment than of her earnest desire for their happiness. Mrs. The chief of every day was spent by him at Lucas Lodge. Such were the gentle murmurs of Mrs. she feared. Kitty and Lydia were far from envying Miss Lucas. and written with all the solemnity of gratitude which a twelvemonth's abode in the family might have prompted. nor could Elizabeth persuade her to consider it as improbable. for it gratified him. he said. Bennet. On the contrary. and luckily for the others. a report which highly incensed Mrs. Miss Lucas. _her_ anxiety under this suspense was. Collins returned most punctually on Monday fortnight. she regarded her with jealous Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 51 . the business of love-making relieved them from a great deal of his company. as Bingley had now been gone a week and nothing more was heard of his return. Jane had sent Caroline an early answer to her letter. therefore. assisted by the attractions of Miss Darcy and the amusements of London might be too much. It needed all Jane's steady mildness to bear these attacks with tolerable tranquillity. though Mrs. The very mention of anything concerning the match threw her into an agony of ill-humour. Bennet was really in a most pitiable state. and lovers were of all people the most disagreeable. Bennet's emotions were much more tranquil on the occasion. Collins was only a clergyman. of whose rectitude and delicacy she was sure her opinion could never be shaken. for Mr. express her impatience for his arrival. and Elizabeth felt persuaded that no real confidence could ever subsist between them again. After discharging his conscience on that head. and such as he did experience he pronounced to be of a most agreeable sort. he proceeded to inform them. and they gave way only to the greater distress of Mr. Between Elizabeth and Charlotte there was a restraint which kept them mutually silent on the subject. Collins arrived on Tuesday. whom he had been used to think tolerably sensible. so heartily approved his marriage.www. of course. the subject was never alluded to. with many rapturous expressions. Her disappointment in Charlotte made her turn with fonder regard to her sister. He was too happy. Bennet the comfort of having a daughter well married. for Lady Catherine. The united efforts of his two unfeeling sisters and of his overpowering friend. that she wished it to take place as soon as possible. and wherever she went she was sure of hearing it talked of. she could not prevent its frequently occurring. and for whose happiness she grew daily more anxious. Lady Lucas could not be insensible of triumph on being able to retort on Mrs. Mr. to need much attention.english-area. was as foolish as his wife. to discover that Charlotte Lucas. whither he hoped to be able to return on Monday fortnight. she was as much disposed to complain of it as her husband. he added. an hour seldom passed in which she did not talk of Bingley. But as no such delicacy restrained her mother. addressed to their father. and between herself and Elizabeth. and she called at Longbourn rather oftener than usual to say how happy she was. and he sometimes returned to Longbourn only in time to make an apology for his absence before the family went to bed. and so dishonorable to the stability of her lover. Collins's return into Hertfordshire was no longer a matter of pleasure to Mrs. Neither Jane nor Elizabeth were comfortable on this subject. and then explained that it was merely with the view of enjoying her society that he had been so ready to close with their kind wish of seeing him again at Longbourn. and more foolish than his daughter! Jane confessed herself a little surprised at the match. or even require Jane to confess that if he did not come back she would think herself very ill used.

on Mrs. Elizabeth. hardly without contempt. Bennet. do not give way to such gloomy thoughts. been the only sacrifice. on that easiness of temper. That he was really fond of Jane. that want of proper resolution. for anything about the entail. How anyone could have the conscience to entail away an estate from one's own daughters. I cannot understand." "Let us be thankful that you are preserved from a state of such insensibility. It cannot last long. after a longer irritation than usual about Netherfield and its master. she concluded her to be anticipating the hour of possession. Hope was over. Bennet's leaving them together. but at last. Miss Darcy's praise occupied the chief of it. and therefore. but her sister's was involved in it.com abhorrence. her sister's situation remained the same. her peace equally wounded. she went on as before." Let us hope for better things. Darcy's house. he might have been allowed to sport with it in whatever manner he thought best. she doubted no more than she had ever done. heard it in silent indignation." said she. that my dear mother had more command over herself! She can have no idea of the pain she gives me by her continual reflections on him. which now made him the slave of his designing friends. was convinced that they were talking of the Longbourn estate. But I will not repine. to whom Jane very soon communicated the chief of all this. instead of making any answer. she found little. She wrote also with great pleasure of her brother's being an inmate of Mr. and resolving to turn herself and her daughters out of the house." "What should not you mind?" "I should not mind anything at all. entirely over. and concluded with her brother's regret at not having had time to pay his respects to his friends in Hertfordshire before he left the country. whatever were the case. Had his own happiness. and yet whether Bingley's regard had really died away. however. "it is very hard to think that Charlotte Lucas should ever be mistress of this house. or whether it had escaped his observation. To Caroline's assertion of her brother's being partial to Miss Darcy she paid no credit. "I cannot bear to think that they should have all this estate. whether he had been aware of Jane's attachment. He will be forgot. "Indeed. Bennet. She could think of nothing else. as she thought he must be sensible himself. and resentment against all others. or were suppressed by his friends' interference. It was a subject. Whenever Charlotte came to see them. and when Jane could attend to the rest of the letter." said Mr. and live to see her take her place in it!" "My dear. and led him to sacrifice of his own happiness to the caprice of their inclination. as soon as Mr. Collins. Chapter 24 Miss Bingley's letter arrived. Let us flatter This was not very consoling to Mrs. and Caroline boasted joyfully of their increasing intimacy. Her many attractions were again dwelt on. I should not mind it. and much as she had always been disposed to like him.english-area. on which reflection would be long indulged. and whenever she spoke in a low voice to Mr.www. Mr. though her opinion of him must be materially affected by the difference. Bennet." "I never can be thankful. The very first sentence conveyed the assurance of their being all settled in London for the winter." Elizabeth looked at her sister with incredulous solicitude. A day or two passed before Jane had courage to speak of her feelings to Elizabeth. she could not think without anger. ourselves that I may be the survivor. and put an end to doubt. If it was not for the entail. Bennet. Collins too! Why should _he_ have it more than anybody else?" "I leave it to yourself to determine. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 52 . She complained bitterly of all this to her husband. Her heart was divided between concern for her sister. and mentioned with raptures some plans of the latter with regard to new furniture. she could not help saying: "Oh. and ventured to predict the accomplishment of the wishes which had been unfolded in her former letter. in short. except the professed affection of the writer. but said nothing. and we shall all be as we were before. that could give her any comfort. that I should be forced to make way for _her_. and all for the sake of Mr. Bennet were dead. Mr. and must be unavailing.

My dear Jane. "indeed. Consider Mr. do not give way to such feelings as these." "You persist." "And do you impute it to either of those?" "Yes. I should only think worse of her understanding than I now do of her heart. We must not be so ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured. as well as I do. that selfishness is prudence. dear Lizzy." said Elizabeth. "this is not fair. and you must feel. and want of resolution. You mentioned _two_ instances. though it is Charlotte Lucas. Women fancy admiration means more than it does. Bingley's conduct to design. or to make others unhappy. you have no reason. want of attention to other people's feelings. and threw back the praise on her sister's warm affection. for the sake of one individual. in supposing his sisters influence him?" "Yes." With a stronger voice she soon added." "My dear Jane!" exclaimed Elizabeth. the other is Charlotte's marriage. He may live in my memory as the most amiable man of my acquaintance. you know he is. it is a most eligible match. and there may be misery. of my encroaching on your privilege of universal good-will." cried Jane. Remember that she is one of a large family. but I have no idea of there being so much design in the world as some persons imagine. and that it has done no harm to anyone but myself. "I have this comfort immediately. slightly colouring.english-area. and are hurt if I speak ill of anybody. therefore--I shall certainly try to get the better. will do the business. pompous. or loved you as you deserve. You alluded to something else. but no one else could be benefited by such a belief as this. "you are too good." "If it is designedly done. that it has not been more than an error of fancy on my side. nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me. I do not know what to say to you. "and I hope you will be convinced of it by seeing them happy together. Stop me whilst you can. and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters. You need not. Thoughtlessness. the more am I dissatisfied with it. not to pain me by thinking _that person_ to blame. Your sweetness and disinterestedness are really angelic. there may be error." Miss Bennet eagerly disclaimed all extraordinary merit." replied Jane. I shall displease you by saying what I think of persons you esteem. as well as I do. narrowminded. The more I see of the world. You shall not. But enough of this." "I am far from attributing any part of Mr. for everybody's sake. but that is all. but I entreat you. and be ready to believe. that she may feel something like regard and esteem for our cousin. "Nay. and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense. I cannot misunderstand you. for were I persuaded that Charlotte had any regard for him. It is unaccountable! In every view it is unaccountable!" "My dear Lizzy." "And men take care that they should. then." "To oblige you. Collins's respectability. prudent character. Mr. and Charlotte's steady. Collins is a conceited. that the woman who married him cannot have a proper way of thinking. in conjunction with his friend. and saying your opinion of him is sunk. one I will not mention.com "You doubt me. They will ruin your happiness. You shall not defend her. and you set yourself against it. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. But if I go on.www. and still fewer of whom I think well. I have met with two instances lately." "I must think your language too strong in speaking of both." said Elizabeth. I only want to think _you_ perfect. We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. they cannot be justified. and insensibility of danger security for happiness. Do not be afraid of my running into any excess. I feel as if I had never done you justice. There are few people whom I really love. I have nothing either to hope or fear. Thank God! I have not _that_ pain. _You_ wish to think all the world respectable. You do not make allowance enough for difference of situation and temper. I would try to believe almost anything. to the last. "but without scheming to do wrong. silly man." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 53 . A little time. change the meaning of principle and integrity. that as to fortune. and nothing to reproach him with.

could have been so well-bred and agreeable. wished his fair cousins health and happiness again." Mr. Lizzy. sir. Mrs. and though a day seldom passed in which Elizabeth did not account for it clearly. the day would be fixed that was to make him the happiest of men. you have an affectionate mother who will make the most of it. great connections. fortune. On the following Monday. a girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then." "Thank you. Bingley's name was scarcely ever mentioned between them. I find. Mr. it is very unlikely they should have opposed their brother's. it is nothing in comparison of what I should feel in thinking ill of him or his sisters.www. Darcy. Darcy was condemned as the worst of men. she had the same story to repeat every day. at least." We must not all expect Jane's good "True. you make everybody acting unnaturally and wrong. Bennet. I am not ashamed of having been mistaken--or. whatever may be their own wishes. Bennet's best comfort was that Mr. they may wish his increase of wealth and consequence. they could not succeed. if he were so. They have known her much longer than they have known me. however. Mrs. and from this time Mr. might be alleviated on his side. He took leave of his relations at Longbourn with as much solemnity as before. they would not try to part us." said Mr. and urged the possibility of mistakes—but by everybody else Mr. Bennet still continued to wonder and repine at his returning no more." said he one day. Mrs. Mr. greatly superior to his sister. they _do_ wish him to choose Miss Darcy. Chapter 25 After a week spent in professions of love and schemes of felicity." "Beyond a doubt. Darcy before they had known anything of the matter. and within view of his own warehouses. I congratulate her. and it gives her a sort of distinction among her companions. and all that he had suffered from him. and everybody was pleased to know how much they had always disliked Mr. unknown to the society of Hertfordshire. they may wish him to marry a girl who has all the importance of money. and if he is attached to me. It is something to think of. no wonder if they love her better. was now openly acknowledged and publicly canvassed. Her daughter endeavoured to convince her of what she did not believe herself. They saw him often. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 54 . by preparations for the reception of his bride.english-area. Miss Bennet was the only creature who could suppose there might be any extenuating circumstances in the case. Bennet had the pleasure of receiving her brother and his wife. who came as usual to spend the Christmas at Longbourn. Mrs. but a less agreeable man would satisfy me. unless there were something very objectionable? If they believed him attached to me. "but this may be from better feelings than you are supposing. Gardiner was a sensible. which ceased when he saw her no more. and would jilt you creditably. Do not distress me by the idea. The whole of what Elizabeth had already heard. "but it is a comfort to think that whatever of that kind may befall you. The Netherfield ladies would have had difficulty in believing that a man who lived by trade. his claims on Mr. and pride. "your sister is crossed in love. What sister would think herself at liberty to do it. But. as he had reason to hope. The pain of separation. her mild and steady candour always pleaded for allowances." Elizabeth could not oppose such a wish. "So. When is your turn to come? You will hardly bear to be long outdone by Jane. it is light. in the light in which it may be understood. Wickham's society was of material service in dispelling the gloom which the late perverse occurrences had thrown on many of the Longbourn family. that his attentions to Jane had been merely the effect of a common and transient liking. Why should they try to influence him? They can only wish his happiness. Bennet and Mrs. but though the probability of the statement was admitted at the time. He is a pleasant fellow. and to his other recommendations was now added that of general unreserve. Gardiner. By supposing such an affection." "Your first position is false. Next to being married. who was several years younger than Mrs.com "I cannot believe it. Here are officers enough in Meryton to disappoint all the young ladies in the country. and promised their father another letter of thanks. Now is your time. that shortly after his return into Hertfordshire. and me most unhappy. Let Wickham be _your_ man. no other woman can secure it." replied Jane. Mr. as well by nature as education. They may wish many things besides his happiness. Bennet treated the matter differently. Bingley must be down again in the summer. Let me take it in the best light. gentlemanlike man. Collins was called from his amiable Charlotte by the arrival of Saturday. there was little chance of her ever considering it with less perplexity.

that it is very improbable that they should meet at all. by not asking them to dance. we go out so little. The consequence of it is. But does not Jane correspond with his sister? _She_ will not be able to help calling. Darcy may perhaps have _heard_ of such a place as Gracechurch Street. But do you think she would be prevailed upon to go back with us? Change of scene might be of service--and perhaps a little relief from home may be as useful as anything. she spoke more on the subject. Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?" "Oh. I hope they will not meet at all. "for Jane would have got Mr. We live in so different a part of town. When alone with Elizabeth afterwards. without receiving an answer. It is as often applied to feelings which arise from a half-hour's acquaintance. Every time they met. Poor Jane! I am sorry for her. that it gives me very little idea. Gardiner. It makes me very nervous and poorly. At his own ball he offended two or three young ladies. and felt persuaded of her sister's ready acquiescence. They are all for what they can get." Elizabeth was exceedingly pleased with this proposal. so doubtful. Collins's wife by this time. Gardiner's business on her arrival was to distribute her presents and describe the newest fashions. your coming just at this time is the greatest of comforts. Bingley's love?" "I never saw a more promising inclination. unless he really comes to see her. But these things happen so often! A young man. so easily forgets her." added Mrs. with her disposition. They had frequently been staying with her in town. it was more decided and remarkable. sister! It is very hard to think that she might have been Mr.www. However. yes!--of that kind of love which I suppose him to have felt. It became her turn to listen. and. The Lucases are very artful people indeed. Bingley if she could. and much to complain of. for he is now in the custody of his friend. elegant woman. intelligent. The first part of Mrs. so indefinite. but so it is." "An excellent consolation in its way. as to a real. "but it will not do for _us_. as you well know." Mrs. had it not been for her own perverseness. It does not often happen that the interference of friends will persuade a young man of independent fortune to think no more of a girl whom he was violently in love with only a few days before. We do not suffer by _accident_. I am sorry to say it of them." "And _that_ is quite impossible. They had all been very ill-used since she last saw her sister. and that the Longbourn estate is just as much entailed as ever. Gardiner. were he once to enter it. such as you describe Mr. Mr. but he would hardly think a month's ablution enough to cleanse him from its impurities. and depend upon it. and a great favourite with all her Longbourn nieces. and she refused him. strong attachment. in the course of Jane and Elizabeth's correspondence with her." "So much the better." she continued. was an amiable. Bingley never stirs without him. and Mr. so easily falls in love with a pretty girl for a few weeks. "that no consideration with regard to this young man will influence her. He made her an offer in this very room. Bennet had many grievances to relate. to whom the chief of this news had been given before. Two of her girls had been upon the point of marriage. that these sort of inconsistencies are very frequent. and when accident separates them. "I do not blame Jane. It had better have happened to _you_. When this was done she had a less active part to play. and wholly engrossed by her. Lizzy. she may not get over it immediately." "But that expression of 'violently in love' is so hackneyed." "She will drop the acquaintance entirely. Between the two eldest and herself especially." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 55 . there subsisted a particular regard.english-area.com Phillips. Mrs. all our connections are so different. because. and I spoke to him twice myself. you would have laughed yourself out of it sooner. made her sister a slight answer. But Lizzy! Oh. "I am sorry it went off. and to have neighbours who think of themselves before anybody else. "I hope. and after all there was nothing in it. sister. Pray. he was growing quite inattentive to other people. that Lady Lucas will have a daughter married before I have. Bingley. and I am very glad to hear what you tell us. Darcy would no more suffer him to call on Jane in such a part of London! My dear aunt. how could you think of it? Mr. of long sleeves. how _violent was_ Mr. to be thwarted so in my own family." said Elizabeth." said she. in compassion to her nieces. "It seems likely to have been a desirable match for Jane. turned the conversation. and.

you are not serious now. It was possible. as well as the still more interesting one of Bingley's being withheld from seeing Jane. Without supposing them. I am not afraid of speaking openly. Wickham. rendered suspicious by Elizabeth's warm commendation. and the officers. to fall in love merely because you are warned against it. the most agreeable man I ever saw--and if he becomes really attached to me--I believe it will be better that he should not. without any danger of seeing him." "Well. on examination. Fitzwilliam Darcy formerly spoken of as a very proud. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 56 . Gardiner. When the engagement was for home. You have sense. Oh! _that_ abominable Mr. In comparing her recollection of Pemberley with the minute description which Wickham could give. In short. and sometimes she thought it probable. I should think you could not do better. no. I will try again. I see the imprudence of it. Your father would depend on _your_ resolution and good conduct. and the influence of his friends successfully combated by the more natural influence of Jane's attractions. young people are seldom withheld by immediate want of fortune from entering into engagements with each other. she was delighting both him and herself. I am sure. and if he had the fortune he ought to have. But as it is. To Mrs. Bennet had so carefully provided for the entertainment of her brother and sister. On being made acquainted with the present Mr. Wickham. beyond all comparison. and in bestowing her tribute of praise on the character of its late possessor. The Gardiners stayed a week at Longbourn. and she resolved to speak to Elizabeth on the subject before she left Hertfordshire. Lizzy. ill-natured boy.english-area. before her marriage. if I can prevent it. that his affection might be reanimated. I should be very sorry to be the means of making any of you unhappy. They had. or how am I even to know that it would be wisdom to resist? All that I can promise you. Here consequently was an inexhaustible subject of discourse. But he is.www. Seriously. My father. he is a most interesting young man. and.Do not involve yourself or endeavour to involve him in an affection which the want of fortune would make so very imprudent." "Elizabeth. Chapter 26 Mrs. and known the late Mr. Gardiner had seen Pemberley. and was confident at last that she recollected having heard Mr. I will take care of myself. Gardiner's caution to Elizabeth was punctually and kindly given on the first favourable opportunity of speaking to her alone." "My dear aunt. their preference of each other was plain enough to make her a little uneasy. but since we see every day that where there is affection. and what with the Phillipses. narrowly observed them both. and I hope to engage you to be serious likewise. and I should be miserable to forfeit it. however. she felt a solicitude on the subject which convinced her. some of the officers always made part of it—of which officers Mr. Gardiner. Wickham was sure to be one. Wickham had one means of affording pleasure. Mrs. than as she hoped by Caroline's not living in the same house with her brother. she had spent a considerable time in that very part of Derbyshire to which he belonged. Darcy! My father's opinion of me does me the greatest honour. it was yet in his power to give her fresher intelligence of her former friends than she had been in the way of procuring. that she did not consider it entirely hopeless. and represent to her the imprudence of encouraging such an attachment. this is being serious indeed. About ten or a dozen years ago. how can I promise to be wiser than so many of my fellow-creatures if I am tempted. Mrs. therefore. and though Wickham had been little there since the death of Darcy's father. Darcy by character perfectly well. she might occasionally spend a morning with her." "Yes. the Lucases. from what she saw. Darcy's treatment of him. Miss Bennet accepted her aunt's invitation with pleasure. I would have you be on your guard. my dear aunt. You must not disappoint your father. and the Bingleys were no otherwise in her thoughts at the same time. unconnected with his general powers. He shall not be in love with me. there was not a day without its engagement. Wickham too. she tried to remember some of that gentleman's reputed disposition when quite a lad which might agree with it. to be very seriously in love. you must not let your fancy run away with you. then." "I beg your pardon. and on these occasion. after honestly telling her what she thought. you need not be under any alarm. and we all expect you to use it. that they did not once sit down to a family dinner. At present I am not in love with Mr. she thus went on: "You are too sensible a girl. I certainly am not.com But in spite of the certainty in which Elizabeth affected to place this point. and of Mr. is partial to Mr. Mrs. I have nothing to say against _him_. therefore. many acquaintances in common.

and mentioned nothing which she could not praise. "and I hope you will consent to be of the party. and she was at length so far resigned as to think it inevitable. and upon my honour. I hope. Jane had been a week in town without either seeing or hearing from Caroline. It is on your account that he has been so frequently invited this week. the bride and bridegroom set off for Kent from the church door. I inquired after their brother. and sincerely affected herself. I Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 57 . of course. Charlotte said: "I shall depend on hearing from you very often. I was right. I will try to do what I think to be the wisest. seemed surrounded with comforts." At least. there could not but be curiosity to know how she would speak of her new home.www." were her words. and everybody had as much to say. and Elizabeth perceived that she must wait for her own visit there to know the rest." she continued. and roads. in an ill-natured tone. accompanied her out of the room." "_That_ you certainly shall. Mr. The house. by supposing that her last letter to her friend from Longbourn had by some accident been lost. you will be as welcome as either of them. "My father and Maria are coming to me in March." said Elizabeth with a conscious smile: "very true. Elizabeth. In short. Elizabeth hoped it would be in her power to say something of the Bingleys. She accounted for it. in Hertfordshire. Eliza. She wrote cheerfully. his arrival was no great inconvenience to Mrs. but so much engaged with Mr. rather than what was. Darcy that they scarcely ever saw him. furniture. "but she was very glad to see me.com therefore. and how happy she would dare pronounce herself to be. I will not be in a hurry to believe myself his first object. Charlotte's first letters were received with a good deal of eagerness." Her aunt assured her that she was. You know my mother's ideas as to the necessity of constant company for her friends. were all to her taste. how she would like Lady Catherine. Will you come and see me?" "We shall often meet. Jane had already written a few lines to her sister to announce their safe arrival in London. ashamed of her mother's ungracious and reluctant good wishes. though. without being resented. Elizabeth felt that Charlotte expressed herself on every point exactly as she might have foreseen. to come to Hunsford. and reproached me for giving her no notice of my coming to London. and on Wednesday Miss Lucas paid her farewell visit. and I shall take the opportunity of calling in Grosvenor Street. and when she rose to take leave." Thursday was to be the wedding day. a wonderful instance of advice being given on such a point. or to hear. though she foresaw little pleasure in the visit. therefore." The wedding took place. and she had seen Miss Bingley." Elizabeth could not refuse. "My aunt. His marriage was now fast approaching. it will be wise in me to refrain from _that_. that it should be equally unreserved was impossible. you should not "As I did the other day." "Perhaps it will be as well if you discourage his coming here so very often. and Elizabeth having thanked her for the kindness of her hints. Her impatience for this second letter was as well rewarded as impatience generally is. however." She wrote again when the visit was paid. Eliza. Elizabeth could never address her without feeling that all the comfort of intimacy was over. when the letters were read. therefore. Collins returned into Hertfordshire soon after it had been quitted by the Gardiners and Jane. It was Mr. and when she wrote again.english-area." added Charlotte. on the subject as usual. my last letter had never reached her. neighbourhood. and their correspondence was as regular and frequent as it had ever been. and now I hope you are satisfied. they parted. I will do my best. But do not imagine that he is always here so often. "I did not think Caroline in spirits. and Lady Catherine's behaviour was most friendly and obliging. But really." "I am not likely to leave Kent for some time. Collins's picture of Hunsford and Rosings rationally softened. When I am in company with him. "is going to-morrow into that part of the town. that she "_wished_ they might be happy. and though determined not to slacken as a correspondent. and even repeatedly to say. Indeed. it was for the sake of what had been. but as he took up his abode with the Lucases. Promise me. Elizabeth soon heard from her friend. He was well. _remind_ your mother of inviting him. As they went downstairs together. is not to be in a hurry. Bennet. I will not be wishing." "And I have another favour to ask you.

I pity. If I were not afraid of judging harshly. But. his attentions were over. did not quarrel with him for his wish of independence. I wish I could see her. I cannot find out that I hate her at all. Mrs. All this was acknowledged to Mrs. but the shortness of her stay. I dare say I shall see them soon here. "My dearest Lizzy will. less clear-sighted perhaps in this case than in Charlotte's. Kitty and Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 58 . etc. but not with any certainty. Miss Bingley said something of his never returning to Netherfield again. because she must feel that she has been acting wrong. by her manner of talking. that when she went away I was perfectly resolved to continue the acquaintance no longer. but she could no longer be blind to Miss Bingley's inattention. My visit was not long. I can safely say that every advance to intimacy began on her side. and was in every respect so altered a creature. had fortune permitted it. but she could see it and write of it without material pain. Elizabeth was watchful enough to see it all. I am certain. from something she said herself. Pray go to see them. I cannot understand it. Importance may sometimes be purchased too dearly. she thus went on: "I am now convinced. and Jane saw nothing of him. I am extremely glad that you have such pleasant accounts from our friends at Hunsford. I cannot say that I regret my comparative insignificance. formal apology. and because I am very sure that anxiety for her brother is the cause of it.english-area. Gardiner. and while able to suppose that it cost him a few struggles to relinquish her. and so deservedly dear as he is to his sister. and yet more. Bingley her sister's being in town.www. for not calling before. Her heart had been but slightly touched. on the contrary. of giving up the house. my dear aunt. I should be almost tempted to say that there is a strong appearance of duplicity in all this. considering what her behaviour was. But I will endeavour to banish every painful thought. and after relating the circumstances. however. for had I really experienced that pure and elevating passion. we must have met. though the event has proved you right. and inventing every evening a fresh excuse for her. Caroline did not return my visit till yesterday. as by Wickham's account. she was ready to allow it a wise and desirable measure for both. because. or that I am in the least unwilling to think her a very good sort of girl. but if the same circumstances were to happen again. Nothing. I am sure. Four weeks passed away. I cannot but wonder. The letter which she wrote on this occasion to her sister will prove what she felt. and could very sincerely wish him happy. But I pity her. I do not at all comprehend her reason for wishing to be intimate with me. that I have never been much in love. but Elizabeth." This letter gave Elizabeth some pain. and as a punishment for him. and wish him all manner of evil. When she did come. I am sure you will be very comfortable there. at my expense.--Yours. She endeavoured to persuade herself that she did not regret it. Hurst were going out. and her vanity was satisfied with believing that _she_ would have been his only choice. she would make him abundantly regret what he had thrown away. I need not explain myself farther. he was the admirer of some one else. as if she wanted to persuade herself that he is really partial to Miss Darcy.com found that Miss Darcy was expected to dinner. All expectation from the brother was now absolutely over. and not a note. long ago. could be more natural. my confidence was as natural as your suspicion. Darcy's sister. My watchfulness has been effectual. the visitor did at last appear. Gardiner about this time reminded Elizabeth of her promise concerning that gentleman. and though _we_ know this anxiety to be quite needless. His apparent partiality had subsided. it was very evident that she had no pleasure in it. I am sure I should be deceived again. Let me hear from you very soon. by the sister at least. She would not even wish for a renewal of his attentions. said not a word of wishing to see me again. There can be no love in all this. with Sir William and Maria. not a line. and required information. as well as a possible advantage to Jane. do not think me obstinate if I still assert that. she seriously hoped he might really soon marry Mr. and the invariable kindness of my dear uncle and aunt. though I cannot help blaming her. yet if she feels it. whatever anxiety she must feel on his behalf is natural and amiable. they are even impartial towards Miss King. After waiting at home every morning for a fortnight. but her spirits returned as she considered that Jane would no longer be duped. It convinced her that accident only could discover to Mr. my dear sister. We had better not mention it. I should at present detest his very name. she made a slight. She was very wrong in singling me out as she did. when I confess myself to have been entirely deceived in Miss Bingley's regard for me. it will easily account for her behaviour to me. The sudden acquisition of ten thousand pounds was the most remarkable charm of the young lady to whom he was now rendering himself agreeable. if he had at all cared about me. the alteration of her manner would allow Jane to deceive herself no longer. at her having any such fears now. His character sunk on every review of it. But my feelings are not only cordial towards _him_. He knows of my being in town." Elizabeth shook her head over this letter. did I receive in the meantime. and yet it would seem. and think only of what will make me happy--your affection. and Elizabeth had such to send as might rather give contentment to her aunt than to herself. as Caroline and Mrs. and though I certainly should be a more interesting object to all my acquaintances were I distractedly in love with him. be incapable of triumphing in her better judgement.

She was to accompany Sir William and his second daughter. looking earnestly in her face. and as. The day passed most pleasantly away. Collins. prevented their coming lower. and almost promised to answer her letter. His present pursuit could not make him forget that Elizabeth had been the first to excite and to deserve his attention." "Pray. Mrs." Chapter 27 With no greater events than these in the Longbourn family. Gardiner then rallied her niece on Wickham's desertion. and she parted from him convinced that. Wickham was perfectly friendly. that though Jane always struggled to support her spirits. and whose shyness. The journey would moreover give her a peep at Jane. and they began it so early as to be in Gracechurch Street by noon. was pleased to see it healthful and lovely as ever. the morning in bustle and shopping. however. They are young in the ways of the world. had nothing to say that could be worth hearing. the first to be admired." "If you will only tell me what sort of girl Miss King is.english-area. Gardiner gave her the particulars also of Miss Bingley's visit in Gracechurch Street." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 59 . that he told her to write to him. All was joy and kindness. as the time drew near. because it would be imprudent. It was reasonable. I know no harm of her. and his daughter Maria. in reply to her minute inquiries. The improvement of spending a night in London was added in time. however. a little change was not unwelcome for its own sake. in short.www. Gardiner's door. and the evening at one of the theatres. with such a mother and such uncompanionable sisters. I shall know what to think. and weakened her disgust of Mr. whether married or single. I believe. sometimes dirty and sometimes cold. wishing her every enjoyment. Absence had increased her desire of seeing Charlotte again. she soon found." she added. which proved that the former had. "But my dear Elizabeth. and she was more grieved than astonished to hear. and who. given up the acquaintance. she would have been very sorry for any delay. reminding her of what she was to expect in Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Mrs.com Lydia take his defection much more to heart than I do. but Charlotte. whose eagerness for their cousin's appearance would not allow them to wait in the drawing-room. There was novelty in the scheme. and complimented her on bearing it so well. and Elizabeth. and repeated conversations occurring at different times between Jane and herself. so little liked her going. He could tell her nothing new of the wonders of his presentation and knighthood. Everything. She had not at first thought very seriously of going thither. March was to take Elizabeth to Hunsford. because he is trying to get a girl with only ten thousand pounds. Sir William Lucas. "what sort of girl is Miss King? I should be sorry to think our friend mercenary. there was a solicitude. and was finally settled according to Charlotte's first sketch. and trusting their opinion of her—their opinion of everybody--would always coincide. he must always be her model of the amiable and pleasing. Elizabeth then contrived to sit by her aunt. The farewell between herself and Mr." "She is a very good kind of girl. and were listened to with about as much delight as the rattle of the chaise. and in his manner of bidding her adieu. as they had not seen her for a twelvemonth. a good-humoured girl. went on smoothly. an interest which she felt must ever attach her to him with a most sincere regard. As they drove to Mr. to hope that they would not continue long. On the stairs were a troop of little boys and girls. from her heart. between the mercenary and the prudent motive? Where does discretion end. Jane was at a drawing-room window watching their arrival. but as empty-headed as himself. you want to find out that he is mercenary. there were periods of dejection. but she had known Sir William's too long. my dear aunt. when they entered the passage she was there to welcome them. and avarice begin? Last Christmas you were afraid of his marrying me. and now. Their first object was her sister. and otherwise diversified by little beyond the walks to Meryton. when it came to the point. like his information. and not yet open to the mortifying conviction that handsome young men must have something to live on as well as the plain. was depending on the plan and she gradually learned to consider it herself with greater pleasure as well as greater certainty. on his side even more. and his civilities were worn out. and the plan became perfect as plan could be. who would certainly miss her. the first to listen and to pity. It was a journey of only twenty-four miles. and. Her fellow-travellers the next day were not of a kind to make her think him less agreeable. did January and February pass away. what is the difference in matrimonial affairs. The only pain was in leaving her father. Elizabeth loved absurdities. home could not be faultless.

Collins and Charlotte appeared at the door. Elizabeth smiled at the recollection of all that she had heard of its inhabitants. every eye was in search of the Parsonage. and he detained her some minutes at the gate to hear and satisfy his inquiries after all her family. dear aunt. Mr. with ostentatious formality to his humble abode. I am sick of them all. you know. Elizabeth was prepared to see him in his glory. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing." cried Elizabeth. Adieu to disappointment and spleen. They were then." Chapter 28 Every object in the next day's journey was new and interesting to Elizabeth. without being able to give one accurate idea of anything." "No--what should he? If it were not allowable for him to gain _my_ affections because I had no money. "have it as you choose." "Oh! if that is all. What are young men to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend! And when we _do_ return. rejoicing at the sight of each other." Before they were separated by the conclusion of the play. his formal civility was just what it had been. and her acceptance of the invitation was most ready and grateful.com "But he paid her not the smallest attention till her grandfather's death made her mistress of this fortune. and her spirits were in a state of enjoyment. _He_ shall be mercenary. The palings of Rosings Park was their boundary on one side. and rivers shall not be jumbled together in our imaginations. the house standing in it. Gardiner." It only shows her being deficient in something herself-- "Well. with no other delay than his pointing out the neatness of the entrance. If _she_ does not object to it." she rapturously cried. and the carriage stopped at the small gate which led by a short gravel walk to the house. and _she_ shall be foolish. "but." No scheme could have been more agreeable to Elizabeth. "what delight! what felicity! You give me fresh life and vigour. Mrs. who has neither manner nor sense to recommend him. and their intimate friends who live in Hertfordshire are not much better. the green pales. and rather looked with wonder at Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 60 . that is what I do _not_ choose. and who was equally poor?" "But there seems an indelicacy in directing his attentions towards her so soon after this event. taken into the house. and the laurel hedge. he welcomed them a second time. after all. "We have not determined how far it shall carry us. and she could not help in fancying that in displaying the good proportion of the room. to the Lakes. for she had seen her sister looking so well as to banish all fear for her health. "Oh. it shall not be like other travellers. perhaps. The garden sloping to the road." "Take care. mountains. sense or feeling. will we begin quarreling about its relative situation. to think ill of a young man who has lived so long in Derbyshire. that speech savours strongly of disappointment. and every turning expected to bring it in view. he addressed himself particularly to her. my dear. its aspect and its furniture. she was not able to gratify him by any sigh of repentance. But though everything seemed neat and comfortable. Thank Heaven! I am going to-morrow where I shall find a man who has not one agreeable quality. Let _our_ first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travellers. In a moment they were all out of the chaise." "No. I should be sorry." "A man in distressed circumstances has not time for all those elegant decorums which other people may observe.www. everything declared they were arriving. At length the Parsonage was discernible. and punctually repeated all his wife's offers of refreshment." said Mrs. Collins welcomed her friend with the liveliest pleasure. she had the unexpected happiness of an invitation to accompany her uncle and aunt in a tour of pleasure which they proposed taking in the summer. nor when we attempt to describe any particular scene. amidst the nods and smiles of the whole party. We _will_ know where we have gone--we _will_ recollect what we have seen. as if wishing to make her feel what she had lost in refusing him. When they left the high road for the lane to Hunsford. I have a very poor opinion of young men who live in Derbyshire. why should _we_?" "_Her_ not objecting does not justify _him_. and as soon as they were in the parlour. and the prospect of her northern tour was a constant source of delight. She saw instantly that her cousin's manners were not altered by his marriage.english-area. Lizzy. and Elizabeth was more and more satisfied with coming when she found herself so affectionately received. what occasion could there be for making love to a girl whom he did not care about. Lizzy. Lakes.

and composure in bearing with. It was spoken of again while they were at dinner. and of all that had happened in London. Collins said anything of which his wife might reasonably be ashamed. for she has several. Collins. afforded by an opening in the trees that bordered the park nearly opposite the front of his house. She is the sort of woman whom one cannot regard with too much deference." Elizabeth asked questions in vain. Who would have thought that she could be so thin and small?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 61 . but the ladies. which was large and well laid out." added Charlotte. probably. Here. He could number the fields in every direction. It was rather small. Elizabeth. and here is nothing but Lady Catherine and her daughter." The evening was spent chiefly in talking over Hertfordshire news. well situated on rising ground. The old lady is Mrs. and I doubt not but you will be honoured with some portion of her notice when service is over. When Mr. About the middle of the next day. breathless with agitation. Her ladyship's carriage is regularly ordered for us. Her behaviour to my dear Charlotte is charming. "and a most attentive neighbour. who. She opened the door and met Maria in the landing place. my dear Eliza! pray make haste and come into the dining-room. the quiet tenor of their usual employments. "it is not Lady Catherine. From his garden. and calling loudly after her. and everything was fitted up and arranged with a neatness and consistency of which Elizabeth gave Charlotte all the credit. you will have the honour of seeing Lady Catherine de Bourgh on the ensuing Sunday at church. She had already learnt that Lady Catherine was still in the country. and. which certainly was not unseldom. and scarcely allowing them an interval to utter the praises he asked for. But of all the views which his garden. to have the opportunity of showing it without her husband's help. none were to be compared with the prospect of Rosings. who lives with them. "And is this all?" cried Elizabeth. and are never allowed to walk home. her husband. To work in this garden was one of his most respectable pleasures. from the sideboard to the fender. and the gaieties of their intercourse with Rosings. Collins joining in." "La! my dear. and down they ran into the diningroom. and Elizabeth admired the command of countenance with which Charlotte talked of the healthfulness of the exercise. Charlotte took her sister and friend over the house. quite shocked at the mistake. but in general Charlotte wisely did not hear. as she was in her room getting ready for a walk. the other is Miss de Bourgh. It was a handsome modern building. to give an account of their journey. every view was pointed out with a minuteness which left beauty entirely behind. in the solitude of her chamber. I have scarcely any hesitation in saying she will include you and my sister Maria in every invitation with which she honours us during your stay here. Jenkinson. We dine at Rosings twice every week. observed: "Yes. and when it closed. Only look at her. Mr. Once or twice she could discern a faint blush. and to the cultivation of which he attended himself. It was two ladies stopping in a low phaeton at the garden gate. cried out-"Oh. Mr. Collins would have led them round his two meadows. not having shoes to encounter the remains of a white frost." "Lady Catherine is a very respectable. Collins invited them to take a stroll in the garden. extremely well pleased. and by Charlotte's evident enjoyment of it. She is all affability and condescension. leading the way through every walk and cross walk. sensible woman indeed. Make haste. and could tell how many tress there were in the most distant clump. When Mr. that is exactly what I say. which fronted the lane. turned back." said Maria. she involuntarily turned her eye on Charlotte.www. a sudden noise below seemed to speak the whole house in confusion. A lively imagination soon settled it all. for there is such a sight to be seen! I will not tell you what it is. had to meditate upon Charlotte's degree of contentment. after listening a moment. there was really an air of great comfort throughout. the vexatious interruptions of Mr. or which the country or kingdom could boast. Collins could be forgotten. my dear. Elizabeth supposed he must be often forgotten. and while Sir William accompanied him. Maria would tell her nothing more. "I expected at least that the pigs were got into the garden. to understand her address in guiding. in quest of this wonder. Miss Elizabeth. and I need not say you will be delighted with her. I _should_ say. one of her ladyship's carriages. and owned she encouraged it as much as possible." "Very true.english-area. and telling again what had already been written.com her friend that she could have so cheerful an air with such a companion. and come down this moment. she heard somebody running upstairs in a violent hurry. when Mr. She had also to anticipate how her visit would pass. and to acknowledge that it was all done very well. but well built and convenient. After sitting long enough to admire every article of furniture in the room. She is quite a little creature.

as Lady Catherine very much objected to be kept waiting for her dinner. the ladies drove on. with a rapturous air. Mr. When they ascended the steps to the hall. About the court. might not wholly overpower them. Collins had settled it with her husband that the office of introduction should be hers. "She looks sickly and cross." said he. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 62 . with great condescension. Elizabeth's courage did not fail her. and Mrs. Collins no sooner saw the two girls than he began to congratulate them on their good fortune. to Elizabeth's high diversion. At length there was nothing more to be said. Why does she not come in?" "Oh. Collins expected the scene to inspire. and her manner of living. Chapter 29 Mr. and that an opportunity of doing it should be given so soon. about your apparel. was such an instance of Lady Catherine's condescension. Maria's alarm was every moment increasing. was complete. which Charlotte explained by letting them know that the whole party was asked to dine at Rosings the next day.english-area. and as Mrs. as he knew not how to admire enough. Her ladyship. Every park has its beauty and its prospects. and Elizabeth saw much to be pleased with. in earnest contemplation of the greatness before him. in consequence of this invitation." "I like her appearance. Collins pointed out. to recommend their being quick. from my knowledge of her affability. Lady Catherine is far from requiring that elegance of dress in us which becomes herself and her daughter. Charlotte says she hardly ever does. "that I should not have been at all surprised by her ladyship's asking us on Sunday to drink tea and spend the evening at Rosings. of which Mr. and even Sir William did not look perfectly calm." said Elizabeth. Mr. and his relation of what the glazing altogether had originally cost Sir Lewis de Bourgh. She likes to have the distinction of rank preserved. Lady Catherine will not think the worse of you for being simply dressed. The power of displaying the grandeur of his patroness to his wondering visitors. her daughter. "from that knowledge of what the manners of the great really are. it was performed in a proper manner. including the whole party) so immediately after your arrival!" "I am the less surprised at what has happened. such instances of elegant breeding are not uncommon. But who could have foreseen such an attention as this? Who could have imagined that we should receive an invitation to dine there (an invitation. I would advise you merely to put on whatever of your clothes is superior to the rest--there is no occasion for anything more. that the sight of such rooms. though she could not be in such raptures as Mr. and the mere stateliness of money or rank she thought she could witness without trepidation. my dear cousin.www." Mr. Collins was carefully instructing them in what they were to expect. she will do for him very well. which my situation in life has allowed me to acquire. that it would happen. and constantly bowing whenever Miss de Bourgh looked that way. Collins's triumph. "I confess. to the room where Lady Catherine. As the weather was fine. From the entrance-hall. Such formidable accounts of her ladyship. the fine proportion and the finished ornaments. quite frightened Maria Lucas who had been little used to company. Jenkinson were sitting. Yes. was exactly what he had wished for. It is the greatest of favours when Miss de Bourgh comes in. without any of those apologies and thanks which he would have thought necessary. Collins and Charlotte were both standing at the gate in conversation with the ladies." Scarcely anything was talked of the whole day or next morning but their visit to Rosings. I rather expected. When the ladies were separating for the toilette. arose to receive them." replied Sir William. they had a pleasant walk of about half a mile across the park. James's. so many servants. and was but slightly affected by his enumeration of the windows in front of the house. and Sir William. and of letting them see her civility towards himself and his wife." While they were dressing. was stationed in the doorway. he said to Elizabeth-"Do not make yourself uneasy. moreover. She will make him a very proper wife. and the others returned into the house. and she looked forward to her introduction at Rosings with as much apprehension as her father had done to his presentation at St. and so splendid a dinner. he came two or three times to their different doors. She had heard nothing of Lady Catherine that spoke her awful from any extraordinary talents or miraculous virtue. they followed the servants through an ante-chamber. struck with other ideas.com "She is abominably rude to keep Charlotte out of doors in all this wind.

were insignificant. I think. as he had likewise foretold. told her how everything ought to be regulated in so small a family as hers. she believed Lady Catherine to be exactly what he represented. Collins had promised. and gave most gracious smiles. She was not rendered formidable by silence. and who was entirely engaged in listening to what she said. who was now enough recovered to echo whatever his son-in-law said. how many sisters she had. and looked as if he felt that life could furnish nothing greater. There was neither in figure nor face any likeness between the ladies. When. that he had but just courage enough to make a very low bow. as proved that she was not used to have her judgement controverted. The Miss Webbs all play. The party did not supply much conversation. delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner. but whatever she said was spoken in so authoritative a tone. gave her a great deal of advice as to the management of them all. Do you play and sing. "I am glad of it. and the latter said not a word to her all dinner-time. probably superior to----You shall try it some day. and every dish was commended.www. except in a low voice. But Lady Catherine seemed gratified by their excessive admiration. and she spoke very little. Mr. He carved. and his daughter. pressing her to try some other dish. Miss de Bourgh was pale and sickly. and could observe the three ladies before her composedly. which could furnish her with an occasion of dictating to others.english-area. nor was her manner of receiving them such as to make her visitors forget their inferior rank. sat on the edge of her chair. and ate. and Lady Catherine kindly informing them that it was much better worth looking at in the summer. especially when any dish on the table proved a novelty to them." "Oh! then--some time or other we shall be happy to hear you. Our instrument is a capital one. with strongly-marked features. and what had been her mother's maiden name? Elizabeth felt all the impertinence of her questions but answered them very composedly. In the intervals of her discourse with Mrs. though not plain. Maria thought speaking out of the question. her features. Her air was not conciliating. The dinner was exceedingly handsome. Do you draw?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 63 . Lady Catherine was a tall. they were all sent to one of the windows to admire the view. not knowing which way to look. whether any of them were likely to be married. and brought Mr. by her ladyship's desire. Collins attending them to point out its beauties. It was not thought necessary in Sir Lewis de Bourgh's family. and the gentlemen did nothing but eat and admire. and praised with delighted alacrity. whether they were handsome. Collins. Miss Bennet?" "A little. and there were all the servants and all the articles of plate which Mr. and who she observed to Mrs. frightened almost out of her senses. After sitting a few minutes." turning to Charlotte. and from the observation of the day altogether. in a manner which Elizabeth wondered Lady Catherine could bear. Elizabeth found that nothing was beneath this great lady's attention. what carriage her father kept. but especially to the latter. she turned her eyes on the daughter. Elizabeth was ready to speak whenever there was an opening. of whose connections she knew the least. as marked her self-importance. where they had been educated. after examining the mother. large woman. at different times. which she did without any intermission till coffee came in. there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk. and. Lady Catherine then observed. he took his seat at the bottom of the table. When the ladies returned to the drawing-room. "Your father's estate is entailed on Mr. first by him and then by Sir William. and placing a screen in the proper direction before her eyes. Jenkinson. in whose appearance there was nothing remarkable. Collins. and instructed her as to the care of her cows and her poultry. in whose countenance and deportment she soon found some resemblance of Mr. She inquired into Charlotte's domestic concerns familiarly and minutely. Jenkinson was chiefly employed in watching how little Miss de Bourgh ate. For your sake. to Mrs. pretty kind of girl. which might once have been handsome. she could almost have joined in Maria's astonishment at her being so thin and so small. whether they were older or younger than herself. Darcy. She asked her. and take his seat without saying a word. but otherwise I see no occasion for entailing estates from the female line. and their father has not so good an income as yours. she addressed a variety of questions to Maria and Elizabeth." "Why did not you all learn? You ought all to have learned. but she was seated between Charlotte and Miss de Bourgh--the former of whom was engaged in listening to Lady Catherine. and fearing she was indisposed.com In spite of having been at St. Elizabeth found herself quite equal to the scene. Mrs. Do your sisters play and sing?" "One of them does. Collins was a very genteel. James's Sir William was so completely awed by the grandeur surrounding him. Wickham immediately to Elizabeth's mind.

It is wonderful how many families I have been the means of supplying in that way. I believe we were. and as Miss de Bourgh chose to play at cassino. Four nieces of Mrs. 'you have given me a treasure. Collins. all. Mrs. or relating some anecdote of herself. The last-born has as good a right to the pleasures of youth at the first. Perhaps _she_ is full young to be much in company. but such of us as wished to learn never wanted the means. 'Lady Catherine. that they should not have their share of society and amusement. Those who chose to be idle. We were always encouraged to read. Scarcely a syllable was uttered that did not relate to the game.com "No. "your ladyship can hardly expect me to own it. except when Mrs." Elizabeth could hardly help smiling as she assured her that had not been the case.www." "No governess! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home without a governess! never heard of such a thing." "My mother would have had no objection." When the gentlemen had joined them. "you give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person. smiling. Jenkinson to make up her party. and tea was over. "Then. and Mrs. all five out at once? Very odd! And you only the second. therefore you need not conceal your age. And to be kept back on _such_ a motive! I think it would not be very likely to promote sisterly affection or delicacy of mind. Sir William." replied Elizabeth. none of you?" "Not one.' Are any of your younger sisters out. I always say that nothing is to be done in education without steady and regular instruction. what is your age?" "With three younger sisters grown up." "I am not one-and-twenty." "Upon my word. and if I had known your mother. the two girls had the honour of assisting Mrs. who was merely accidentally mentioned to me." "All! What. and the family are quite delighted with her. or having too much or too little light. and Mr. I am always glad to get a young person well placed out. the card-tables were placed.english-area. ma'am. Your mother should have taken you to town every spring for the benefit of masters. A great deal more passed at the other table. and it was but the other day that I recommended another young person. But I suppose you had no opportunity. But really." "Has your governess left you?" "We never had any governess. I am sure. Collins was employed in Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés I 64 . I should have advised her most strenuously to engage one. no doubt. Jenkinson expressed her fears of Miss de Bourgh's being too hot or too cold. but that is what a governess will prevent. because the elder may not have the means or inclination to marry early. you must have been neglected." "That is very strange. not at all.' said she. The younger ones out before the elder ones are married! Your younger sisters must be very young?" "Yes. and nobody but a governess can give it. Lady Catherine. my youngest is not sixteen. did I tell you of Lady Metcalf's calling yesterday to thank me? She finds Miss Pope a treasure. certainly might. "You cannot be more than twenty. Miss Bennet?" "Yes. Their table was superlatively stupid." said her ladyship." "Compared with some families. who taught you? who attended to you? Without a governess. but my father hates London. and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much dignified impertinence. and had all the masters that were necessary. Your mother must have been quite a slave to your education." "What. Collins sat down to quadrille. Pray. ma'am." "Aye." Lady Catherine seemed quite astonished at not receiving a direct answer. Jenkinson are most delightfully situated through my means. Lady Catherine was generally speaking—stating the mistakes of the three others. I think it would be very hard upon younger sisters. Mr.

and though there were not many of her acquaintances whom she did not prefer. and scold them into harmony and plenty. and were indebted to Mr. Elizabeth was called on by her cousin to give her opinion of all that she had seen at Rosings. Collins's joints of meat were too large for her family. and till Elizabeth recollected that there might be other family livings to be disposed of. however. his coming would furnish one comparatively new to look at in their Rosings parties. there were half-hours of pleasant conversation with Charlotte. Darcy was expected there in the course of a few weeks. From these instructions they were summoned by the arrival of the coach. Collins's reach. Collins for the knowledge of what carriages went along. and. found fault with the arrangement of the furniture. While Sir William was with them. the whole family returned to their usual employments. for whom he was evidently destined by Lady Catherine. by his behaviour to his cousin. or detected the housemaid in negligence. for the chief of the time between breakfast and dinner was now passed by him either at work in the garden or in reading and writing. for Charlotte's sake. had they sat in one equally lively. which in so small a circle must be important. and how often especially Miss de Bourgh drove by in her phaeton. it was a better sized room. could by no means satisfy Mr. and whenever any of the cottagers were disposed to be quarrelsome. and the week preceding it was to bring an addition to the family at Rosings. and had a few minutes' conversation with Charlotte. though it happened almost every day. but when he went away. who talked of his coming with the greatest satisfaction. and Elizabeth was thankful to find that they did not see more of her cousin by the alteration. spoke of Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 65 . and he was very soon obliged to take her ladyship's praise into his own hands. the first fortnight of her visit soon passed away. Chapter 30 Sir William stayed only a week at Hunsford. She not unfrequently stopped at the Parsonage. and apologising if he thought he won too many. though costing her some trouble. Collins's side and as many bows on Sir William's they departed. Easter was approaching. He was storing his memory with anecdotes and noble names. In this quiet way. Elizabeth had at first rather wondered that Charlotte should not prefer the dining-parlour for common use. Collins. that though this great lady was not in commission of the peace of the county. But her commendation. and not many in which his wife did not think it necessary to go likewise. which. As soon as they had driven from the door. The entertainment of dining at Rosings was repeated about twice a week. and she gave Charlotte credit for the arrangement. looked at their work. Her favourite walk. Mr. Collins did not walk to Rosings. Elizabeth soon perceived. and there being only one card-table in the evening. the minutest concerns of which were carried to her by Mr. The room in which the ladies sat was backwards. When Lady Catherine and her daughter had played as long as they chose. every such entertainment was the counterpart of the first. and looking out of the window in his own book-room. Their other engagements were few. she could not understand the sacrifice of so many hours. for Mr. She examined into their employments. the carriage was offered to Mrs. and she might be amused in seeing how hopeless Miss Bingley's designs on him were. and the weather was so fine for the time of year that she had often great enjoyment out of doors. This. gratefully accepted and immediately ordered. was along the open grove which edged that side of the park. but she soon saw that her friend had an excellent reason for what she did. Now and then they were honoured with a call from her ladyship. and where she frequently went while the others were calling on Lady Catherine. Collins. which he never failed coming to inform them of. which no one seemed to value but herself.www. discontented. Collins would undoubtedly have been much less in his own apartment. and showing him the country. and with many speeches of thankfulness on Mr.com agreeing to everything her ladyship said. and where she felt beyond the reach of Lady Catherine's curiosity. and had a more pleasant aspect. The party then gathered round the fire to hear Lady Catherine determine what weather they were to have on the morrow. Very few days passed in which Mr. allowing for the loss of Sir William. as the style of living in the neighbourhood in general was beyond Mr. silence their complaints. but his visit was long enough to convince him of his daughter's being most comfortably settled.english-area. the tables were broken up. Elizabeth had heard soon after her arrival that Mr. and of her possessing such a husband and such a neighbour as were not often met with. thanking her for every fish he won. From the drawing-room they could distinguish nothing in the lane. which fronted the road. or too poor. and nothing escaped her observation that was passing in the room during these visits. she made more favourable than it really was. and upon the whole she spent her time comfortably enough. Collins. seemed to do it only for the sake of finding out that Mrs. Collins devoted his morning to driving him out in his gig. was no evil to Elizabeth. and advised them to do it differently. she was a most active magistrate in her own parish. she sallied forth into the village to settle their differences. but was scarcely ever prevailed upon to get out. Sir William did not say much. where there was a nice sheltered path. and if she accepted any refreshment.

in order to have the earliest assurance of it. and. hurried home with the great intelligence. before their approach was announced by the door-bell. and after a moment's pause. and it was not till Easter-day. He now seated himself by her. but she wished to see whether he would betray any consciousness of what had passed between the Bingleys and Jane. "Of music! Then pray speak aloud.www. and she was. There were two nephews of Lady Catherine to require them. for Mr. met her with every appearance of composure. and she thought he looked a little confused as he answered that he had never been so fortunate as to meet Miss Bennet. told the girls what an honour they might expect. madam. when no longer able to avoid a reply. Eliza. not handsome. Darcy. shared the feeling. and after making his bow as the carriage turned into the Park. Elizabeth merely curtseyed to him without saying a word. Colonel Fitzwilliam had called at the Parsonage more than once during the time. however.com him in terms of the highest admiration. to Mrs. Charlotte had seen them from her husband's room. Collins. Her ladyship received them civilly. _His_ eyes had been soon and repeatedly turned towards them with a look of curiosity. with his usual reserve. of travelling and staying at home. and talked so agreeably of Kent and Hertfordshire. adding: "I may thank you. but in person and address most truly the gentleman. and they conversed with so much spirit and flow. but Mr. to the great surprise of all the party. after having addressed a slight observation on the house and garden to Mrs. Colonel Fitzwilliam. almost a week after the gentlemen's arrival. Mr. Collins returned. as well as of Mr. Fitzwilliam? Bennet? Let me hear what it is. that they were honoured by such an attention. It is of all subjects my delight. There are few people in England. Colonel Fitzwilliam seemed really glad to see them. who have more Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 66 . She answered him in the usual way. in fact. and the ladies all felt that he must add considerably to the pleasures of their engagements at Rosings. but it was plain that their company was by no means so acceptable as when she could get nobody else. I must have my share in the conversation if you are speaking of music. Colonel Fitzwilliam entered into conversation directly with the readiness and ease of a well-bred man. Darcy they had seen only at church. and seemed almost angry to find that he had already been frequently seen by Miss Lucas and herself. At length. Darcy would never have come so soon to wait upon me. I suppose. before they received any invitation thither—for while there were visitors in the house. and talked very pleasantly. Have you never happened to see her there?" She was perfectly sensible that he never had. was more openly acknowledged. the gentleman accompanied him. Collins was walking the whole morning within view of the lodges opening into Hunsford Lane. much more than to any other person in the room. speaking to them. anything was a welcome relief to him at Rosings. Darcy looked just as he had been used to look in Hertfordshire--paid his compliments. that Elizabeth had never been half so well entertained in that room before. His arrival was soon known at the Parsonage. they could not be necessary. The invitation was accepted of course. and immediately running into the other.english-area. and that her ladyship. for she did not scruple to call out: "What is that you are saying. and then they were merely asked on leaving church to come there in the evening. his civility was so far awakened as to inquire of Elizabeth after the health of her family. but his cousin. On the following morning he hastened to Rosings to pay his respects. crossing the road. was about thirty. Collins's pretty friend had moreover caught his fancy very much. especially to Darcy." said he. Collins. and at a proper hour they joined the party in Lady Catherine's drawing-room. For the last week they had seen very little of Lady Catherine or her daughter. of new books and music. and whatever might be his feelings toward her friend. It was some days. after a while. almost engrossed by her nephews. and Mrs. and shortly afterwards the three gentlemen entered the room. Darcy had brought with him a Colonel Fitzwilliam. The subject was pursued no farther. the younger son of his uncle Lord ----. Mr. Chapter 31 Colonel Fitzwilliam's manners were very much admired at the Parsonage. added: "My eldest sister has been in town these three months." Elizabeth had scarcely time to disclaim all right to the compliment." What is it you are talking of? What are you telling Miss "We are speaking of music. who led the way. sat for some time without speaking to anybody. for this piece of civility. when Mr. for Mr. as to draw the attention of Lady Catherine herself. and the gentlemen soon afterwards went away. however.

and who has lived in the world. The first time of my ever seeing him in Hertfordshire." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 67 . There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others." said Darcy." "I had not at that time the honour of knowing any lady in the assembly beyond my own party. Darcy?" Mr." "You shall hear then--but prepare yourself for something very dreadful." "Perhaps. till the latter walked away from her.english-area. "I should have judged better." he replied. and play on the pianoforte in Mrs. Elizabeth saw what he was doing." "True. And so would Anne. what do I play next? My fingers wait your orders. "that she does not need such advice. more than one young lady was sitting down in want of a partner. "Shall we ask him why a man of sense and education. Darcy. is ill qualified to recommend himself to strangers?" "I can answer your question." "I shall not say you are mistaken. and then talked. by coming in all this state to hear me? I will not be alarmed though your sister _does_ play so well. as I have often told her. It is because he will not give himself the trouble. and said to Colonel Fitzwilliam.www." he replied. Darcy looked a little ashamed of his aunt's ill-breeding. though gentlemen were scarce. she is very welcome. Mr. and teach you not to believe a word I say. and making with his usual deliberation towards the pianoforte stationed himself so as to command a full view of the fair performer's countenance. to my certain knowledge. How does Georgiana get on. "I should like to know how he behaves among strangers. and she sat down directly to the instrument. Darcy spoke with affectionate praise of his sister's proficiency. "Your cousin will give you a very pretty notion of me. to come to Rosings every day." said he." said Fitzwilliam. It cannot be done too much. and though Mrs. and said: "You mean to frighten me." cried Colonel Fitzwilliam. "Pray let me hear what you have to accuse him of. and I have had the pleasure of your acquaintance long enough to know that you find great enjoyment in occasionally professing opinions which in fact are not your own. I have told Miss Bennet several times." "I assure you. I shall charge her not to neglect it on any account. and such things may come out as will shock your relations to hear. and made no answer. you know. If I had ever learnt. smilingly. turned to him with an arch smile. had I sought an introduction. you must know. it is very ungenerous in you to mention all that you knew to my disadvantage in Hertfordshire--and. but I am ill-qualified to recommend myself to strangers. and when I next write to her." Mr. that she will never play really well unless she practises more. "because you could not really believe me to entertain any design of alarming you." "I am not afraid of you. I am particularly unlucky in meeting with a person so able to expose my real character. "and pray tell her from me. "without applying to him. give me leave to say. as before. and at the first convenient pause. Jenkinson's room. and nobody can ever be introduced in a ball-room. Lady Catherine listened to half a song. Darcy. that she cannot expect to excel if she does not practice a good deal. He drew a chair near her. and. what do you think he did? He danced only four dances.com true enjoyment of music than myself. if her health had allowed her to apply. She would be in nobody's way. Colonel Fitzwilliam. I often tell young ladies that no excellence in music is to be acquired without constant practice. Indeed. "I am very glad to hear such a good account of her." "Shall we ask your cousin the reason of this?" said Elizabeth. Well." "So much the better. you cannot deny the fact." said Lady Catherine. to her other nephew. was at a ball--and at this ball." Elizabeth laughed heartily at this picture of herself. still addressing Colonel Fitzwilliam. I should have been a great proficient. Mr. Colonel Fitzwilliam reminded Elizabeth of having promised to play to him. madam. She practises very constantly. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. Collins has no instrument. Darcy. in that part of the house. or a better natural taste. very impolitic too--for it is provoking me to retaliate. Mr. in a part of the world where I had hoped to pass myself off with some degree of credit. When coffee was over. I am confident that she would have performed delightfully.

and." said Darcy. But then I have always supposed it to be my own fault--because I will not take the trouble of practising. Mr.com "I certainly have not the talent which some people possess. I cannot catch their tone of conversation. remained at the instrument till her ladyship's carriage was ready to take them all home. at the request of the gentlemen. after a short pause added: "I think I have understood that Mr. said to Darcy: "Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practised more. she thought it not unlikely to be Lady Catherine. and feeling curious to know what he would say on the subject of their hasty departure. Chapter 32 Elizabeth was sitting by herself the next morning. He and his sisters were well. Lady Catherine continued her remarks on Elizabeth's performance. "do not move over this instrument in the masterly manner which I see so many women's do. Lady Catherine approached. He seemed astonished too on finding her alone. when she was startled by a ring at the door. and. You have employed your time much better. when the door opened. "You are perfectly right. and. Darcy! It must have been a most agreeable surprise to Mr. and. and writing to Jane while Mrs." "I should not be surprised. Darcy only. As she had heard no carriage. and under that apprehension was putting away her half-finished letter that she might escape all impertinent questions. But. and apologised for his intrusion by letting her know that he had understood all the ladies were to be within. or appear interested in their concerns. "if he were to give it up as soon as any eligible purchase offers." "My fingers. Darcy. No one admitted to the privilege of hearing you can think anything wanting. therefore. Mr. She has a very good notion of fingering." "If he means to be but little at Netherfield. but neither at that moment nor at any other could she discern any symptom of love. We neither of us perform to strangers. I thank you. and do not produce the same expression. for then we might possibly get a settled family there. to think of something. she observed: "How very suddenly you all quitted Netherfield last November.english-area. for. the certain signal of a visitor. though her taste is not equal to Anne's. and from the whole of his behaviour to Miss de Bourgh she derived this comfort for Miss Bingley. They have not the same force or rapidity. after listening for a few minutes. It was absolutely necessary. Elizabeth received them with all the forbearance of civility. as I often see done. he went but the day before. Elizabeth immediately began playing again. He has many friends.www. and when her inquiries after Rosings were made. They then sat down. entered the room. that he might have been just as likely to marry _her_." Darcy smiled and said. seemed in danger of sinking into total silence. if I recollect right. Bingley to see you all after him so soon. Mr." Here they were interrupted by Lady Catherine. It is not that I do not believe _my_ fingers as capable as any other woman's of superior execution. I hope. and we must expect him to keep it or quit it on the same principle. had she been his relation." said Elizabeth. but it is probable that he may spend very little of his time there in the future. "of conversing easily with those I have never seen before." She found that she was to receive no other answer. and could have the advantage of a London master. mixing with them many instructions on execution and taste. when you left London?" "Perfectly so. Anne would have been a delightful performer." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 68 . who called out to know what they were talking of. to her very great surprise. Bingley has not much idea of ever returning to Netherfield again?" "I have never heard him say so." Elizabeth looked at Darcy to see how cordially he assented to his cousin's praise. and Mr. perhaps. Collins and Maria were gone on business into the village. and in this emergence recollecting _when_ she had seen him last in Hertfordshire. had her health allowed her to learn. it would be better for the neighbourhood that he should give up the place entirely. and is at a time of life when friends and engagements are continually increasing." said Darcy. Bingley did not take the house so much for the convenience of the neighbourhood as for his own.

on either side calm and concise--and soon put an end to by the entrance of Charlotte and her sister. she saw there was less captivating softness in Colonel Fitzwilliam's manners." "It is a proof of your own attachment to Hertfordshire. and glancing over it." "Mr. "What can be the meaning of this?" said Charlotte. and Elizabeth was reminded by her own satisfaction in being with him. took a newspaper from the table. He took the hint. or of the people who lived in it. It was plain to them all that Colonel Fitzwilliam came because he had pleasure in their society.com Elizabeth made no answer. the two cousins found a temptation from this period of walking thither almost every day." As he spoke there was a sort of smile which Elizabeth fancied she understood. Collins as the wisest thing she ever did. sometimes together. I believe. or the pleasantness of the walk to it. having nothing else to say. Darcy drew his chair a little towards her. indeed. and in a prudential light it is certainly a very good match for her. of her former favourite George Wickham. The gentleman experienced some change of feeling. books." Elizabeth looked surprised. My friend has an excellent understanding--though I am not certain that I consider her marrying Mr.www. _You_ cannot have been always at Longbourn. Collins first came to Hunsford. Lady Catherine. it did not seem very likely. "My dear. Yes. I call it a _very_ easy distance. he must be in love with you. "I should never have said Mrs. Eliza. But that is not the case _here_. Collins have a comfortable income. The far and the near must be relative. was now determined to leave the trouble of finding a subject to him. even to Charlotte's wishes. they could at last only suppose his visit to proceed from the difficulty of finding anything to do." "Yes. as soon as he was gone. sometimes separately. and said. I suppose." Mr. in a colder voice: "Are you pleased with Kent?" A short dialogue on the subject of the country ensued." "It must be very agreeable for her to be settled within so easy a distance of her own family and friends. and soon began with. would appear far. Mr. just returned from her walk. and a billiard-table. do you call it? It is nearly fifty miles. did a great deal to it when Mr." "And what is fifty miles of good road? Little more than half a day's journey. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 69 . distance becomes no evil. his friends may well rejoice in his having met with one of the very few sensible women who would have accepted him. said. and now and then accompanied by their aunt. "_You_ cannot have a right to such very strong local attachment. and depend on many varying circumstances. she believed he might have the best informed mind. All field sports were over. "This seems a very comfortable house. or have made him happy if they had." cried Elizabeth. but not such a one as will allow of frequent journeys--and I am persuaded my friend would not call herself _near_ her family under less than _half_ the present distance.english-area. They called at various times of the morning. he must be supposing her to be thinking of Jane and Netherfield. which was the more probable from the time of year. Where there is fortune to make the expenses of travelling unimportant. as well as by his evident admiration of her. a persuasion which of course recommended him still more. or he would never have called us in this familiar way. and she blushed as she answered: "I do not mean to say that a woman may not be settled too near her family. and after various conjectures. Within doors there was Lady Catherine. went away. Mr. however. and Mrs. She seems perfectly happy." But when Elizabeth told of his silence. in comparing them." "I should never have considered the distance as one of the _advantages_ of the match. The tete-a-tete surprised them. and after sitting a few minutes longer without saying much to anybody." "An easy distance. Darcy related the mistake which had occasioned his intruding on Miss Bennet. Collins was settled _near_ her family. Collins appears to be very fortunate in his choice of a wife." "I believe she did--and I am sure she could not have bestowed her kindness on a more grateful object. She was afraid of talking longer of his friend. and. to be the case. and though. Anything beyond the very neighbourhood of Longbourn. but gentlemen cannot always be within doors. and in the nearness of the Parsonage. he drew back his chair.

for on these occasions it was not merely a few formal inquiries and an awkward pause and then away." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 70 ." "I have been making the tour of the park. when. not a pleasure to himself. and Mrs. he must mean an allusion to what might arise in that quarter. "But so we all do. took care to inform him at first that it was a favourite haunt of hers. In her kind schemes for Elizabeth. in her ramble within the park. proved that he was generally different. steadfast gaze. But I am at his disposal. His words seemed to imply it." "He likes to have his own way very well. and many others are poor. Mr. It seemed like wilful illnature. and sometimes it seemed nothing but absence of mind. Collins did not think it right to press the subject. Are you going much farther?" "No. How it could occur a second time. was very odd! Yet it did. her love of solitary walks.english-area. she set herself seriously to work to find it out. I speak feelingly. and they walked towards the Parsonage together." And accordingly she did turn. and that in speaking of Rosings and her not perfectly understanding the house. She watched him whenever they were at Rosings. and as she would liked to have believed this change the effect of love. and. She was engaged one day as she walked. and when he did speak. "Do you certainly leave Kent on Saturday?" said she. and the object of that love her friend Eliza. he has at least pleasure in the great power of choice. He never said a great deal. unexpectedly meet Mr. Chapter 33 More than once did Elizabeth. and her opinion of Mr. Could he have Colonel Fitzwilliam in his thoughts? She supposed." "And if not able to please himself in the arrangement. but the expression of that look was disputable. Darcy. but he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her.com But why Mr. Darcy had considerable patronage in the church. it was more difficult to understand. Collins knew not what to make of him. but Elizabeth always laughed at the idea. and whenever he came to Hunsford. he certainly admired her. but she often doubted whether there were much admiration in it. from the danger of raising expectations which might only end in disappointment. Colonel Fitzwilliam's occasionally laughing at his stupidity." he replied. "Yes--if Darcy does not put it off again. and intend to close it with a call at the Parsonage. she said: "I did not know before that you ever walked this way. Darcy. Darcy. if she could suppose him to be in her power. instead of being again surprised by Mr. and she was quite glad to find herself at the gate in the pales opposite the Parsonage. as he frequently sat there ten minutes together without opening his lips. Collins's happiness. and dwelling on some passages which proved that Jane had not written in spirits. but without much success. because he is rich. It was an earnest. Darcy came so often to the Parsonage. "as I generally do every year. I do not know anybody who seems more to enjoy the power of doing what he likes than Mr. I should have turned in a moment. you know. he seemed to expect that whenever she came into Kent again she would be staying _there_ too." replied Colonel Fitzwilliam. or a voluntary penance. It could not be for society. She had once or twice suggested to Elizabeth the possibility of his being partial to her. A younger son. if he meant anything. He was beyond comparison the most pleasant man. It distressed her a little. nor did she give herself the trouble of talking or of listening much. and Mrs. He certainly looked at her friend a great deal. but. she saw on looking up that Colonel Fitzwilliam was meeting her. Mrs. She felt all the perverseness of the mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought. It is only that he has better means of having it than many others. for in her opinion it admitted not of a doubt. it seemed the effect of necessity rather than of choice--a sacrifice to propriety. that all her friend's dislike would vanish. she sometimes planned her marrying Colonel Fitzwilliam. which her own knowledge of him could not have told her. in perusing Jane's last letter. and even a third. therefore. He seldom appeared really animated. to prevent its ever happening again.www. He arranges the business just as he pleases. and his cousin could have none at all. to counterbalance these advantages. and his situation in life was most eligible. must be inured to self-denial and dependence. Putting away the letter immediately and forcing a smile. but it struck her in the course of their third rencontre that he was asking some odd unconnected questions—about her pleasure in being at Hunsford.

"And pray." "No." "And remember that I have not much reason for supposing it to be Bingley." "Unless where they like women of fortune. and the subject dropped. It was all conjecture. said in a lively tone. for I have no right to suppose that Bingley was the person meant. Darcy is uncommonly kind to Mr. To interrupt a silence which might make him fancy her affected with what had passed. which I think they very often do." "Is this. recovering herself. I really believe Darcy _does_ take care of him in those points where he most wants care." "Did Mr." "You may depend upon my not mentioning it. Mrs. I may suffer from want of money. "that is an advantage which he must divide with me." "Are you indeed? And pray what sort of guardians do you make? Does your charge give you much trouble? Young ladies of her age are sometimes a little difficult to manage. I suppose you would not ask above fifty thousand pounds. and there are not many in my rank of life who can afford to marry without some attention to money. his sister does as well for the present. but without mentioning names or any other particulars." said Elizabeth drily. but. as she is under his sole care. "meant for me?" and she coloured at the idea. what have you ever known of self-denial and dependence? When have you been prevented by want of money from going wherever you chose. and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer. But. I never heard any harm of her. I think I have heard you say that you know them. I am joined with him in the guardianship of Miss Darcy." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 71 . What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most imprudent marriage. She is a very great favourite with some ladies of my acquaintance. convinced her that she had somehow or other got pretty near the truth. But in matters of greater weight. "Mr.www. he may do what he likes with her. But I ought to beg his pardon. and I dare say she is one of the most tractable creatures in the world." said Colonel Fitzwilliam." "Our habits of expense make us too dependent. she may like to have her own way." "Care of him! Yes. and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort." thought Elizabeth. She directly replied: "You need not be frightened." "Oh! yes.english-area. the younger son of an earl can know very little of either." As she spoke she observed him looking at her earnestly. it would be an unpleasant thing. I wonder he does not marry. she soon afterwards said: "I imagine your cousin brought you down with him chiefly for the sake of having someone at his disposal. Their brother is a pleasant gentlemanlike man--he is a great friend of Darcy's. and if she has the true Darcy spirit. From something that he told me in our journey hither. perhaps. Younger sons cannot marry where they like. and. what is the usual price of an earl's younger son? Unless the elder brother is very sickly. to secure a lasting convenience of that kind. Darcy give you reasons for this interference?" "I understood that there were some very strong objections against the lady. Now seriously. Hurst and Miss Bingley. and takes a prodigious deal of care of him. I have reason to think Bingley very much indebted to him." "I know them a little. and the manner in which he immediately asked her why she supposed Miss Darcy likely to give them any uneasiness." "What is it you mean?" "It is a circumstance which Darcy could not wish to be generally known.com "In my opinion." He answered her in the same style. because if it were to get round to the lady's family. or procuring anything you had a fancy for?" "These are home questions--and perhaps I cannot say that I have experienced many hardships of that nature. Bingley.

" said Fitzwilliam. brought on a headache. and respectability which he will probably never each. her confidence gave way a little. she could think without interruption of all that she had heard. and those strong objections probably were. did not press her to go and as much as possible prevented her husband from pressing her. Bingley for his sister. and enabled to contribute to the recovery of her spirits. Collins. that in less than a fortnight she should herself be with Jane again. Darcy himself need not disdain. "there could be no possibility of objection. by all that affection could do. and it grew so much worse towards the evening. They contained no actual complaint. Mr. added to her unwillingness to see Mr. or why. Darcy. where they were engaged to drink tea. Elizabeth noticed every sentence conveying the idea of uneasiness. at last. than from their want of sense. and walked on. but it appeared to her so just a picture of Mr. That he had been concerned in the measures taken to separate Bingley and Jane she had never doubted." she continued." she exclaimed. _he_ was the cause. There. Darcy.com "And what arts did he use to separate them?" "He did not talk to me of his own arts. but she had always attributed to Miss Bingley the principal design and arrangement of them." were Colonel Fitzwilliam's words. had been scarcely ever clouded. Mrs. a still greater.english-area. however. his pride and caprice were the cause. and no one could say how lasting an evil he might have inflicted. abruptly changing the conversation talked on indifferent matters until they reached the Parsonage. "Your cousin's conduct does not suit my feelings. But. Elizabeth. her heart swelling with indignation. Darcy. who. nor was there any revival of past occurrences. and still continued to suffer. But in all. and partly by the wish of retaining Mr. and which. It was not to be supposed that any other people could be meant than those with whom she was connected. and therefore. gave her a keener sense of her sister's sufferings. that. of all that Jane had suffered. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 72 . generous heart in the world. recollecting herself. and in almost every line of each. There could not exist in the world _two_ men over whom Mr. He had ruined for a while every hope of happiness for the most affectionate. chose for her employment the examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her since her being in Kent. seeing that she was really unwell.www." "That is not an unnatural surmise. Neither could anything be urged against my father. It was some consolation to think that his visit to Rosings was to end on the day after the next--and. little. whose pride. After watching her a "I am thinking of what you have been telling me. but Mr. or any communication of present suffering. Darcy had to decide on the propriety of his friend's inclination. "He only told me what I have now told you. with an attention which it had hardly received on the first perusal. "as we know none of the particulars. Darcy." said Fitzwilliam. has abilities Mr." When she thought of her mother. as soon as their visitor left them." This was spoken jestingly. though with some peculiarities. Chapter 34 When they were gone. that she would not trust herself with an answer. Collins could not conceal his apprehension of Lady Catherine's being rather displeased by her staying at home. If his own vanity. all loveliness and goodness as she is!—her understanding excellent. did not mislead him. Darcy could have such boundless influence. and another who was in business in London. Why was he to be the judge?" "You are rather disposed to call his interference officious?" "I do not see what right Mr. her mind improved. Darcy's shameful boast of what misery he had been able to inflict. It is not to be supposed that there was much affection in the case." said she. Fitzwilliam asked her why she was so thoughtful. The agitation and tears which the subject occasioned. would receive a deeper wound from the want of importance in his friend's connections. "There were some very strong objections against the lady. but she would not allow that any objections _there_ had material weight with Mr. her having one uncle who was a country attorney. it is not fair to condemn him. she was convinced. proceeding from the serenity of a mind at ease with itself and kindly disposed towards everyone. he was to determine and direct in what manner his friend was to be happy." Elizabeth made no answer. and her manners captivating. shut into her own room. that he had been partly governed by this worst kind of pride. there was a want of that cheerfulness which had been used to characterise her style. smiling. "but it is a lessening of the honour of my cousin's triumph very sadly. upon his own judgement alone. and she was quite decided. it determined her not to attend her cousins to Rosings. as if intending to exasperate herself as much as possible against Mr. "To Jane herself.

perhaps. In spite of her deeply-rooted dislike. But I cannot--I have never desired your good opinion. but the emotion was short. imputing his visit to a wish of hearing that she were better. can have little difficulty in overcoming it after this explanation." Mr. It has been most unconsciously done. She stared. perhaps for ever. But it is of small importance. and she said: "In such cases as this. You know I have. coloured. who had once before called late in the evening. He sat down for a few moments. and was silent. she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer. immediately followed. Had not my feelings decided against you--had they been indifferent.english-area. she was suddenly roused by the sound of the door-bell. the colour rose into her cheeks. and thus began: "In vain I have struggled. but his countenance expressed real security. however unequally they may be returned. I believe. to her utter amazement. and her spirits were very differently affected. however. with a voice of forced calmness. No motive can excuse the unjust and ungenerous part you acted _there_. and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly. Darcy walk into the room. when he should have done. to compose herself to answer him with patience. he had found impossible to conquer. it is. At length. wish to be informed why. have long prevented the acknowledgment of your regard. she saw Mr. She answered him with cold civility. Mr. with so little _endeavour_ at civility. till. As he said this. and the disturbance of his mind was visible in every feature. It is natural that obligation should be felt. doubted." replied she. he came towards her in an agitated manner. I am thus rejected. if I _was_ uncivil? But I have other provocations. but Colonel Fitzwilliam had made it clear that he had no intentions at all. walked about the room. when he ceased. I would now thank you. she was at first sorry for the pain he was to receive. but was very unlikely to recommend his suit. and then getting up. and agreeable as he was. Darcy. He _spoke_ of apprehension and anxiety. and with expressing his hope that it would now be rewarded by her acceptance of his hand. he said: "And this is all the reply which I am to have the honour of expecting! I might. This he considered sufficient encouragement." Elizabeth's astonishment was beyond expression. My feelings will not be repressed. I am sorry to have occasioned pain to anyone. but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed. when. His complexion became pale with anger. and had long felt for her. "why with so evident a desire of offending and insulting me. After a silence of several minutes.com She could not think of Darcy's leaving Kent without remembering that his cousin was to go with him. or had they even been favourable. in spite of all his endeavours. seemed to catch her words with no less resentment than surprise. He spoke well. she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection. He concluded with representing to her the strength of that attachment which. and he listened without attempting to interrupt her while she continued: "I have every reason in the world to think ill of you. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." "I might as well inquire. The feelings which. The pause was to Elizabeth's feelings dreadful. the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed. His sense of her inferiority--of its being a degradation--of the family obstacles which had always opposed to inclination. that you have been the principal. and. and though her intentions did not vary for an instant. Such a circumstance could only exasperate farther. she did not mean to be unhappy about him. and even against your character? Was not this some excuse for incivility. do you think that any consideration would tempt me to accept the man who has been the means of ruining. the happiness of a most beloved sister?" As she pronounced these words. but said not a word. you cannot deny. if not the only means of dividing them from each other—of exposing one to the censure of the world for caprice and Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 73 . who was leaning against the mantelpiece with his eyes fixed on her face. It will not do. and the avowal of all that he felt. and might now come to inquire particularly after her. and if I could _feel_ gratitude. and her spirits were a little fluttered by the idea of its being Colonel Fitzwilliam himself. roused to resentment by his subsequent language. and would not open his lips till he believed himself to have attained it. you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will. You dare not. against your reason. Darcy changed colour. were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding. however.www. She tried. While settling this point. she lost all compassion in anger. In an hurried manner he immediately began an inquiry after her health. and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. He was struggling for the appearance of composure. Elizabeth was surprised. you tell me. and I hope will be of short duration. But this idea was soon banished.

"is your opinion of me! This is the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully." She paused." "And this. "But it is not merely this affair." added he. nor was it likely to conciliate her. "these offenses might have been overlooked. "Who that knows what his misfortunes have been. concealed my struggles. unalloyed inclination. You have done all this! and yet you can treat the mention of his misfortune with contempt and ridicule. With assumed tranquillity he then replied: "I have no wish of denying that I did everything in my power to separate my friend from your sister.english-area. and saw with no slight indignation that he was listening with an air which proved him wholly unmoved by any feeling of remorse. had I. Mr. as he walked with quick steps across the room. and she continued: "You could not have made the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it. But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. You have deprived the best years of his life of that independence which was no less his due than his desert. Darcy. can help feeling an interest in him?" "His misfortunes!" repeated Darcy contemptuously.com instability. yet she tried to the utmost to speak with composure when she said: "You are mistaken. I may almost say--of my acquaintance with you. and flattered you into the belief of my being impelled by unqualified. by reason. On this subject. and involving them both in misery of the acutest kind." Again his astonishment was obvious. "You have reduced him to his present state of poverty—comparative poverty. He even looked at her with a smile of affected incredulity. but he said nothing. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections?--to congratulate myself on the hope of relations. according to this calculation. your conceit. and with a heightened colour." cried Darcy." said Darcy. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related." "And of your infliction. are heavy indeed! But perhaps. Long before it had taken place my opinion of you was decided." Elizabeth disdained the appearance of noticing this civil reflection. what can you have to say? In what imaginary act of friendship can you here defend yourself? or under what misrepresentation can you here impose upon others?" "You take an eager interest in that gentleman's concerns. "Can you deny that you have done it?" she repeated. You have withheld the advantages which you must know to have been designed for him. or that I rejoice in my success." cried Elizabeth with energy. stopping in his walk. and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.www." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 74 ." She saw him start at this. Towards _him_ I have been kinder than towards myself. My faults." she continued. had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner. his misfortunes have been great indeed. Your character was unfolded in the recital which I received many months ago from Mr. These bitter accusations might have been suppressed. impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance. had not your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that had long prevented my forming any serious design. whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?" Elizabeth felt herself growing more angry every moment. They were natural and just. Wickham. in a less tranquil tone. and he looked at her with an expression of mingled incredulity and mortification. "on which my dislike is founded. and turning towards her. by reflection. were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike. "yes. if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way. but its meaning did not escape. and the other to its derision for disappointed hopes. with greater policy. than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you. by everything. She went on: "From the very beginning--from the first moment. your manners. and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others.

After walking two or three times along that part of the lane. in defiance of various claims. and the effort which the formation and the perusal of this letter must occasion. That she should receive an offer of marriage from Mr. she was tempted. If. fearful of its being Mr. but on hearing herself called. She was proceeding directly to her favourite walk. and was soon out of sight. She had turned away. Pursuing her way along the lane. I shall hope to be in the future secured. had not my character required it to be written and read. when the following account of my actions and their motives has been read. Darcy! That he should have been in love with her for so many months! So much in love as to wish to marry her in spite of all the objections which had made him prevent his friend's marrying her sister. Darcy. she was directly retreating. I perfectly comprehend your feelings. and. and the other. and. The first mentioned was. Bingley from your sister. therefore. could bear no comparison. She knew not how to support herself. pronounced her name. would be a depravity. Wickham. The five weeks which she had now passed in Kent had made a great difference in the country. written quite through. Will you do me the honour of reading that letter?" And then. was now painfully great. The park paling was still the boundary on one side. when she caught a glimpse of a gentleman within the sort of grove which edged the park. madam. will bestow it unwillingly. and stepping forward with eagerness. totally indisposed for employment. Chapter 35 Elizabeth awoke the next morning to the same thoughts and meditations which had at length closed her eyes. She was on the point of continuing her walk. and was as follows:-"Be not alarmed. with a look of haughty composure. "Two offenses of a very different nature. With no expectation of pleasure. by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of those sentiments or renewal of those offers which were last night so disgusting to you. at eight o'clock in the morning. soon overcame the pity which the consideration of his attachment had for a moment excited. cannot be too soon forgotten. that I had. but with the strongest curiosity. as she reflected on what had passed. Wilfully and wantonly to have thrown off the companion of my youth. Darcy's sometimes coming there stopped her. He had by that time reached it also. which led farther from the turnpike-road. regardless of the sentiments of either. Elizabeth opened the letter. "I have been walking in the grove some time in the hope of meeting you. to her still increasing wonder. She could not yet recover from the surprise of what had happened. But his pride. pardon the freedom with which I demand your attention. you last night laid to my charge. and from actual weakness sat down and cried for half-an-hour. in the Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 75 . and who had been brought up to expect its exertion. I write without any intention of paining you.english-area. was increased by every review of it. and accept my best wishes for your health and happiness. in a very close hand. It was dated from Rosings. The envelope itself was likewise full. she resolved. ruined the immediate prosperity and blasted the prospects of Mr. respecting each circumstance. though he could not justify it. he was moving that way. Her astonishment. soon after breakfast. and Elizabeth heard him the next moment open the front door and quit the house. whose affection could be the growth of only a few weeks.www. You must. she then began it. your feelings. should have been spared. though in a voice which proved it to be Mr. his cruelty towards whom he had not attempted to deny. that. and. and the unfeeling manner in which he had mentioned Mr. and she soon passed one of the gates into the ground. But from the severity of that blame which was last night so liberally bestowed. Forgive me for having taken up so much of your time. she turned up the lane. I know. She continued in very agitated reflections till the sound of Lady Catherine's carriage made her feel how unequal she was to encounter Charlotte's observation. and instead of entering the park. a young man who had scarcely any other dependence than on our patronage. in defiance of honour and humanity. madam. but I demand it of your justice. which she instinctively took. his abominable pride--his shameless avowal of what he had done with respect to Jane--his unpardonable assurance in acknowledging. and hurried her away to her room. when the recollection of Mr. by the pleasantness of the morning. The tumult of her mind. it was impossible to think of anything else. with a slight bow. I had detached Mr. to indulge herself in air and exercise. and. and every day was adding to the verdure of the early trees. But the person who advanced was now near enough to see her. perceived an envelope containing two sheets of letter-paper. holding out a letter. to which the separation of two young persons. Darcy. on receiving this letter. or humbling myself." And with these words he hastily left the room. and by no means of equal magnitude. Wickham. the acknowledged favourite of my father. and which must appear at least with equal force in his own case--was almost incredible! It was gratifying to have inspired unconsciously so strong an affection. for the happiness of both. and have now only to be ashamed of what my own have been. to stop at the gates and look into the park. she moved again towards the gate. by dwelling on wishes which.com "You have said quite enough. turned again into the plantation. said.

it is that I condescended to adopt the measures of art so far as to conceal from him your sister's being in town. however this remonstrance might have staggered or delayed his determination. To persuade him against returning into Hertfordshire. more weighty accusation. It pains me to offend you. my opinion of all parties was confirmed. if I have been misled by such error to inflict pain on her. My objections to the marriage were not merely those which I last night acknowledged to have the utmost force of passion to put aside. to have conducted yourselves so as to avoid any share of the like censure. That I was desirous of believing her indifferent is certain--but I will venture to say that my investigation and decisions are not usually influenced by my hopes or fears. But Bingley has great natural modesty. it is done. Pardon me. But I shall not scruple to assert. with the design of soon returning. by your three younger sisters. but his regard did not appear to me enough extinguished for him to see her without some danger. and on George Wickham. to preserve my friend from what I esteemed a most unhappy connection. in common with others. There is but one part of my conduct in the whole affair on which I do not reflect with satisfaction. I am certain. our coincidence of feeling was soon discovered. so almost uniformly betrayed by herself. remember. as it was known to Miss Bingley. Wickham is the son of a very respectable man. These causes must be stated. I was first made acquainted. That they might have met without ill consequence is perhaps probable. as you. cheerful. Your superior knowledge of your sister must make the latter probable. she did not invite them by any participation of sentiment. and your displeasure at this representation of them. If _you_ have not been mistaken here. though objectionable. of which the time alone could be undecided. I am under the necessity of relating feelings which may be offensive to yours. But there were other causes of repugnance.www. But amidst your concern for the defects of your nearest relations. Of what he has _particularly_ accused me I am ignorant. I can only refute it by laying before you the whole of his connection with my family. of your sister's indifference. which is due to myself. and enforced them earnestly. and existing to an equal degree in both instances. his kindness was therefore liberally Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 76 . but of the truth of what I shall relate. I had myself endeavoured to forget. therefore. and occasionally even by your father. I have not yet learnt to condemn them. that he had deceived himself. while I had the honour of dancing with you. I did not believe her to be indifferent because I wished it. On this subject I have nothing more to say. let it give you consolation to consider that. and whose good conduct in the discharge of his trust naturally inclined my father to be of service to him. He had before believed her to return his affection with sincere. alike sensible that no time was to be lost in detaching their brother. I knew it myself. I can summon more than one witness of undoubted veracity. if not with equal regard. in my own case. "With respect to that other. your resentment has not been unreasonable. I can only say that I am sorry. was nothing in comparison to that total want of propriety so frequently. who had for many years the management of all the Pemberley estates. however. and it was done for the best. and. though still existing. the want of connection could not be so great an evil to my friend as to me. that Bingley's attentions to your sister had given rise to a general expectation of their marriage. "I had not been long in Hertfordshire. I cannot blame myself for having done thus much. as truly as I wished it in reason. I believed it on impartial conviction. "Mr. is praise no less generally bestowed on you and your elder sister. with a stronger dependence on my judgement than on his own. though briefly. "The part which I acted is now to be explained. that though she received his attentions with pleasure. He left Netherfield for London. His sisters' uneasiness had been equally excited with my own. that Bingley preferred your elder sister to any other young woman in the country. and I could then perceive that his partiality for Miss Bennet was beyond what I had ever witnessed in him. _I_ must have been in error. If it be so. Your sister I also watched. had it not been seconded by the assurance that I hesitated not in giving. because they were not immediately before me. and every inducement heightened which could have led me before. we shortly resolved on joining him directly in London. and further apology would be absurd. when that conviction had been given. who was his godson. no other apology to offer. by Sir William Lucas's accidental information. but her brother is even yet ignorant of it. But it was not till the evening of the dance at Netherfield that I had any apprehension of his feeling a serious attachment. I described. than it is honourable to the sense and disposition of both. causes which. this disguise was beneath me. We accordingly went—and there I readily engaged in the office of pointing out to my friend the certain evils of such a choice. of having injured Mr. I will only say farther that from what passed that evening. I had often seen him in love before. and engaging as ever. but without any symptom of peculiar regard. was scarcely the work of a moment. The situation of your mother's family. that the serenity of your sister's countenance and air was such as might have given the most acute observer a conviction that. before I saw. Her look and manners were open. If I have wounded your sister's feelings. it was unknowingly done and though the motives which governed me may to you very naturally appear insufficient. At that ball. The necessity must be obeyed. Perhaps this concealment. Wickham. But. her heart was not likely to be easily touched. I do not suppose that it would ultimately have prevented the marriage. To convince him. on the day following. was no very difficult point. however amiable her temper.english-area. From that moment I observed my friend's behaviour attentively. and I remained convinced from the evening's scrutiny. He spoke of it as a certain event.com explanation of them.

and by her connivance and aid. but I was not then master enough of myself to know what could or ought to be revealed. madam. and if you do not absolutely reject it as false. "My excellent father died about five years ago. that she was persuaded to believe herself in love. Younge was of course removed from her charge. he had also the highest opinion of him. he so far recommended himself to Georgiana. Darcy could not have. and last summer she went with the lady who presided over it. I knew that Mr. whose manner were always engaging. and I must be aware that the interest of one thousand pounds would be a very insufficient support therein. and afterwards at Cambridge--most important assistance. There was also a legacy of one thousand pounds. I can appeal more particularly to the testimony of Colonel Fitzwilliam. and which no obligation less than the present should induce me to unfold to any human being. You will hardly blame me for refusing to comply with this entreaty. Wickham's chief object was unquestionably my sister's fortune. About a year ago. Having said thus much. Wickham has created. Here again I shall give you pain--to what degree you only can tell. a suspicion of their nature shall not prevent me from unfolding his real character--it adds even another motive. unable to support the idea of grieving and offending a brother whom she almost looked up to as a father. that in his will he particularly recommended it to me. and I had no difficulty in believing it. How he lived I know not. was perfectly ready to accede to his proposal. would have been unable to give him a gentleman's education. and was now absolutely resolved on being ordained. and Mrs. for there proved to have been a prior acquaintance between him and Mrs. My father supported him at school. I thought too ill of him to invite him to Pemberley. But last summer he was again most painfully obtruded on my notice. but. he added.www. it is many. desired that a valuable family living might be his as soon as it became vacant. You may imagine what I felt and how I acted. could not escape the observation of a young man of nearly the same age with himself. he hoped I should not think it unreasonable for him to expect some more immediate pecuniary advantage. Colonel Fitzwilliam. by which he could not be benefited. which must be her excuse. in whose character we were most unhappily deceived. Wickham wrote to inform me that. under what form of falsehood he had imposed on you. All connection between us seemed now dissolved. and who had opportunities of seeing him in unguarded moments. and myself. I know not in what manner. of studying law. For about three years I heard little of him. was left to the guardianship of my mother's nephew.com bestowed. and his attachment to Mr. but his studying the law was a mere pretence. Mr. After this period every appearance of acquaintance was dropped. She was then but fifteen. as he was well assured that I had no other person to provide for. I feel no doubt of your secrecy. Regard for my sister's credit and feelings prevented any public exposure. His own father did not long survive mine. For the truth of everything here related. "You may possibly wonder why all this was not told you last night. or admit his society in town. and hoping the church would be his profession. intended to provide for him in it. which he was careful to guard from the knowledge of his best friend. which is thirty thousand pounds.english-area. and to consent to an elopement. he applied to me again by letter for the presentation. and thither also went Mr. He had some intention. My father was not only fond of this young man's society. always poor from the extravagance of his wife. who left the place immediately. whose affectionate heart retained a strong impression of his kindness to her as a child. The vicious propensities--the want of principle. in lieu of the preferment. Wickham. if I would present him to the living in question--of which he trusted there could be little doubt. In town I believe he chiefly lived. which Mr. Ignorant as you previously were of everything concerning either. My sister. He had found the law a most unprofitable study. "This. and after stating her imprudence. who is more than ten years my junior. I hope. at any rate. and I could not have forgotten my revered father's intentions. his life was a life of idleness and dissipation. were exceedingly bad. the business was therefore soon settled--he resigned all claim to assistance in the church. but I wrote to Mr. and then Georgiana. undoubtedly by design. Mr. than believed him to be sincere. to Ramsgate. having finally resolved against taking orders. As for myself. he assured me. and accepted in return three thousand pounds. but his success is not perhaps to be wondered at. who. but I cannot help supposing that the hope of revenging himself on me was a strong inducement. and an establishment formed for her in London. and within half a year from these events. and suspicion certainly not in your inclination. and being now free from all restraint. Wickham was to the last so steady. acknowledged the whole to me. detection could not be in your power. or for resisting every repetition to it. I am happy to add. from our near relationship and Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 77 . His circumstances. as his own father. I rather wished. acquit me henceforth of cruelty towards Mr. that I owed the knowledge of it to herself. His revenge would have been complete indeed. were it possible that he could ever be in a situation to receive it. Wickham ought not to be a clergyman. she was taken from school. to promote his advancement in the best manner that his profession might allow--and if he took orders. but on the decease of the incumbent of the living which had been designed for him. Younge. I joined them unexpectedly a day or two before the intended elopement. His resentment was in proportion to the distress of his circumstances--and he was doubtless as violent in his abuse of me to others as in his reproaches to myself. you will. Wickham. But whatever may be the sentiments which Mr. many years since I first began to think of him in a very different manner. is a faithful narrative of every event in which we have been concerned together. Wickham. "I must now mention a circumstance which I would wish to forget myself.

his style was not penitent. of his receiving in lieu so considerable a sum as three thousand pounds. the difference was great. Darcy gave her the letter.com constant intimacy. His countenance. What Wickham had said of the living was fresh in her memory. had information been in her power. when Mr. the particulars immediately following of Wickham's resigning all pretensions to the living. The extravagance and general profligacy which he scrupled not to lay at Mr. So far each recital confirmed the other. Darcy. She could see him instantly before her. and commanded herself so far as to examine the meaning of every sentence. with thoughts that could rest on nothing. was incapable of attending to the sense of the one before her eyes. She put down the letter. After pausing on this point a considerable while. and steadfastly was she persuaded. Wickham's charge. received some confirmation from what had passed between Colonel Fitzwilliam and herself only the morning before. She wished to discredit it entirely.www. but haughty. Astonishment. but it would not do. and collecting herself as well as she could. and. and his account of the real. put it hastily away. or at least. Darcy. in every charm of air and address. Darcy's conduct in it less than infamous. But no such recollection befriended her. She read with an eagerness which hardly left her power of comprehension. she had formed no expectation at all of its contents. But when she read and re-read with the closest attention. But such as they were. though she had not before known its extent. had there renewed a slight acquaintance. made her too angry to have any wish of doing him justice. He expressed no regret for what he had done which satisfied her. as she could bring no proof of its injustice. but when she came to the will. Wickham--when she read with somewhat clearer attention a relation of events which. and at last she was referred for the truth of Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 78 . and what a contrariety of emotion they excited. in which he had engaged at the persuasion of the young man who. that she would never look in it again. she walked on. But. it was impossible not to feel that there was gross duplicity on one side or the other. protesting that she would not regard it. and the kindness of the late Mr. if true. which a just sense of shame would not conceal. alas! the story which followed. but every line proved more clearly that the affair. In this perturbed state of mind. which she had believed it impossible that any contrivance could so represent as to render Mr. that might rescue him from the attacks of Mr. by the predominance of virtue. God bless you. has been unavoidably acquainted with every particular of these transactions. It was all pride and insolence. As to his real character. On both sides it was only assertion. Her feelings as she read were scarcely to be defined. still more. With a strong prejudice against everything he might say. you cannot be prevented by the same cause from confiding in my cousin. She tried to recollect some instance of goodness. in half a minute the letter was unfolded again. and the regard which his social powers had gained him in the mess. for a few moments. Darcy had described as the idleness and vice of many years' continuance. was capable of a turn which must make him entirely blameless throughout the whole. the more so. but she could remember no more substantial good than the general approbation of the neighbourhood. and which bore so alarming an affinity to his own history of himself--her feelings were yet more acutely painful and more difficult of definition. weighed every circumstance with what she meant to be impartiality--deliberated on the probability of each statement--but with little success. on meeting him accidentally in town. voice. as one of the executors of my father's will. again was she forced to hesitate. agreed equally well with his own words. and. The account of his connection with the Pemberley family was exactly what he had related himself. His belief of her sister's insensibility she instantly resolved to be false. did not expect it to contain a renewal of his offers. and manner had established him at once in the possession of every virtue.english-area. must overthrow every cherished opinion of his worth. and as she recalled his very words. I shall endeavour to find some opportunity of putting this letter in your hands in the course of the morning. though scarcely knowing anything of the last page or two. the worst objections to the match. some distinguished trait of integrity or benevolence. Again she read on. she had never felt a wish of inquiring. and from impatience of knowing what the next sentence might bring. she once more continued to read. With amazement did she first understand that he believed any apology to be in his power. that he could have no explanation to give. and even horror. it may well be supposed how eagerly she went through them. Of his former way of life nothing had been known in Hertfordshire but what he told himself. of his designs on Miss Darcy. exceedingly shocked her. she flattered herself that her wishes did not err. she began his account of what had happened at Netherfield. I will only add. "FITZWILLIAM DARCY" Chapter 36 If Elizabeth. she again began the mortifying perusal of all that related to Wickham. atone for those casual errors under which she would endeavour to class what Mr. "This must be false! This cannot be! This must be the grossest falsehood!"—and when she had gone through the whole letter. She had never heard of him before his entrance into the ----shire Militia. If your abhorrence of _me_ should make _my_ assertions valueless. and that there may be the possibility of consulting him. apprehension. oppressed her. But when this subject was succeeded by his account of Mr. repeatedly exclaiming.

has been my folly. I have courted prepossession and ignorance. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 79 . and that she had often heard him speak so affectionately of his sister as to prove him capable of _some_ amiable feeling. but that after their removal it had been everywhere discussed. and such an amiable man as Mr. She was _now_ struck with the impropriety of such communications to a stranger. "I. no scruples in sinking Mr. so gross a violation of everything right could hardly have been concealed from the world. who have valued myself on my abilities! who have often disdained the generous candour of my sister. she could not but allow Mr. Darcy. Widely different was the effect of a second perusal. till the Netherfield family had quitted the country. and gratified my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust! How humiliating is this discovery! Yet. partial. was incomprehensible. but the idea was checked by the awkwardness of the application. and the circumstances to which he particularly alluded as having passed at the Netherfield ball. and the inconsistency of his professions with his conduct. and she read it again. her sense of shame was severe.www. in their first evening at Mr. Darcy's character. but it could not console her for the contempt which had thus been self-attracted by the rest of her family. and as confirming all his first disapprobation. and at length wholly banished by the conviction that Mr. that had his actions been what Mr. She remembered that he had boasted of having no fear of seeing Mr. How could she deny that credit to his assertions in one instance. that he had then no reserves. or had been gratifying his vanity by encouraging the preference which she believed she had most incautiously shown. could not have made a stronger impression on his mind than on hers. and offended by the neglect of the other. if he had not been well assured of his cousin's corroboration. Darcy would never have hazarded such a proposal. and reflected how materially the credit of both must be hurt by such impropriety of conduct. Bingley. yet merited reproach. Wickham represented them. Darcy--that Mr. She felt that Jane's feelings. Of neither Darcy nor Wickham could she think without feeling she had been blind. she had never. but that _he_ should stand his ground. where either were concerned. and she could not help remembering what Charlotte's opinion had always been. who have prided myself on my discernment! I. It soothed. on the very beginning of our acquaintance. I could not have been more wretchedly blind! But vanity. Till this moment I never knew myself. absurd. His behaviour to herself could now have had no tolerable motive. Phillips's. how just a humiliation! Had I been in love. and that friendship between a person capable of it. and whose character she had no reason to question. and wondered it had escaped her before. At one time she had almost resolved on applying to him. that proud and repulsive as were his manners. She perfectly remembered everything that had passed in conversation between Wickham and herself. which she had been obliged to give in the other? He declared himself to be totally unsuspicious of her sister's attachment. he had either been deceived with regard to her fortune. prejudiced.english-area. She remembered also that. Neither could she deny the justice of his description of Jane. "How despicably I have acted!" she cried. when questioned by Jane. were little displayed. but his eagerness to grasp at anything. Darcy might leave the country. her thoughts were in a line which soon brought to her recollection that Mr. and as she considered that Jane's disappointment had in fact been the work of her nearest relations. Darcy's explanation _there_ had appeared very insufficient. had long ago asserted his blamelessness in the affair. and given her a sort of intimacy with his ways--seen anything that betrayed him to be unprincipled or unjust-anything that spoke him of irreligious or immoral habits. She saw the indelicacy of putting himself forward as he had done. Many of his expressions were still fresh in her memory.com every particular to Colonel Fitzwilliam himself--from whom she had previously received the information of his near concern in all his cousin's affairs. Bingley. he had told his story to no one but herself. Pleased with the preference of one. When she came to that part of the letter in which her family were mentioned in terms of such mortifying. The justice of the charge struck her too forcibly for denial. and in farther justification of Mr. and that there was a constant complacency in her air and manner not often united with great sensibility. Every lingering struggle in his favour grew fainter and fainter. yet he had avoided the Netherfield ball the very next week. and driven reason away." From herself to Jane--from Jane to Bingley. The compliment to herself and her sister was not unfelt. though fervent. How differently did everything now appear in which he was concerned! His attentions to Miss King were now the consequence of views solely and hatefully mercenary. in the whole course of their acquaintance--an acquaintance which had latterly brought them much together. though he had assured her that respect for the father would always prevent his exposing the son. She grew absolutely ashamed of herself. and the mediocrity of her fortune proved no longer the moderation of his wishes. she felt depressed beyond anything she had ever known before. that among his own connections he was esteemed and valued--that even Wickham had allowed him merit as a brother. not love.

at that rate. but I believe we must abide by our original plan.www. after dinner. as well as she could. His attachment to Rosings certainly increases. You know I always speak my mind. And if you will stay another _month_ complete. and Lady Anne. and she entered the house with the wish of appearing cheerful as usual. Collins will be very glad of your company. To Rosings he then hastened. and on his return brought back. It is highly improper. if the weather should happen to be cool. You must send John with the young ladies. but Darcy seemed to feel it most acutely. and I cannot bear the idea of two young women travelling post by themselves. Darcy. for it would really be discreditable to _you_ to let them go alone. Collins so before you came." "Oh! your father of course may spare you. a message from her ladyship. I feel it exceedingly. I told Mrs. than last year. and a recollection of her long absence. which were kindly smiled on by the mother and daughter. after the melancholy scene so lately gone through at Rosings. and an allusion to throw in here. Miss Darcy. Colonel Fitzwilliam was no longer an object. I made a point of her having two men-servants go with her. Daughters are never of so much consequence to a father. I think. you will have been here only six weeks. Darcy. for I am going there early in June." Lady Catherine seemed resigned. I must be in town next Saturday." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 80 . You must contrive to send somebody. to a change so sudden and so important. to make them his parting obeisance." "You are all kindness. He wrote last week to hurry my return. Elizabeth could but just _affect_ concern in missing him. Chapter 37 The two gentlemen left Rosings the next morning. I have the greatest dislike in the world to that sort of thing. Collins having been in waiting near the lodges. and Mr. Lady Catherine observed. and in as tolerable spirits as could be expected. Young women should always be properly guarded and attended. of their appearing in very good health. of what her ladyship's indignation would have been. there will be very good room for one of you—and indeed. fatigue. Mrs. with great satisfaction. you must send a servant with them. nor could she think. and as Dawson does not object to the barouche-box." replied Elizabeth. the daughter of Mr. I am sure. Elizabeth could not see Lady Catherine without recollecting that. only for a few minutes. But I am particularly attached to these young men. Collins had a compliment. I should not object to taking you both." "I am much obliged to your ladyship for your kind invitation.english-area." "But my father cannot. Bennet could certainly spare you for another fortnight. for a week. if your mother can. I am glad it occurred to me to mention it. by supposing that she did not like to go home again so soon. importing that she felt herself so dull as to make her very desirous of having them all to dine with her." said Lady Catherine. "but it is not in my power to accept it. to take leave--but that Colonel Fitzwilliam had been sitting with them at least an hour. Collins. Mr. Mrs. giving way to every variety of thought--re-considering events. "I assure you. "Mrs. she might by this time have been presented to her as her future niece. to console Lady Catherine and her daughter. and reconciling herself. it will be in my power to take one of you as far as London. Collins. "I believe no one feels the loss of friends so much as I do. I am excessively attentive to all those things. Mrs. Their first subject was the diminution of the Rosings party. There can be no occasion for your going so soon. and know them to be so much attached to me! They were excessively sorry to go! But so they always are. could not have appeared with propriety in a different manner. without a smile. determining probabilities. she really rejoiced at it." Mr. according to their situation in life. had she chosen it. you must write to your mother and beg that you may stay a little longer. I expected you to stay two months. more. She was immediately told that the two gentlemen from Rosings had each called during her absence. "What would she have said? how would she have behaved?" were questions with which she amused herself." "Why. she added: "But if that is the case. When my niece Georgiana went to Ramsgate last summer. and immediately accounting for it by herself. of Pemberley. and almost resolving to walk after her till she could be found. made her at length return home. madam. that Miss Bennet seemed out of spirits. was able to bring home the pleasing intelligence.com After wandering along the lane for two hours. hoping for her return. she could think only of her letter. as you are neither of you large. The dear Colonel rallied his spirits tolerably till just at last. and the resolution of repressing such reflections as must make her unfit for conversation.

and his disappointed feelings became the object of compassion." "Oh! Your uncle! He keeps a man-servant. but while they were supported by their mother's indulgence. or feel the slightest inclination ever to see him again. The favor of your company has been much felt. Where shall you change horses? Oh! Bromley. and was so urgent on the necessity of placing gowns in the only right way. and that we have done everything in our power to prevent your spending your time unpleasantly. Mr. but she could not approve him. Darcy's explanation. Collins met for breakfast a few minutes before the others appeared. what chance could there be of improvement? Catherine. Elizabeth had frequently united with Jane in an endeavour to check the imprudence of Catherine and Lydia. there was a constant source of vexation and regret. Jane had been deprived. Darcy's letter she was in a fair way of soon knowing by heart. How grievous then was the thought that. and Lydia. it may be easily believed that the happy spirits which had seldom been depressed before. would scarcely give them a hearing. We know how little there is to tempt anyone to our humble abode. with a mind so occupied. whenever she was alone. had been always affronted by their advice. self-willed and careless. They were hopeless of remedy. His attachment excited gratitude. and the little we see of the world. and invited them to come to Hunsford again next year. so replete with advantage. but when she considered how unjustly she had condemned and upbraided him. gave them directions as to the best method of packing. or. must make Hunsford extremely dull to a young lady like yourself. which Elizabeth believed to be lucky for her. heightened the sense of what Jane had lost. When they parted. The very last evening was spent there. Anxiety on Jane's behalf was another prevailing concern. with manners so far from right herself. his general character respect. does he? I am very glad you have somebody who thinks of these things. and her mother. and pack her trunk afresh. I assure you. and his conduct cleared of all blame. they would be going there forever. While there was an officer in Meryton. and her ladyship again inquired minutely into the particulars of their journey. "whether Mrs. and in the unhappy defects of her family. and he took the opportunity of paying the parting civilities which he deemed indispensably necessary. "I know not. and as she did not answer them all herself. that Maria thought herself obliged. wished them a good journey. a subject of yet heavier chagrin. in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections. Their engagements at Rosings were as frequent during the last week of her stay as they had been at first. When she remembered the style of his address. nor could she for a moment repent her refusal. attention was necessary. Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours. In her own past behaviour. of course. Her father. If you mention my name at the Bell. Lady Catherine.english-area. contented with laughing at them.com "My uncle is to send a servant for us. unless any could attach to the implicitness of his confidence in his friend. but I am very certain you will not leave the house without receiving her thanks for it. they would flirt with him.www. Chapter 38 On Saturday morning Elizabeth and Mr. and not a day went by without a solitary walk." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 81 ." said he. Our plain manner of living. by restoring Bingley to all her former good opinion. were now so much affected as to make it almost impossible for her to appear tolerably cheerful. so promising for happiness. and while Meryton was within a walk of Longbourn. to undo all the work of the morning. Collins has yet expressed her sense of your kindness in coming to us. of a situation so desirable in every respect. and her feelings towards its writer were at times widely different." Lady Catherine had many other questions to ask respecting their journey. she might have forgotten where she was. by the folly and indecorum of her own family! When to these recollections was added the development of Wickham's character. with great condescension. you will be attended to. weak-spirited. and Miss de Bourgh exerted herself so far as to curtsey and hold out her hand to both. and completely under Lydia's guidance. idle. on her return. irritable. and Mr. They were ignorant. His affection was proved to have been sincere. was entirely insensible of the evil. her anger was turned against herself. she was still full of indignation. would never exert himself to restrain the wild giddiness of his youngest daughters. our small rooms and few domestics. Miss Elizabeth. but I hope you will believe us grateful for the condescension. and vain. She studied every sentence. she gave way to it as the greatest relief.

" said her companion with a sigh. when he suddenly reminded them. her parish and her poultry. and the pleasure of being with Charlotte. was such a temptation to openness as nothing could have conquered but the state of indecision in which she remained as to the extent of what she should communicate. to have the recital of them interrupted by the lady from whom they sprang. and all their dependent concerns. my dear cousin. the door was then allowed to be shut. with your grateful thanks for their kindness to you while you have been here. and. after a few minutes' silence. She had spent six weeks with great enjoyment. Her home and her housekeeping. There is in everything a most remarkable resemblance of character and ideas between us. with some consternation. with all the disadvantages of this humble parsonage. It was not without an effort. In truth I must acknowledge that.www. though unknown. that she could wait even for Longbourn. and must. and as they walked down the garden he was commissioning her with his best respects to all her family. After an affectionate parting between the friends. carry a very favourable report of us into Hertfordshire. and it was pronounced to be ready. while they are sharers of our intimacy at Rosings. where they were to remain a few days. I flatter myself at least that you will be able to do so. Lady Catherine's great attentions to Mrs. amidst the various engagements which the kindness of her aunt had reserved for them. before she told her sister of Mr. He then handed her in." Elizabeth made no objection. At length the chaise arrived. "you will of course wish to have your humble respects delivered to them. "We have dined nine times at Rosings. Gardiner. and with a more smiling solemnity replied: "It gives me great pleasure to hear that you have passed your time not disagreeably. Collins you have been a daily witness of. while Elizabeth tried to unite civility and truth in a few short sentences. and the kind attentions she had received. Collins. "But. that she firmly believed and rejoiced in his domestic comforts. I think we may flatter ourselves that your Hunsford visit cannot have been entirely irksome. Darcy's proposals. and his compliments to Mr. "Good gracious!" cried Maria. Jane looked well." Words were insufficient for the elevation of his feelings. and though evidently regretting that her visitors were to go. and most fortunately having it in our power to introduce you to very superior society. from our connection with Rosings." he added. We have certainly done our best. in fact. my dear Miss Elizabeth. and he was obliged to walk about the room. Gardiner's house. and Mrs. and the door was on the point of being closed. the trunks were fastened on. and with equal sincerity could add. at the same time. You see on what a footing we are. "You may. You see how continually we are engaged there. "And how much I shall have to conceal!" Their journey was performed without much conversation. and within four hours of their leaving Hunsford they reached Mr. and her fear. had not yet lost their charms. that they had hitherto forgotten to leave any message for the ladies at Rosings. Our situation with regard to Lady Catherine's family is indeed the sort of extraordinary advantage and blessing which few can boast. must make _her_ feel the obliged.english-area. and the carriage drove off. I should not think anyone abiding in it an object of compassion. Collins was gratified. Maria followed. To know that she had the power of revealing what would so exceedingly astonish Jane. meanwhile. she did not seem to ask for compassion. Poor Charlotte! it was melancholy to leave her to such society! But she had chosen it with her eyes open. not forgetting his thanks for the kindness he had received at Longbourn in the winter. that I can from my heart most cordially wish you equal felicity in marriage. and Elizabeth had little opportunity of studying her spirits. so highly gratify whatever of her own vanity she had not yet been able to reason away. the parcels placed within. "it seems but a day or two since we first came! and yet how many things have happened!" "A great many indeed. Mr. But Jane was to go home with her. and at Longbourn there would be leisure enough for observation. Only let me assure you. Elizabeth was attended to the carriage by Mr. or any alarm. and altogether I trust it does not appear that your friend has drawn an unfortunate—but on this point it will be as well to be silent. the frequent means of varying the humble home scene. She was not sorry. besides drinking tea there twice! How much I shall have to tell!" Elizabeth added privately. however. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 82 . My dear Charlotte and I have but one mind and one way of thinking." Elizabeth could safely say that it was a great happiness where that was the case.com Elizabeth was eager with her thanks and assurances of happiness. We seem to have been designed for each other.

" "Are they indeed!" cried Elizabeth. in token of the coachman's punctuality. and parcels. Have you seen any pleasant men? Have you had any flirting? I was in great hopes that one of you would have Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 83 . Chapter 39 It was the second week in May. after the ---shire have left Meryton. in Hertfordshire. Lydia laughed. and a whole campful of soldiers. he never cared three straws about her--who could about such a nasty little freckled thing?" Elizabeth was shocked to think that. as they sat down at table. however incapable of such coarseness of _expression_ herself. work-bags. they quickly perceived." "But I hope there is no strong attachment on either side. and after some contrivance. were seated in it. both Kitty and Lydia looking out of a dining-room upstairs. You thought the waiter must not hear. with the greatest satisfaction. "safe from a connection imprudent as to fortune. I will answer for it. to us. "I am glad I bought my bonnet. they triumphantly displayed a table set out with such cold meat as an inn larder usually affords." thought Elizabeth. And in the first place. and the unwelcome addition of Kitty's and Lydia's purchases. and the elder ones paid.com if she once entered on the subject. and completely do for us at once. the carriage was ordered. but I thought I might as well buy it as not. "I am sure there is not on _his_. and when I have bought some prettier-coloured satin to trim it with fresh. happily employed in visiting an opposite milliner. watching the sentinel on guard. of being hurried into repeating something of Bingley which might only grieve her sister further. I never saw such a long chin in my life. and the waiter was told he need not stay. if it is only for the fun of having another bandbox! Well. for we have just spent ours at the shop out there. and talk and laugh all the way home. "They are going to be encamped near Brighton." added Lydia." "And Mary King is safe!" added Elizabeth. but now for my news.english-area. too good for the waiter. and the monthly balls of Meryton!" "Now I have got some news for you. and dressing a salad and cucumber. These two girls had been above an hour in the place. I do not think it is very pretty. if she liked him. "How nicely we are all crammed in." said Lydia. with all their boxes. Bennet's carriage was to meet them. and. "Is not this nice? Is not this an agreeable surprise?" "And we mean to treat you all. Besides. I shall pull it to pieces as soon as I get home. showing her purchases--"Look here. Mamma would like to go too of all things! Only think what a miserable summer else we shall have!" "Yes. After welcoming their sisters. it will not much signify what one wears this summer. There's for you! She is gone down to her uncle at Liverpool: gone to stay." Then. with perfect unconcern." "She is a great fool for going away. But he is an ugly fellow! I am glad he is gone. let us hear what has happened to you all since you went away. that is just like your formality and discretion. Well. now let us be quite comfortable and snug. she added." said Jane. and I dare say would hardly cost anything at all. the whole party. Wickham is safe. "_that_ would be a delightful scheme indeed. Good Heaven! Brighton. and see if I can make it up any better. is it not? There is no danger of Wickham's marrying Mary King. and said: "Aye. I think it will be very tolerable.www. as if he cared! I dare say he often hears worse things said than I am going to say. and they are going in a fortnight. as they drew near the appointed inn where Mr. "What do you think? It is excellent news—capital news--and about a certain person we all like!" Jane and Elizabeth looked at each other. it is about dear Wickham. exclaiming. in which the three young ladies set out together from Gracechurch Street for the town of ----." And when her sisters abused it as ugly. and I do so want papa to take us all there for the summer! It would be such a delicious scheme. "but you must lend us the money. "Oh! but there were two or three much uglier in the shop. the coarseness of the _sentiment_ was little other than her own breast had harboured and fancied liberal! As soon as all had ate. who have been overset already by one poor regiment of militia." cried Lydia. I have bought this bonnet.

The comfort to _her_ of the regiment's approaching removal was indeed beyond expression. and to see how everybody went on. "I wish you had gone with us. "Oh! Mary. Bennet was doubly engaged. except my aunt. I thought I should have died. and preparing her to be surprised. She had not been many hours at home before she found that the Brighton scheme. and was resolved to avoid it as long as possible. She dreaded seeing Mr. she hoped there could be nothing more to plague her on his account. It should not be said that the Miss Bennets could not be at home half a day before they were in pursuit of the officers. Elizabeth saw directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding. She is almost threeand-twenty! Lord. And then when we came away it was such fun! I thought we never should have got into the coach. for we were forced to borrow one of her gowns. Elizabeth listened as little as she could. and so Pen was forced to come by herself. if Kitty had not been sick. Lizzy. we would have treated you too. had never yet despaired of succeeding at last. and at length." said she. Lord! how I should like to be married before any of you. and various were the subjects that occupied them: Lady Lucas was inquiring of Maria. assisted by Kitty's hints and additions. Kitty and I drew up the blinds. for we had such fun! As we went along. and then I would chaperon you about to all the balls. but there was no escaping the frequent mention of Wickham's name. for we treated the other three with the nicest cold luncheon in the world. Kitty and me were to spend the day there. you can't think. In the afternoon Lydia was urgent with the rest of the girls to walk to Meryton. Their reception at home was most kind. though often disheartened. was under frequent discussion between her parents. but Colonel and Mrs. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 84 ." With such kinds of histories of their parties and good jokes. But I confess they would have no charms for _me_--I should infinitely prefer a book. and I should have gone so all the way. Forster and me are _such_ friends!) and so she asked the two Harringtons to come.www. resolving to suppress every particular in which her sister was concerned. Lord! how I laughed! And so did Mrs. who sat some way below her. did Lydia. Chapter 40 Elizabeth's impatience to acquaint Jane with what had happened could no longer be overcome. Collins. retailing them all to the younger Lucases. but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal. and Mrs. Darcy and herself. Dear me! we had such a good piece of fun the other day at Colonel Forster's. and never attended to Mary at all. and Pratt. what do you think we did? We dressed up Chamberlayne in woman's clothes on purpose to pass for a lady. after the welfare and poultry of her eldest daughter. but Elizabeth steadily opposed the scheme. Wickham again. I do think we behaved very handsomely. Mrs. and when we got to the George. Jane will be quite an old maid soon. how ashamed I should be of not being married before three-and-twenty! My aunt Phillips wants you so to get husbands. but _I_ do not think there would have been any fun in it. on one hand collecting an account of the present fashions from Jane. for almost all the Lucases came to meet Maria and hear the news. and two or three more of the men came in. and then. and more than once during dinner did Mr. Bennet rejoiced to see Jane in undiminished beauty. Forster. Forster promised to have a little dance in the evening. Mrs. "Far be it from me." Their party in the dining-room was large. in a voice rather louder than any other person's. She says Lizzy had better have taken Mr.com got a husband before you came back. (by the bye. Forster. that her mother. and. I declare. There was another reason too for her opposition. And _that_ made the men suspect something. to depreciate such pleasures! They would doubtless be congenial with the generality of female minds. on the other. I was ready to die of laughter. Mrs. was enumerating the various pleasures of the morning to anybody who would hear her. she related to her the next morning the chief of the scene between Mr.english-area. and pretended there was nobody in the coach. and if you would have gone. my dear sister. of which Lydia had given them a hint at the inn." But of this answer Lydia heard not a word. and Lydia. In a fortnight they were to go--and once gone. and Wickham. And then we were so merry all the way home! We talked and laughed so loud. endeavour to amuse her companions all the way to Longbourn. but Harriet was ill. and Kitty and me. and you cannot imagine how well he looked! When Denny. and then they soon found out what was the matter. that anybody might have heard us ten miles off!" To this Mary very gravely replied. Bennet say voluntarily to Elizabeth: "I am glad you are come back. She seldom listened to anybody for more than half a minute. only think what fun! Not a soul knew of it. they did not know him in the least.

You do not blame me. Such a disappointment! and with the knowledge of your ill opinion. however." "Indeed. Your profusion makes me saving. and all surprise was shortly lost in other feelings. Darcy. but consider how much it must increase his disappointment!" "Indeed. Most earnestly did she labour to prove the probability of error. and the other all the appearance of it." "Poor Wickham! there is such an expression of goodness in his countenance! such an openness and gentleness in his manner!" "There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those two young men. however. for refusing him?" "Blame you! Oh. One has got all the goodness.www. What a stroke was this for poor Jane! who would willingly have gone through the world without believing that so much wickedness existed in the whole race of mankind. I was uncomfortable enough. "I do not know when I have been more shocked. And poor Mr. only consider what he must have suffered. and seek to clear the one without involving the other. for now they _do_ appear wholly undeserved. "I am heartily sorry for him. too! and having to relate such a thing of his sister! It is really too distressing." "But you _will_ know it. as was here collected in one individual. Darcy should have delivered his sentiments in a manner so little suited to recommend them." "Oh! no. repeating the whole of its contents as far as they concerned George Wickham. which will probably soon drive away his regard for me. before a smile could be extorted from Jane." It was some time. when you first read that letter." replied Elizabeth. capable of consoling her for such discovery. It is such a spur to one's genius. though grateful to her feelings. just enough to make one good sort of man. "His being so sure of succeeding was wrong. I could not." said she." "I never thought Mr. and if you lament over him much longer. I am inclined to believe it all Darcy's. One may be continually abusive without saying anything just. without any reason. that I am growing every moment more unconcerned and indifferent. no. "Wickham so very bad! It is almost past belief. and of late it has been shifting about pretty much." "And yet I meant to be uncommonly clever in taking so decided a dislike to him. my regret and compassion are all done away by seeing you so full of both. Take your choice. but still more was she grieved for the unhappiness which her sister's refusal must have given him.com Miss Bennet's astonishment was soon lessened by the strong sisterly partiality which made any admiration of Elizabeth appear perfectly natural." "But you blame me for having spoken so warmly of Wickham?" "No--I do not know that you were wrong in saying what you did. but you must be satisfied with only one. "you never will be able to make both of them good for anything. There is but such a quantity of merit between them.english-area. "and certainly ought not to have appeared. For my part." "Lizzy. I am sure you must feel it so. when I tell you what happened the very next day." She then spoke of the letter. I may say unhappy. Darcy! Dear Lizzy. I am sure you could not treat the matter as you do now." said Elizabeth. "This will not do. but you shall do as you choose. but one cannot always be laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty. She was sorry that Mr." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 85 . to have a dislike of that kind. such an opening for wit. Darcy so deficient in the _appearance_ of it as you used to do. my heart will be as light as a feather. Nor was Darcy's vindication." said she. I know you will do him such ample justice. And with no one to speak to about what I felt. no Jane to comfort me and say that I had not been so very weak and vain and nonsensical as I knew I had! Oh! how I wanted you!" "How unfortunate that you should have used such very strong expressions in speaking of Wickham to Mr. but he has other feelings.

I am not equal to it. who will believe me? The general prejudice against Mr. her regard had all the warmth of first attachment. too. she made no answer. much good may it do them! And so. Jane was not happy. There is no talk of his coming to Netherfield again in the summer. and so fervently did she value his remembrance. She had got rid of two of the secrets which had weighed on her for a fortnight. do they? Well. I suppose. and therefore it will not signify to anyone here what he really is. and was certain of a willing listener in Jane. soon afterwards." "I do not believe he will ever live at Netherfield any more. nor explain to her sister how sincerely she had been valued by her friend.com "Certainly. But there was still something lurking behind. Well." "It was a subject which they could not mention before me. whenever that happens. I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart. On the contrary. and all her attention to the feelings of her friends. I only hope it will last." The tumult of Elizabeth's mind was allayed by this conversation. that it would be the death of half the good people in Meryton to attempt to place him in an amiable light. she is saving enough. We must not make him desperate.www. "what is your opinion _now_ of this sad business of Jane's? For my part. Having never even fancied herself in love before. "Surely there can be no occasion for exposing him so dreadfully." "You are quite right. I dare say. every particular relative to his sister was meant to be kept as much as possible to myself. Mr. I told my sister Phillips so the other day. and prefer him to every other man. "if that very improbable event should ever take place." "Oh well! it is just as he chooses. If she is half as sharp as her mother. He is now. my comfort is. The liberty of communication cannot be mine till it has lost all its value!" She was now. Well. Though I shall always say he used my daughter extremely ill. There is one point on which I want your advice. Yes. and if I endeavour to undeceive people as to the rest of his conduct. She still cherished a very tender affection for Bingley. they often talk of having Longbourn when your father is dead. from her age and disposition. to make our acquaintances in general understand Wickham's character. and then he will be sorry for what he has done. whenever she might wish to talk again of either. or ought not. of which prudence forbade the disclosure. and then replied. I want to be told whether I ought. nothing at all. "Well. who is likely to know." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 86 . yes." said she. I would not have put up with it. and if I was her. and. I shall merely be able to tell what Bingley may tell in a much more agreeable manner himself. _They_ will never be distressed for money. Wickham will soon be gone. that all her good sense. were requisite to check the indulgence of those regrets which must have been injurious to her own health and their tranquillity. What is your opinion?" "That it ought not to be attempted. And what sort of table do they keep? Charlotte is an excellent manager. I am determined never to speak of it again to anybody. at leisure to observe the real state of her sister's spirits. To have his errors made public might ruin him for ever. greater steadiness than most first attachments often boast. I dare say. I dare say. They look upon it as quite their own. Well. Nobody wants him to come. sorry for what he has done. Darcy has not authorised me to make his communication public. But I cannot find out that Jane saw anything of him in London. and I have inquired of everybody. _they_ will take care not to outrun their income. "Well. and she was sensible that nothing less than a perfect understanding between the parties could justify her in throwing off this last encumbrance of mystery." Miss Bennet paused a little. She dared not relate the other half of Mr. Some time hence it will be all found out. There is nothing extravagant in _their_ housekeeping.english-area. Bennet one day." But as Elizabeth could not receive comfort from any such expectation. perhaps. well. Here was knowledge in which no one could partake. But the misfortune of speaking with bitterness is a most natural consequence of the prejudices I had been encouraging. on being settled at home." continued her mother. depend upon it." said Mrs. "and so the Collinses live very comfortable." "No. Lizzy. Darcy's letter. and anxious to re-establish a character. "And then. and then we may laugh at their stupidity in not knowing it before." "A great deal of good management. Darcy is so violent. he is a very undeserving young man--and I do not suppose there's the least chance in the world of her ever getting him now. Lizzy. At present I will say nothing about it.

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"No; it would have been strange if they had; but I make no doubt they often talk of it between themselves. Well, if they can be easy with an estate that is not lawfully their own, so much the better. I should be ashamed of having one that was only entailed on me."

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The first week of their return was soon gone. The second began. It was the last of the regiment's stay in Meryton, and all the young ladies in the neighbourhood were drooping apace. The dejection was almost universal. The elder Miss Bennets alone were still able to eat, drink, and sleep, and pursue the usual course of their employments. Very frequently were they reproached for this insensibility by Kitty and Lydia, whose own misery was extreme, and who could not comprehend such hard-heartedness in any of the family. "Good Heaven! what is to become of us? What are we to do?" would they often exclaim in the bitterness of woe. "How can you be smiling so, Lizzy?" Their affectionate mother shared all their grief; she remembered what she had herself endured on a similar occasion, five-and-twenty years ago. "I am sure," said she, "I cried for two days together when Colonel Miller's regiment went away. I thought I should have broken my heart." "I am sure I shall break _mine_," said Lydia. "If one could but go to Brighton!" observed Mrs. Bennet. "Oh, yes!--if one could but go to Brighton! But papa is so disagreeable." "A little sea-bathing would set me up forever." "And my aunt Phillips is sure it would do _me_ a great deal of good," added Kitty. Such were the kind of lamentations resounding perpetually through Longbourn House. Elizabeth tried to be diverted by them; but all sense of pleasure was lost in shame. She felt anew the justice of Mr. Darcy's objections; and never had she been so much disposed to pardon his interference in the views of his friend. But the gloom of Lydia's prospect was shortly cleared away; for she received an invitation from Mrs. Forster, the wife of the colonel of the regiment, to accompany her to Brighton. This invaluable friend was a very young woman, and very lately married. A resemblance in good humour and good spirits had recommended her and Lydia to each other, and out of their _three_ months' acquaintance they had been intimate _two_. The rapture of Lydia on this occasion, her adoration of Mrs. Forster, the delight of Mrs. Bennet, and the mortification of Kitty, are scarcely to be described. Wholly inattentive to her sister's feelings, Lydia flew about the house in restless ecstasy, calling for everyone's congratulations, and laughing and talking with more violence than ever; whilst the luckless Kitty continued in the parlour repined at her fate in terms as unreasonable as her accent was peevish. "I cannot see why Mrs. Forster should not ask _me_ as well as Lydia," said she, "Though I am _not_ her particular friend. I have just as much right to be asked as she has, and more too, for I am two years older." In vain did Elizabeth attempt to make her reasonable, and Jane to make her resigned. As for Elizabeth herself, this invitation was so far from exciting in her the same feelings as in her mother and Lydia, that she considered it as the death warrant of all possibility of common sense for the latter; and detestable as such a step must make her were it known, she could not help secretly advising her father not to let her go. She represented to him all the improprieties of Lydia's general behaviour, the little advantage she could derive from the friendship of such a woman as Mrs. Forster, and the probability of her being yet more imprudent with such a companion at Brighton, where the temptations must be greater than at home. He heard her attentively, and then said: "Lydia will never be easy until she has exposed herself in some public place or other, and we can never expect her to do it with so little expense or inconvenience to her family as under the present circumstances."

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"If you were aware," said Elizabeth, "of the very great disadvantage to us all which must arise from the public notice of Lydia's unguarded and imprudent manner--nay, which has already arisen from it, I am sure you would judge differently in the affair." "Already arisen?" repeated Mr. Bennet. "What, has she frightened away some of your lovers? Poor little Lizzy! But do not be cast down. Such squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity are not worth a regret. Come, let me see the list of pitiful fellows who have been kept aloof by Lydia's folly." "Indeed you are mistaken. I have no such injuries to resent. It is not of particular, but of general evils, which I am now complaining. Our importance, our respectability in the world must be affected by the wild volatility, the assurance and disdain of all restraint which mark Lydia's character. Excuse me, for I must speak plainly. If you, my dear father, will not take the trouble of checking her exuberant spirits, and of teaching her that her present pursuits are not to be the business of her life, she will soon be beyond the reach of amendment. Her character will be fixed, and she will, at sixteen, be the most determined flirt that ever made herself or her family ridiculous; a flirt, too, in the worst and meanest degree of flirtation; without any attraction beyond youth and a tolerable person; and, from the ignorance and emptiness of her mind, wholly unable to ward off any portion of that universal contempt which her rage for admiration will excite. In this danger Kitty also is comprehended. She will follow wherever Lydia leads. Vain, ignorant, idle, and absolutely uncontrolled! Oh! my dear father, can you suppose it possible that they will not be censured and despised wherever they are known, and that their sisters will not be often involved in the disgrace?" Mr. Bennet saw that her whole heart was in the subject, and affectionately taking her hand said in reply: "Do not make yourself uneasy, my love. Wherever you and Jane are known you must be respected and valued; and you will not appear to less advantage for having a couple of--or I may say, three--very silly sisters. We shall have no peace at Longbourn if Lydia does not go to Brighton. Let her go, then. Colonel Forster is a sensible man, and will keep her out of any real mischief; and she is luckily too poor to be an object of prey to anybody. At Brighton she will be of less importance even as a common flirt than she has been here. The officers will find women better worth their notice. Let us hope, therefore, that her being there may teach her her own insignificance. At any rate, she cannot grow many degrees worse, without authorising us to lock her up for the rest of her life." With this answer Elizabeth was forced to be content; but her own opinion continued the same, and she left him disappointed and sorry. It was not in her nature, however, to increase her vexations by dwelling on them. She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was no part of her disposition. Had Lydia and her mother known the substance of her conference with her father, their indignation would hardly have found expression in their united volubility. In Lydia's imagination, a visit to Brighton comprised every possibility of earthly happiness. She saw, with the creative eye of fancy, the streets of that gay bathing-place covered with officers. She saw herself the object of attention, to tens and to scores of them at present unknown. She saw all the glories of the camp—its tents stretched forth in beauteous uniformity of lines, crowded with the young and the gay, and dazzling with scarlet; and, to complete the view, she saw herself seated beneath a tent, tenderly flirting with at least six officers at once. Had she known her sister sought to tear her from such prospects and such realities as these, what would have been her sensations? They could have been understood only by her mother, who might have felt nearly the same. Lydia's going to Brighton was all that consoled her for her melancholy conviction of her husband's never intending to go there himself. But they were entirely ignorant of what had passed; and their raptures continued, with little intermission, to the very day of Lydia's leaving home. Elizabeth was now to see Mr. Wickham for the last time. Having been frequently in company with him since her return, agitation was pretty well over; the agitations of formal partiality entirely so. She had even learnt to detect, in the very gentleness which had first delighted her, an affectation and a sameness to disgust and weary. In his present behaviour to herself, moreover, she had a fresh source of displeasure, for the inclination he soon testified of renewing those intentions which had marked the early part of their acquaintance could only serve, after what had since passed, to provoke her. She lost all concern for him in finding herself thus selected as the object of such idle and frivolous gallantry; and while she steadily repressed it, could not but feel the reproof contained in his believing, that however long, and for whatever cause, his attentions had been withdrawn, her vanity would be gratified, and her preference secured at any time by their renewal.

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On the very last day of the regiment's remaining at Meryton, he dined, with other of the officers, at Longbourn; and so little was Elizabeth disposed to part from him in good humour, that on his making some inquiry as to the manner in which her time had passed at Hunsford, she mentioned Colonel Fitzwilliam's and Mr. Darcy's having both spent three weeks at Rosings, and asked him, if he was acquainted with the former. He looked surprised, displeased, alarmed; but with a moment's recollection and a returning smile, replied, that he had formerly seen him often; and, after observing that he was a very gentlemanlike man, asked her how she had liked him. Her answer was warmly in his favour. With an air of indifference he soon afterwards added: "How long did you say he was at Rosings?" "Nearly three weeks." "And you saw him frequently?" "Yes, almost every day." "His manners are very different from his cousin's." "Yes, very different. But I think Mr. Darcy improves upon acquaintance." "Indeed!" cried Mr. Wickham with a look which did not escape her. "And pray, may I ask?--" But checking himself, he added, in a gayer tone, "Is it in address that he improves? Has he deigned to add aught of civility to his ordinary style?--for I dare not hope," he continued in a lower and more serious tone, "that he is improved in essentials." "Oh, no!" said Elizabeth. "In essentials, I believe, he is very much what he ever was." While she spoke, Wickham looked as if scarcely knowing whether to rejoice over her words, or to distrust their meaning. There was a something in her countenance which made him listen with an apprehensive and anxious attention, while she added: "When I said that he improved on acquaintance, I did not mean that his mind or his manners were in a state of improvement, but that, from knowing him better, his disposition was better understood." Wickham's alarm now appeared in a heightened complexion and agitated look; for a few minutes he was silent, till, shaking off his embarrassment, he turned to her again, and said in the gentlest of accents: "You, who so well know my feeling towards Mr. Darcy, will readily comprehend how sincerely I must rejoice that he is wise enough to assume even the _appearance_ of what is right. His pride, in that direction, may be of service, if not to himself, to many others, for it must only deter him from such foul misconduct as I have suffered by. I only fear that the sort of cautiousness to which you, I imagine, have been alluding, is merely adopted on his visits to his aunt, of whose good opinion and judgement he stands much in awe. His fear of her has always operated, I know, when they were together; and a good deal is to be imputed to his wish of forwarding the match with Miss de Bourgh, which I am certain he has very much at heart." Elizabeth could not repress a smile at this, but she answered only by a slight inclination of the head. She saw that he wanted to engage her on the old subject of his grievances, and she was in no humour to indulge him. The rest of the evening passed with the _appearance_, on his side, of usual cheerfulness, but with no further attempt to distinguish Elizabeth; and they parted at last with mutual civility, and possibly a mutual desire of never meeting again. When the party broke up, Lydia returned with Mrs. Forster to Meryton, from whence they were to set out early the next morning. The separation between her and her family was rather noisy than pathetic. Kitty was the only one who shed tears; but she did weep from vexation and envy. Mrs. Bennet was diffuse in her good wishes for the felicity of her daughter, and impressive in her injunctions that she should not miss the opportunity of enjoying herself as much as possible—advice which there was every reason to believe would be well attended to; and in the clamorous happiness of Lydia herself in bidding farewell, the more gentle adieus of her sisters were uttered without being heard.

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and a fortnight only was wanting of it.com appearance of good humour which youth and beauty generally give. another regiment should be quartered in Meryton. she endeavoured to forget what she could not overlook. where such and such officers had attended them. or at least to see it with the leisure and comfort they had built on. and substitute a more contracted tour. there was still less to be learnt--for her letters to Kitty. when a letter arrived from Mrs. was likely to be hardened in all her folly and assurance by a situation of such double danger as a watering-place and a camp. Kitty was so much recovered as to be able to enter Meryton without tears. and from these tastes had arisen his principal enjoyments. He was fond of the country and of books. and confidence had vanished for ever. But Mr. Bennet was restored to her usual querulous serenity. might at least have preserved the respectability of his daughters. but her letters were always long expected. and. from whose disposition greater evil might be apprehended." thought she. which at once delayed its commencement and curtailed its extent. "that I have something to wish for. and. and prepare for another disappointment. however. and always very short. Those to her mother contained little else than that they were just returned from the library. nor ever been so fully aware of the evils arising from so ill-judged a direction of talents. she found. Mrs. and all his views of domestic happiness were overthrown. Mr. it was her best consolation for all the uncomfortable hours which the discontentedness of her mother and Kitty made inevitable. had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind had very early in their marriage put an end to all real affection for her. but respecting his abilities. were to go no farther northwards than Derbyshire. since the disturbers of her brain were removed. and from her correspondence with her sister. Were the whole arrangement complete. After the first fortnight or three weeks of her absence. Gardiner. though rather longer. But she had never felt so strongly as now the disadvantages which must attend the children of so unsuitable a marriage. or a new parasol. Bennet was not of a disposition to seek comfort for the disappointment which his own imprudence had brought on. The families who had been in town for the winter came back again. Everything wore a happier aspect. and general disappointment is only warded off by the defence of some little peculiar vexation. but where other powers of entertainment are wanting. It was consequently necessary to name some other period for the commencement of actual felicity--to have some other point on which her wishes and hopes might be fixed. an event of such happy promise as to make Elizabeth hope that by the following Christmas she might be so tolerably reasonable as not to mention an officer above once a day. In that county there Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 90 . even if incapable of enlarging the mind of his wife. But here. that an event to which she had been looking with impatient desire did not. in taking place. Respect. therefore. and. bring all the satisfaction she had promised herself. Upon the whole. and where she had seen such beautiful ornaments as made her quite wild. but was obliged to leave off in a violent hurry. She had always seen it with pain. Their parties abroad were less varied than before. than as her ignorance and folly had contributed to his amusement. was so highly reprehensible.english-area. according to the present plan. console herself for the present. and by again enjoying the pleasure of anticipation. This is not the sort of happiness which a man would in general wish to owe to his wife. health. every part of it would have been perfect. Forster called her. talents. and to banish from her thoughts that continual breach of conjugal obligation and decorum which. which. her other sister. and summer finery and summer engagements arose. and cheerfulness began to reappear at Longbourn. The time fixed for the beginning of their northern tour was now fast approaching. Elizabeth. and as that left too short a period for them to go so far. what has been sometimes found before. were much too full of lines under the words to be made public. Gardiner would be prevented by business from setting out till a fortnight later in July. and grateful for his affectionate treatment of herself. To his wife he was very little otherwise indebted. in any of those pleasures which too often console the unfortunate for their folly or their vice. When Elizabeth had rejoiced over Wickham's departure she found little other cause for satisfaction in the loss of the regiment. A scheme of which every part promises delight can never be successful. by carrying with me one ceaseless source of regret in my sister's absence. by some cruel and malicious arrangement at the War Office. Her tour to the Lakes was now the object of her happiest thoughts. in exposing his wife to the contempt of her own children. and at home she had a mother and sister whose constant repinings at the dullness of everything around them threw a real gloom over their domestic circle. and they were going off to the camp. which she would have described more fully. as Mrs. good humour. my disappointment would be certain. though Kitty might in time regain her natural degree of sense. esteem. unless. "But it is fortunate. had never been blind to the impropriety of her father's behaviour as a husband. and could she have included Jane in the scheme. the true philosopher will derive benefit from such as are given. I may reasonably hope to have all my expectations of pleasure realised.www. and must be in London again within a month. rightly used. that she had a new gown. and see so much as they had proposed. they were obliged to give up the Lakes." When Lydia went away she promised to write very often and very minutely to her mother and Kitty. by the middle of June.

"My love. A small part of Derbyshire is all the present concern.english-area. and still thought there might have been time enough. Wickham passed all his youth there. and whose steady sense and sweetness of temper exactly adapted her for attending to them in every way--teaching them. Gardiner it had a peculiarly strong attraction. Gardiner expressed an inclination to see the place again. nor more than a mile or two out of it. that she had not really any dislike to the scheme. therefore. they were to go. a suitableness which comprehended health and temper to bear inconveniences--cheerfulness to enhance every pleasure--and affection and intelligence. Accordingly. playing with them. and when the subject was revived the next morning." said she. It was not in their direct road. and she finally resolved that it could be the last resource. Chapter 43 Elizabeth. and when at length they turned in at the lodge. are sufficiently known. nor of any of the remarkable places through which their route thither lay. with their four children. with which so many of your acquaintances are connected. Four weeks were to pass away before her uncle and aunt's arrival. One enjoyment was certain--that of suitableness of companions. and Mrs. you know. The possibility of meeting Mr. Warwick. The town where she had formerly passed some years of her life. while viewing the place. etc. But it was her business to be satisfied--and certainly her temper to be happy. should not you like to see a place of which you have heard so much?" said her aunt. were to be left under the particular care of their cousin Jane. and with a proper air of indifference. But against this there were objections. Elizabeth found from her aunt that Pemberley was situated. they bent their steps. but the grounds are delightful. or the Peak. Gardiner. she was at leisure to feel a great deal of curiosity to see the house herself. and where they were now to spend a few days. was probably as great an object of her curiosity as all the celebrated beauties of Matlock. and where she had lately learned some acquaintance still remained. To the little town of Lambton. did at length appear at Longbourn. Darcy. "I may enter his county without impunity. She felt that she had no business at Pemberley.www.com was enough to be seen to occupy the chief of their three weeks. when she retired at night. Mr. two girls of six and eight years old. Gardiner's former residence. and thought it would be better to speak openly to her aunt than to run such a risk." The period of expectation was now doubled. and she was again applied to. It would be dreadful! She blushed at the very idea. To Pemberley. she had set her heart on seeing the Lakes. Kenilworth. as they drove along. and loving them. her spirits were in a high flutter." Elizabeth was distressed. and Elizabeth was applied to for her approbation. But they did pass away. Elizabeth was excessively disappointed. "I should not care about it myself. Gardiner declared his willingness. which might supply it among themselves if there were disappointments abroad. Birmingham. Oxford. Gardiner abused her stupidity. Dovedale. instantly occurred. "But surely. and rob it of a few petrified spars without his perceiving me. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 91 . It is not the object of this work to give a description of Derbyshire. she asked the chambermaid whether Pemberley were not a very fine place? what was the name of its proprietor? and. watched for the first appearance of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation. Mrs. and Mr. after having seen all the principal wonders of the country. With the mention of Derbyshire there were many ideas connected. "If it were merely a fine house richly furnished. "a place. after going over so many. if her private inquiries to the absence of the family were unfavourably answered. Mrs. too. and to Mrs. whether the family were down for the summer? A most welcome negative followed the last question--and her alarms now being removed. and was obliged to assume a disinclination for seeing it. The Gardiners stayed only one night at Longbourn. Chatsworth. and within five miles of Lambton. the scene of Mrs. she really had no pleasure in fine carpets or satin curtains. and set off the next morning with Elizabeth in pursuit of novelty and amusement. who was the general favourite. Blenheim. could readily answer. She must own that she was tired of seeing great houses." said she." Elizabeth said no more--but her mind could not acquiesce. In talking over their route the evening before. The children. with no little alarm. and two younger boys. They have some of the finest woods in the country. It was impossible for her to see the word without thinking of Pemberley and its owner. and all was soon right again.

was a beautiful object. receiving increased abruptness from the distance. and backed by a ridge of high woody hills. Reynolds replied that he was. They followed her into the dining-parlour. Its banks were neither formal nor falsely adorned. "but I am afraid he has turned out very wild. but Elizabeth could not return it. She had never seen a place for which nature had done more. They were all of them warm in their admiration. "But we expect him to-morrow. The hill. and she looked on the whole scene. At length however. The rooms were lofty and handsome. but from every window there were beauties to be seen. but had not the courage for it. you can tell us whether it is like or not. crowned with wood. as they waited for the housekeeper. while examining the nearer aspect of the house. the son of her late master's steward. Lizzy. all her apprehension of meeting its owner returned." she added. "And that. with admiration of his taste. and told them it was a picture of a young gentleman. and Elizabeth. but she saw and admired every remarkable spot and point of view. On applying to see the place. standing well on rising ground. the trees scattered on its banks and the winding of the valley. It was drawn at the same time as the other--about eight years ago. where the wood ceased. and more civil. "He is now gone into the army. and said: "A little. The housekeeper came forward. They gradually ascended for half-a-mile. "I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might now have been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger.www. into which the road with some abruptness wound. went to a window to enjoy its prospect. that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine. and contained great variety of ground."--recollecting herself--"that could never be." "I have heard much of your master's fine person." Mrs. But no. "And of this place. than she had any notion of finding her. "is my master--and very like him." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 92 ." This was a lucky recollection--it saved her from something very like regret. Gardiner looked at her niece with a smile. She approached and saw the likeness of Mr. adding. She longed to inquire of the housekeeper whether her master was really absent. the question was asked by her uncle. situated on the opposite side of a valley. and. I should not have been allowed to invite them." Mrs. and more real elegance. Darcy?" Elizabeth coloured. suspended. as far as she could trace it. and their furniture suitable to the fortune of its proprietor. Elizabeth. The housekeeper came. with a large party of friends." How rejoiced was Elizabeth that their own journey had not by any circumstance been delayed a day! Her aunt now called her to look at a picture. amongst several other miniatures. who had been brought up by him at his own expense. But. She dreaded lest the chambermaid had been mistaken. ma'am?" "Yes. and drove to the door. while Mrs. had leisure to wonder at her being where she was. and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence. and in front. and drove for some time through a beautiful wood stretching over a wide extent. or where natural beauty had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. much less fine. my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me. very handsome. handsome stone building. a respectable-looking elderly woman.english-area. handsomely fitted up. and welcomed to them as visitors my uncle and aunt. pointing to another of the miniatures.com The park was very large. and she turned away with alarm. and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House." said Mrs. looking at the picture. They entered it in one of its lowest points. As they passed into other rooms these objects were taking different positions. well proportioned room. after slightly surveying it. smilingly. Elizabeth's mind was too full for conversation. they were admitted into the hall. It was a large. with less of splendour. crossed the bridge. Reynolds. Every disposition of the ground was good. with delight. and at that moment she felt that to be mistress of Pemberley might be something! They descended the hill. over the mantelpiece. It was a large. "it is a handsome face. which they had descended." thought she. Wickham." said Mrs. but without any artificial appearance. Gardiner. a stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater." "And do not you think him a very handsome gentleman. Reynolds respect for Elizabeth seemed to increase on this intimation of her knowing her master. Elizabeth was delighted. Her aunt asked her. the river. "Does that young lady know Mr. I might have rejoiced in them as my own. than the furniture of Rosings. but Elizabeth saw. how she liked it.

www." said Mrs. you might see more of him." Mr." thought Elizabeth." "If your master would marry. "that ever lived. sir. Gardiner smiled. Gardiner. and so accomplished!--She plays and sings all day long. but I do not know when _that_ will be." "I say no more than the truth. soon led again to the subject. Wickham's being among them. that he was indeed. "Is your master much at Pemberley in the course of the year?" "Not so much as I could wish. and Miss Darcy is always down for the summer months. in vain." This was praise." "Yes. Elizabeth could not help saying. "And is Miss Darcy as handsome as her brother?" said Mrs. "He is the best landlord. that they who are good-natured when children. "when she goes to Ramsgate. most opposite to her ideas. In the next room is a new instrument just come down for her--a present from my master.english-area. Reynolds then directed their attention to one of Miss Darcy. Her keenest attention was awakened. and I have known him ever since he was four years old. "Oh! yes--the handsomest young lady that ever was seen. who think of nothing but themselves. I know I am. doubted. and was grateful to her uncle for saying: "There are very few people of whom so much can be said." "In what an amiable light does this place him!" thought Elizabeth. and was impatient for more." "Yes." replied the other. I am sure. she comes here to-morrow with him. There is not one of his tenants or servants but will give him a good name. Mrs. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 93 . sir." Elizabeth almost stared at her. but I am sure I never saw anything of it. and she listened with increasing astonishment as the housekeeper added. "I have never known a cross word from him in my life. I do not know who is good enough for him. sir. and he was always the sweetest-tempered. To my fancy. and these miniatures are just as they used to be then. it is only because he does not rattle away like other young men. highly amused by the kind of family prejudice to which he attributed her excessive commendation of her master. the dimensions of the rooms. not like the wild young men nowadays. "It is very much to his credit. She related the subjects of the pictures. had evidently great pleasure in talking of her master and his sister. He was very fond of them. and Mrs." "Except. Reynolds. "Yes." This accounted to Elizabeth for Mr. Gardiner. ma'am. and she dwelt with energy on his many merits as they proceeded together up the great staircase. drawn when she was only eight years old. Reynolds could interest her on no other point." said she. This room was my late master's favourite room. and the price of the furniture. wondered. and his son will be just like him--just as affable to the poor. Mrs. If I were to go through the world. But I have always observed. Elizabeth thought this was going pretty far. are good-natured when they grow up. encouraged her communicativeness by his questions and remarks. of all others most extraordinary. Gardiner. "Can this be Mr. Gardiner. Mr. Darcy?" thought she. but in the gallery upstairs you will see a finer. I could not meet with a better. she longed to hear more. Mrs. whose manners were very easy and pleasant." Elizabeth listened. either by pride or attachment. and everybody will say that knows him. and the best master. Some people call him proud.com "I am sure I know none so handsome. That he was not a goodtempered man had been her firmest opinion. most generous-hearted boy in the world." Mr. larger picture of him than this. but I dare say he may spend half his time here. that you should think so. You are lucky in having such a master. "His father was an excellent man.

that it was impossible to avoid his sight. must immediately have told it." "Perhaps we might be deceived. received his compliments with an embarrassment impossible to be overcome. "Whatever can give his sister any pleasure is sure to be done in a moment.com "This fine account of him. were consigned over to the gardener. Reynolds anticipated Miss Darcy's delight. and spoke to Elizabeth. so often. which led behind it to the stables. taking leave of the housekeeper. There was certainly at this moment. and the cheeks of both were overspread with the deepest blush. a master. her uncle and aunt stopped also. she considered how many people's happiness were in his guardianship!--how much of pleasure or pain was it in his power to bestow!--how much of good or evil must be done by him! Every idea that had been brought forward by the housekeeper was favourable to his character. "And this is always the way with him. and two or three of the principal bedrooms." On reaching the spacious lobby above they were shown into a very pretty sitting-room. Reynolds informed them that it had been taken in his father's lifetime. at least of perfect civility. "He is certainly a good brother. Mrs. been insufficient to assure the other two that they now saw Mr. but they could have little to fix the attention of a stranger. and every idea of the impropriety of her being found there recurring to her mind. his accent had none of its usual sedateness.english-area. In the gallery there were many family portraits. and from such as had been already visible below. Had his first appearance. on beholding his master. scarcely dared lift her eyes to his face. Elizabeth walked in quest of the only face whose features would be known to her. he suddenly recollected himself. who. In the former were many good paintings. if not in terms of perfect composure. and of her having stayed in Derbyshire." whispered her aunt as they walked. the owner of it himself suddenly came forward from the road. advanced towards the party. the gardener's expression of surprise. and took leave. but shortly recovering himself. and returned to it again before they quitted the gallery. What praise is more valuable than the praise of an intelligent servant? As a brother. and fixed his eyes upon herself. the few minutes in which they continued were some of the most uncomfortable in her life. every sentence that he uttered was increasing her embarrassment. whose subjects were usually more interesting. and. "is not quite consistent with his behaviour to our poor friend. The commendation bestowed on him by Mrs. and in so hurried a way. she remembered its warmth. Elizabeth turned back to look again.www. as she walked towards one of the windows. our authority was too good. with such a smile over the face as she remembered to have sometimes seen when he looked at her. Darcy. and were informed that it was but just done to give pleasure to Miss Darcy. a landlord. were all that remained to be shown. Darcy. in crayons. At last it arrested her--and she beheld a striking resemblance to Mr. Their eyes instantly met. and as she stood before the canvas on which he was represented. or his resemblance to the picture they had just been examining. in earnest contemplation. in Elizabeth's mind. Amazed at the alteration of his manner since they last parted. as plainly spoke the distraction of his thoughts. but Elizabeth knew nothing of the art. Reynolds was of no trifling nature. when she should enter the room. after standing a few moments without saying a word. There is nothing he would not do for her. As they walked across the hall towards the river. who met them at the hall-door. when he spoke. but stopping on his approach. and while the former was conjecturing as to the date of the building. she had willingly turned to look at some drawings of Miss Darcy's. They stood a little aloof while he was talking to their niece. She had instinctively turned away. They were within twenty yards of each other." said Elizabeth. and also more intelligible. she thought of his regard with a deeper sentiment of gratitude than it had ever raised before." she added. He absolutely started. and knew not what answer she returned to his civil inquiries after her family. At length every idea seemed to fail him. Nor did he seem much more at ease. lately fitted up with greater elegance and lightness than the apartments below. When all of the house that was open to general inspection had been seen. they returned downstairs. Mrs." "That is not very likely. and softened its impropriety of expression. and so abrupt was his appearance. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 94 . She stood several minutes before the picture. who had taken a liking to the room when last at Pemberley. astonished and confused. and for a moment seemed immovable from surprise. and. and he repeated his inquiries as to the time of her having left Longbourn. a more gentle sensation towards the original than she had ever felt at the height of their acquaintance." The picture-gallery.

Gardiner was standing a little behind. to inquire after her family! Never in her life had she seen his manners so little dignified. Gardiner. and on her pausing. however astonished. was immediately made. and she felt the necessity of appearing more like herself. and perceived their distance from the house. where Mr. They entered the woods. never had he spoken with such gentleness as on this unexpected meeting. she stole a sly look at him. With a triumphant smile they were told that it was ten miles round. With a glance. to see how he bore it. For a few moments. she felt that he would probably strike into some other path. who was not a great walker. but he certainly had not seen her with composure. Elizabeth longed to explore its windings. to the edge of the water." and "charming. could go no farther. Darcy then was.english-area. but their progress was slow. but feared it might be beyond a walk. That he was _surprised_ by the connection was evident. with the long range of woods overspreading many. and bidding adieu to the river for a while. however. the opposite hills. to admire the beauty of the place. therefore. and every step was bringing forward a nobler fall of ground. She blushed again and again over the perverseness of the meeting. She was overpowered by shame and vexation. after some time. but she had not got beyond the words "delightful. as they met. if he really intended to meet them. and one of its narrowest parts. Darcy approaching them. They had now entered a beautiful walk by the side of the water. and at no great distance. and she could hardly suppress a smile at his being now seeking the acquaintance of some of those very people against whom his pride had revolted in his offer to herself. were many charming views of the valley. the remarks of her companions on her absence of mind aroused her. when. and Elizabeth's astonishment was quite equal to what it had been at first. but it was some time before Elizabeth was sensible of any of it. the turning past. and the valley. though she answered mechanically to the repeated appeals of her uncle and aunt." thought she. "What will be his surprise. Mrs. in a descent among hanging woods. he was immediately before them. yet there had been _that_ in his voice which was not like ease. and seemed to direct her eyes to such objects as they pointed out. and. and occasionally part of the stream. however. and resolved to appear and to speak with calmness. the most ill-judged thing in the world! How strange it must appear to him! In what a disgraceful light might it not strike so vain a man! It might seem as if she had purposely thrown herself in his way again! Oh! why did she come? Or. What a contrast did it offer to his last address in Rosings Park. Mrs. and wholly engrossed by her own feelings. At length. for Mr. and a narrow walk amidst the rough coppice-wood which bordered it.com The others then joined her. The walk here being here less sheltered than on the other side. and thought only of returning to the carriage as quickly as possible. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 95 . they were again surprised. and was so much engaged in watching the occasional appearance of some trout in the water. and she fancied that praise of Pemberley from her might be mischievously construed. he sustained it. he asked her if she would do him the honour of introducing him to her friends. Gardiner. Perhaps he had been civil only because he felt himself at ease. in character with the general air of the scene. for it was plain that he was that moment arrived--that moment alighted from his horse or his carriage. she was still dear to him. and whether. allowed room only for the stream. which brought them again." when some unlucky recollections obtruded. they should have been beyond the reach of his discrimination. she saw that he had lost none of his recent civility. it was a spot less adorned than any they had yet visited. Her niece was. or a finer reach of the woods to which they were approaching. turned his back with them. followed them in silence. Whilst wandering on in this slow manner. was at least more prepared for an interview than before. she distinguished no part of the scene. and was not without the expectation of his decamping as fast as he could from such disgraceful companions. It settled the matter. that he advanced but little. though seldom able to indulge the taste. They crossed it by a simple bridge. in the nearest direction. and expressed admiration of his figure. allowed them to see him before they met. and she said no more.www. Mr. however. Gardiner expressed a wish of going round the whole park. in spots where the opening of the trees gave the eye power to wander. And his behaviour." The introduction. and. obliged to submit. "when he knows who they are? He takes them now for people of fashion. She longed to know what at the moment was passing in his mind--in what manner he thought of her. and talking to the man about them. with fortitude. she began. indeed. Her colour changed. and they pursued the accustomed circuit. This was a stroke of civility for which she was quite unprepared. and they took their way towards the house on the opposite side of the river. why did he thus come a day before he was expected? Had they been only ten minutes sooner. here contracted into a glen. Whether he had felt more of pain or of pleasure in seeing her she could not tell. to imitate his politeness. or how to account for it. was very fond of fishing. and as she named their relationship to herself. Her thoughts were all fixed on that one spot of Pemberley House. whichever it might be. when he put his letter into her hand! She knew not what to think. and so far from going away. but Elizabeth heard not a word. by the sight of Mr. The idea lasted while a turning in the walk concealed him from their view. so strikingly altered--what could it mean? That he should even speak to her was amazing!--but to speak with such civility. in defiance of everything. ascended some of the higher grounds. Elizabeth. but when they had crossed the bridge. Her coming there was the most unfortunate.

It is impossible that he should still love me. but it gratified her exceedingly. polite. and continually was she repeating. The observations of her uncle and aunt now began." He acknowledged the truth of it all. Mrs. It originated in Mrs. "but it is confined to his air. and. Elizabeth saw him walking slowly towards the house. and said that business with his steward had occasioned his coming forward a few hours before the rest of the party with whom he had been travelling. "They will join me early to-morrow. "There _is_ something a little stately in him. Elizabeth was not comfortable. It was consoling that he should know she had some relations for whom there was no need to blush. to introduce my sister to your acquaintance during your stay at Lambton?" The surprise of such an application was great indeed. and Mrs. It was more than civil. found Elizabeth's arm inadequate to her support. Her thoughts were instantly driven back to the time when Mr. After a short silence. offering at the same time to supply him with fishing tackle. Gardiner. the lady first spoke. Her astonishment. gave her a look expressive of wonder.english-area. and indeed." he continued. At last she recollected that she had been travelling. and is not unbecoming." he continued after a pause. Bingley and his sisters. on resuming their places. His wish of introducing his sister to her was a compliment of the highest kind. At such a time much might have been said. She wanted to talk. and Mrs. after descending to the brink of the river for the better inspection of some curious water-plant. and pointing out those parts of the stream where there was usually most sport. that was impossible. but she was flattered and pleased. that though some people may call him proud. Mr. and they talked of Matlock and Dove Dale with great perseverance. the compliment must be all for herself. His acquaintance with Elizabeth was very trifling. and they parted on each side with utmost politeness. Gardiner's coming up they were all pressed to go into the house and take some refreshment. I can now say with the housekeeper. or do I ask too much. Darcy took her place by her niece. every sentence of her uncle. The conversation soon turned upon fishing. which marked his intelligence." said her uncle. _his_ mind was not very differently engaged. it was gratifying to know that his resentment had not made him think really ill of her. Gardiner were half a quarter of a mile behind. and accordingly began by observing.com and entered into conversation with Mr. that his arrival had been very unexpected--"for your housekeeper. Mr. it was too great for her to know in what manner she acceded to it. but there seemed to be an embargo on every subject. and there was no necessity for such attention. each of them deep in thought. and. with the greatest civility. was extreme. however." "I was never more surprised than by his behaviour to us. and each of them pronounced him to be infinitely superior to anything they had expected. She wished him to know that she had been assured of his absence before she came to the place. Will you allow me. Elizabeth could not but be pleased. Mr. or his good manners. She listened most attentively to all that passed between them. we understood that you were not immediately expected in the country. Gardiner. to be sure. it was really attentive. and unassuming. before we left Bakewell. Elizabeth said nothing. She immediately felt that whatever desire Miss Darcy might have of being acquainted with her must be the work of her brother. and consequently preferred her husband's. and silence was very awkward. My reproofs at Hunsford could not work such a change as this. He then asked her to walk into the house--but she declared herself not tired. "informed us that you would certainly not be here till to-morrow. "who more particularly wishes to be known to you." replied her aunt. and when it drove off. and gloried in every expression. there chanced to be a little alteration. Yet time and her aunt moved slowly—and her patience and her ideas were nearly worn our before the tete-a-tete was over. Gardiner. the two gentlemen behind. to fish there as often as he chose while he continued in the neighbourhood. On Mr. his taste. "and among them are some who will claim an acquaintance with you--Mr. without looking farther. Darcy invite him." Elizabeth answered only by a slight bow. who was walking arm-in-arm with Elizabeth. Darcy handed the ladies into the carriage." she added. could not but triumph. "Why is he so altered? From what can it proceed? It cannot be for _me_--it cannot be for _my_ sake that his manners are thus softened.www. who. and they stood together on the lawn. Bingley's name had been the last mentioned between them. fatigued by the exercise of the morning. and she heard Mr. "He is perfectly well behaved. "There is also one other person in the party. and when they had reached the carriage. They now walked on in silence." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 96 . I have seen nothing of it. it was satisfactory. if she might judge by his complexion. the two ladies in front. They soon outstripped the others. and they walked on together. but this was declined." After walking some time in this way.

" Elizabeth felt that they had entirely misunderstood his character. or. nor Wickham's so amiable. opened to them a new idea on the business. for his features are perfectly good. his actions were capable of a very different construction. She was quite amazed at her own discomposure. But her conclusion was false. and she was too much engaged in pointing out to her husband all the interesting spots in its environs to think of anything else. and. With astonishment did Elizabeth see that her new acquaintance was at least as much embarrassed as herself. On the contrary. more than commonly anxious to please. there is something pleasing about his mouth when he speaks. but they felt that there was no other way of accounting for such attentions from such a quarter than by supposing a partiality for their niece. joined to the circumstance itself. He has not an illnatured look. and they saw a gentleman and a lady in a curricle driving up the street. and many of the circumstances of the preceding day.english-area. Darcy would bring his sister to visit her the very day after her reaching Pemberley. But. and therefore I shall not take him at his word. Nothing had ever suggested it before. guessed what it meant. They had been walking about the place with some of their new friends. he has not Wickham's countenance. of Mr. that by what she had heard from his relations in Kent. Darcy's civility." said her aunt. every idea gave way to the charm of recollection. she naturally suspected that every power of pleasing would fail her. Mrs. endeavouring to compose herself. Elizabeth immediately recognizing the livery. and imparted no small degree of her surprise to her relations by acquainting them with the honour which she expected. and therefore gave them to understand.www. above all. she had heard that Miss Darcy was exceedingly proud. without actually naming her authority. Since her being at Lambton. saw such looks of inquiring surprise in her uncle and aunt as made everything worse. "he is not so handsome as Wickham. Gardiner was surprised and concerned.com "To be sure. Gardiner. but the observation of a very few Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 97 . But how came you to tell me that he was so disagreeable?" Elizabeth excused herself as well as she could. to be sure. While these newly-born notions were passing in their heads. and _that_ in the eye of a servant comprehends every virtue. "From what we have seen of him. and she could do nothing but think. "But perhaps he may be a little whimsical in his civilities. but stating it to be such as might be relied on. and the embarrassment of her manner as she spoke. and. Miss Darcy and her brother appeared." replied her uncle. said that she had liked him better when they had met in Kent than before. "Your great men often are." Elizabeth here felt herself called on to say something in vindication of his behaviour to Wickham. as they had been considered in Hertfordshire. the good lady who showed us his house did give him a most flaming character! I could hardly help laughing aloud sometimes." continued Mrs. as he might change his mind another day. In confirmation of this. and the evening was spent in the satisfactions of a intercourse renewed after many years' discontinuance. but said nothing. "I really should not have thought that he could have behaved in so cruel a way by anybody as he has done by poor Wickham. The occurrences of the day were too full of interest to leave Elizabeth much attention for any of these new friends. and this formidable introduction took place. But he is a liberal master. when the sound of a carriage drew them to a window. and were just returning to the inn to dress themselves for dining with the same family. Fatigued as she had been by the morning's walk they had no sooner dined than she set off again in quest of her former acquaintance. And there is something of dignity in his countenance that would not give one an unfavourable idea of his heart. she related the particulars of all the pecuniary transactions in which they had been connected. and that she had never seen him so pleasant as this morning. Chapter 44 Elizabeth had settled it that Mr. and think with wonder. fearful of being seen. Lizzy. she dreaded lest the partiality of the brother should have said too much in her favour. and was consequently resolved not to be out of sight of the inn the whole of that morning. and warn me off his grounds. but as they were now approaching the scene of her former pleasures. these visitors came. for on the very morning after their arrival at Lambton. rather. and as she walked up and down the room. in as guarded a manner as she could. I suppose. of his wishing her to be acquainted with his sister. and that his character was by no means so faulty. the perturbation of Elizabeth's feelings was at every moment increasing. She retreated from the window. but amongst other causes of disquiet. Her uncle and aunt were all amazement.

and looked and spoke with the same good-humoured ease that he had ever done.www. excited a lively attention. though little more than sixteen. No look appeared on either side that spoke particular regard. who had expected to find in her as acute and unembarrassed an observer as ever Mr. the change was so great. it could hardly have stood its ground against the unaffected cordiality with which he expressed himself on seeing her again. had he dared. The suspicions which had just arisen of Mr. "It is above eight months. though with a diffidence which marked her little Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 98 . but there was sense and good humour in her face. not only to herself. Darcy himself. Darcy told her that Bingley was also coming to wait on her. Sometimes she could fancy that he talked less than on former occasions. and. and once or twice pleased herself with the notion that. who had been set up as a rival to Jane. Georgiana was eager. and her manners were perfectly unassuming and gentle. and prepare for such a visitor. Of the lady's sensations they remained a little in doubt. he added. when unattended to by any of the rest. but had she still felt any. that she could hardly restrain her astonishment from being visible. even in the company of his dear friends at Netherfield. To Mr. and. and recollected their last lively scene in Hunsford Parsonage--the difference. at a moment when the others were talking together.com minutes convinced her that she was only exceedingly shy. that it "was a very long time since he had had the pleasure of seeing her." and. as convinced her that the improvement of manners which she had yesterday witnessed however temporary its existence might prove. was much relieved by discerning such different feelings. We have not met since the 26th of November. he was trying to trace a resemblance. When she saw him thus seeking the acquaintance and courting the good opinion of people with whom any intercourse a few months ago would have been a disgrace--when she saw him thus civil. to be pleased. She found it difficult to obtain even a word from her beyond a monosyllable. Gardiner. when no importance could result from the success of his endeavours. or his dignified relations at Rosings. when we were all dancing together at Netherfield. In seeing Bingley. when Bingley's quick step was heard on the stairs. Nothing occurred between them that could justify the hopes of his sister. and in a moment he entered the room. to dinner at Pemberley. Elizabeth. and in the latter object. and struck so forcibly on her mind.english-area. and Mrs. on her side. as he looked at her. but to the very relations whom he had openly disdained. It was not often that she could turn her eyes on Mr. after her family. indeed. for those to whom she endeavoured to give pleasure were prepossessed in her favour. But. Miss Darcy." Elizabeth was pleased to find his memory so exact. but that the gentleman was overflowing with admiration was evident enough. He inquired in a friendly. she could not be deceived as to his behaviour to Miss Darcy. On this point she was soon satisfied. Darcy called on his sister to join him in expressing their wish of seeing Mr. Never. Mr. though this might be imaginary. and she had barely time to express her satisfaction. she saw an expression of general complaisance. and a wish of saying more that might lead to the mention of her. Darcy and their niece directed their observation towards each with an earnest though guarded inquiry. and Mrs. before she could reply. Miss Darcy was tall. denoted a recollection of Jane not untinctured by tenderness. All Elizabeth's anger against him had been long done away. Gardiner he was scarcely a less interesting personage than to herself. whenever she did catch a glimpse. her thoughts naturally flew to her sister. as now. She wanted to ascertain the feelings of each of her visitors. Bingley was ready. Their visitors stayed with them above half-an-hour. she wanted to compose her own. in her anxious interpretation. had she seen him so desirous to please. and to make herself agreeable to all. and her appearance womanly and graceful. had at least outlived one day. but. before they left the country. though general way. and on a larger scale than Elizabeth. so free from self-consequence or unbending reserve. whether _all_ her sisters were at Longbourn. Darcy had been. The whole party before them. but there was a look and a manner which gave them meaning. He observed to her. and they soon drew from those inquiries the full conviction that one of them at least knew what it was to love. There was not much in the question. nor in the preceding remark. and when they arose to depart. and he afterwards took occasion to ask her. which. her figure was formed. oh! how ardently did she long to know whether any of his were directed in a like manner. and in all that he said she heard an accent so removed from _hauteur_ or disdain of his companions. and when even the acquaintance of those to whom his attentions were addressed would draw down the ridicule and censure of the ladies both of Netherfield and Rosings. Elizabeth. she was most sure of success. and Miss Bennet. They had long wished to see him. and two or three little circumstances occurred ere they parted. They had not long been together before Mr. She was less handsome than her brother. and in a tone which had something of real regret. where she feared most to fail. and Darcy determined. had much to do.

on his quitting Derbyshire. and whose own manners indicated respectability. to go. Bingley expressed great pleasure in the certainty of seeing Elizabeth again. and. and many inquiries to make after all their Hertfordshire friends. and bringing forward his disposition in so amiable a light. It was acknowledged. though when she asked herself the reason. she stayed with them only long enough to hear their favourable opinion of Bingley. It was gratitude. but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of her manner in rejecting him. but nothing to justify inquiry. and they soon became sensible that the authority of a servant who had known him since he was four years old. With respect to Wickham. As for Elizabeth. Darcy it was now a matter of anxiety to think well. felt disposed as to its acceptance. she had been persuaded. though as it passed it seemed long. she esteemed. Darcy than they had before any idea of. and the evening. that could be so called. was not long enough to determine her feelings towards _one_ in that mansion. and it was now heightened into somewhat of a friendlier nature. though while it was passing. by the testimony so highly in his favour. it was evident that he was very much in love with her. consequently. and without any indelicate display of regard. They could not be untouched by his politeness. Gardiner's curiosity. she felt a real interest in his welfare. though it could not be equalled. however. capable of considering the last half-hour with some satisfaction. she was grateful to him. where their two selves only were concerned. it was not their wish to force her communication. that such a striking civility as Miss Darcy's in coming to see them on the very day of her arrival at Pemberley. that he was a liberal man. and she only wanted to know how far she wished that welfare to depend upon herself. seemed. But above all. The respect created by the conviction of his valuable qualities. but Elizabeth had turned away her head. or any peculiarity of manner. and as such its impression on her was of a sort to be encouraged. in believing the housekeeper. though at first unwillingly admitted. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 99 . for though the chief of his concerns with the son of his patron were imperfectly understood. her thoughts were at Pemberley this evening more than the last. She respected. She certainly did not hate him. Neither had anything occurred in the intelligence of their Lambton friends that could materially lessen its weight. was not to be hastily rejected. gratitude. and she lay awake two whole hours endeavouring to make them out. most eager to preserve the acquaintance. and she had almost as long been ashamed of ever feeling a dislike against him. she had very little to say in reply. the travellers soon found that he was not held there in much estimation. Gardiner looked at her niece. and had they drawn his character from their own feelings and his servant's report. Such a change in a man of so much pride exciting not only astonishment but gratitude--for to love.com in the habit of giving invitations. had for some time ceased to be repugnant to her feeling. which her fancy told her she still possessed.english-area. Elizabeth. the enjoyment of it had been little. They had nothing to accuse him of but pride. Mrs. as far as their acquaintance reached. readily obeyed. They saw much to interest. was soliciting the good opinion of her friends. They were. who was fond of society. by some exertion of politeness on their side. the circle in Hertfordshire to which he was known would not have recognized it for Mr. It had been settled in the evening between the aunt and the niece. there was a motive within her of goodwill which could not be overlooked. whom the invitation most concerned. she ventured to engage for her attendance. a perfect willingness to accept it. desirous of knowing how _she_. on this accidental meeting. He who. that it would be highly expedient to wait on her at Pemberley the following morning. for she had reached it only to a late breakfast. as well as some others. when their visitors left them. of bringing on her the renewal of his addresses. and did much good among the poor. It was evident that she was much better acquainted with Mr. Elizabeth was pleased. there was no fault to find. construing all this into a wish of hearing her speak of her sister. There was now an interest.www. without any reference to any other account. that this studied avoidance spoke rather a momentary embarrassment than any dislike of the proposal. ought to be imitated. hatred had vanished long ago. therefore. having still a great deal to say to her. above respect and esteem. and then hurried away to dress. found herself. Darcy. and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection. it must be attributed. Eager to be alone. and the day after the next was fixed on. and. But she had no reason to fear Mr. and on this account. would avoid her as his greatest enemy. No. Of Mr. he had left many debts behind him. and fearful of inquiries or hints from her uncle and aunt. and how far it would be for the happiness of both that she should employ the power. Presuming however. which Mr. was pleased. and bent on making her known to his sister. however. pride he probably had. which yesterday had produced. not merely for having once loved her. as by no means unpleasing. ardent love. Darcy afterwards discharged. and seeing in her husband. it was yet a wellknown fact that. and if not. and Mrs. it would certainly be imputed by the inhabitants of a small market-town where the family did not visit. though it could not be exactly defined.

Elizabeth soon saw that she was herself closely watched by Miss Bingley. whose northern aspect rendered it delightful for summer.com Mr. and. but she was not sorry to be spared the necessity of saying much. especially to Miss Darcy.www. awkward as such pauses must always be. with two or three other gentlemen from the house. While thus engaged. to remind her of her post. and peaches soon collected them round the table. agreeable-looking woman. she feared that the master of the house might be amongst them. He had been some time with Mr. Darcy. and was curious to know with how much civility on that lady's side the acquaintance would now be renewed. Darcy were by no means over. It was first broken by Mrs. and that she could not speak a word. but Elizabeth instantly comprehended that he was uppermost in her thoughts. nectarines. she presently answered Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 100 . The fishing scheme had been renewed the day before. and her attentions to Mr. Hurst and Miss Bingley. a pause. though proceeding from shyness and the fear of doing wrong. She expected every moment that some of the gentlemen would enter the room. Elizabeth had a fair opportunity of deciding whether she most feared or wished for the appearance of Mr. admitted a most refreshing view of the high woody hills behind the house. After sitting in this manner a quarter of an hour without hearing Miss Bingley's voice. and the others said no more. took the first opportunity of saying. who. was engaged by the river. but attended with all the embarrassment which. Gardiner and her niece.english-area. Annesley. succeeded for a few moments. they could all eat. and then. because she saw that the suspicions of the whole party were awakened against them." They must be a great loss to In Darcy's presence she dared not mention Wickham's name. for jealousy had not yet made her desperate. by the feelings which prevailed on his entering the room. exerted herself much more to talk. and forwarded as much as possible. Mrs. though but a moment before she had believed her wishes to predominate. Miss Eliza. with occasional help from Elizabeth. and a positive engagement made of his meeting some of the gentlemen at Pemberley before noon. She answered with equal indifference and brevity. whose endeavour to introduce some kind of discourse proved her to be more truly well-bred than either of the others. Miss Bingley saw all this likewise. cake. a resolution the more necessary to be made. On reaching the house. The next variation which their visit afforded was produced by the entrance of servants with cold meat. Her own thoughts were employing her. In this house they were received by Miss Darcy. in the imprudence of anger. She wished. a genteel. every attempt at conversation on either side. and the beautiful pyramids of grapes. she could scarcely determine. and whether she wished or feared it most. she began to regret that he came. she could not help feeling how unwelcome her appearance at Pemberley must be to her. and the various recollections connected with him gave her a moment's distress. but this did not take place till after many a significant look and smile from Mrs. and of the beautiful oaks and Spanish chestnuts which were scattered over the intermediate lawn. In no countenance was attentive curiosity so strongly marked as in Miss Bingley's. they were shown through the hall into the saloon. but perhaps not the more easily kept. Gardiner. and Elizabeth saw that he was anxious for his sister and herself to get acquainted. Georgiana's reception of them was very civil. are not the ----shire Militia removed from Meryton? _your_ family. the conversation was carried on. Chapter 45 Convinced as Elizabeth now was that Miss Bingley's dislike of her had originated in jealousy. Miss Darcy looked as if she wished for courage enough to join in it. but exerting herself vigorously to repel the ill-natured attack. By Mrs. however. Its windows opening to the ground. had they not been seated at an inconvenient distance. with sneering civility: "Pray. and that there was scarcely an eye which did not watch his behaviour when he first came into the room. There was now employment for the whole party--for though they could not all talk. and sometimes did venture a short sentence when there was least danger of its being heard. did her justice. Annesley to Miss Darcy had been given. and pitied her. Elizabeth was roused by receiving from her a cold inquiry after the health of her family. and the lady with whom she lived in London. in spite of the smiles which overspread her face whenever she spoke to one of its objects. without calling her attention. Miss Darcy. No sooner did he appear than Elizabeth wisely resolved to be perfectly easy and unembarrassed. who was sitting there with Mrs. on her brother's entrance. and a variety of all the finest fruits in season. Hurst and Miss Bingley they were noticed only by a curtsey. on their being seated. Gardiner left them soon after breakfast. This observation would not have prevented her from trying to talk to the latter. and between her and Mrs. and. and had left him only on learning that the ladies of the family intended a visit to Georgiana that morning. would easily give to those who felt themselves inferior the belief of her being proud and reserved. Gardiner.

' But afterwards she seemed to improve on you. and in seeing him at last look somewhat nettled. and I particularly recollect your saying one night. and without meaning that it should effect his endeavour to separate him from Miss Bennet. and while Mr. no miraculous consequence of travelling in the summer. Darcy was attending them to their carriage Miss Bingley was venting her feelings in criticisms on Elizabeth's person. Had Miss Bingley known what pain she was then giving her beloved friend. and his sister overcome with confusion. vexed and disappointed. and I believe you thought her rather pretty at one time.com the question in a tolerably detached tone. He was resolutely silent. and unable to lift up her eyes. Georgiana also recovered in time." she rejoined. They have a sharp. however. perhaps. I could never see anything extraordinary in them. except what had particularly interested them both. whose eye she feared to meet. and as Miss Bingley. except to Elizabeth. Her teeth are tolerable.english-area. his judgement could not err. She is grown so brown and coarse! Louisa and I were agreeing that we should not have known her again. which I do not like at all. and as for her eyes.www." "Yes. an involuntary glance showed her Darcy. "I never in my life saw anyone so much altered as she is since the winter. Gardiner thought of him. from the very wish which Elizabeth had long ago attributed to him. who could contain himself no longer. Elizabeth's collected behaviour. she undoubtedly would have refrained from the hint. But Georgiana would not join her. They talked of his sister. shrewish look. with a heightened complexion. it is probable that it might add something to his lively concern for the welfare of his friend. dared not approach nearer to Wickham. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 101 . after they had been dining at Netherfield. from a determination of making him speak." she cried. Gardiner and Elizabeth talked of all that had occurred during their visit. "For my own part. she continued: "I remember. how amazed we all were to find that she was a reputed beauty. Her brother's recommendation was enough to ensure her favour. Gardiner would have been highly gratified by her niece's beginning the subject. and dress. he contented himself with coolly replying that he perceived no other alteration than her being rather tanned. and from all Bingley's connections her brother was particularly anxious to conceal it. as they returned. Mrs. for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance. Darcy might have liked such an address. While she spoke. earnestly looking at her. and Miss Bingley was left to all the satisfaction of having forced him to say what gave no one any pain but herself. this was not the best method of recommending herself. To no creature had it been revealed. Darcy. and. yet Elizabeth was longing to know what Mrs. she had all the success she expected. The look and behaviour of everybody they had seen were discussed. and the very circumstance which had been designed to turn his thoughts from Elizabeth seemed to have fixed them on her more and more cheerfully. her complexion has no brilliancy. which is intolerable. Her brother. behaviour. his fruit--of everything but himself. "How very ill Miss Eliza Bennet looks this morning. except of the person who had mostly engaged their attention. And he had spoken in such terms of Elizabeth as to leave Georgiana without the power of finding her otherwise than lovely and amiable. his house. Not a syllable had ever reached her of Miss Darcy's meditated elopement. soon quieted his emotion. scarcely recollected her interest in the affair. Their visit did not continue long after the question and answer above mentioned. to make her betray a sensibility which might injure her in Darcy's opinion. When Darcy returned to the saloon." replied Darcy. when we first knew her in Hertfordshire. but angry people are not always wise. his friends." Persuaded as Miss Bingley was that Darcy admired Elizabeth." He then went away. He had certainly formed such a plan. where secrecy was possible. and Mrs." However little Mr. however. "but _that_ was only when I first saw her. Her nose wants character--there is nothing marked in its lines. "I must confess that I never could see any beauty in her. but she had merely intended to discompose Elizabeth by bringing forward the idea of a man to whom she believed her partial. and in her air altogether there is a self-sufficiency without fashion. though not enough to be able to speak any more. and her features are not at all handsome. '_She_ a beauty!--I should as soon call her mother a wit. which have sometimes been called so fine. and. to remind the latter of all the follies and absurdities by which some part of her family were connected with that corps. Mr. Miss Bingley could not help repeating to him some part of what she had been saying to his sister. Her face is too thin. of their becoming hereafter her own. but not out of the common way.

dearest Lizzy. and dismissed the chaise that brought them from Epsom. and it cannot be delayed. but I cannot think so ill of him. to try to discover her. for on entering that place. but his excessive distress will not allow him to pursue any measure in the best and safest way. Many circumstances might make it more eligible for them to be married privately in town than to pursue their first plan. I am very. They had just been preparing to walk as the letters came in. we are now anxious to be assured it has taken place. The one missent must first be attended to. from Colonel Forster. Thoughtless and indiscreet I can easily believe him. instantly taking the alarm. I must conclude. F. And as to my father. I hardly know what I would write. but I hardly know what I have written. and at the inns in Barnet and Hatfield.. and this disappointment had been renewed on each of the mornings that had now been spent there. Dearest Lizzy. and that his character has been misunderstood. that you have been spared something of these distressing scenes. but I have bad news for you. I never in my life saw him so affected. it had been written five days ago. having left Brighton the day before. my dear Lizzy. but no further. we must forget it ourselves. Could she exert herself. something has occurred of a most unexpected and serious nature. though I have still something more to ask of the former. my head is so bewildered that I cannot answer for being coherent. but though not confined for time. with such news as the country afforded. I am afraid you will not be able to make it out. and her sister justified. In such an exigence. set off from B. What he means to do I am sure I know not. however. can I suppose her so lost to everything? Impossible! I grieve to find. and even if _he_ could form such a design against a young woman of Lydia's connections. informing her of their intention. to inform us that she was gone off to Scotland with one of his officers. by the receipt of two letters from her at once. After making every possible inquiry on that side London. An express came at twelve last night. Colonel Forster came yesterday. on one of which was marked that it had been missent elsewhere. The beginning contained an account of all their little parties and engagements. shall I own that I long for your return? I am not so selfish. but this is not to be expected. but the latter half. for I cannot be long from my poor mother.com Chapter 46 Elizabeth had been a good deal disappointed in not finding a letter from Jane on their first arrival at Lambton. gave them to understand that they were going to Gretna Green. however. but were not missed till yesterday morning at eight. So imprudent a match on both sides! But I am willing to hope the best. I am truly glad. Though Lydia's short letter to Mrs. which is not likely. but on the third her repining was over. I know not what to think. very sorry. I am sincerely grieved for him and Mrs. What I have to say relates to poor Lydia. To Kitty. and her uncle and aunt. but as it was a matter of confidence. and scarcely knowing what she felt. it would be better. They were off Saturday night about twelve. F. With the kindest concern he came on to Longbourn. as Jane had written the direction remarkably ill. but no one can throw any blame on them. His choice is disinterested at least." Without allowing herself time for consideration. that I am not afraid of requesting it. leaving her to enjoy them in quiet. who. as is conjectured. you have received my hurried letter. All that is known after this is. for he must know my father can give her nothing. however. just as we were all gone to bed. for there is but too much reason to fear they are not gone to Scotland. or to marry Lydia at all. Imprudent as the marriage between Mr. is not disposed to depend upon their marriage. but without any success—no such people had been seen to pass through. My father bears it better. Elizabeth on finishing this letter instantly seized the other. with Wickham! Imagine our surprise. Elizabeth was not surprised at it. not many hours after the express. Colonel Forster gives us reason to expect him here soon. He did trace them easily to Clapham. but this step (and let us rejoice over it) marks nothing bad at heart. and keeps her room. Poor Kitty has anger for having concealed their attachment. he shook his head when I expressed my hopes. they removed into a hackney coach. something was dropped by Denny expressing his belief that W. Our distress. they must have passed within ten miles of us. I wish this may be more intelligible. Our poor mother is sadly grieved. "By this time. How thankful am I that we never let them know what has been said against him.. if inconvenient. Lydia left a few lines for his wife. My father is going to London with Colonel Forster instantly. my dearest sister. and broke his apprehensions to us in a manner most creditable to his heart. as the first shock is over. intending to trace their route. Colonel F. but I am afraid of alarming you--be assured that we are all well. read as follows: it had been written a day later than the conclusion of the first. as to press for it. Adieu! I take up my pen again to do what I have just told you I would not. to own the truth. set off by themselves. Wickham and our poor Lydia would be. and Colonel Forster is obliged to be at Brighton again to-morrow evening. My father and mother believe the worst. dearest Lizzy. My poor mother is really ill. The express was sent off directly. but now. anxiously renewing them at all the turnpikes. came on into Hertfordshire. was not a man to be trusted. it does not seem so wholly unexpected. I know my dear uncle and aunt so well. that Colonel F. never intended to go there. my uncle's advice Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 102 . My dear Lizzy. and said he feared W. but circumstances are such that I cannot help earnestly begging you all to come here as soon as possible. which was repeated to Colonel F.www. that they were seen to continue the London road. and written in evident agitation. It was to this effect: "Since writing the above.english-area. which was dated a day later. is very great. one cannot wonder. gave more important intelligence. and opening it with the utmost impatience.

I am quite well. darting from her seat as she finished the letter." cried Darcy. "When I consider. but let me. and before he could recover himself to speak. She has no money. when all love must be vain. unable to support herself.english-area. exactly calculated to make her understand her own wishes. and. and were traced almost to London. with such dreadful news." "And what has been done. Gardiner this moment. this could not have happened. "I will not detain you a minute. I am only distressed by some dreadful news which I have just received from Longbourn. Had I but explained some part of it only--some part of what I learnt. Wickham. I have not an instant to lose. How is such a man to be worked on? How are they even to be discovered? I have not the smallest hope. endeavouring to recover herself. but as she reached the door it was opened by a servant. They are gone off together from Brighton. such an assurance of the deepest disgrace. she commissioned him. You are not well enough. but not beyond. My younger sister has left all her friends--has eloped." she added in a yet more agitated voice. in whose mind every idea was superseded by Lydia's situation. soon swallowed up every private care. Lydia--the humiliation. "that I might have prevented it! I. and Jane has written to beg my uncle's immediate assistance. But self. It is every way horrible!" Darcy shook his head in silent acquiescence. in a tone of gentleness and commiseration." "No. Her power was sinking. afforded no palliation of her distress. in half-an-hour. to fetch his master and mistress home instantly. and looking so miserably ill. Darcy. "There is nothing the matter with me. on the contrary. and I rely upon his goodness. though it would intrude. where is my uncle?" cried Elizabeth. she. It was. they are certainly not gone to Scotland. hastily exclaimed. no connections. and Mr. but I must leave you. "grieved--shocked. It cannot be concealed from anyone. and never had she so honestly felt that she could have loved him. Wretched. his air gloomy." she replied. or let the servant go after Mr. yes! They left Brighton together on Sunday night. nothing that can tempt him to—she is lost for ever." "Oh! where. But is it certain--absolutely certain?" "Oh. without losing a moment of the time so precious. his brow contracted. in eagerness to follow him. as now. Gardiner. and we shall be off. he will immediately comprehend what I must feel. "When _my_ eyes were opened to his real character--Oh! had I known what I ought." Darcy was fixed in astonishment. and was walking up and down the room in earnest meditation. has thrown herself into the power of--of Mr. everything _must_ sink under such a proof of family weakness. Darcy appeared. and Mrs." "I am grieved indeed. or to refrain from saying. She could neither wonder nor condemn. the misery she was bringing on them all. Elizabeth soon observed. what I dared to do! But I knew not—I was afraid of doing too much. and observe her in compassionate silence. but her knees trembled under her and she felt how little would be gained by her attempting to pursue them. after a pause of several minutes. could only say something indistinctly of his concern. He seemed scarcely to hear her. though in so breathless an accent as made her almost unintelligible." She burst into tears as she alluded to it. But it is all--all too late now. to recover her?" "My father is gone to London. At length she spoke again. who knew what he was. But nothing can be done--I know very well that nothing can be done. Is there nothing you could take to give you present relief? A glass of wine. On his quitting the room she sat down.com and assistance would be everything in the world." "Good God! what is the matter?" cried he. Calling back the servant. that it was impossible for Darcy to leave her. what has been attempted. was only recalled to a Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 103 . shall I get you one? You are very ill. with more feeling than politeness. but the belief of his self-conquest brought nothing consolatory to her bosom. _You_ know him too well to doubt the rest. "I beg your pardon. I must find Mr. and instantly understood it. I thank you. you cannot go yourself. to my own family! Had his character been known. I hope.www. "I have just had a letter from Jane. in wretched suspense. "Let me call your maid. Her pale face and impetuous manner made him start. Elizabeth was soon lost to everything else. could not engross her. and for a few minutes could not speak another word. then recollecting himself." Elizabeth hesitated. and covering her face with her handkerchief. therefore. on business that cannot be delayed. wretched mistake!" Darcy made no answer.

Darcy was here when you sent for us. Would to Heaven that anything could be either said or done on my part that might offer consolation to such distress! But I will not torment you with vain wishes. yes. If gratitude and esteem are good foundations of affection. and leaving his compliments for her relations. authorise her to seek the other less interesting mode of attachment. said. As he quitted the room. and even before two words have been exchanged. Elizabeth. that I knew how it was!" But wishes were vain. Elizabeth felt how improbable it was that they should ever see each other again on such terms of cordiality as had marked their several meetings in Derbyshire. could flatter herself with such an expectation. The mischief of neglect and mistaken indulgence towards such a girl--oh! how acutely did she now feel it! She was wild to be at home--to hear. everything relating to their journey was speedily settled. and though she did not suppose Lydia to be deliberately engaging in an elopement without the intention of marriage. and all three being actuated by one spirit. though expecting no less. she eagerly communicated the cause of their summons. went away. a mother incapable of exertion. parting look. Her affections had continually been fluctuating but never without an object. Be so kind as to apologise for us to Miss Darcy. While the contents of the first letter remained in her mind. found additional anguish as she reflected on that wretched business. spoke likewise restraint. and requiring constant attendance. had been her favourite. "John told us Mr. but satisfying them instantly on that head. or at least could only serve to amuse her in the hurry and confusion of the following hour. Say that urgent business calls us home immediately. I know it cannot be long. Gardiner had hurried back in alarm. and after the first exclamations of surprise and horror. while the regiment was in Hertfordshire. Had Elizabeth been at leisure to be idle. and would formerly have rejoiced in its termination. as she ran into her room to prepare. and though almost persuaded that nothing could be done for Lydia. prevent my sister's having the pleasure of seeing you at Pemberley to-day. This unfortunate affair will. though unavailing concern. since reading Jane's second letter. she would have remained certain that all employment was impossible to one so wretched as herself. She had never perceived. and till he entered the room her impatience was severe. had she entertained a hope of Wickham's meaning to marry her." He readily assured her of his secrecy. They were to be off as soon as possible. as their attentions raised them in her opinion. "I am afraid you have been long desiring my absence. to be upon the spot to share with Jane in the cares that must now fall wholly upon her. For such an attachment as this she might have sufficient charms. with false Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 104 . but real. "But what is to be done about Pemberley?" cried Mrs. and dwelling on the postscript of the last with trembling energy. and I told him we should not be able to keep our engagement. But now it was all too natural.english-area. though it spoke compassion. and amongst the rest there were notes to be written to all their friends at Lambton. she thought. was it so?" "Yes. but she was convinced that Lydia wanted only encouragement to attach herself to anybody. "And are they upon such terms as for her to disclose the real truth? Oh. with only one serious. her uncle's interference seemed of the utmost importance. who. Mr. and as she threw a retrospective glance over the whole of their acquaintance. perhaps. thanked him with tears of gratitude. Gardiner could not but be deeply afflicted.www. reading the two letters aloud. Sometimes one officer. _That_ is all settled. in a manner which. And Mrs. Gardiner promised every assistance in his power. and how Lydia could ever have attached him had appeared incomprehensible. but all were concerned in it. Mr. and that its ill success might. Elizabeth's change of sentiment will be neither improbable nor faulty. wished it a happier conclusion than there was at present reason to hope. nothing can be said in her defence. that Lydia had any partiality for him. Never. again expressed his sorrow for her distress. sighed at the perverseness of those feelings which would now have promoted its continuance. sometimes another. Surprise was the least of her feelings on this development. she saw him go with regret. Not Lydia only. nor have I anything to plead in excuse of my stay. No one but Jane. in a family so deranged. but she had her share of business as well as her aunt. I fear. in comparison of what is so often described as arising on a first interview with its object. to see. she was all surprise--all astonishment that Wickham should marry a girl whom it was impossible he could marry for money. But if otherwise--if regard springing from such sources is unreasonable or unnatural.com sense of her situation by the voice of her companion. and in this early example of what Lydia's infamy must produce. which may seem purposely to ask for your thanks. though Lydia had never been a favourite with them. Gardiner." "What is all settled?" repeated the other. a father absent. Conceal the unhappy truth as long as it is possible. she had no difficulty in believing that neither her virtue nor her understanding would preserve her from falling an easy prey." "Oh. Be that as it may. so full of contradictions and varieties. And Mrs. supposing by the servant's account that their niece was taken suddenly ill. except that she had given somewhat of a trial to the latter method in her partiality for Wickham. Mr.

saw the whole completed. in a shorter space of time than she could have supposed. that she would think capable of such an attempt.english-area. you see by Jane's account. But as to your other objection. and good humour that could make him." said Mrs. It is not likely that money should be very abundant on either side. Gardiner. An hour. But. married in London than in Scotland." "But you see that Jane. perhaps. She has been doing everything in her power by thinking and talking on the subject. and for the last half-year." "But why all this secrecy? Why any fear of detection? Why must their marriage be private? Oh. she has never been taught to think on serious subjects. for him to be guilty of. besides. and interest. however. and officers have been in her head." said her uncle. and on the road to Longbourn. so wholly give him up. Lizzy." replied Elizabeth. "Upon my word. "that a sister's sense of decency and virtue in such a point should admit of doubt. "I begin to be of your uncle's opinion. I know not what to say. as to believe him capable of it?" "Not. And we all know that Wickham has every charm of person and address that can captivate a woman. after such an affront to Colonel Forster? His temptation is not adequate to the risk!" "Do you really think so?" cried Elizabeth. Why should they not go on to Scotland if that had been the case?" "In the first place. upon serious consideration. If. for no more exceptional purpose. health.com excuses for their sudden departure. indeed. nay. and Mr. I am afraid it will hardly hold good. from my father's behaviour. and Elizabeth. that _he_ would do as little. It appears to me so very unlikely that any young man should form such a design against a girl who is by no means unprotected or friendless. as they drove from the town. "and really. Can you yourself. Gardiner meanwhile having settled his account at the inn. whatever might be their former conduct. for her sake." "Well. that I am strongly inclined to hope the best. And what claims has Lydia--what attraction has she beyond youth." said her aunt. though less expeditiously. and to adopt any opinions that came in her way. nothing but love. no traces of them were to be found on the Barnet road. But she is very young. really. but of every other neglect I can believe him capable. for a twelvemonth--she has been given up to nothing but amusement and vanity. He cannot afford it. Chapter 47 "I have been thinking it over again. which are naturally lively enough. till it were proved against them? But Jane knows. no. and who was actually staying in his colonel's family. and he might imagine. I cannot think so very ill of Wickham." replied Mr. forego every chance of benefiting himself by marrying well? As to what restraint the apprehensions of disgrace in the corps might throw on a dishonourable elopement with her. "does not think so very ill of Wickham as to believe him capable of the attempt. I am much more inclined than I was to judge as your eldest sister does on the matter. in such a matter. Wickham will never marry a woman without some money. His most particular friend. They may be there. for I know nothing of the effects that such a step might produce. though for the purpose of concealment. to give greater--what shall I call it? susceptibility to her feelings. from his indolence and the little attention he has ever seemed to give to what was going forward in his family. as any father could do. was persuaded of his never intending to marry her. "there is no absolute proof that they are not gone to Scotland. and it is most shocking indeed." "But can you think that Lydia is so lost to everything but love of him as to consent to live with him on any terms other than marriage?" "It does seem. of neglecting his own interest. Since the ----shire were first quartered in Meryton. as well as I Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 105 . no-this is not likely. She has been allowed to dispose of her time in the most idle and frivolous manner. and think as little about it. I am not able to judge. brightening up for a moment." "Of whom does Jane ever think ill? And who is there. seated in the carriage. flirtation. then--supposing them to be in London.www. Lydia has no brothers to step forward. It is really too great a violation of decency. with tears in her eyes. nothing remained to be done but to go. Could he expect that her friends would not step forward? Could he expect to be noticed again by the regiment. and it might strike them that they could be more economically. Perhaps I am not doing her justice. after all the misery of the morning. it should be so! But I dare not hope it. found herself." "Oh! but their removing from the chaise into a hackney coach is such a presumption! And. Elizabeth. Gardiner. honour.

sleeping one night on the road. reached Longbourn by dinner time the next day. no other could detain them from it long. thought it necessary to make our knowledge public. to believe them fond of each other?" "Not the slightest. the necessity of opening her eyes to his character never occurred to me. was the first pleasing earnest of their welcome. consequently. I suppose. of his infamous behaviour to Mr. I hope everything will be well. Yet he knew to the contrary himself. when last at Longbourn. neither Jane. and you yourself. whilst tears filled the eyes of both. I can remember no symptom of affection on either side. during the whole of the journey. Till I was in Kent. after a moderate period of extravagant and wild admiration. "Not yet. you had no reason.com do. that he has neither integrity nor honour. who treated her with more distinction. Darcy and his relation Colonel Fitzwilliam. They travelled as expeditiously as possible. It was a comfort to Elizabeth to consider that Jane could not have been wearied by long expectations. And when I returned home. after giving each of them a hasty kiss. and. Forster. From what he said of Miss Darcy I was thoroughly prepared to see a proud. you may easily believe." "But does Lydia know nothing of this? understand?" can she be ignorant of what you and Jane seem so well to "Oh." replied Jane. Fixed there by the keenest of all anguish. that however little of novelty could be added to their fears. From Elizabeth's thoughts it was never absent. attracted by the sight of a chaise. disagreeable girl. The little Gardiners. Gardiner. Every girl in or near Meryton was out of her senses about him for the first two months. When first he entered the corps. in a variety of capers and frisks. Darcy. he went on Tuesday. And there are other circumstances which I am not at liberty--which it is not worth while to relate. were standing on the steps of the house as they entered the paddock.english-area. and had anything of the kind been perceptible. and saw so much both of Mr. as she affectionately embraced her. self-reproach. by its repeated discussion. "But now that my dear uncle is come. you must be aware that ours is not a family on which it could be thrown away.www. and conjectures. therefore. hopes. on this interesting subject. the other day. but he never distinguished _her_ by any particular attention. I was ignorant of the truth myself. and. As that was the case. who came running down from her mother's apartment. He must know that she was as amiable and unpretending as we have found her. that is the worst of all. she could find no interval of ease or forgetfulness. where Jane. when the carriage drove up to the door. whose curiosity as to the mode of her intelligence was all alive. "I do indeed. but his lies about the whole Pemberley family are endless. nor I. and. the joyful surprise that lighted up their faces. and. for of what use could it apparently be to any one. hurried into the vestibule." "And do you really know all this?" cried Mrs. Elizabeth jumped out. she was ready enough to admire him. heard in what manner he spoke of the man who had behaved with such forbearance and liberality towards him. and displayed itself over their whole bodies. again became her favourites. Elizabeth. colouring. yes!--that. and others of the regiment. reserved. as I wrote you word." "Is my father in town?" "Yes. That _she_ could be in any danger from the deception never entered my head. to whom I related the whole." replied Elizabeth. immediately met her." "And have you heard from him often?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 106 ." ***** It may be easily believed. what Wickham really is. "I told you. lost not a moment in asking whether anything had been heard of the fugitives. was far enough from my thoughts. but so we all were." "When they all removed to Brighton. That such a consequence as _this_ could ensue. that he is as false and deceitful as he is insinuating. that the good opinion which all the neighbourhood had of him should then be overthrown? And even when it was settled that Lydia should go with Mrs. We both know that he has been profligate in every sense of the word. her fancy for him gave way. the ----shire was to leave Meryton in a week or fortnight's time.

and till we know that they are not married. they did not attempt to oppose it. and welcomed and thanked them both." But Mr. Mrs." said she. after a few minutes' conversation together. after general assurances of his affection for her and all her family. as well in her hopes as her fear. but tell Lydia she shall have as much money as she chooses to buy them. _this_ would not have happened. after they are married. which had been passing while Mr. and if you are not kind to us. "though it is right to be prepared for the worst. with tears and lamentations of regret. wherever they may be. and complaints of her own sufferings and ill-usage. all over me--such spasms in my side and pains in my head. was now put an end to by the approach of the whole party. brother. do not let them wait for that. find them out. wherever he meets him and then he will be killed. Bennet gone away. for she does not know which are the best warehouses. As soon as I get to town I shall go to my brother. thank Heaven." replied Mrs. she still expected that it would all end well. "If I had been able. told her that he meant to be in London the very next day. assured her of her being perfectly well. How much you must have gone through!" Her sister. I always thought they were very unfit to have the charge of her. announce their marriage. Though her brother and sister were persuaded that there was no real occasion for such a seclusion from the family." "Oh! my dear brother. though her spirits are greatly shaken. but poor dear Lydia had nobody to take care of her. She does not yet leave her dressing-room. that I am frighted out of my wits--and have such tremblings. "that is exactly what I could most wish for. He merely added that he should not write again till he had something of importance to mention. Gardiner were engaged with their children. for they knew that she had not prudence enough to hold her tongue before the servants. _make_ them marry. In a few days more we may gain some news of them. above all. and if they are not married already. which I particularly begged him to do. either from Lydia or her father. as I always am. Mary and Kitty. and that every morning would bring some letter." added he. Bennet in every endeavour for recovering Lydia. and make him come home with me to Gracechurch Street. perhaps. blaming everybody but the person to whose ill-judging indulgence the errors of her daughter must principally be owing. they all left her to vent all her feelings on the housekeeper. for she is not the kind of girl to do such a thing if she had been well looked after. however. which the benevolence of her heart suggested had not yet deserted her. Jane ran to her uncle and aunt. Tell him what a dreadful state I am in. to explain their proceedings. are quite well. And as for wedding clothes. He wrote me a few lines on Wednesday to say that he had arrived in safety. with alternate smiles and tears. and their conversation.english-area. and after talking with her in this manner till dinner was on the table. and I know he will fight Wickham. and judged it better that _one_ only of the Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 107 . such flutterings. and then we may consult together as to what is to be done. to whose apartment they all repaired. when you get to town. And tell my dear Lydia not to give any directions about her clothes till she has seen me. and Mr. how kind you are! Iknow you will contrive it all. Bennet from fighting. do not let us give the matter over as lost. and such beatings at heart. I do not know what we shall do. "Do not give way to useless alarm. It is not quite a week since they left Brighton." They all exclaimed against such terrific ideas. I trust. Gardiner. the questions which Elizabeth had already asked were of course repeated by the others. invectives against the villainous conduct of Wickham. When they were all in the drawing-room. who attended in the absence of her daughters. and to give me his directions. Bennet." "And my mother--how is she? How are you all?" "My mother is tolerably well. Poor dear child! And now here's Mr. She is upstairs and will have great satisfaction in seeing you all. though he assured her again of his earnest endeavours in the cause. and would assist Mr.www. and they soon found that Jane had no intelligence to give. and. "You look pale. Why did the Forsters ever let her go out of their sight? I am sure there was some great neglect or other on their side.com "We have heard only twice. keep Mr. brother. Gardiner. received them exactly as might be expected. that I can get no rest by night nor byday. And now do. however. "to carry my point in going to Brighton. And." "But you--how are you?" cried Elizabeth. And Mrs. there is no occasion to look on it as certain. and have no design of marrying. Oh. but I was overruled. with all my family. while they waited at table. could not avoid recommending moderation to her. and what is to become of us all? The Collinses will turn us out before he is cold in his grave. The sanguine hope of good. Bennet.

seemed unjustifiable. continued to console herself with such kind of moral extractions from the evil before them. this could not have happened!" "Perhaps it would have been better. had we told what we knew of him. He did not repeat his persuasion of their not marrying--and from _that_. because I knew that his conduct had not been always quite right. that in Lydia's last letter she had prepared her for such a step. And since this sad affair has taken place. she added. In the afternoon. but I hope this may be false. many weeks. One her toilette. she was mistress enough of reflection. when questioned by _him_. After joining in general lamentations over the dreadful sequel of this event. the former continued the subject. I am so grieved for him! His behaviour was attentive and kind to the utmost. which Jane was equally eager to satisfy." replied her sister. with a countenance of grave table: who had been too busily engaged in their came from her books. Kitty then owned. of their being in love with each other. He _was_ coming to us. which Elizabeth considered as all but certain. and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex. I am inclined to hope." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 108 . "Unhappy as the event must be for Lydia. My father and mother knew nothing of that." "And till Colonel Forster came himself.com household." "And was Denny convinced that Wickham would not marry? Did he know of their intending to go off? Had Colonel Forster seen Denny himself?" "Yes. before he had any idea of their not being gone to Scotland: when that apprehension first got abroad." "Oh. "But to expose the former faults of any person without knowing what their present feelings were. had we been less secret. and the other from and no change was visible in either. however. "But tell me all and everything about it which I have not already heard. especially on Lydia's side.english-area. we may draw from it this useful lesson: that loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable. She had known. In the dining-room they were soon joined by Mary and Kitty." "And did Colonel Forster appear to think well of Wickham himself? Does he know his real character?" "I must confess that he did not speak so well of Wickham as he formerly did. he might have been misunderstood before. Denny denied knowing anything of their plans. of their being really married?" "How was it possible that such an idea should enter our brains? I felt a little uneasy--a little fearful of my sister's happiness with him in marriage. Mary. except had herself incurred in this business. We acted with the best intentions. What did Colonel Forster say? Had they no apprehension of anything before the elopement took place? They must have seen them together for ever. and the one whom they could most trust should comprehend all her fears and solicitude on the subject. that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful. not one of you entertained a doubt. but nothing to give him any alarm. He believed him to be imprudent and extravagant. I suppose. with a very natural triumph on knowing more than the rest of us. I believe not. but. and will probably be much talked of. by saying." Elizabeth lifted up her eyes in amazement. and Miss Bennet could not assert to be wholly impossible. were tolerably calm. in order to assure us of his concern. Jane. and would not give his real opinion about it. separate apartments to make their appearance before. it is said that he left Meryton greatly in debt." Then. soon after they were seated at "This is a most unfortunate affair. Give me further particulars." "But not before they went to Brighton?" "No." "Colonel Forster did own that he had often suspected some partiality. that the loss of her favourite sister. perceiving in Elizabeth no inclination of replying. it seems. or the anger which she given more of fretfulness than usual to the accents of Kitty. the two elder Miss Bennets were able to be for half-an-hour by themselves. and Elizabeth instantly availed herself of the opportunity of making any inquiries. however. that one false step involves her in endless ruin. they only felt how imprudent a match it must be. had As for Mary. it hastened his journey. but was too much oppressed to make any reply.www. herself to whisper to Elizabeth. and pour into the wounded bosoms of each other the balm of sisterly consolation. The faces of both. But we must stem the tide of malice.

she walked here on Wednesday morning to condole with us. I should never be happy without him." "Oh! thoughtless." cried Elizabeth." "Mary and Kitty have been very kind." "Your attendance upon her has been too much for you. thoughtless Lydia!" cried Elizabeth when she had finished it. Oh that I had been with you! you have had every care and anxiety upon yourself alone. I am going to Gretna Green. and would have shared in every fatigue. for the recovery of his daughter. and if you cannot guess with who. it was not on her side a _scheme_ of infamy. and dancing with him to-night. while in town. he determined to make inquiries there. I shall send for my clothes when I get to Longbourn. and his spirits so greatly discomposed. Whatever he might afterwards persuade her to. You need not send them word at Longbourn of my going. He could not speak a word for full ten minutes. If he could anyhow discover at what house the coachman had before set down his fare. His principal object must be to discover the number of the hackney coach which took them from Clapham. and the whole house in such confusion!" "Oh! Jane. that her hours of repose should not be broken in on. I hope you will drink to our good journey." "She had better have stayed at home. but. after my father went away. and as he thought that the circumstance of a gentleman and lady's removing from one carriage into another might be remarked he meant to make inquiries at Clapham. but I wish you would tell Sally to mend a great slit in my worked muslin gown before they are packed up. My aunt Phillips came to Longbourn on Tuesday." Jane then took it from her pocket-book. and though I endeavoured to give her every assistance in my power. one cannot see too little of one's neighbours. condolence insufferable. You do not look well. I am afraid I did not do so much as I might have done! But the horror of what might possibly happen almost took from me my faculties. Good-bye. that I had difficulty in finding out even so much as this. My mother was taken ill immediately." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 109 . as soon as I am missed." She then proceeded to inquire into the measures which her father had intended to pursue. and hoped it might not be impossible to find out the stand and number of the coach." cried Elizabeth. see the postilions and try if anything could be made out from them. Let them triumph over us at a distance. Assistance is impossible. or any of her daughters'. "perhaps she _meant_ well. I do not know of any other designs that he had formed. And Lady Lucas has been very kind. "He meant I believe. My mother was in hysterics. Pray make my excuses to Pratt for not keeping my engagement. "Your affectionate friend. but I did not think it right for either of them. I hope there was. and I cannot help laughing myself at your surprise tomorrow morning. "You will laugh when you know where I am gone. "was there a servant belonging to it who did not know the whole story before the end of the day?" "I do not know. These were the contents: "MY DEAR HARRIET. when I write to them and sign my name 'Lydia Wickham. so think it no harm to be off. Kitty is slight and delicate. to be written at such a moment! But at least it shows that _she_ was serious on the subject of their journey. It had come with a fare from London. but he was in such a hurry to be gone.com "Could Colonel Forster repeat the particulars of Lydia's note to his wife?" "He brought it with him for us to see.www. and Mary studies so much.' What a good joke it will be! I can hardly write for laughing. "to go to Epsom. with great pleasure. if they should be of use to us.english-area. "LYDIA BENNET. I am sure." replied Jane. Give my love to Colonel Forster. "What a letter is this. and gave it to Elizabeth. for there is but one man in the world I love. My poor father! how he must have felt it!" "I never saw anyone so shocked. But to be guarded at such a time is very difficult. if you do not like it. the place where they last changed horses. I shall think you a simpleton. for it will make the surprise the greater. She was of great use and comfort to us all. and was so good as to stay till Thursday with me. and tell him I will dance with him at the next ball we meet. and be satisfied. Tell him I hope he will excuse me when he knows all. under such a misfortune as this. and he is an angel. and offered her services.

Mr. with the design of cheering and heartening them up--though. it told them that. he had immediately found out his brother. as Jane had received directions to open all that came for him in his absence. better than any other person. I dare say. There was also a postscript to this effect: "I have written to Colonel Forster to desire him to find out. a most negligent and dilatory correspondent. At present we have nothing to guide us." Elizabeth was at no loss to understand from whence this deference to her authority proceeded. whatever of good or bad was to be told would be communicated. but without gaining any satisfactory information. Bennet thought it possible they might have gone to one of them. to the great consolation of his sister. as she never came without reporting some fresh instance of Wickham's extravagance or irregularity. The arrival of letters was the grand object of every morning's impatience. had been extended into every tradesman's family. He added that Mr. all honoured with the title of seduction. looked over her. and everybodybegan to find out that they had always distrusted the appearance of his goodness. Elizabeth. and every succeeding day was expected to bring some news of importance. Their other aunt also visited them frequently. and always. except a father and mother. at parting.english-area. which. who believed still less of it. She shared in their attendance on Mrs. had been almost an angel of light. Mrs. that some of his companions in the ----shire might be able to give more information.com Chapter 48 The whole party were in hopes of a letter from Mr. the application was a something to look forward to. He was declared to be in debt to every tradesman in the place. as Mr. before his arrival. Every day at Longbourn was now a day of anxiety. on second thoughts. she seldom went away without leaving them more dispirited than she found them. Bennet the next morning. whether Wickham has any relations or connections who would be likely to know in what part of town he has now concealed himself. and read it likewise. and their uncle promised. on his arrival. if they had gone to Scotland. and that he was now determined to inquire at all the principal hotels in town. from Mr. and Elizabeth. that Mr. who knew what curiosities his letters always were. do everything in his power to satisfy us on this head. Lizzy could tell us what relations he has now living. on Tuesday his wife received a letter from him. a letter arrived for their father. they were certain at least of receiving constant information of what was going on. Bennet to return to Longbourn. All Meryton seemed striving to blacken the man who. His family knew him to be. Colonel Forster will. she accordingly read. but three months before. It was as follows: "MY DEAR SIR. Gardiner left Longbourn on Sunday. before they procured lodgings. if possible. but at such a time they had hoped for exertion. If there were anyone that one could apply to with a probability of gaining such a clue as that. as the former thought her presence might be serviceable to her nieces. who considered it as the only security for her husband's not being killed in a duel. which she had never before entirely despaired of. She had never heard of his having had any relations. When he was gone. on all common occasions. They were forced to conclude that he had no pleasing intelligence to send. from some of the young man's intimates in the regiment. But before they heard again from Mr. Gardiner had waited only for the letters before he set off. though she did not credit above half of what was said. but as his brother was eager in it. and was a great comfort to them in their hours of freedom. but it was not in her power to give any information of so satisfactory a nature as the compliment deserved. Gardiner himself did not expect any success from this measure. to prevail on Mr. believed enough to make her former assurance of her sister's ruin more certain. and his intrigues. But. as soon as he could. they must in all probability have gained some news of them. Collins. as she said. Mr. from a different quarter. but even of _that_ they would have been glad to be certain. Gardiner. and though she was not very sanguine in expecting it. on their first coming to London. Bennet seemed wholly disinclined at present to leave London and promised to write again very soon. Bennet. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 110 . however. both of whom had been dead many years. perhaps. he meant to assist him in pursuing it. but the post came in without bringing a single line from him. It was possible. Bennet had been to Epsom and Clapham. Everybody declared that he was the wickedest young man in the world. it might be of essential consequence. and even Jane. Through letters. but the most anxious part of each was when the post was expected. Gardiner and the children were to remain in Hertfordshire a few days longer. more especially as the time was now come when. Mr.www. and persuaded him to come to Gracechurch Street. became almost hopeless.

for the consolation of yourself and Mrs. "A gamester!" she cried. and my situation in life. one sleepless night out of two. Gardiner added in his letter. had she known nothing of Darcy. on a certain event of last November. at the same time. of their being followed by a letter from him. therefore. I must have been involved in all your sorrow and disgrace. When Mr. under a circumstance that must be of all others the most afflicting to a parent's mind. to whom I have related the affair. I am inclined to think that her own disposition must be naturally bad. to throw off your unworthy child from your affection for ever. dear sir. He owed a good deal in town. "Sure he will not leave London before he has found them. at so early an age. by our relationship. And it is the more to be lamented. for it had just transpired that he had left gaming debts behind him to a very considerable amount. and brought its master back to Longbourn.english-area. she thought. It would have spared her. His name had never been voluntarily mentioned before them by her niece." Mr. it was settled that she and the children should go to London. though Elizabeth. and leave it to him to do whatever occasion might suggest to be advisable for continuing their pursuit. that this licentiousness of behaviour in your daughter has proceeded from a faulty degree of indulgence. No arguments shall be wanting on my part that can alleviate so severe a misfortune--or that may comfort you. there was a very powerful motive for secrecy. but likewise by Lady Catherine and her daughter. Gardiner did not write again till he had received an answer from Colonel Forster. to condole with you on the grievous affliction you are now suffering under. When Mrs. of which we were yesterday informed by a letter from Hertfordshire. Who is to fight Wickham. which must be of the bitterest kind. therefore. and then he had nothing of a pleasant nature to send. that Mrs. and without poor Lydia?" she cried." Mr. They agree with me in apprehending that this false step in one daughter will be injurious to the fortunes of all the others. is he coming home. etc. it did not appear that he was on terms of particular friendship with any of them. made no mention of the business that had taken him away. "I am. therefore. He said as little as he had ever been in the habit of saying. he had all the appearance of his usual philosophic composure. for who. Collins. and make him marry her. took them the first stage of their journey. Elizabeth had received none since her return that could come from Pemberley. at the same time that Mr. but his debts of honour were still more formidable. and leave her to reap the fruits of her own heinous offense. if he comes away?" As Mrs. and it was certain that he had no near one living. in which opinion I am not only joined by Mrs. "What. could be fairly conjectured from _that_. Gardiner had formed. Bennet arrived. to console yourself as much as possible. and it was some time before his daughters had courage to speak of it. and the kind of half-expectation which Mrs. I had not an idea of it. dear sir. nothing. will connect themselves with such a family? And this consideration leads me moreover to reflect. Be assured. Let me then advise you. Rendered spiritless by the ill-success of all their endeavours. Bennet. which was Saturday. Colonel Forster believed that more than a thousand pounds would be necessary to clear his expenses at Brighton. And in the wretched state of his own finances. The present unhappy state of the family rendered any other excuse for the lowness of her spirits unnecessary. because proceeding from a cause which no time can remove. with augmented satisfaction. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 111 . The death of your daughter would have been a blessing in comparison of this. she could have borne the dread of Lydia's infamy somewhat better. she did not express so much satisfaction as her children expected. in addition to his fear of discovery by Lydia's relations. Howsoever that may be. but since he had been in the militia. had ended in nothing. who could be pointed out as likely to give any news of him. Gardiner went away in all the perplexity about Elizabeth and her Derbyshire friend that had attended her from that part of the world. Collins and myself sincerely sympathise with you and all your respectable family. for had it been otherwise. though. Mr. in your present distress. because there is reason to suppose as my dear Charlotte informs me. etc. Mrs. or she could not be guilty of such an enormity. "This is wholly unexpected. It was not known that Wickham had a single relationship with whom he kept up any connection. as Lady Catherine herself condescendingly says. The coach. Gardiner began to wish to be at home.www. he had yielded to his brother-in-law's entreaty that he would return to his family. that they might expect to see their father at home on the following day. you are grievously to be pitied. Bennet was told of this. Gardiner did not attempt to conceal these particulars from the Longbourn family.com "I feel myself called upon. His former acquaintances had been numerous. There was no one. was perfectly aware that. who was by this time tolerably well acquainted with her own feelings. considering what her anxiety for his life had been before. my dear sir. Bennet came from it. Jane heard them with horror..

"Well. and master has had a letter. papa. They ran through the vestibule into the breakfast-room. on her briefly expressing her sorrow for what he must have endured. but. I bear you no ill-will for being justified in your advice to me last May. "Say nothing of that.english-area. I may defer it till Kitty runs away." said her father drily." he cried. in great astonishment. Balls will be absolutely prohibited." Upon this information. Jane." "_You_ go to Brighton." Kitty. "I beg your pardon. Hill? We have heard nothing from town. who was not so light nor so much in the habit of running as Elizabeth. and. let me once in my life feel how much I have been to blame. shows some greatness of mind. and eagerly cried out: Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 112 ." said he." said Kitty fretfully. It will pass away soon enough. "If I should ever go to Brighton. I have at last learnt to be cautious. in my nightcap and powdering gown. came up with him. too eager to get in to have time for speech. "She is happy then. ma'am. began to cry. "don't you know there is an express come for master from Mr. and they were on the point of seeking him upstairs with their mother." Chapter 49 Two days after Mr. And you are never to stir out of doors till you can prove that you have spent ten minutes of every day in a rational manner." "What do you mean. or. considering the event. Hill. instead of the expected summons." cried Mrs. I would not trust you so near it as Eastbourne for fifty pounds! No. where else can they be so well concealed?" "And Lydia used to want to go to London. perhaps. went forward to meet her. Lizzy. from thence to the library. panting for breath. madam. that Elizabeth ventured to introduce the subject. so I took the liberty of coming to ask. concluding that she came to call them to their mother. I would behave better than Lydia. I will sit in my library." replied Elizabeth. If you are a good girl for the next ten years. No officer is ever to enter into my house again. she said to Miss Bennet. I am not afraid of being overpowered by the impression. when they were met by the butler. and then. "You may well warn me against such an evil.www. who took all these threats in a serious light. for interrupting you. when they approached her. and ran across the lawn after their father. Bennet's return. and you will feel the effects of it. soon lagged behind. "and her residence there will probably be of some duration. well. their father was in neither. "which does one good. it gives such an elegance to misfortune! Another day I will do the same. Who should suffer but myself? It has been my own doing. Gardiner? He has been here this half-hour." "I am not going to run away." Then after a short silence he continued: "Lizzy. and give as much trouble as I can. they instantly passed through the hall once more. he replied." "You must not be too severe upon yourself. "do not make yourself unhappy." "Do you suppose them to be in London?" "Yes. "This is a parade. but I was in hopes you might have got some good news from town.com It was not till the afternoon. he is walking towards the little copse." added Kitty. unless you stand up with one of your sisters." Away ran the girls. which. and I ought to feel it. I will take you to a review at the end of them. who came to fetch her mother's tea. when he had joined them at tea. nor even to pass through the village. while her sister." "Dear madam. Kitty. who said: "If you are looking for my master. as Jane and Elizabeth were walking together in the shrubbery behind the house. they saw the housekeeper coming towards them." They were interrupted by Miss Bennet. Human nature is so prone to fall into it! No. who was deliberately pursuing his way towards a small wood on one side of the paddock.

it is enough to know they are discovered. when she had finished. "if you dislike the trouble yourself. We have judged it best that my niece should be married from this house. congratulate you. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés "My dear father. "No. August 2." he replied.. I will immediately give directions to Haggerston for preparing a proper settlement. by settlement. GARDINER." "Let me write for you. and depend on my diligence and care. "Oh! my dear father." "I dislike it very much. and I am happy to say there will be some little money. Monday. The particulars I reserve till we meet.english-area. I was fortunate enough to find out in what part of London they were. "But perhaps you would like to read it. you send me full powers to act in your name throughout the whole of this business. and what news does it bring--good or bad?" "What is there of good to be expected?" said he. Jane now came up. and walked towards the house. as far as I thought myself privileged. but it must be done soon. considering everything. I shall write again as soon as anything more is determined on. These are conditions which. one hundred pounds per annum." And so saying. what news--what news? Have you heard from my uncle?" "Yes I have had a letter from him by express. and be careful to write explicitly." "Is it possible?" cried Elizabeth. as I conclude will be the case. during your life." said Jane. as we thought him. for you. and. to settle on my niece. therefore stay quiet at Longbourn. I shall send this by express. Wickham's circumstances are not so hopeless as they are generally believed to be. "come back and write immediately. "Read it aloud." Most earnestly did she then entreaty him to lose no more time before he wrote. papa. "EDW. from these particulars. All that is required of you is. but if you are willing to perform the engagements which I have ventured to make on your side." "Gracechurch Street." "Well. I hope it will not be long before they are. They are not married. The world has been deceived in that respect. taking the letter from his pocket. You will easily comprehend. her equal share of the five thousand pounds secured among your children after the decease of yourself and my sister. Consider how important every moment is in such a case. "for I hardly know myself what it is about.www. that no time may be lost in bringing me your answer." "And have you answered the letter?" cried Elizabeth. Yours.com "Oh. to assure to your daughter. to enter into an engagement of allowing her. he turned back with them. If. Send back your answer as fast as you can. I hope it will give you satisfaction." cried Jane. I had no hesitation in complying with. "they are married!" Elizabeth read on: "I have seen them both." said her sister. that Mr. Soon after you left me on Saturday. She comes to us to-day. and such as. even when all his debts are discharged. nor can I find there was any intention of being so. etc. upon the whole. of which I hope you will approve." said their father. I 113 . in addition to her own fortune. "MY DEAR BROTHER. There will not be the smallest occasion for your coming to town again. "but it must be done. moreover." she cried. "Can it be possible that he will marry her?" "Wickham is not so undeserving. "At last I am able to send you some tidings of my niece." Elizabeth impatiently caught it from his hand. I have seen them both--" "Then it is as I always hoped. then.

we shall exactly know what Mr. By this time she is actually with them! If such goodness does not make her miserable now. sir?" "I mean. "but the terms. "and how much is settled on his side on our sister. and affording her their personal protection and countenance.english-area. that he is come to a right way of thinking. do for all. her joy burst forth. is such a sacrifice to her advantage as years of gratitude cannot enough acknowledge. and the other. nor I. must be complied with. that no man in his senses would marry Lydia on so slight a temptation as one hundred a year during my life." "May we take my uncle's letter to read to her?" "Take whatever you like. and I flatter myself they will settle so quietly." "And they _must_ marry! Yet he is _such_ a man!" "Yes. There is nothing else to be done. But there are two things that I want very much to know. "And they are really to be married!" cried Elizabeth. how am I ever to pay him. because Wickham has not sixpence of his own. therefore. as may in time make their past imprudence forgotten." said her father." replied Elizabeth. They went to the library." replied Jane. deep in thought. Mary and Kitty were both with Mrs. Bennet: one communication would. Their mutual affection will steady them. and fifty after I am gone. I cannot believe that ten thousand pounds. or anything like it. That they should marry. small as is their chance of happiness. Their father then went on to the library to write. and they went upstairs together. and wretched as is his character. "what do you mean.www. therefore. A small sum could not do all this. yes. in the very beginning of our relationship. without raising his head. how much money your uncle has laid down to bring it about. "as neither you. I suppose. Their taking her home." "Ten thousand pounds! Heaven forbid! How is half such a sum to be repaid?" Mr." It now occurred to the girls that their mother was in all likelihood perfectly ignorant of what had happened. has been advanced. How could he spare half ten thousand pounds?" "If he were ever able to learn what Wickham's debts have been. Lydia!" "I comfort myself with thinking." "Their conduct has been such. and get away." said Elizabeth. when she first sees my aunt!" "We must endeavour to forget all that has passed on either side.com "And may I ask--" said Elizabeth." "Complied with! I am only ashamed of his asking so little." said Jane: "I hope and trust they will yet be happy. Oh. and may have more. Mrs. The kindness of my uncle and aunt can never be requited. I should be sorry to think so ill of him. the letter was read aloud. one is." "That is very true. coolly replied: "Just as you please. and each of them. "though it had not occurred to me before. she will never deserve to be happy! What a meeting for her. "How strange this is! And for _this_ we are to be thankful. His consenting to marry her is a proof. His debts to be discharged. and the girls walked into the breakfast-room. and something still to remain! Oh! it must be my uncle's doings! Generous. and every following Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 114 . Bennet made no answer. It is useless to talk of it. Gardiner has done for them. Gardiner's hope of Lydia's being soon married. and live in so rational a manner. as soon as they were by themselves." Elizabeth took the letter from his writing-table. After a slight preparation for good news. He was writing and. I am afraid he has distressed himself. "that he certainly would not marry Lydia if he had not a real regard for her. continued silent till they reached the house. "Wickham's a fool if he takes her with a farthing less than ten thousand pounds. Though our kind uncle has done something towards clearing him. we are forced to rejoice." "No. He has children of his own. Bennet could hardly contain herself." said Elizabeth. As soon as Jane had read Mr. I will believe." "Money! My uncle!" cried Jane. nor anybody can ever forget. and asked their father whether he would not wish them to make it known to her. good man. they must marry.

my dear. Had he done his duty in that respect. Kitty. and Mrs. Elizabeth received her congratulations amongst the rest. I and my children must have had all his money. instead of spending his whole income. and though. An airing would do me a great deal of good. persuaded her to wait till her father was at leisure to be consulted. and you write for me. would be of small importance. she observed. neither rational happiness nor worldly prosperity could be justly expected for her sister. I will go myself. "For we must attribute this happy conclusion. as she had ever been fidgety from alarm and vexation. My dear Jane. Bennet and the children. Long. they were to have a son. But in what proportions it should be divided amongst the latter depended on the will of the parents. only two hours ago. and the widow and younger children would by that means be provided for. and would shortly have dictated some very plentiful orders. He was seriously concerned that a cause of so little advantage to anyone should be forwarded at the sole expense of his brother-in-law. but that it was no worse. I can call on Lady Lucas and Mrs. run down and order the carriage." She was then proceeding to all the particulars of calico. to find out the extent of his assistance. and he was determined." cried her mother. "it is all very right. took refuge in her own room. Wickham with money. muslin. The satisfaction of prevailing on one of the most worthless young men in Great Britain to be her husband might then have rested in its proper place. and ask him how much he will give her. so I will dictate. Hill began instantly to express her joy. Well! I am so happy! In a short time I shall have a daughter married. kind brother! I knew how it would be. Lizzy. The son was to join in cutting off the entail. dear Lydia! How merry we shall be together when we meet!" Her eldest daughter endeavoured to give some relief to the violence of these transports. except a few presents. of course. nor humbled by any remembrance of her misconduct. the wedding clothes! I will write to my sister Gardiner about them directly. and it is the first time we have ever had anything from him. can I do anything for you in Meryton? Oh! Here comes Hill! My dear Hill. When first Mr." "Well.english-area. run down to your father. if possible. and to discharge the obligation as soon as he could. too. Mrs. in looking forward. though with some difficulty. he had laid by an annual sum for the better provision of his children. Bennet had married. "I will go to Meryton. economy was held to be perfectly useless. but the things should be ordered immediately. Gardiner's behaviour laid them all under." she added. He now wished it more than ever. We will settle with your father about the money afterwards. Bennet had no turn for economy. I will put on my things in a moment. "My dear. who should do it but her own uncle? If he had not had a family of his own. "as soon as I am dressed. and cambric. good news to my sister Philips. "This is delightful indeed! She will be married! I shall see her again! She will be married at sixteen! My good. for many years after Lydia's birth. Mrs. Kitty. Five thousand pounds was settled by marriage articles on Mrs. Lydia need not have been indebted to her uncle for whatever of honour or credit could now be purchased for her. We are persuaded that he has pledged himself to assist Mr. at best. that she might think with freedom. for Hill." said she. that I am sure I can't write. sick of this folly. in looking back to what they had feared. but it was then too late to be saving. and then. came into her head. Chapter 50 Mr. I am in such a flutter. by leading her thoughts to the obligations which Mr. and her mother was too happy to be quite so obstinate as usual. I am sure. This was one Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 115 . be bad enough. And as I come back. This event had at last been despaired of. I knew he would manage everything! How I long to see her! And to see dear Wickham too! But the clothes. She was now in an irritation as violent from delight. but yet the son was to come. Poor Lydia's situation must. Five daughters successively entered the world.com sentence added to its exuberance. and of his wife. One day's delay. you know. Bennet had very often wished before this period of his life that. as soon as he should be of age. have you heard the good news? Miss Lydia is going to be married. She was disturbed by no fear for her felicity. and you shall all have a bowl of punch to make merry at her wedding. she had need to be thankful. and her husband's love of independence had alone prevented their exceeding their income. for." Mrs. Girls. She felt it so. she felt all the advantages of what they had gained. had been certain that he would. My dear.www. Bennet. stay. Other schemes. and tell the good. had not Jane. Ring the bell. To know that her daughter would be married was enough. Stay. if she survived him. Wickham! How well it sounds! And she was only sixteen last June. dear Lydia!" she cried. "in a great measure to his kindness.

and Mr. Bennet was firm." said she. which had been the first object of her wishes since Jane was sixteen. She had no fear of its spreading farther through his means." Her husband allowed her to talk on without interruption while the servants remained. and his willingness to fulfil the engagements that had been made for him. could Wickham be prevailed on to marry his daughter. From such a connection she could not wonder that he would shrink. and. it would have been more for the advantage of conversation had Miss Lydia Bennet come upon the town. for. with regard to Lydia. It was a fortnight since Mrs. That it would be done with such trifling exertion on his side. It soon led to another. No sentiment of shame gave a damp to her triumph.www. by receiving them at Longbourn. exceeded all she could believe possible. In terms of grateful acknowledgment for the kindness of his brother. for. in some distant farmhouse. and Mrs. the attics are dreadful.english-area. been led to make Mr. Bennet had been downstairs. what with her board and pocket allowance. from any fear of disadvantage from it individually to herself. for his wish at present was to have as little trouble in the business as possible. too. The wish of procuring her regard. there was no one whose knowledge of a sister's frailty would have mortified her so much--not. to every other objection. though expressed most concisely. but was too angry with Lydia to send any message to her. let us come to a right understanding. But when they had withdrawn. Bennet could hardly comprehend it. than to any sense of shame at her eloping and living with Wickham a fortnight before they took place. before you take any or all of these houses for your son and daughter. He had never before supposed that. and the good-natured wishes for her well-doing which had proceeded before from all the spiteful old ladies in Meryton lost but a little of their spirit in this change of circumstances. There were few people on whose secrecy she would have more confidently depended. Into _one_ house in this neighbourhood they shall never have admittance. Darcy would connect himself with a family where. Had Lydia's marriage been concluded on the most honourable terms. though dilatory in undertaking business. been secluded from the world. new carriages. as the happiest alternative. The marriage of a daughter. it would be done with so little inconvenience to himself as by the present arrangement. Bennet could have no hesitation in acceding to the proposal before him. His letter was soon dispatched. for. however. She was humbled. To be sure. Bennet. It was borne in the latter with decent philosophy. I will not encourage the impudence of either.com point. and with proportionate speed through the neighbourhood. Elizabeth was now most heartily sorry that she had. was now on the point of accomplishment. He begged to know further particulars of what he was indebted to his brother. could not in rational expectation survive such a blow as this. at any rate. and as for Pulvis Lodge. would now be added an alliance and relationship of the nearest kind with a man whom he so justly scorned. though she hardly knew of what. but on this happy day she again took her seat at the head of her table. The good news spread quickly through the house. he was quick in its execution. he naturally returned to all his former indolence. which she had assured herself of his feeling in Derbyshire." A long dispute followed this declaration. But there was much to be talked of in marrying her. at least. and her thoughts and her words ran wholly on those attendants of elegant nuptials. which was now to be settled. Bennet found. He protested that she should receive from him no mark of affection whatever on the occasion. That his anger could be carried to such a point of inconceivable resentment as to refuse his daughter a privilege without which her marriage would scarcely seem valid. because with such an husband her misery was considered certain. at the same time. Mrs. they might hope to conceal its unfavourable beginning from all those who were not immediately on the spot. but Mr. but Ashworth is too far off! I could not bear to have her ten miles from me. rejected many as deficient in size and importance. from the distress of the moment. and the continual presents in money which passed to her through her mother's hands. was another very welcome surprise. that her husband would not advance a guinea to buy clothes for his daughter. for since her marriage would so shortly give the proper termination to the elopement. He would scarcely be ten pounds a year the loser by the hundred that was to be paid them. but. she was grieved. She Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 116 . she repented. he then delivered on paper his perfect approbation of all that was done. if the drawing-room were larger. fine muslins. When the first transports of rage which had produced his activity in seeking her were over. She was busily searching through the neighbourhood for a proper situation for her daughter. with amazement and horror. or. "Haye Park might do. and in spirits oppressively high. there seemed a gulf impassable between them. She was more alive to the disgrace which her want of new clothes must reflect on her daughter's nuptials. Darcy acquainted with their fears for her sister. it was not to be supposed that Mr. Lydia's expenses had been very little within that sum. and servants. "if the Gouldings could quit it—or the great house at Stoke. he said to her: "Mrs. without knowing or considering what their income might be.

when she could no longer hope to be benefited by it. Gardiner soon wrote again to his brother. She was convinced that she could have been happy with him. Bennet wrote again to his brother. and among his former friends. An union of a different tendency. How Wickham and Lydia were to be supported in tolerable independence. he sent his permission for them to come. and to request that he will satisfy the various creditors of Mr. with assurances of speedy payment. I have written to Colonel Forster. He has the promise of an ensigncy in General ----'s regiment. was soon to be formed in their family. Bennet's acknowledgments he briefly replied. in considering the removal from that corps as highly advisable. but while he was mortal. of being admitted into her family again before she set off for the North. who agreed in wishing. and knowledge of the world. Wickham had resolved on quitting the militia. would have answered all her wishes. urged him so earnestly yet so rationally and so mildly. The principal purport of his letter was to inform them that Mr. and precluding the possibility of the other. Gardiner. and it was settled. But how little of permanent happiness could belong to a couple who were only brought together because their passions were stronger than their virtue. They will then join his regiment. It is Mr. just when she had expected most pleasure and pride in her company. for she had by no means given up her plan of their residing in Hertfordshire. it was such a pity that Lydia should be taken from a regiment where she was acquainted with everybody. information. But no such happy marriage could now teach the admiring multitude what connubial felicity really was. His understanding and temper.. and concluded with entreaties that the subject might never be mentioned to him again. she could not imagine. And will you give yourself the trouble of carrying similar assurances to his creditors in Meryton. unless they are first invited to Longbourn. etc. Wickham's intention to go into the regulars. and had so many favourites. "She is so fond of Mrs. though unlike her own. besides. that she should be noticed on her marriage by her parents. she doubted not. Forster. She wanted to hear of him. to inform him of our present arrangements. and from his judgement. Lydia's being settled in the North. What a triumph for him. now quartered in the North. and all will be completed in a week. and. But Jane and Elizabeth. there are still some who are able and willing to assist him in the army. where they may each have a character to preserve. "It was greatly my wish that he should do so. The officers may not be so pleasant in General---'s regiment. and act as they wished. that my niece is very desirous of seeing you all before she leaves the South. could he know that the proposals which she had proudly spurned only four months ago. I hope at least he has not deceived us. It is an advantage to have it so far from this part of the kingdom. It was an union that must have been to the advantage of both.com became jealous of his esteem." Mr. for such it might be considered. to receive her and her husband at Longbourn. and I hope among different people. Wickham in and near Brighton. would most suit her. and I understand from Mrs. there must be a triumph. his man ners improved. was a severe disappointment.english-area." he added. To Mr. "it will be quite shocking to send her away! And there are several of the young men. both on his account and my niece's. Haggerston has our directions. He promises fairly. "E. in disposition and talents. When Mr. therefore. She is well. with assurance of his eagerness to promote the welfare of any of his family. too. when there seemed the least chance of gaining intelligence." His daughter's request. And their mother had the satisfaction of knowing that she would be able to show her married daughter in the neighbourhood before she was banished to the North. that he was prevailed on to think as they thought. for which I have pledged myself. Gardiner could do. of whom I shall subjoin a list according to his information? He has given in all his debts. But Mrs. would now have been most gladly and gratefully received! He was as generous.--Yours. when it was no longer likely they should meet. GARDINER. ***** Mr. she must have received benefit of greater importance. as the most generous of his sex. that she likes very much. Bennet and his daughters saw all the advantages of Wickham's removal from the ----shire as clearly as Mr. "as soon as his marriage was fixed on. they will both be more prudent.www. by her ease and liveliness. Bennet was not so well pleased with it." said she. she could easily conjecture. his mind might have been softened. for the sake of their sister's feelings and consequence. as she often thought. and begs to be dutifully remembered to you and your mother. that as Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 117 . received at first an absolute negative. She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who. as soon as they were married. And I think you will agree with me.

uneasy. She longed to see Mrs. with an affectionate smile. They seemed each of them to have the happiest memories in the world. her husband looked impenetrably grave. demanding their congratulations. was enough to provoke him." It was not to be supposed that time would give Lydia that embarrassment from which she had been so wholly free at first. to Wickham. she went after dinner to show her ring. and yet there have been things enough happened in the time. who happened to sit near Elizabeth. Phillips. and even Miss Bennet was shocked. and then I bowed and smiled like anything. Elizabeth looked expressively at Lydia. Bennet as the carriage drove up to the door. and so I let down the side-glass next to him. when they were all returned to the breakfast room. took notice of some little alteration in it. to whom they then turned. and Jane more especially. Good gracious! when I went away. and let my hand just rest upon the window frame. and hear her say to her eldest sister. but she. till she heard them passing through the hall to the dining parlour. Bennet. "since I went away. and to hear herself called "Mrs. Hill and the two housemaids. Wickham was not at all more distressed than herself. was not quite so cordial. looked eagerly round the room. Jane was distressed. "Only think of its being three months. Her mother stepped forwards.english-area. do the people hereabouts know I am married to-day? I was afraid they might not. noisy. and she ran into the room. alarmed. The easy assurance of the young couple. anxious. Chapter 51 Their sister's wedding day arrived. indeed. walk up to her mother's right hand. however. with a good humoured ease which she felt very unable to equal in her replies. "Ah! Jane. because I am a married woman. with a laugh. and welcomed her with rapture. and was wretched in the thought of what her sister must endure. "Well. but she sat down. and they were to return in it by dinner-time. and he scarcely opened his lips. gaily continued. "and what do you think of my husband? Is not he a charming man? I am sure my sisters must all envy me. Elizabeth was disgusted. Wickham" by each of them. who never heard nor saw anything of which she chose to be insensible. and Wickham. but his manners were always so pleasing.www. I take your place now. and wished them both joy with an alacrity which shewed no doubt of their happiness. while he claimed their relationship. Elizabeth had not before believed him quite equal to such assurance. so I was determined he should know it. I am sure I had no more idea of being married till I came back again! though I thought it would be very good fun if I was. and ran out of the room. She got up. His countenance rather gained in austerity. who followed his lady. The bride and her mother could neither of them talk fast enough. to Mrs. Their arrival was dreaded by the elder Miss Bennets. had she been the culprit. and we overtook William Goulding in his curricle." she cried. would have delighted them all. that Wickham should consent to such a scheme. and boast of being married. and in the mean time. gave her hand. with anxious parade. and fearless. any meeting with him would have been the last object of her wishes. who gave Lydia the feelings which would have attended herself. and observed. She turned from sister to sister. wild." Her father lifted up his eyes. and returned no more. She then joined them soon enough to see Lydia. Lydia was Lydia still. the Lucases. and Lydia led voluntarily to subjects which her sisters would not have alluded to for the world. Smiles decked the face of Mrs. untamed. embraced her. "Oh! mamma. Nothing of the past was recollected with pain. and took off my glove. the door was thrown open. his smiles and his easy address. they should proceed to Longbourn. mamma. began inquiring after his acquaintance in that neighbourhood. resolving within herself to draw no limits in future to the impudence of an impudent man. but the cheeks of the two who caused their confusion suffered no variation of colour. that it was a great while since she had been there. She blushed. Lydia's voice was heard in the vestibule. Their reception from Mr. and you must go lower.com soon as the ceremony was over. and all their other neighbours. Elizabeth was surprised. and Jane blushed. her daughters. and Jane and Elizabeth felt for her probably more than she felt for herself. The family were assembled in the breakfast room to receive them. so that he might see the ring." Elizabeth could bear it no longer." said she. There was no want of discourse. and when at length they all sat down. and had she consulted only her own inclination. Her ease and good spirits increased. that had his character and his marriage been exactly what they ought. unabashed. The carriage was sent to meet them at ----. They came. I only hope they may Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 118 . it seems but a fortnight I declare.

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have half my good luck. They must all go to Brighton. That is the place to get husbands. What a pity it is, mamma, we did not all go." "Very true; and if I had my will, we should. But my dear Lydia, I don't at all like your going such a way off. Must it be so?" "Oh, lord! yes;--there is nothing in that. I shall like it of all things. You and papa, and my sisters, must come down and see us. We shall be at Newcastle all the winter, and I dare say there will be some balls, and I will take care to get good partners for them all." "I should like it beyond anything!" said her mother. "And then when you go away, you may leave one or two of my sisters behind you; and I dare say I shall get husbands for them before the winter is over." "I thank you for my share of the favour," said Elizabeth; "but I do not particularly like your way of getting husbands." Their visitors were not to remain above ten days with them. Mr. Wickham had received his commission before he left London, and he was to join his regiment at the end of a fortnight. No one but Mrs. Bennet regretted that their stay would be so short; and she made the most of the time by visiting about with her daughter, and having very frequent parties at home. These parties were acceptable to all; to avoid a family circle was even more desirable to such as did think, than such as did not. Wickham's affection for Lydia was just what Elizabeth had expected to find it; not equal to Lydia's for him. She had scarcely needed her present observation to be satisfied, from the reason of things, that their elopement had been brought on by the strength of her love, rather than by his; and she would have wondered why, without violently caring for her, he chose to elope with her at all, had she not felt certain that his flight was rendered necessary by distress of circumstances; and if that were the case, he was not the young man to resist an opportunity of having a companion. Lydia was exceedingly fond of him. He was her dear Wickham on every occasion; no one was to be put in competition with him. He did every thing best in the world; and she was sure he would kill more birds on the first of September, than any body else in the country. One morning, soon after their arrival, as she was sitting with her two elder sisters, she said to Elizabeth: "Lizzy, I never gave _you_ an account of my wedding, I believe. You were not by, when I told mamma and the others all about it. Are not you curious to hear how it was managed?" "No really," replied Elizabeth; "I think there cannot be too little said on the subject." "La! You are so strange! But I must tell you how it went off. We were married, you know, at St. Clement's, because Wickham's lodgings were in that parish. And it was settled that we should all be there by eleven o'clock. My uncle and aunt and I were to go together; and the others were to meet us at the church. Well, Monday morning came, and I was in such a fuss! I was so afraid, you know, that something would happen to put it off, and then I should have gone quite distracted. And there was my aunt, all the time I was dressing, preaching and talking away just as if she was reading a sermon. However, I did not hear above one word in ten, for I was thinking, you may suppose, of my dear Wickham. I longed to know whether he would be married in his blue coat." "Well, and so we breakfasted at ten as usual; I thought it would never be over; for, by the bye, you are to understand, that my uncle and aunt were horrid unpleasant all the time I was with them. If you'll believe me, I did not once put my foot out of doors, though I was there a fortnight. Not one party, or scheme, or anything. To be sure London was rather thin, but, however, the Little Theatre was open. Well, and so just as the carriage came to the door, my uncle was called away upon business to that horrid man Mr. Stone. And then, you know, when once they get together, there is no end of it. Well, I was so frightened I did not know what to do, for my uncle was to give me away; and if we were beyond the hour, we could not be married all day. But, luckily, he came back again in ten minutes' time, and then we all set out. However, I recollected afterwards that if he had been prevented going, the wedding need not be put off, for Mr. Darcy might have done as well." "Mr. Darcy!" repeated Elizabeth, in utter amazement.

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"Oh, yes!--he was to come there with Wickham, you know. But gracious me! I quite forgot! I ought not to have said a word about it. I promised them so faithfully! What will Wickham say? It was to be such a secret!" "If it was to be secret," said Jane, "say not another word on the subject. seeking no further." You may depend upon my

"Oh! certainly," said Elizabeth, though burning with curiosity; "we will ask you no questions." "Thank you," said Lydia, "for if you did, I should certainly tell you all, and then Wickham would be angry." On such encouragement to ask, Elizabeth was forced to put it out of her power, by running away. But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible; or at least it was impossible not to try for information. Mr. Darcy had been at her sister's wedding. It was exactly a scene, and exactly among people, where he had apparently least to do, and least temptation to go. Conjectures as to the meaning of it, rapid and wild, hurried into her brain; but she was satisfied with none. Those that best pleased her, as placing his conduct in the noblest light, seemed most improbable. She could not bear such suspense; and hastily seizing a sheet of paper, wrote a short letter to her aunt, to request an explanation of what Lydia had dropt, if it were compatible with the secrecy which had been intended. "You may readily comprehend," she added, "what my curiosity must be to know how a person unconnected with any of us, and (comparatively speaking) a stranger to our family, should have been amongst you at such a time. Pray write instantly, and let me understand it--unless it is, for very cogent reasons, to remain in the secrecy which Lydia seems to think necessary; and then I must endeavour to be satisfied with ignorance." "Not that I _shall_, though," she added to herself, as she finished the letter; "and my dear aunt, if you do not tell me in an honourable manner, I shall certainly be reduced to tricks and stratagems to find it out." Jane's delicate sense of honour would not allow her to speak to Elizabeth privately of what Lydia had let fall; Elizabeth was glad of it;--till it appeared whether her inquiries would receive any satisfaction, she had rather be without a confidante.

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Elizabeth had the satisfaction of receiving an answer to her letter as soon as she possibly could. She was no sooner in possession of it than, hurrying into the little copse, where she was least likely to be interrupted, she sat down on one of the benches and prepared to be happy; for the length of the letter convinced her that it did not contain a denial. "Gracechurch street, Sept. 6. "MY DEAR NIECE, "I have just received your letter, and shall devote this whole morning to answering it, as I foresee that a _little_ writing will not comprise what I have to tell you. I must confess myself surprised by your application; I did not expect it from _you_. Don't think me angry, however, for I only mean to let you know that I had not imagined such inquiries to be necessary on _your_ side. If you do not choose to understand me, forgive my impertinence. Your uncle is as much surprised as I am—and nothing but the belief of your being a party concerned would have allowed him to act as he has done. But if you are really innocent and ignorant, I must be more explicit. "On the very day of my coming home from Longbourn, your uncle had a most unexpected visitor. Mr. Darcy called, and was shut up with him several hours. It was all over before I arrived; so my curiosity was not so dreadfully racked as _your's_ seems to have been. He came to tell Mr. Gardiner that he had found out where your sister and Mr. Wickham were, and that he had seen and talked with them both; Wickham repeatedly, Lydia once. From what I can collect, he left Derbyshire only one day after ourselves, and came to town with the resolution of hunting for them. The motive professed was his conviction of its being owing to himself that Wickham's worthlessness had not been so well known as to make it impossible for any young woman of character to love or confide in him. He generously imputed the whole to his mistaken pride, and confessed that he had before thought it beneath him to lay his private actions open to the world. His character was to speak for itself. He called it, therefore, his duty to step forward, and endeavour to remedy an evil which had been brought on by himself. If he _had another_ motive, I am sure it would never disgrace him. He had been some days in town, before he was

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able to discover them; but he had something to direct his search, which was more than _we_ had; and the consciousness of this was another reason for his resolving to follow us. "There is a lady, it seems, a Mrs. Younge, who was some time ago governess to Miss Darcy, and was dismissed from her charge on some cause of disapprobation, though he did not say what. She then took a large house in Edward-street, and has since maintained herself by letting lodgings. This Mrs. Younge was, he knew, intimately acquainted with Wickham; and he went to her for intelligence of him as soon as he got to town. But it was two or three days before he could get from her what he wanted. She would not betray her trust, I suppose, without bribery and corruption, for she really did know where her friend was to be found. Wickham indeed had gone to her on their first arrival in London, and had she been able to receive them into her house, they would have taken up their abode with her. At length, however, our kind friend procured the wished-for direction. They were in ---- street. He saw Wickham, and afterwards insisted on seeing Lydia. His first object with her, he acknowledged, had been to persuade her to quit her present disgraceful situation, and return to her friends as soon as they could be prevailed on to receive her, offering his assistance, as far as it would go. But he found Lydia absolutely resolved on remaining where she was. She cared for none of her friends; she wanted no help of his; she would not hear of leaving Wickham. She was sure they should be married some time or other, and it did not much signify when. Since such were her feelings, it only remained, he thought, to secure and expedite a marriage, which, in his very first conversation with Wickham, he easily learnt had never been _his_ design. He confessed himself obliged to leave the regiment, on account of some debts of honour, which were very pressing; and scrupled not to lay all the ill-consequences of Lydia's flight on her own folly alone. He meant to resign his commission immediately; and as to his future situation, he could conjecture very little about it. He must go somewhere, but he did not know where, and he knew he should have nothing to live on. "Mr. Darcy asked him why he had not married your sister at once. Though Mr. Bennet was not imagined to be very rich, he would have been able to do something for him, and his situation must have been benefited by marriage. But he found, in reply to this question, that Wickham still cherished the hope of more effectually making his fortune by marriage in some other country. Under such circumstances, however, he was not likely to be proof against the temptation of immediate relief. "They met several times, for there was much to be discussed. Wickham of course wanted more than he could get; but at length was reduced to be reasonable. "Every thing being settled between _them_, Mr. Darcy's next step was to make your uncle acquainted with it, and he first called in Gracechurch street the evening before I came home. But Mr. Gardiner could not be seen, and Mr. Darcy found, on further inquiry, that your father was still with him, but would quit town the next morning. He did not judge your father to be a person whom he could so properly consult as your uncle, and therefore readily postponed seeing him till after the departure of the former. He did not leave his name, and till the next day it was only known that a gentleman had called on business. "On Saturday he came again. Your father was gone, your uncle at home, and, as I said before, they had a great deal of talk together. "They met again on Sunday, and then _I_ saw him too. It was not all settled before Monday: as soon as it was, the express was sent off to Longbourn. But our visitor was very obstinate. I fancy, Lizzy, that obstinacy is the real defect of his character, after all. He has been accused of many faults at different times, but _this_ is the true one. Nothing was to be done that he did not do himself; though I am sure (and I do not speak it to be thanked, therefore say nothing about it), your uncle would most readily have settled the whole. "They battled it together for a long time, which was more than either the gentleman or lady concerned in it deserved. But at last your uncle was forced to yield, and instead of being allowed to be of use to his niece, was forced to put up with only having the probable credit of it, which went sorely against the grain; and I really believe your letter this morning gave him great pleasure, because it required an explanation that would rob him of his borrowed feathers, and give the praise where it was due. But, Lizzy, this must go no farther than yourself, or Jane at most. "You know pretty well, I suppose, what has been done for the young people. His debts are to be paid, amounting, I believe, to considerably more than a thousand pounds, another thousand in addition to her own settled upon _her_, and his commission purchased. The reason why all this was to be done by him alone, was such as I have given above. It was owing to him, to his reserve and want of proper consideration, that Wickham's character had been so misunderstood, and consequently that he had been received and noticed as he was. Perhaps there was some truth in _this_; though I doubt whether _his_ reserve, or _anybody's_ reserve, can be answerable for the event. But in spite of all this fine talking, my dear Lizzy, you may rest perfectly assured that your uncle would never have yielded, if we had not given him credit for _another interest_ in the affair.
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and as Lydia informed you. done much. and all the unhappiness she had brought on her family." The contents of this letter threw Elizabeth into a flutter of spirits. he had liberality. The vague and unsettled suspicions which uncertainty had produced of what Mr. I thought him very sly. would be the very thing. But it was a hope shortly checked by other considerations. by some one's approach.english-area. He had done all this for a girl whom he could neither regard nor esteem. She was ashamed to think how much. if I had not perceived. persuade. For herself she was humbled. though mixed with regret. A low phaeton. which asked no extraordinary stretch of belief. she was overtaken by Wickham. she could. who were still staying at Pemberley. my dear Lizzy. but then I recollected my dear Elizabeth and Jane. "But I must write no more. but she was proud of him. and all money matters were then to receive the last finish.--he hardly ever mentioned your name. _He_ was exactly what he had been. She was roused from her seat. But slyness seems the fashion. as he joined her. His understanding and opinions all please me. and _that_. when required to depend on his affection for her --for a woman who had already refused him--as able to overcome a sentiment so natural as abhorrence against relationship with Wickham. She read over her aunt's commendation of him again and again. his wife may teach him. it was by good luck. "Yours. I was sometimes quite provoked. frequently meet. in which supplication had been necessary to a woman whom he must abominate and despise. The children have been wanting me this half hour. every thing. attended the wedding. to know that they were under obligations to a person who could never receive a return. believe that remaining partiality for her might assist his endeavours in a cause where her peace of mind must be materially concerned. and was to leave town again on Wednesday or Thursday. and her reflections. and before she could strike into another path. my dear sister?" said he. he returned again to his friends. or at least do not punish me so far as to exclude me from P. Lydia came to us. Darcy was punctual in his return. I hope at least it will not afford you any displeasure. very sincerely. and for their sakes had patience with her. but I would not tell you how little I was satisfied with her behaviour while she staid with us. They owed the restoration of Lydia. to be sure. Oh! how heartily did she grieve over every ungracious sensation she had ever encouraged. when I knew him in Hertfordshire. exceedingly painful. reason with. representing to her all the wickedness of what she had done.com "When all this was resolved on. if I take this opportunity of saying (what I was never bold enough to say before) how much I like him. "I am afraid I interrupt your solitary ramble. he had been able to get the better of himself. I shall never be quite happy till I have been all round the park.www. and she soon felt that even her vanity was insufficient. Darcy and herself. Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her. and Wickham had constant admission to the house. and whose very name it was punishment to him to pronounce. her character. and where he was reduced to meet. for I am sure she did not listen. It was reasonable that he should feel he had been wrong. If she heard me. which she had feared to encourage as an exertion of goodness too great to be probable. "I believe I have now told you every thing. with a nice little pair of ponies. Darcy might have been doing to forward her sister's match. His behaviour to us has. by Jane's letter last Wednesday. in every respect. on finding how steadfastly both she and her uncle had been persuaded that affection and confidence subsisted between Mr. but it was agreed that he should be in London once more when the wedding took place. but it pleased her. and at the same time dreaded to be just. if he marry _prudently_. She was even sensible of some pleasure. been as pleasing as when we were in Derbyshire. "Mr. and therefore what I now tell you can give you no fresh pain. were proved beyond their greatest extent to be true! He had followed them purposely to town. It is a relation which you tell me is to give you great surprise. the man whom he always most wished to avoid. "Pray forgive me if I have been very presuming. It was hardly enough. GARDINER. he wants nothing but a little more liveliness. I talked to her repeatedly in the most serious manner. and finally bribe. Brother-in-law of Wickham! Every kind of pride must revolt from the connection. "M. in which it was difficult to determine whether pleasure or pain bore the greatest share. and though she would not place herself as his principal inducement. to him. he had taken on himself all the trouble and mortification attendant on such a research. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 122 . every saucy speech she had ever directed towards him. and he had the means of exercising it. from the pain of obligation. He had. Proud that in a cause of compassion and honour. It was painful. But he had given a reason for his interference. Will you be very angry with me. He dined with us the next day. perhaps. that her conduct on coming home was exactly of a piece with it.

Bennet and Lydia are going in the carriage to Meryton. if it were." "And do you like her?" "Very much." "I dare say she will." "Yes. We passed each other several times." "It must be something "Undoubtedly. said: Elizabeth hoped she had silenced him." A most delightful place!--Excellent Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 123 . and now we are better. and at the will of the present patron." "Perhaps preparing for his marriage with Miss de Bourgh. that she is uncommonly improved within this year or two. he introduced us to his sister." "How should you have liked making sermons?" "Exceedingly well. to be sure. I suppose? Poor Reynolds. "but it does not follow that the interruption must be unwelcome. One ought not to repine. We were always good friends." "True. when you were in Kent?" "I have heard from authority." "Certainly. to take him there at this time of year. And so. I told you so from the first." said Elizabeth.com "You certainly do. Did you ever hear Darcy mention the circumstance. you know. indeed." "I should be sorry indeed. because it is the living which I ought to have had. or else I could take it in my way to Newcastle. which I thought _as good_. I find. But of course she did not mention my name to you. and yet I believe it would be too much for me." She replied in the affirmative. the retirement of such a life would have answered all my ideas of happiness! But it was not to be. I wonder what he can be doing there. I hope she will turn out well." "I have heard. "I almost envy you the pleasure. and the exertion would soon have been nothing. biting his lips.--but. and she was afraid had --not turned out well. At such a distance as _that_." "Yes." he replied. Mrs." "Did you go by the village of Kympton?" "I do not recollect that we did." "I mention it. When I last saw her. Are the others coming out?" "I do not know. she has got over the most trying age. Parsonage House! It would have suited me in every respect." she replied with a smile. particular. she was not very promising." "You have. she did. things are strangely misrepresented.www. I should have considered it as part of my duty. you may remember. it would have been such a thing for me! The quiet. from our uncle and aunt. there was something in _that_. that you have actually seen Pemberley." "And what did she say?" "That you were gone into the army. but he soon afterwards "I was surprised to see Darcy in town last month. my dear sister. she was always very fond of me. Yes. And you saw the old housekeeper.english-area. that it was left you conditionally only. Did you see him while you were at Lambton? I thought I understood from the Gardiners that you had. I am very glad you liked her.

Bennet very dull for several days." "It is no such thing. And who knows what _may_ happen? But that is nothing to us. I am prodigiously proud of him. she would not have gone so soon. "Well." In She held out her hand. Wickham. by introducing the subject of it. Wickham was so perfectly satisfied with this conversation that he never again distressed himself. though he hardly knew how to look. though. and that the business had been compromised accordingly. for she had walked fast to get rid of him. forlorn without them. and Mrs. we agreed long ago never to mention a word about it. future. and unwilling. Not that I care about it. They will have nothing else to do. but only because her husband's regiment happens to be so far off." "You did! and it was not wholly without foundation.english-area. is it quite certain he is coming?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 124 . But you know married women have never much time for writing." said she. Mr.com "I _did_ hear." Mr. he kissed it with affectionate gallantry. He simpers. Not these two or three years. "It must make you better satisfied that your other four are single. as her husband by no means entered into her scheme of their all going to Newcastle. you know. was likely to continue at least a twelvemonth. and they entered the house. Bingley is coming down. and her mind opened again to the agitation of hope. too. "I often think. who was coming down in a day or two." The loss of her daughter made Mrs. Wickham's adieus were much more affectionate than his wife's. "He is as fine a fellow. with a good-humoured smile: "Come. My sisters may write to _me_. and smirks. She looked at Jane. and so Mr. "as ever I saw. If that had been nearer." One seems so "This is the consequence. Chapter 53 Mr. as soon as they were out of the house." But the spiritless condition which this event threw her into was shortly relieved." "As often as I can. you know. to provoke him. The housekeeper at Netherfield had received orders to prepare for the arrival of her master. my dear. we are brother and sister. that there was a time. But. "that there is nothing so bad as parting with one's friends. when sermon-making was not so palatable to you as it seems to be at present." "Write to me very often. "Well. however. sister.www. Do not let us quarrel about the past. she only said in reply. Bennet." said Elizabeth." she cried. if he likes it. well. He is nothing to us. looked handsome. he is very welcome to come to Netherfield. to shoot there for several weeks. And so. so much the better. lord! I don't know." said Mr. Lydia does not leave me because she is married. for her sister's sake. you see. that you actually declared your resolution of never taking orders. "Oh! my dear Lydia. "when shall we meet again?" "Oh. Phillips first brought her the news). or provoked his dear sister Elizabeth. and said many pretty things. Mrs. Madam. and smiled and shook her head by turns." They were now almost at the door of the house. You may remember what I told you on that point." (for Mrs. and makes love to us all. and I am sure _I_ never want to see him again. Bennet was quite in the fidgets. He smiled. Bennet was forced to submit to a separation. and she was pleased to find that she had said enough to keep him quiet. I defy even Sir William Lucas himself to produce a more valuable son-in-law. The day of his and Lydia's departure soon came. of marrying a daughter. You know. perhaps. which. when first we talked of it. sister. by an article of news which then began to be in circulation. I hope we shall be always of one mind.

" replied Elizabeth. We must have Mrs. He knows where we live." replied the other. but she does not know. because we shall see the less of him. Happy shall I be. Elizabeth could easily perceive that her spirits were affected by it. "that this poor man cannot come to a house which he has legally hired. how much I suffer from what she says. But on the third morning after his arrival in Hertfordshire. "you will wait on him of course. in consequence of it." said Jane to her sister. That will make thirteen with ourselves. she saw him. enter the paddock and ride towards the house. It was many months since she had mentioned his name to Elizabeth." Consoled by this resolution.www." "Well. she was the better able to bear her husband's incivility. I was only confused for the moment. but she still thought him partial to Jane. no one can know. and she has got three couple of ducks just fit to be killed. was now brought forward again. she might have supposed him capable of coming there with no other view than what was acknowledged. I will not spend my hours in running after my neighbours every time they go away and come back again." His wife represented to him how absolutely necessary such an attention would be from all the neighbouring gentlemen. and she wavered as to the greater probability of his coming there _with_ his friend's permission. that he comes alone. Nicholls was in Meryton last night. You forced me into visiting him last year. Not that I am afraid of _myself_. "but it is wholly out of my power.com "You may depend on it. she said: "I saw you look at me to-day. when my aunt told us of the present report." Miss Bennet had not been able to hear of his coming without changing colour." Mr. She counted the days that must intervene before their invitation could be sent. I saw her passing by. But. "Yet it is hard. before _they_ did. but now. and she told me that it was certain true. Lizzy. on purpose to order in some meat on Wednesday. "for Mrs. if I went to see him. My mother means well. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 125 . and I know I appeared distressed. Bingley arrived. than she had often seen them. Had she not seen him in Derbyshire. when his stay at Netherfield is over!" "I wish I could say anything to comfort you. Bennet. and I will not be sent on a fool's errand again. Bingley. though it was very mortifying to know that her neighbours might all see Mr. no. that shan't prevent my asking him to dine here. and promised. The subject which had been so warmly canvassed between their parents. "'Tis an etiquette I despise." said he. let him seek it. because I felt that I _should_ be looked at." In spite of what her sister declared. all I know is. however. that it will be abominably rude if you do not wait on him. about a twelvemonth ago. She was going to the butcher's. I am glad of one thing. or being bold enough to come without it. I am determined. As the day of his arrival drew near: "I begin to be sorry that he comes at all. very likely on Wednesday." Elizabeth did not know what to make of it. They were more disturbed. through the assistance of servants. so there will be just room at table for him. because you have always so much. but I can hardly bear to hear it thus perpetually talked of. my dear." "No. Long and the Gouldings soon. He comes down on Thursday at the latest. and went out myself on purpose to know the truth of it. But don't imagine it was from any silly cause. that the period of anxiety and fretfulness on her side might be as long as it could. I could see him with perfect indifference. and really believed to be her feelings in the expectation of his arrival. on his returning to Netherfield. I do assure you that the news does not affect me either with pleasure or pain. hopeless of seeing him before." she sometimes thought. she told me.english-area." said Mrs. But it ended in nothing. Bennet. "It would be nothing. from her dressing-room window. contrived to have the earliest tidings of it. as soon as they were alone together. but I dread other people's remarks. You must feel it. Mrs. "As soon as ever Mr. he should marry one of my daughters. "If he wants our society. Bingley comes. without raising all this speculation! I _will_ leave him to himself. more unequal. and the usual satisfaction of preaching patience to a sufferer is denied me.

" Jane looked at Elizabeth with surprise and concern. She was disappointed.com Her daughters were eagerly called to partake of her joy.english-area. Bennet with a degree of civility which made her two daughters ashamed. if not quite so tender. "it looks just like that man that used to be with him before. Darcy with him. and whose merit she had undervalued. to satisfy her mother. what's-his-name. she thought. was almost equal to what she had known on first witnessing his altered behaviour in Derbyshire. any friend of Mr. That tall. and sat down again to her work. as she thought for that space of time that his affection and wishes must still be unshaken. proud man. Both sisters were uncomfortable enough. and of course for themselves. and with a propriety of behaviour equally free from any symptom of resentment or any unnecessary complaisance. he could be only a man whose proposals she had refused. She had ventured only one glance at Darcy. to be sure. and therefore felt for the awkwardness which must attend her sister. conjecture. striving to be composed. but to her own more extensive information. returned for half a minute with an additional glow. and voluntarily seeking her again. in seeing him almost for the first time after receiving his explanatory letter.--she saw Mr. There he had talked to her friends. but not an improbable." She sat intently at work. But she would not be secure. More thoughtfulness and less anxiety to please. especially when contrasted with the cold and ceremonious politeness of her curtsey and address to his friend. and Mrs. went to the window--she looked. particularly. and frequently on no object but the ground. Her astonishment at his coming--at his coming to Netherfield. Well. But Elizabeth had sources of uneasiness which could not be suspected by Jane. and. he was the person to whom the whole family were indebted for the first of benefits. I am sure I do not know. but else I must say that I hate the very sight of him. she raised he eyes to his face. Jane resolutely kept her place at the table. but it had not been so in Derbyshire. more as he had been used to look in Hertfordshire. after inquiring of her how Mr. and her resolution to be civil to him only as Mr. "it will then be early enough for expectation. said scarcely anything. Mr. The colour which had been driven from her face. or to relate her own change of sentiment towards him. Elizabeth said as little to either as civility would allow. "There is a gentleman with him. perhaps that was the reason of his silence. Bingley. yet she received them with tolerable ease. than when they last met. but more sedate than Elizabeth had expected. Darcy. and whom she regarded herself with an interest. Elizabeth. without being heard by either of them. Bingley's will always be welcome here. Darcy!--and so it does. Jane looked a little paler than usual. But. she as often found him looking at Jane as at herself.www. and in that short period saw him looking both pleased and embarrassed. He was not seated by her. she had likewise seen for an instant. unable to resist the impulse of curiosity. To Jane. But now several minutes elapsed without bringing the sound of his voice. but Elizabeth. Gardiner did. She knew but little of their meeting in Derbyshire. who knew that her mother owed to the latter the preservation of her favourite daughter from irremediable infamy. were plainly expressed. her colour increased. and sat down again by her sister. Gardiner's letter. He looked serious. "Yet why did he come?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 126 . On the gentlemen's appearing." "La!" replied Kitty. at least as reasonable and just as what Jane felt for Bingley. as usual. to whom she had never yet had courage to shew Mrs. than as she had seen him at Pemberley." said Kitty. till anxious curiosity carried them to the face of her sister as the servant was approaching the door. Each felt for the other. when he could not to herself. It was a painful. mamma. was hurt and distressed to a most painful degree by a distinction so ill applied. and without daring to lift up her eyes. "Could I expect it to be otherwise!" said she. of her dislike of Mr. "who can it be?" "Some acquaintance or other. my dear. to Longbourn. I suppose. and when occasionally. I vow. He was received by Mrs. perhaps he could not in her mother's presence be what he was before her uncle and aunt. "Let me first see how he behaves. and a smile of delight added lustre to her eyes. and angry with herself for being so." said she." "Good gracious! Mr. Darcy. Bingley's friend. a question which she could not answer without confusion. and their mother talked on. with an eagerness which it did not often command.

since you went away. since you went away. Their society can afford no pleasure that will atone for such wretchedness as this! Let me never see either one or the other again!" Yet the misery. and she asked Bingley whether he meant to make any stay in the country at present. Bingley. and they were invited and engaged to dine at Longbourn in a few days time. Darcy. and as unaffected. and will save all the best of the covies for you. that she could hardly keep her seat. it is very hard to have her taken such a way from me. you promised to take a family dinner with us. "The first wish of my heart. at such unnecessary. from observing how much the beauty of her sister re-kindled the admiration of her former lover. Elizabeth dared not lift up her eyes. It was in The Times and The Courier. and there they are to stay I do not know how long." she added. such officious attention! Were the same fair prospect to arise at present as had flattered them a year ago.www. though it was not put in as it ought to be. Did you see it?" Bingley replied that he did. "for when you went to town last winter. or the place where she lived. for I suppose you have heard of his leaving the ----shire. however." said Mrs. People _did_ say you meant to quit the place entirely at Michaelmas. He readily agreed to it. or satisfy the appetite and pride of one who had ten thousand a year. she was persuaded. It was my brother Gardiner's drawing up too." said she to herself. and said something of his concern at having been prevented by business. and to him she had hardly courage to speak. therefore. Bennet's manor. It was only said. she could not tell. and I assure you. They then went away. Bingley. and shoot as many as you please on Mr. I was very much disappointed that you did not come back and keep your engagement. but. you see. but every five minutes seemed to be giving her more of his attention." Bingley looked a little silly at this reflection. who knew this to be levelled at Mr. At that instant. 'Lately. A great many changes have happened in the neighbourhood. that she did not always know when she was silent. as soon as you returned. would be hastening to the same vexatious conclusion. She inquired after his sister. Jane was anxious that no difference should be perceived in her at all. to Miss Lydia Bennet. though perhaps not so many as he deserves. Thank Heaven! he has _some_ friends. every thing. Mr. "I began to be afraid you would never come back again.english-area. he believed. but could do no more. Mr. Miss Lucas is married and settled. But her mind was so busily engaged. and of his being gone into the regulars. to have a daughter well married. though not quite so chatty. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 127 . and was really persuaded that she talked as much as ever." Elizabeth's misery increased. the exertion of speaking. Bingley. "It is a long time. "but at the same time. was in such misery of shame. but. And one of my own daughters. for which years of happiness were to offer no compensation. I know. Bennet had been strongly inclined to ask them to stay and dine there that day. as good natured. When the gentlemen rose to go away. I hope it is not true. and I wonder how he came to make such an awkward business of it. George Wickham. it seems. I have not forgot." said her mother. It drew from her. to be sure. I suppose you have heard of it. Mrs.' without there being a syllable said of her father. "You are quite a visit in my debt. A few weeks. "When you have killed all your own birds. I am sure he will be vastly happy to oblige you. "I beg you will come here. or anything. How Mr. Bennet. "It is a delightful thing. a place quite northward." continued her mother. and made his congratulations." Elizabeth. received soon afterwards material relief. He found her as handsome as she had been last year. Mrs. Bingley. she did not think anything less than two courses could be good enough for a man on whom she had such anxious designs. she felt that years of happiness could not make Jane or herself amends for moments of such painful confusion. Bennet was mindful of her intended civility. which nothing else had so effectually done before. indeed. His regiment is there. though she always kept a very good table. he had spoken to her but little. They are gone down to Newcastle. Darcy looked. you must have seen it in the papers. When first he came in. however. "is never more to be in company with either of them. Esq. Mr. Mr.com She was in no humour for conversation with anyone but himself.

on both sides. His behaviour to her sister was such. who joined her with a cheerful look." "Yes. Mr.english-area. He placed himself by her. "Why. "If he does not come to me. she yet received pleasure from observing his behaviour. take care. forbore to invite him to sit by herself." The gentlemen came. Anxious and uneasy. were in very good time. Bennet. by her sister. I know my own strength. or in other words. On Tuesday there was a large party assembled at Longbourn. if he came only to be silent. "Now. Darcy was almost as far from her as the table could divide them. She knew how little such a situation would give pleasure to either. I am glad he dines here on Tuesday. Though she dared not depend upon the consequence. and why not to me? If he fears me. She was in hopes that the evening would afford some opportunity of bringing them together. alas! the ladies had crowded round the table. and how formal and cold was their manner whenever they did. On entering the room. and she would. "I shall give him up for ever. and indifferent. before the gentlemen came. very indifferent indeed. but. which showed her better satisfied with their visitors. was giving way to all the happy schemes. to my uncle and aunt." "My dear Lizzy. "did he come at all?" She could settle it in no way that gave her pleasure. It gave her all the animation that her spirits could boast. which. which. Her prudent mother. and she thought he looked as if he would have answered her hopes. but she could see how seldom they spoke to each other." said Elizabeth. and the two who were most anxiously expected. and she would have imagined that Bingley had received his sanction to be happy. occupied by the same ideas. I feel perfectly easy. and Elizabeth pouring out the coffee. have given anything to be privileged to tell him that his kindness was neither unknown nor unfelt by the whole of the family. the period which passed in the drawing-room. He bore it with noble indifference. you cannot think me so weak. and I shall never be embarrassed again by his coming. though more guarded than formerly." said she. to dwell without interruption on those subjects that must deaden them more. She was not near enough to hear any of their discourse. during dinner time. had she not seen his eyes likewise turned towards Mr. Elizabeth. at times. or make either appear to advantage. Jane. as to be in danger now?" "I think you are in very great danger of making him as much in love with you as ever. grave. Jane's happiness. for she was in no cheerful humour. in the meanwhile. Darcy. looked towards his friend. which the good humour and common politeness of Bingley. and his own. was wearisome and dull to a degree that almost made her uncivil. and Mrs. and happened to smile: it was decided. when he was in town. had revived. that if left wholly to himself. laughingly. "that this first meeting is over. than Elizabeth. Her mother's ungraciousness.www.com Chapter 54 As soon as they were gone. in so close a confederacy that there was not a single vacancy near her which would admit of a Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 128 ." said she. He was on one side of her mother. had belonged to him. but Jane happened to look round. When they repaired to the dining-room. "Oh. She looked forward to their entrance as the point on which all her chance of pleasure for the evening must depend. Mr. still pleasing. that the whole of the visit would not pass away without enabling them to enter into something more of conversation than the mere ceremonious salutation attending his entrance. to the credit of their punctuality as sportsmen. with an expression of half-laughing alarm. why silent? Teasing. he seemed to hesitate. persuaded Elizabeth. in half an hour's visit." ***** They did not see the gentlemen again till Tuesday. teasing. _then_. made the sense of what they owed him more painful to Elizabeth's mind. "He could be still amiable. Elizabeth eagerly watched tosee whether Bingley would take the place. It will then be publicly seen that." said she. would be speedily secured. man! I will think no more about him." Her resolution was for a short time involuntarily kept by the approach of her sister. as showed an admiration of her. Elizabeth walked out to recover her spirits. we meet only as common and indifferent acquaintance. in all their former parties. with a triumphant sensation. where Miss Bennet was making tea. why come hither? If he no longer cares for me. Darcy's behaviour astonished and vexed her.

and Elizabeth was then hoping to be soon joined by him." "And quite alone? Have all her friends left her?" "Mrs. Long is as good a creature as ever lived--and her nieces are very pretty behaved girls. envied everyone to whom he spoke. that the partridges were remarkably well done. that he never had any design of engaging my affection. we shall have her at Netherfield at last." She could think of nothing more to say. I do think Mrs. she had seen enough of Bingley's behaviour to Jane. but that his eyes were so often turned towards her side of the room. when in a happy humour. however. in a whisper: "The men shan't come and part us." said Miss Bennet to Elizabeth. and. It is only that he is blessed with greater sweetness of address. were so far beyond reason. The venison was roasted to a turn—and everybody said they never saw so fat a haunch. I assure you. and the card-tables placed. to be convinced that she would get him at last. and she seized the opportunity of saying: "Is your sister at Pemberley still?" "Yes. I assure you that I have now learnt to enjoy his conversation as an agreeable and sensible young man. It mortifies me. "It has been a very agreeable day. that she was quite disappointed at not seeing him there again the next day." "You are very cruel. Darcy acknowledged.com chair. "The party seemed so well selected. I am perfectly satisfied. for some minutes. They were confined for the evening at different tables. so suitable one with the other." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 129 . I never saw you look in greater beauty. and not at all handsome: I like them prodigiously. as to make him play as unsuccessfully as herself. was in very great spirits. And on the gentlemen's approaching. in short. Mrs. We want none of them. The others have been gone on to Scarborough. however. in silence." said her sister. I hope we may often meet again. and a stronger desire of generally pleasing. for I asked her whether you did not. the ladies all rose. And what do you think she said besides? 'Ah! Mrs. but if he wished to converse with her." said she. do we?" Darcy had walked away to another part of the room. and in a few moments after seated with the rest of the party. than any other man. and are provoking me to it every moment. and then was enraged against herself for being so silly! "A man who has once been refused! How could I ever be foolish enough to expect a renewal of his love? Is there one among the sex. "What say you to the day? I think every thing has passed off uncommonly well. you must not do so. at last. without having a wish beyond it." Elizabeth smiled. and her expectations of advantage to her family.www. to make his proposals. When the tea-things were removed. he might have better success. he walked away. my dear Jane. on the young lady's whispering to Elizabeth again. I am determined.' She did indeed. when all her views were overthrown by seeing him fall a victim to her mother's rapacity for whist players. and she had no opportunity of detaining them. "Lizzy. The dinner was as well dressed as any I ever saw. "Well girls. who would not protest against such a weakness as a second proposal to the same woman? There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings!" She was a little revived. Bennet had designed to keep the two Netherfield gentlemen to supper. You must not suspect me. and even Mr. and she had nothing to hope. Long said so too. but their carriage was unluckily ordered before any of the others. and said. Mrs. from what his manners now are. had scarcely patience enough to help anybody to coffee.english-area. Bennet. Bennet. "you will not let me smile." Mrs. by his bringing back his coffee cup himself. these three weeks. She followed him with her eyes. as soon as they were left to themselves. one of the girls moved closer to her than ever. And. and I suppose he has two or three French cooks at least. The soup was fifty times better than what we had at the Lucases' last week. He stood by her. She now lost every expectation of pleasure. Annesley is with her. she will remain there till Christmas.

and her entreaty that _she_ would not give in to it." Elizabeth made no attempt to reason with her mother. Sarah. We all love to instruct. she suddenly got up. nothing. my dear?" But when her mother was gone. and with her hair half finished. Bingley was every thing that was charming. "We may as well leave them by themselves you know. Bingley called again.www.." Chapter 55 A few days after this visit. and in such very good time that the ladies were none of them dressed. I want to speak to you. Here. etc. with many expressions of concern. and her invitation was accepted with alacrity. and was in remarkably good spirits. and if you persist in indifference. my dear. and Mary went up stairs to her instrument. Never mind Miss Lizzy's hair. His friend had left him that morning for London. and if she would give him leave." She then sat still five minutes longer. "I hope we shall be more lucky. be quick! Where is your sash.english-area. Bennet retired to the library. except the professed lover of her daughter. indeed. Bennet's schemes for this day were ineffectual." said Jane." He should be particularly happy at any time. In ran Mrs. would take an early opportunity of waiting on them. "Kitty and I are going upstairs to sit in my dressing-room. Forgive me. He is. "but I dare say Kitty is forwarder than either of us. and when at last Kitty did. The same anxiety to get them by themselves was visible again in the evening. he had no engagement at all for to-morrow. as was his custom. He came. "What is the matter mamma? What do you keep winking at me for? What am I to do?" "Nothing child. He is come--Mr. Elizabeth would not observe her. make haste. as soon as she was in the hall. I want to speak with you. and he bore with the ill-judged officiousness of the mother. Make haste. "Can you come to-morrow?" Yes." said her mother. without making any impression on them. he confessed himself engaged elsewhere." took her out of the room. Bennet invited him to dine with them. In a few minutes.com "How hard it is in some cases to be believed!" "And how impossible in others!" "But why should you wish to persuade me that I feel more than I acknowledge?" "That is a question which I hardly know how to answer. and heard all her silly remarks with a forbearance and command of countenance particularly grateful to the daughter. but. Bingley is come. do not make me your confidante. etc. Mrs. but unable to waste such a precious occasion. Mr. Two obstacles of the five being thus removed. till she and Kitty were out of sight. I did not wink at you. His ease and cheerfulness rendered him a most agreeable addition to their evening party. for she went up stairs half an hour ago. in her dressing gown. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 130 . crying out: "My dear Jane. and alone." said she. Jane instantly gave a look at Elizabeth which spoke her distress at such premeditation. Bennet sat looking and winking at Elizabeth and Catherine for a considerable time. make haste and hurry down. then returned into the drawing-room. my love. but remained quietly in the hall. After tea. but was to return home in ten days time. He sat with them above an hour." Elizabeth was forced to go. and saying to Kitty. though we can teach only what is not worth knowing." "Oh! hang Kitty! what has she to do with it? Come be quick. Jane would not be prevailed on to go down without one of her sisters. Mr. "Next time you call. Bennet half-opened the door and called out: "Lizzy. and help her on with her gown. Mrs. she very innocently said. Mrs. Mrs. Bennet to her daughter's room. "Come here." "We will be down as soon as we can. come to Miss Bennet this moment.

chiefly through his own and Mrs. He is gone to my father already. but Elizabeth went to bed in the happy belief that all must speedily be concluded. with the liveliest emotion. would have told it all. and less eccentric. who as well as the other had sat down. to her infinite surprise. Bennet's invention was again at work to get every body away from him and her daughter. coming up to her. Bennet spent the morning together. "'Tis too much!" she added. Seriously. Jane said no more of her indifference.com He scarcely needed an invitation to stay supper. They shook hands with great cordiality. she perceived her sister and Bingley standing together over the hearth. wisest. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 131 . or allow her to hear it from anyone but myself. and in the evening Mrs. to know that what I have to relate will give such pleasure to all my dear family! how shall I bear so much happiness!" She then hastened away to her mother. and he was more communicative. But on returning to the drawing-room. and. that she was the happiest creature in the world. as had been agreed on. or disgust him into silence.english-area. and had this led to no suspicion. that had given them so many previous months of suspense and vexation. She will be down in a moment." He then shut the door. than the other had ever seen him. when her letter was finished. ran out of the room. "by far too much. Oh! why is not everybody as happy?" Elizabeth's congratulations were given with a sincerity. Not a word passed between the sisters concerning Bingley. On opening the door. I dare say. she had to listen to all he had to say of his own happiness. and super-excellent disposition of Jane. an engagement was formed. Bennet's means. "I must go instantly to my mother. and a general similarity of feeling and taste between her and himself. she felt tolerably persuaded that all this must have taken place with that gentleman's concurrence. Darcy returned within the stated time. Every sentence of kindness was a fresh source of happiness to Jane. and he and Mr. There was nothing of presumption or folly in Bingley that could provoke his ridicule. as they hastily turned round and moved away from each other. and of Jane's perfections. for as the others were all going to sit down to cards. there was reason to fear that her mother had been too ingenious for her. But she would not allow herself to stay with her sister. Elizabeth. where confidence would give pleasure. "And this. Elizabeth honestly and heartily expressed her delight in the prospect of their relationship. now smiled at the rapidity and ease with which an affair was finally settled. unless Mr. "is the end of all his friend's anxious circumspection! of all his sister's falsehood and contrivance! the happiest. she could not be wanted to counteract her mother's schemes. because they had for basis the excellent understanding. the faces of both. The latter was much more agreeable than his companion expected. but _her's_ she thought was still worse. who had purposely broken up the card party. "With my mother up stairs." said she. and instantly embracing her. who had a letter to write. suddenly rose. Elizabeth. Jane could have no reserves from Elizabeth. most reasonable end!" In a few minutes she was joined by Bingley. I do not deserve it. claimed the good wishes and affection of a sister. went into the breakfast room for that purpose soon after tea. as he opened the door. or say half that remained to be said for the present.www. and in spite of his being a lover. Elizabeth really believed all his expectations of felicity to be rationally founded. and whispering a few words to her sister. however. Bingley of course returned with him to dinner. After this day. till her sister came down. when Bingley. who was left by herself. Bingley was punctual to his appointment. "I would not on any account trifle with her affectionate solicitude. as if engaged in earnest conversation. Oh! Lizzy. a delight. and Elizabeth was on the point of going away again. whose conference with her father had been short and to the purpose. which words could but poorly express. Not a syllable was uttered by either." she cried. and then. for his coming next morning to shoot with her husband. and before he went away. "Where is your sister?" said he hastily. and was sitting up stairs with Kitty. acknowledged. Their situation was awkward enough. she saw. a warmth.

" Jane went to him instantly. that every servant will cheat you. the satisfaction of Miss Bennet's mind gave a glow of such sweet animation to her face. Jane was beyond competition her favourite child. Good girl! It would vex me.www. that you will always exceed your income. But when they see. had given him an invitation to dinner which he thought himself obliged to accept. "what are you talking of? Why. and nothing but a persuasion of _my_ being indifferent would have prevented his coming down again!" "He made a little mistake to be sure. I congratulate you. but as soon as he was gone. You are each of you so complying. and said: "Jane. indeed. for the pleasure of talking of her. dear Jane. Kitty simpered and smiled. he really loved me. that when he went to town last November. he has four or five thousand a year. however. she cared for no other. Bingley. as made her look handsomer than ever. "You are a good girl. Mary petitioned for the use of the library at Netherfield. They were certainly no friends to his acquaintance with me. till their visitor took his leave for the night. I have not a doubt of your doing very well together. Jane constantly sought the same means of relief. at last. Mrs. he always attached himself to Elizabeth. and the little value he put on his own good qualities. Bennet." "Exceed their income! My dear Mr." Then addressing her daughter. for while he was present. I was sure you could not be so beautiful for nothing! I remember. Imprudence or thoughtlessness in money matters would be unpardonable in me." he replied." "Would you believe it. and always remaining till after supper. "Oh! my dear. and so generous. Elizabeth had now but little time for conversation with her sister. he turned to his daughter. Not a word. though we can never be what we once were to each other. You will be a very happy woman. "He has made me so happy. Oh! he is the handsomest young man that ever was seen!" Wickham." said she. and we shall be on good terms again. and very likely more. I thought how likely it was that you should come together. they will learn to be contented.com It was an evening of no common delight to them all. as soon as ever I saw him. though Jane had the most generous and forgiving heart in the world. kissed him." said Elizabeth.english-area. that their brother is happy with me. was of course a daily visitor at Longbourn. since he might have chosen so much more advantageously in many respects. from this time. passed his lips in allusion to it. to see you again the dupe of Miss Bingley's pretended regard. Her younger sisters soon began to make interest with her for objects of happiness which she might in future be able to dispense. Lydia. for. I knew how it would be. which I cannot wonder at. and when Bingley was gone. "and I have great pleasure in thinking you will be so happily settled. that nothing will ever be resolved on. who could not be enough detested. as I trust they will." "I hope not so. Your tempers are by no means unlike. Jane had no attention to bestow on anyone else. Bennet joined them at supper. so easy. "by telling me that he was totally ignorant of my being in town last spring! I had not believed it possible." This naturally introduced a panegyric from Jane on his diffidence. I am so happy! I am sure I shan't get a wink of sleep all night. one evening. she knew it was a circumstance which must prejudice her against him." "I suspected as much. At that moment. Lizzy. and Kitty begged very hard for a few balls there every winter." cried his wife. his voice and manner plainly showed how really happy he was. when he first came into Hertfordshire last year." replied Elizabeth. and hoped her turn was coming soon. and thanked him for his goodness. "But how did he account for it?" "It must have been his sister's doing." "That is the most unforgiving speech. I always said it must be so. Bennet could not give her consent or speak her approbation in terms warm enough to satisfy her feelings. though she talked to Bingley of nothing else for half an hour. were all forgotten. but she found herself considerably useful to both of them in those hours of separation that must sometimes occur. and when Mr. Elizabeth was pleased to find that he had not betrayed the interference of his friend. In the absence of Jane. unless when some barbarous neighbour. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 132 . but it is to the credit of his modesty. "that I ever heard you utter. coming frequently before breakfast.

Chapter 56 One morning. and Mrs. Bennet assured her that they never sat there after dinner." returned Lady Catherine after a short silence. They were of course all intending to be surprised. Elizabeth had mentioned her name to her mother on her ladyship's entrance. Till I have your disposition." "You have a very small park here. But no letter appeared. and. and on the part of Mrs.english-area. I dare say. but I assure you it is much larger than Sir William Lucas's." The situation of affairs in the Longbourn family could not be long a secret. Bennet. "I hope you are well. but their astonishment was beyond their expectation. perhaps. and the conjectures of the remaining three continued. they had been generally proved to be marked out for misfortune. if I have very good luck. "Oh! Lizzy. Mrs. the windows are full west.www. Bennet was privileged to whisper it to Mrs. though she was perfectly unknown to them. As it was certain." Mrs. I may meet with another Mr. when Lydia had first run away. and she ventured. "And _that_ I suppose is one of your sisters. though with little satisfaction. Collins well." "Yes. I never could be so happy as you. Miss Bennet. no. were familiar to them. to do the same by all her neighbours in Meryton. Bingley instantly prevailed on Miss Bennet to avoid the confinement of such an intrusion. even inferior to what Elizabeth felt. and they perceived a chaise and four driving up the lawn. and blessed above them all! If I could but see _you_ as happy! If there _were_ but such another man for you!" "If you were to give me forty such men. It was Lady Catherine de Bourgh. why am I thus singled from my family. that somebody was coming. let me shift for myself. as he and the females of the family were sitting together in the dining-room. till the door was thrown open and their visitor entered. about a week after Bingley's engagement with Jane had been formed. is your mother. will soon become a part of the family. though flattered by having a guest of such high importance." "This must be a most inconvenient sitting room for the evening. Bennet. After sitting for a moment in silence. I never can have your happiness.com "I am certainly the most fortunate creature that ever existed!" cried Jane." Elizabeth replied very concisely that she was. very well. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 133 . nor the livery of the servant who preceded it. That lady. received her with the utmost politeness. as it seemed the only probable motive for her calling. and walk away with him into the shrubbery. their attention was suddenly drawn to the window. and my eldest is somewhere about the grounds. though no request of introduction had been made. she said very stiffly to Elizabeth. and sat down without saying a word. Mrs. No. and besides. It was too early in the morning for visitors. I saw them the night before last. "She is my youngest girl but one." said Mrs. I suppose. Bennet and Kitty. though only a few weeks before. walking with a young man who. delighted to speak to a Lady Catherine. My youngest of all is lately married. "It is nothing in comparison of Rosings. They both set off." "Yes. in summer. Phillips. Collins in time. my lady." Elizabeth now expected that she would produce a letter for her from Charlotte. The Bennets were speedily pronounced to be the luckiest family in the world. all amazement. and neither the carriage. madam. your goodness. and she was completely puzzled. and then added: "May I take the liberty of asking your ladyship whether you left Mr. the equipage did not answer to that of any of their neighbours. however. She entered the room with an air more than usually ungracious. I believe. made no other reply to Elizabeth's salutation than a slight inclination of the head. without any permission. The horses were post. by the sound of a carriage.

and running into her own room for her parasol. rising up. after a short survey. have made him forget what he owes to himself and to all his family. I shall be the last person to confess it. I instantly resolved on setting off for this place. but Lady Catherine very resolutely. made you an offer of marriage?" "Your ladyship has declared it to be impossible. though I would not injure him so much as to suppose the truth of it possible. to understand the reason of my journey hither." "This is not to be borne. that there is no foundation for it?" "I do not pretend to possess equal frankness with your ladyship. My character has ever been celebrated for its sincerity and frankness. What could your ladyship propose by it?" "At once to insist upon having such a report universally contradicted. As soon as they entered the copse. be soon afterwards united to my nephew. with great civility. my own nephew. in all likelihood. A report of a most alarming nature reached me two days ago. As they passed through the hall. I shall certainly not depart from it. "I wonder you took the trouble of coming so far. in an angry tone. but that you." "If I have." "And can you likewise declare." "Miss Bennet. if. as she looked in her face. Has he. Elizabeth was determined to make no effort for conversation with a woman who was now more than usually insolent and disagreeable." said Elizabeth.english-area." "If you believed it impossible to be true. Madam. I insist on being satisfied. you are mistaken." Elizabeth looked with unaffected astonishment. Your own heart. Lady Catherine began in the following manner:-"You can be at no loss. it must be so." Elizabeth obeyed. begged her ladyship to take some refreshment. declined eating anything. and in a cause of such moment as this." said Elizabeth coolly." "Your coming to Longbourn. that I am not to be trifled with. I have not been at all able to account for the honour of seeing you here. indeed. your own conscience. and not very politely. should be glad to take a turn in it. and then. that Miss Elizabeth Bennet. attended her noble guest downstairs. while he retains the use of his reason.com Mrs. has my nephew. said to Elizabeth. "How could I ever think her like her nephew?" said she. walked on. Miss Bennet. my dear. Her carriage remained at the door. must tell you why I come. that I might make my sentiments known to you." "It ought to be so. Lady Catherine opened the doors into the dining-parlour and drawingroom. They proceeded in silence along the gravel walk that led to the copse." cried her mother. such a report is in existence. You may have drawn him in. Bennet. in a moment of infatuation. Darcy. to see me and my family. and Elizabeth saw that her waiting-woman was in it." I "Go. Though I _know_ it must be a scandalous falsehood. "Indeed. you shall not find _me_ so. colouring with astonishment and disdain. "you ought to know. I was told that not only your sister was on the point of being most advantageously married." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 134 . "Miss Bennet. But your arts and allurements may. Miss Bennet. You may ask questions which I shall not choose to answer. to be decent looking rooms. "will be rather a confirmation of it. But however insincere _you_ may choose to be. Mr. I think she will be pleased with the hermitage. would. and pronouncing them. there seemed to be a prettyish kind of a little wilderness on one side of your lawn." "If! Do you then pretend to be ignorant of it? Has it not been industriously circulated by yourselves? Do you not know that such a report is spread abroad?" "I never heard that it was. "and show her ladyship about the different walks. if you will favour me with your company." replied her ladyship.www.

I have not been used to submit to any person's whims. your name will never even be mentioned by any of us. she could not but say. Mr. He is a gentleman. I am a gentleman's daughter. Its completion depended on others. You _are_ a gentleman's daughter." "These are heavy misfortunes. on the father's. can never take place. never. on the maternal side. and then replied: "The engagement between them is of a peculiar kind. decorum." Lady Catherine hesitated for a moment. they can be nothing to _you_. almost the nearest relation he has in the world. This match. They are destined for each other by the voice of every member of their respective houses. Your alliance will be a disgrace. you would not wish to quit the sphere in which you have been brought up.com "Miss Bennet. we planned the union: and now." "Tell me once for all. at the moment when the wishes of both sisters would be accomplished in their marriage. nor will I be dissuaded from it.www. to be prevented by a young woman of inferior birth." said Elizabeth." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 135 . by everyone connected with him. forbid it. You are to understand. From their infancy. and am entitled to know all his dearest concerns. You both did as much as you could in planning the marriage. But who was your mother? Who are your uncles and aunts? Do not imagine me ignorant of their condition." "_That_ will make your ladyship's situation at present more pitiable." replied Elizabeth. or fortune. "But the wife of Mr. It was the favourite wish of _his_ mother. I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere." "I will not be interrupted." "Obstinate. nay. nor will such behaviour as this." "Whatever my connections may be. Their fortune on both sides is splendid. You will be censured. of no importance in the world. that I came here with the determined resolution of carrying my purpose. Now what have you to say?" "Only this. so far we are equal. headstrong girl! I am ashamed of you! Is this your gratitude for my attentions to you last spring? Is nothing due to me on that score? Let us sit down. from respectable. prudence. Hear me in silence. ever induce me to be explicit. that if he is so. honourable. Yes. Darcy must have such extraordinary sources of happiness necessarily attached to her situation. Darcy is neither by honour nor inclination confined to his cousin. to which you have the presumption to aspire. I shall certainly not be kept from it by knowing that his mother and aunt wished him to marry Miss de Bourgh. upon the whole." I am "But you are not entitled to know mine. for do not expect to be noticed by his family or friends. connections. are you engaged to him?" Though Elizabeth would not. While in their cradles. Is this to be endured! But it must not. interest. they have been intended for each other. for the mere purpose of obliging Lady Catherine. Darcy is engaged to my daughter. slighted. that she could." "Let me be rightly understood. Miss Bennet. but it will have no effect on me. do you know who I am? I have not been accustomed to such language as this. and despised. interest. and what is to divide them? The upstart pretensions of a young woman without family. I have not been in the habit of brooking disappointment.english-area. My daughter and my nephew are formed for each other. have answered this question. No. as well as of her's. have no cause to repine. if you wilfully act against the inclinations of all. after a moment's deliberation: "I am not." "In marrying your nephew. They are descended. If Mr. from the same noble line. and ancient—though untitled--families. Miss Bennet. But what is that to me? If there is no other objection to my marrying your nephew. If you were sensible of your own good." "True. and. and wholly unallied to the family! Do you pay no regard to the wishes of his friends? To his tacit engagement with Miss de Bourgh? Are you lost to every feeling of propriety and delicacy? Have you not heard me say that from his earliest hours he was destined for his cousin?" "Yes. you can have no reason to suppose he will make an offer to me. why is not he to make another choice? And if I am that choice. "if your nephew does not object to them. and I had heard it before. why may not I accept him?" "Because honour. shall not be.

I shall not go away till you have given me the assurance I require. I cannot tell. "And will you promise me. that the arguments with which you have supported this extraordinary application have been as frivolous as the application was ill-judged." replied Elizabeth. I am no stranger to the particulars of your youngest sister's infamous elopement. then. I am not to be intimidated into anything so wholly unreasonable. at the expence of your father and uncles. which will. Your ladyship wants Mr. when.english-area. I am most seriously displeased. I have by no means done.com Lady Catherine seemed pleased. You refuse to obey the claims of duty. it would not give me one moment's concern—and the world in general would have too much sense to join in the scorn. You deserve no such attention. never to enter into such an engagement?" "I will make no promise of the kind. "have any possible claim on me. Lady Catherine rose also. in my own opinion. Do not imagine." And she rose as she spoke. nor honour. Miss Bennet. for the honour and credit of my nephew! Unfeeling. "I take no leave of you. but you have certainly no right to concern yourself in mine. to ask why Lady Catherine would not come in again and rest herself. honour. depend upon it. but. then. if you please." "And I certainly _never_ shall give it. constitute my happiness. How far your nephew might approve of your interference in his affairs. Miss Bennet. I have still another to add." "It is well. that the young man's marrying her was a patched-up business. No principle of either would be violated by my marriage with Mr. till they were at the door of the carriage. without reference to _you_. Her mother impatiently met her at the door of the dressing-room. You are determined to ruin him in the opinion of all his friends. to oblige me." "You are then resolved to have him?" "I have said no such thing. You have widely mistaken my character. nor gratitude. And with regard to the resentment of his family. would my refusing to accept his hand make him wish to bestow it on his cousin? Allow me to say. or the indignation of the world. and make him the contempt of the world. I hoped to find you reasonable." "Not so hasty. to be his brother? Heaven and earth!—of what are you thinking? Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?" "You can now have nothing further to say. I came to try you." "Miss Bennet I am shocked and astonished. And is such a girl to be my nephew's sister? Is her husband. I am only resolved to act in that manner. But do not deceive yourself into a belief that I will ever recede. You refuse. Darcy. therefore. in the present instance. and they turned back. she added." Elizabeth made no answer." "Neither duty. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 136 . or to any person so wholly unconnected with me. and without attempting to persuade her ladyship to return into the house. if you think I can be worked on by such persuasions as these. She heard the carriage drive away as she proceeded up stairs. "You have insulted me in every possible method. I shall now know how to act. to be importuned no farther on the subject. You know my sentiments. I will carry my point. is the son of his late father's steward. I have nothing further to say.www." "And this is your real opinion! This is your final resolve! Very well. To all the objections I have already urged. I must beg. I expected to find a more reasonable young woman. I send no compliments to your mother." In this manner Lady Catherine talked on. Lady Catherine. I must beg to return to the house. that your ambition will ever be gratified. walked quietly into it herself. Darcy to marry your daughter. "You have no regard. but would my giving you the wished-for promise make their marriage at all more probable? Supposing him to be attached to me. I know it all." she resentfully answered. and gratitude. turning hastily round. Her ladyship was highly incensed. selfish girl! Do you not consider that a connection with you must disgrace him in the eyes of everybody?" "Lady Catherine. if the former _were_ excited by his marrying me.

therefore. and she anticipated with dismay all the consequent explanations. Lady Catherine might see him in her way through town. It suddenly struck her that it might be from Lady Catherine. Let me congratulate you on a very important conquest." She followed him thither." she added. for the sole purpose of breaking off her supposed engagement with Mr.com "She did not choose it. "I was going to look for you. he would probably feel that the arguments. contained much good sense and solid reasoning. was enough. you ought to know its contents. and they both sat down. for to acknowledge the substance of their conversation was impossible.www. Chapter 57 The discomposure of spirits which this extraordinary visit threw Elizabeth into. and how _he_ might take a similar representation of the evils attached to a connection with her. In revolving Lady Catherine's expressions. and her curiosity to know what he had to tell her was heightened by the supposition of its being in some manner connected with the letter he held. and _her_ being the sister of Jane. He then said. and his engagement to Bingley of coming again to Netherfield must give way. I suppose. the report. thought she might as well call on you. and it was certain that. As it principally concerns yourself. If he is satisfied with only regretting me. had actually taken the trouble of this journey from Rosings. and so. who came out of his library with a letter in his hand. that I had two daughters on the brink of matrimony. in enumerating the miseries of a marriage with _one_. "I have received a letter this morning that has astonished me exceedingly. She had not herself forgotten to feel that the marriage of her sister must bring them more frequently together. at a time when the expectation of one wedding made everybody eager for another. learn to think of it less than incessantly. I dare say. The next morning. the advice and entreaty of so near a relation might settle every doubt. Elizabeth was at a loss to imagine. however. It was a rational scheme. when he might have obtained my affections and hand. which she had looked forward to as possible at some future time. could not be easily overcome." said her daughter. she was met by her father. "she would go. had reached lady Catherine). Lizzy?" Elizabeth was forced to give into a little falsehood here.english-area. she dared not pronounce. And her neighbours at Lucas Lodge. every wish of his constancy. had only set that down as almost certain and immediate. to supply the idea. she concluded." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 137 . to tell us the Collinses were well. till she recollected that _his_ being the intimate friend of Bingley. whose immediate connections were so unequal to his own. on hearing who their visitor had been. I suppose she had nothing particular to say to you. "I shall know how to understand it. an excuse for not keeping his promise should come to his friend within a few days. for many hours. nor could she. and determine him at once to be as happy as dignity unblemished could make him." "She is a very fine-looking woman! and her calling here was prodigiously civil! for she only came. I did not know before. as she was going downstairs. it appeared. Lady Catherine. I shall then give over every expectation. If he had been wavering before as to what he should do. Bennet's curiosity. "If. With his notions of dignity. was very great." said he. From what she had said of her resolution to prevent their marriage. passing through Meryton. In that case he would return no more. or his dependence on her judgment. come into my room. which to Elizabeth had appeared weak and ridiculous. which had often seemed likely. She followed her father to the fire place. and Elizabeth was spared from much teasing on the subject. with the same kind of supposition which had appeased Mrs. it occurred to Elizabeth that she must meditate an application to her nephew. Darcy. "Lizzy. but it was natural to suppose that he thought much higher of her ladyship than _she_ could do. She knew not the exact degree of his affection for his aunt." ***** The surprise of the rest of the family. his aunt would address him on his weakest side. She is on her road somewhere. she could not help feeling some uneasiness as to the possible consequence of her persisting in this interference. but they obligingly satisfied it. to be sure! but from what the report of their engagement could originate. I shall soon cease to regret him at all. therefore (for through their communication with the Collinses.

Had they fixed on any other man it would have been nothing. and his expectation of a young olive-branch. and laugh at them in our turn?" "Oh!" cried Elizabeth.--splendid property. of which. You ought certainly to forgive them. and who probably never looked at you in his life! It is admirable!" Elizabeth tried to join in her father's pleasantry. Lizzy. Yet in spite of all these temptations. Lizzy. Lizzy.' That is his notion of Christian forgiveness! The rest of his letter is only about his dear Charlotte's situation. He begins with congratulations on the approaching nuptials of my eldest daughter. it seems. she immediately. Collins's correspondence for any consideration. For what do we live. you will be inclined to take immediate advantage of. after her elder sister has resigned it. "Are you not diverted?" "Oh! yes. What relates to yourself. but to make sport for our neighbours. let me warn my cousin Elizabeth. you look as if you did not enjoy it. Young ladies have great penetration in such matters as these. I hope. but I think I may defy even _your_ sagacity. does not look on the match with a friendly eye. Never had his wit been directed in a manner so little agreeable to her. and _your_ pointed dislike. is as follows: 'Having thus offered you the sincere congratulations of Mrs. instead of the aunt. I would not give up Mr.www. I should very strenuously have opposed it.' Mr. of course. make it so delightfully absurd! Much as I abominate writing. with her usual condescension. We have reason to imagine that his aunt." "From Mr. but _his_ perfect indifference. This letter is from Mr. It was an encouragement of vice. Collins and myself on this happy event." "'After mentioning the likelihood of this marriage to her ladyship last night. of what evils you may incur by a precipitate closure with this gentleman's proposals.' "Have you any idea. gossiping Lucases. he has been told by some of the good-natured. I thought it my duty to give the speediest intelligence of this to my cousin. and she was undetermined whether most to be pleased that he explained himself at all.com The colour now rushed into Elizabeth's cheeks in the instantaneous conviction of its being a letter from the nephew. I must not. which. I cannot help giving him the preference even over Wickham. But. you see. But it is so strange!" "Yes--_that_ is what makes it amusing. much as I value the impudence and hypocrisy of my son-in-law. and not run hastily into a marriage which has not been properly sanctioned. is the man! Now. that she and her noble admirer may be aware of what they are about. what said Lady Catherine about this report? Did she call to refuse her consent?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 138 . neglect the duties of my station. as a Christian. whose name would have given the lie more effectually to what they related? Mr. Collins! and what can _he_ have to say?" "Something very much to the purpose of course.' "Can you possibly guess. Darcy. have pitched on any man within the circle of our acquaintance. to discover the name of your admirer. but never to admit them in your sight. who is meant by this?" 'This young gentleman is blessed. of which we have been advertised by the same authority. Lizzy. or refrain from declaring my amazement at hearing that you received the young couple into your house as soon as they were married. and yourself. Could he. by reading what he says on that point. I think I _have_ surprised you. or offended that his letter was not rather addressed to herself. and had I been the rector of Longbourn. expressed what she felt on the occasion. and extensive patronage. Nay. 'I am truly rejoiced that my cousin Lydia's sad business has been so well hushed up. that on the score of some family objections on the part of my cousin. she would never give her consent to what she termed so disgraceful a match. Your daughter Elizabeth. or allow their names to be mentioned in your hearing.english-area. with every thing the heart of mortal can most desire. who never looks at any woman but to see a blemish. but could only force one most reluctant smile. when it became apparent. noble kindred. And pray. when her father continued: "You look conscious. it is presumed. who this gentleman is? But now it comes out: "'My motive for cautioning you is as follows. when I read a letter of his. You are not going to be _missish_. in a peculiar way. and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. or the Lucases. and am only concerned that their living together before the marriage took place should be so generally known. Pray read on. Lady Catherine de Bourgh. however. Lizzy. will not long bear the name of Bennet.' "_Mr. and the chosen partner of her fate may be reasonably looked up to as one of the most illustrious personages in this land. "I am excessively diverted. let me now add a short hint on the subject of another. I shall not sport with your impatience. Darcy_. Collins moreover adds. Collins.

of which her daughter sat in momentary dread. The happiness which this reply produced. and. I believe I thought only of _you_. proposed their all walking out.com To this question his daughter replied only with a laugh. its effect had been exactly contrariwise. It was necessary to laugh. was such as he had probably never felt before. or fear that perhaps. I can no longer help thanking you for your unexampled kindness to my poor sister. and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. and the substance of her conversation with Elizabeth. "You are too generous to trifle with me. by what he said of Mr. I could not rest till I knew the particulars. dwelling emphatically on every expression of the latter which. of course." Elizabeth. and felt. They lagged behind. for the sake of giving relief to my own feelings. There was too much to be thought. Lydia's thoughtlessness first betrayed to me that you had been concerned in the matter. and immediately. exceedingly sorry. made his affection every moment more valuable. for the sake of discovering them. now forced herself to speak. unluckily for her ladyship. in a mistaken light. I shall not attempt to deny.www. care not how much I may be wounding your's. and as Elizabeth saw no occasion for making it a general concern. Ever since I have known it. Darcy's indifference. and perhaps he might be doing the same. its motive. who wanted to be alone with Jane. Very little was said by either. Her father had most cruelly mortified her. in proving of what importance she was to him. I am a very selfish creature. That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on. when Kitty left them she went boldly on with him alone. Were it known to the rest of my family. _My_ affections and wishes are unchanged. I should not have merely my own gratitude to express. feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation. I did not think Mrs. soon allowed the others to outstrip them. Kitty." "If you _will_ thank me. before Mrs. but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever. But your _family_ owe me nothing. Mrs. They walked on. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 139 . while Elizabeth. But. Bingley and Jane. diffused over his face. peculiarly denoted her perverseness and assurance. and bear so many mortifications. They walked towards the Lucases.english-area. when she would rather have cried. since the period to which he alluded. which. and as it had been asked without the least suspicion." he replied. she could listen. and he told her of feelings. After a short pause. Bennet was not in the habit of walking. I have been most anxious to acknowledge to you how gratefully I feel it. Let me thank you again and again. and. in the belief that such a relation must assist her endeavours to obtain that promise from her nephew which she had refused to give. Elizabeth was secretly forming a desperate resolution. in the name of all my family. Gardiner was so little to be trusted. and. became him. gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change." Elizabeth was too much embarrassed to say a word. and said. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye. Bingley to do. Bingley. tell me so at once. he was able to bring Darcy with him to Longbourn before many days had passed after Lady Catherine's visit. and she could do nothing but wonder at such a want of penetration. Mary could never spare time. Much as I respect them. without knowing in what direction. for that generous compassion which induced you to take so much trouble." replied Darcy. as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances. She soon learnt that they were indebted for their present good understanding to the efforts of his aunt. Darcy. she was not distressed by his repeating it. Now was the moment for her resolution to be executed. however. though she could not look. and. but. for attention to any other objects. "that you have ever been informed of what may. Bennet had time to tell him of their having seen his aunt. her companion added. as Elizabeth half expected Mr." "I am sorry. and Darcy were to entertain each other. because Kitty wished to call upon Maria. she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight. and there relate her journey to Longbourn. but the remaining five set off together. Chapter 58 Instead of receiving any such letter of excuse from his friend. in a tone of surprise and emotion. instead of his seeing too little. who did call on him in her return through London. Kitty was too much afraid of him to talk. she might have fancied too much. Elizabeth had never been more at a loss to make her feelings appear what they were not. If your feelings are still what they were last April." "You must not blame my aunt. "let it be for yourself alone. in her ladyship's apprehension. while her courage was high. she immediately said: "Mr. It was agreed to. though not very fluently. The gentlemen arrived early. have given you uneasiness.

I can remember some expressions which might justly make you hate me. But think no more of the letter. how they have tortured me. These recollections will not do at all. I was given good principles. which ought not. I hope. I could have no scruple in abusing you to all your relations. you know enough of my frankness to believe me capable of _that_. to be repelled. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. in practice.--though it was some time. before I was reasonable enough to allow their justice. but I am since convinced that it was written in a dreadful bitterness of spirit. had you been absolutely." said he. It was unpardonable. that every unpleasant circumstance attending it ought to be forgotten. The turn of your countenance I shall never forget." "The letter shall certainly be burnt. "Yes. give any credit to its contents?" She explained what its effect on her had been. to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own." "We will not quarrel for the greater share of blame annexed to that evening.www. but it was necessary. I hope. Your retrospections must be so totally void of reproach. You know not. if you believe it essential to the preservation of my regard. is now. The recollection of what I then said. who. I confess. "I believed myself perfectly calm and cool. The adieu is charity itself. that I did not deserve? For." Darcy mentioned his letter. so well applied." "Oh! do not repeat what I then said. almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing. but it did not end so. frankly and openly. began in bitterness. though good themselves (my father. As a child I was taught what was right. I was spoilt by my parents." "I was certainly very far from expecting them to make so strong an impression." "The letter. I have been a selfish being all my life. are now so widely different from what they were then. of innocence. I knew enough of your disposition to be certain that. and the person who received it. that the contentment arising from them is not of philosophy. but. and how gradually all her former prejudices had been removed. from eight to eight and twenty." "What did you say of me. After abusing you so abominably to your face. You must learn some of my philosophy. "The conduct of neither. inexpressibly painful to me. but since then. formed on mistaken premises. You thought me then devoid of every proper feeling.com "It taught me to hope. But with me." "I can easily believe it. allowed. "Did it. but. Painful recollections will intrude which cannot. I shall never forget: 'had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.english-area. I had not the smallest idea of their being ever felt in such a way. of my conduct. I hope you have destroyed the letter. Such I was. they are not. The feelings of the person who wrote." "I cannot be so easily reconciled to myself. though your accusations were ill-founded. to think meanly of all the rest of the world. it is not so. which I should dread your having the power of reading again. you would have acknowledged it to Lady Catherine. encouraged. if strictly examined. on reading it. we have both.' Those were your words. and has been many months. irrevocably decided against me. perhaps. There was one part especially. will be irreproachable. quite so easily changed as that implies." "I cannot give you credit for any philosophy of the kind. I assure you that I have long been most heartily ashamed of it. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child)." said he. particularly. "I knew. my behaviour to you at the time had merited the severest reproof. improved in civility." replied Darcy. my expressions during the whole of it. "as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before." Elizabeth coloured and laughed as she replied. I am sure you did. the opening of it. you can scarcely conceive. as you said that I could not have addressed you in any possible way that would induce you to accept me." "When I wrote that letter. what is much better. but left to follow them in pride and conceit. all that was benevolent and amiable). but I was not taught to correct my temper. Your reproof. "that what I wrote must give you pain. my manners. I cannot think of it without abhorrence." said Elizabeth. though not in principle. though we have both reason to think my opinions not entirely unalterable. "did it soon make you think better of me? Did you. and such I might Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 140 ." said he. to care for none beyond my own family circle.

I felt nothing but surprise. By you. or merely from my information last spring?" "From the former. I assure you. to lessen your ill opinion. and too busy to know anything about it. moreover. that it was time to be at home. Darcy was delighted with their engagement." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 141 . but my spirits might often lead me wrong. and of her disappointment at its sudden interruption. by every civility in my power. by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to. She expressed her gratitude again. on examining their watches. After walking several miles in a leisurely manner. "What could become of Mr. hard indeed at first. when we met at Pemberley. that I believed myself mistaken in supposing. which naturally leading to the cause of that interruption. How soon any other wishes introduced themselves I can hardly tell.com still have been but for you. and I confess that I did not expect to receive _more_ than my due. He had never had the slightest suspicion." "That is to say. and that his gravity and thoughtfulness there had arisen from no other struggles than what such a purpose must comprehend. "I must ask whether you were surprised?" said Elizabeth. they found at last." said he. I had narrowly observed her during the two visits which I had lately made here. I told him. "I made a confession to him. but I believe in about half an hour after I had seen you. and I hoped to obtain your forgiveness. I guessed as much. I felt no doubt of their happiness together. "Not at all. What will you think of my vanity? I believed you to be wishing. My conscience told me that I deserved no extraordinary politeness. Bingley and Jane!" was a wonder which introduced the discussion of their affairs. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. "was to show you. to be dwelt on farther. You blamed me for coming?" "No indeed. as I had done." "My object then. you had given your permission. his friend had given him the earliest information of it. but not intentionally. I felt that it would soon happen. which I believe I ought to have made long ago. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased." "Had you then persuaded yourself that I should?" "Indeed I had. that your sister was indifferent to him." "And your assurance of it. When I went away. but it was too painful a subject to each. she found that it had been pretty much the case. "when you told him that my sister loved him." "My manners must have been in fault. dearest. I suppose." said she." "I am almost afraid of asking what you thought of me. loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson." He then told her of Georgiana's delight in her acquaintance." Elizabeth could not help smiling at his easy manner of directing his friend.www. "On the evening before my going to London." "Your surprise could not be greater than _mine_ in being noticed by you. carried immediate conviction to him." And though he exclaimed at the term." replied Darcy. she soon learnt that his resolution of following her from Derbyshire in quest of her sister had been formed before he quitted the inn. I told him of all that had occurred to make my former interference in his affairs absurd and impertinent. but my anger soon began to take a proper direction. His surprise was great. I was properly humbled. expecting my addresses.english-area. that I was not so mean as to resent the past. and as I could easily perceive that his attachment to her was unabated. How you must have hated me after _that_ evening?" "Hate you! I was angry perhaps at first. "Did you speak from your own observation. I never meant to deceive you. and I was convinced of her affection. but most advantageous.

And do you really love him quite well enough? Oh. but neither that. he continued the conversation till they reached the house. offended him. which for a time. dear Lizzy. and it was rather too early to begin. Nothing could give either Bingley or myself more delight. She had only to say in reply. Elizabeth again. and from all the others when they sat down to table. I am in earnest. and even feared that with the others it was a dislike which not all his fortune and consequence might do away. without delay. In anticipating the happiness of Bingley. but his reliance on mine made every thing easy. Chapter 59 "My dear Lizzy. She coloured as she spoke. Lizzy. But in such cases as these. she was aware that no one liked him but Jane. She anticipated what would be felt in the family when her situation became known. Lizzy! do anything rather than marry without affection. I would--I do congratulate you--but are you certain? forgive the question --are you quite certain that you can be happy with him?" "There can be no doubt of that. agitated and confused. there were other evils before her. and purposely kept it from him." Elizabeth longed to observe that Mr. she was absolutely incredulous here. till she was beyond her own knowledge. where can you have been walking to?" was a question which Elizabeth received from Jane as soon as she entered their room. and Elizabeth. This cannot be!--engaged to Mr. Yet. Will you tell me how long you have loved him?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 142 . and I am sure nobody else will believe me.english-area. I could not allow myself to conceal that your sister had been in town three months last winter. This is the last time I shall ever remember it myself." Jane looked at her doubtingly.com "It did. if you do not. His diffidence had prevented his depending on his own judgment in so anxious a case. She remembered that he had yet to learn to be laughed at. Are you quite sure that you feel what you ought to do?" "Oh. Though suspicion was very far from Miss Bennet's general habits. I want to talk very seriously. It is settled between us already. no. that they had wandered about. awakened a suspicion of the truth. "Oh. that we are to be the happiest couple in the world. a good memory is unpardonable. I am afraid you will be angry. when I tell you all. But are you pleased. lasted no longer than he remained in any doubt of your sister's sentiments." "You know nothing of the matter. I speak nothing but the truth. besides the immediate embarrassment. At night she opened her heart to Jane. _That_ is all to be forgot. the unacknowledged were silent. He was angry. but she checked herself." "This is a wretched beginning indeed! My sole dependence was on you." Miss Bennet still looked all amazement. The evening passed quietly. Let me know every thing that I am to know. I know how much you dislike him. He has heartily forgiven me now. Lizzy! it cannot be. He still loves me. Perhaps I did not always love him so well as I do now.www. very much. Bingley is most unaffectedly modest. But his anger. which of course was to be inferior only to his own. you shall not deceive me. yes! You will only think I feel _more_ than I ought to do. I am persuaded. Jane? Shall you like to have such a brother?" "Very. we talked of it as impossible. so easily guided that his worth was invaluable. indeed. and more seriously assured her of its truth. Darcy was not of a disposition in which happiness overflows in mirth. rather _knew_ that she was happy than _felt_ herself to be so. Darcy! No. The acknowledged lovers talked and laughed. Bingley had been a most delightful friend. "You are joking. But we considered it. now _be_ serious. "My dear. I know it to be impossible. In the hall they parted." cried Jane. "Good Heaven! can it be really so! Yet now I must believe you. nor anything else. I must confess that I love him better than I do Bingley. and not unjustly." "What do you mean?" "Why. and we are engaged. that I had known it. unmarked by anything extraordinary. I was obliged to confess one thing. for." "My dearest sister.

and that it should be through her means--that _she_. looking grave and anxious. Bingley. sometimes doubting whether all his wealth and grandeur would be enough to overcome her abhorrence of the man. and Mr. you must walk out with him again. or violently delighted with it. Won't it. Bingley looked at her so expressively. and not disturb us with his company. Lizzy. All was acknowledged. produced the desired effect." said Mrs. yet was really vexed that her mother should be always giving him such an epithet. But whether she were violently set against the match. and shook hands with such warmth. and her agitation on seeing it was extreme." She was gone directly. Darcy is not coming here again with our dear Bingley! What can he mean by being so tiresome as to be always coming here? I had no notion but he would go a-shooting. very reserved with me. and half the night spent in conversation. She had been unwilling to mention Bingley. What shall we do with him? Lizzy. It is a nice long walk. But Lizzy. Darcy has never seen the view. "Go to your father. She did not fear her father's opposition. it was resolved that Mr. there can be only Bingley and yourself more dear to me. his favourite child. She could not determine how her mother would take it. "to walk to Oakham Mount this morning. while pretending to admire her work said in a whisper. she saw Mr. Bennet. "for you will be as happy as myself. Were it for nothing but his love of you. ***** "Good gracious!" cried Mrs. "but I am sure it will be too much for Kitty. I must always have esteemed him. to be accepting this man? Have not you always hated him?" Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 143 ." Elizabeth told her the motives of her secrecy. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley. Darcy rise also and follow him. that you should be forced to have that disagreeable man all to yourself. Elizabeth reserved to herself the application for her mother's. and he soon afterwards said aloud. "Now I am quite happy. looking at him.com "It has been coming on so gradually.english-area. as she stood at a window the next morning." During their walk. except just now and then. and she could no more bear that Mr. should be distressing him by her choice." "It may do very well for the others. and. Mrs. In a few minutes he approached the table where she was sitting with Kitty. but he was going to be made unhappy. Darcy appeared again. and she soon satisfied Jane by her solemn assurances of attachment. Bennet." replied Mr." Elizabeth could hardly help laughing at so convenient a proposal. he wants you in the library. she was a little relieved by his smile. should be filling him with fears and regrets in disposing of her--was a wretched reflection. however. but now. have you no more lanes hereabouts in which Lizzy may lose her way again to-day?" "I advise Mr." Another entreaty that she would be serious. you know. and Kitty. When convinced on that article. Darcy professed a great curiosity to see the view from the Mount. as Bingley's friend and your husband. Bennet withdrew to the library. not to you. Kitty?" Kitty owned that she had rather stay at home. that he may not be in Bingley's way. I always had a value for him. soon after Mr. Bennet's consent should be asked in the course of the evening. "what are you doing? Are you out of your senses. Darcy. saying: "I am quite sorry. and Elizabeth silently consented. when. Darcy should hear the first raptures of her joy.www. and the unsettled state of her own feelings had made her equally avoid the name of his friend. But I hope you will not mind it: it is all for Jane's sake. or something or other. you have been very sly. and she sat in misery till Mr. As she went up stairs to get ready. as left no doubt of his good information. Her father was walking about the room. Miss Bennet had nothing further to wish." said she. it was certain that her manner would be equally ill adapted to do credit to her sense." said he. do not put yourself to inconvenience. than the first vehemence of her disapprobation. So. ***** In the evening. "Lizzy. How little did you tell me of what passed at Pemberley and Lambton! I owe all that I know of it to another. But now she would no longer conceal from her his share in Lydia's marriage. Bennet followed her. "if that disagreeable Mr. "Mrs. Bennet. and Lizzy. and there is no occasion for talking to him. As soon as they entered. that I hardly know when it began.

I shall go distracted. she then told him what Mr. and she assured him." Elizabeth. But will they make you happy?" "Have you any other objection. Darcy did every thing. and at length. get up. Bennet sat quite still. or that came in the shape of a lover to any of them.english-area. send them in. many minutes that she could comprehend what she heard. her expressions more moderate! It would have spared her from explanations and professions which it was exceedingly awkward to give. by explaining the gradual change which her estimation of him had undergone. I could not have parted with you. as she quitted the room. to fidget about in her chair. "I have no more to say. made up the match. he deserves you. Dear." said Elizabeth." Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 144 . Every thing was too recent for gaiety. Darcy had voluntarily done for Lydia. after half an hour's quiet reflection in her own room. there was no longer anything material to be dreaded. I must and _would_ have paid him. and made the important communication. she did conquer her father's incredulity. unless you truly esteemed your husband." He then recollected her embarrassment a few days before. of her attachment to Mr. you are determined to have him. Such a charming man!--so handsome! so tall!--Oh. and bless herself. allowed her at last to go--saying. and there will be an end of the matter." said he. and reconcile him to the match. "If any young men come for Mary or Kitty. which he condescended to ask. When her mother went up to her dressing-room at night.com How earnestly did she then wish that her former opinions had been more reasonable. "I love him. He heard her with astonishment. I shall offer to pay him to-morrow. paid the fellow's debts. sit down again. to anyone less worthy. "Good gracious! Lord bless me! only think! dear me! Mr. A house in town! Every thing that is charming! Three daughters married! Ten thousand a year! Oh. But let me advise you to think better of it. and after laughing at her some time. indeed. and you may have more fine clothes and fine carriages than Jane. "Or. but this would be nothing if you really liked him. but they were now necessary. I do like him. what jewels. I now give it to _you_. for I am quite at leisure." "Lizzy. and enumerating with energy all his good qualities. Its effect was most extraordinary. relating her absolute certainty that his affection was not the work of a day. unpleasant sort of man. He is rich. Your lively talents would place you in the greatest danger in an unequal marriage. when she ceased speaking. gave the money. Darcy! Who would have thought it! And is it really true? Oh! my sweetest Lizzy! how rich and how great you will be! What pin-money. I am so pleased—so happy. Lizzy. and the comfort of ease and familiarity would come in time. Indeed he has no improper pride. and got him his commission! So much the better. "than your belief of my indifference?" "None at all." To complete the favourable impression." Elizabeth's mind was now relieved from a very heavy weight. though not in general backward to credit what was for the advantage of her family. You know not what you are about. then pray do not pain me by speaking of him in such terms. but these violent young lovers carry every thing their own way. He is the kind of man. she was able to join the others with tolerable composure. "I have given him my consent. You do not know what he really is. Had it been your uncle's doing. to be sure. "Well. on his reading Mr. to whom I should never dare refuse anything. my dear Lizzy! pray apologise for my having disliked him so much before. but the evening passed tranquilly away. Lord! What will become of me. with some confusion.www. wonder. Darcy was really the object of her choice. He is perfectly amiable. my dear. and unable to utter a syllable. Collins's letter. by repeated assurances that Mr. We all know him to be a proud. I hope he will overlook it. if you are resolved on having him. Darcy. my Lizzy. but had stood the test of many months' suspense. let me not have the grief of seeing _you_ unable to respect your partner in life. still more affected. dear Lizzy. She began at length to recover. I know your disposition. was earnest and solemn in her reply." said her father. he will rant and storm about his love for you." she replied. indeed! And so. and." "I do. Nor was it under many. what carriages you will have! Jane's is nothing to it--nothing at all. for on first hearing it. in other words. If this be the case. Mrs. You could scarcely escape discredit and misery. I know that you could be neither happy nor respectable. My child. unless you looked up to him as a superior. she followed her. "This is an evening of wonders. It will save me a world of trouble and economy. with tears in her eyes.

"My dearest child.www. and really. Elizabeth had the satisfaction of seeing her father taking pains to get acquainted with him. and very likely more! 'Tis as good as a Lord! And a special licence. you thoroughly despised the persons who so assiduously courted you. and afterwards dined here? Why. and as for my manners—my behaviour to _you_ was at least always bordering on the uncivil. It is too long ago. It was very little less. I wonder when you _would_ have spoken. you knew no actual good of me--but nobody thinks of _that_ when they fall in love. perhaps. Bennet soon assured her that he was rising every hour in his esteem. which laid the foundation. you would have hated me for it. especially. You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking. she wanted Mr. Bennet luckily stood in such awe of her intended son-in-law that she ventured not to speak to him." said he. "Wickham. and secure of her relations' consent. all things considered. that I may have it to-morrow. when you had once made a beginning. unless it was in her power to offer him any attention. I did. and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible. You must and shall be married by a special licence. tell me what dish Mr. I begin to think it perfectly reasonable. or the words. there was still something to be wished for. "How could you begin?" said she." "How unlucky that you should have a reasonable answer to give. and that I should be so reasonable as to admit it! But I wonder how long you _would_ have gone on. rejoicing that such an effusion was heard only by herself. To be sure. of officious attention. but I think I shall like _your_ husband quite as well as Jane's. or the look. But my dearest love. and interested you. My good qualities are under your protection.com This was enough to prove that her approbation need not be doubted: and Elizabeth. Darcy to account for his having ever fallen in love with her." she cried." "You might have talked to me more when you came to dinner. for Mrs. There--I have saved you the trouble of accounting for it. when you called. The fact is." "You may as well call it impertinence at once." "A man who had felt less. it belongs to me to find occasions for teasing and quarrelling with you as often as may be. and Mr." "But I was embarrassed. and gave me no encouragement. "I can comprehend your going on charmingly. her mother followed her. or mark her deference for his opinion. in return. is my favourite.english-area. But before she had been three minutes in her own room." "My beauty you had early withstood. of deference. and I never spoke to you without rather wishing to give you pain than not. I roused. because I was so unlike _them_. Darcy is particularly fond of." "Was there no good in your affectionate behaviour to Jane while she was ill at Netherfield?" "Dearest Jane! who could have done less for her? But make a virtue of it by all means." Chapter 60 Elizabeth's spirits soon rising to playfulness again. and Elizabeth found that. What made you so shy of me. and. "I admire all my three sons-in-law highly. "I can think of nothing else! Ten thousand a year. did you look as if you did not care about me?" "Because you were grave and silent. and I shall begin directly by asking you what made you so unwilling to come to the point at last. your feelings were always noble and just. and thinking for _your_ approbation alone. if you had been left to yourself." "And so was I. though in the certain possession of his warmest affection." This was a sad omen of what her mother's behaviour to the gentleman himself might be. but in spite of the pains you took to disguise yourself. but what could set you off in the first place?" "I cannot fix on the hour. if I had not asked you! My resolution of thanking you for your kindness Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 145 . Now be sincere. might. Had you not been really amiable. I was in the middle before I knew that I _had_ begun. or the spot. and in your heart. when you first called. soon went away. that you were sick of civility. But the morrow passed off much better than she expected. did you admire me for my impertinence?" "For the liveliness of your mind. and looking.

but not one with such justice. But tell me. This will never do. but she was affected. my dear aunt. in reply to his last." Miss Bingley's congratulations to her brother. satisfactory. and praise him a great deal more than you did in your last. which ought to make her happy. Darcy had been over-rated. The reason of this sudden removal was soon evident. Darcy. But. But I have an aunt. was as sincere as her brother's in sending it. She wrote even to Jane on the occasion. if I were you. Darcy's letter to Lady Catherine was in a different style. Before any answer could arrive from Mr. you cannot greatly err.www. At such a moment. "Yours sincerely. I am happier even than Jane. could not help writing her a much kinder answer than she knew was deserved. to express her delight. Elizabeth had never yet answered Mrs. I was too cross to write. if I could. Gardiner's long letter. _Too much_. as I ought to have done. for she loves to be of use. Jane was not deceived. Lady Catherine had been rendered so exceedingly angry by the contents of her nephew's letter. but to say the truth. I laugh. having _that_ to communicate which she knew would be most welcome. detail of particulars. He has more to give. and repeat all her former professions of regard. or what I avowed to myself. and still different from either was what Mr. and to judge. if our comfort springs from a breach of promise? for I ought not to have mentioned the subject. I would stand by the nephew. really rejoicing in the match. My avowed one. were all that was affectionate and insincere. she only smiles. it shall be done directly. I might sit by you and admire the evenness of your writing. Four sides of paper were insufficient to contain all her delight. but now. was anxious to get away till the storm was blown over. Collins. and unless you believe me actually married. Collins. Bennet sent to Mr. the Longbourn family heard that the Collinses were come themselves to Lucas Lodge. Lady Catherine's unjustifiable endeavours to separate us were the means of removing all my doubts. But it ought to be done. I am the happiest creature in the world. as another young lady once did. and immediately wrote as follows: "I would have thanked you before. what did you come down to Netherfield for? Was it merely to ride to Longbourn and be embarrassed? or had you intended any more serious consequence?" "My real purpose was to see _you_. Elizabeth will soon be the wife of Mr." From an unwillingness to confess how much her intimacy with Mr. the arrival of her friend was a sincere pleasure to Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 146 . "I must trouble you once more for congratulations. for what becomes of the moral." "And if I had not a letter to write myself." "Shall you ever have courage to announce to Lady Catherine what is to befall her?" "I am more likely to want more time than courage. You must write again very soon. Mr. and if you will give me a sheet of paper. and I was determined at once to know every thing. and all her earnest desire of being loved by her sister. Console Lady Catherine as well as you can. kind. she was almost ashamed to find that her uncle and aunt had already lost three days of happiness. give a loose rein to your fancy. that Charlotte. You supposed more than really existed. I was not in a humour to wait for any opening of your's. who must not be longer neglected. or any congratulations to Elizabeth from his wife. etc. etc. But _now_ suppose as much as you choose. Elizabeth. I thank you. and if she were. I am not indebted for my present happiness to your eager desire of expressing your gratitude. indulge your imagination in every possible flight which the subject will afford. The moral will be perfectly fair. Darcy sends you all the love in the world that he can spare from me.com to Lydia had certainly great effect. for your long. How could I be so silly as to wish it! Your idea of the ponies is delightful. You are all to come to Pemberley at Christmas. again and again." Mr. I am afraid. "DEAR SIR. for not going to the Lakes.english-area. and though feeling no reliance on her. on his approaching marriage. Perhaps other people have said so before." "You need not distress yourself." "Lady Catherine has been of infinite use. My aunt's intelligence had given me hope. We will go round the Park every day. to make the confession to him which I have since made. whether I might ever hope to make you love me. Yours. was to see whether your sister were still partial to Bingley. The joy which Miss Darcy expressed on receiving similar information. too.

The letter was to this effect: "MY DEAR LIZZY. for the sake of her family. that the accomplishment of her earnest desire in the establishment of so many of her children produced so happy an effect as to make her a sensible. with the promise of balls and young men. to her very material advantage. "I wish you joy. when she saw Mr. and when you have nothing else to do. Wickham frequently invited her to come and stay with her. Mr. but she could still moralize over every morning visit. and she was necessarily drawn from the pursuit of accomplishments by Mrs. and she looked forward with delight to the time when they should be removed from society so little pleasing to either. So near a vicinity to her mother and Meryton relations was not desirable even to _his_ easy temper. of about three or four hundred a year. to all the comfort and elegance of their family party at Pemberley. and though Mrs. Phillips's vulgarity was another. He could even listen to Sir William Lucas. and talked of Mrs. Kitty. Mary was obliged to mix more with the world. Bennet's being quite unable to sit alone.com Elizabeth. well-informed woman for the rest of her life. it added to the hope of the future.english-area. she became. especially when he was least expected. With what delighted pride she afterwards visited Mrs. If he did shrug his shoulders. Bennet missed his second daughter exceedingly. The congratulatory letter which Elizabeth received from Lydia on her marriage. stood in too much awe of him to speak with the familiarity which Bingley's good humour encouraged. Any place would do. and. his affection for her drew him oftener from home than anything else could do. I hope you will think of us. He delighted in going to Pemberley. As for Wickham and Lydia. in addition to every other source of happiness. tax on his forbearance. was not wholly without hope that Darcy might yet be prevailed on to make his fortune. that she still was occasionally nervous and invariably silly. She was not of so ungovernable a temper as Lydia. Mr. Chapter 61 Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs.www. and Jane and Elizabeth. such a hope was cherished. she endeavoured in her answer to put an end to every entreaty and expectation of the kind. it was suspected by her father that she submitted to the change without much reluctance. her improvement was great. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters. and though Mrs. amiable. as it was in her power to afford. their characters suffered no revolution from the marriage of her sisters. explained to her that. Mrs. who might not have relished domestic felicity in so unusual a form. as well as her sister. spent the chief of her time with her two elder sisters. and though the uncomfortable feelings arising from all this took from the season of courtship much of its pleasure. but however. you must be very happy. and expressed his hopes of their all meeting frequently at St. Nor was her respect for him. with very decent composure. Mary was the only daughter who remained at home. less ignorant. James's. by the Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 147 . Darcy exposed to all the parading and obsequious civility of her husband. if you had rather not. I am sure Wickham would like a place at court very much. it was not till Sir William was out of sight. and less insipid. From the further disadvantage of Lydia's society she was of course carefully kept. whenever she _did_ speak. her father would never consent to her going. Elizabeth did all she could to shield him from the frequent notice of either. with admirable calmness. though it made her more quiet. he bought an estate in a neighbouring county to Derbyshire. by proper attention and management. may be guessed. if not by himself. Darcy half as well as I do my dear Wickham. Phillips. Bingley. and I do not think we shall have quite money enough to live upon without some help. He bore with philosophy the conviction that Elizabeth must now become acquainted with whatever of his ingratitude and falsehood had before been unknown to her. etc. and as she was no longer mortified by comparisons between her sisters' beauty and her own. It is a great comfort to have you so rich. when he complimented him on carrying away the brightest jewel of the country. and was ever anxious to keep him to herself. less irritable. and perhaps a greater. If you love Mr. In society so superior to what she had generally known. yet. she must be vulgar. He bore it. Darcy. at all likely to make her more elegant. Bingley and Jane remained at Netherfield only a twelvemonth. though in the course of their meetings she must sometimes think the pleasure dearly bought. "Yours. removed from the influence of Lydia's example. and in spite of every thing. The darling wish of his sisters was then gratified. Such relief. and to those of her family with whom he might converse without mortification. I wish I could say. Darcy about it. or _her_ affectionate heart. however. though perhaps it was lucky for her husband. however. do not speak to Mr. were within thirty miles of each other." As it happened that Elizabeth had _much_ rather not. by his wife at least.

was unsettled in the extreme. and whenever they changed their quarters. Lady Catherine was extremely indignant on the marriage of her nephew. though at first she often listened with an astonishment bordering on alarm at her lively. she frequently sent them. Darcy.com practice of what might be called economy in her own private expences. Their manner of living. Pemberley was now Georgiana's home. when her husband was gone to enjoy himself in London or Bath. Though Darcy could never receive _him_ at Pemberley. that even Bingley's good humour was overcome. and the attachment of the sisters was exactly what Darcy had hoped to see. she sent him language so very abusive. Los mejores recursos gratuitos para aprender y enseñar inglés 148 . must be very insufficient to their support. she retained all the claims to reputation which her marriage had given her. she began to comprehend that a woman may take liberties with her husband which a brother will not always allow in a sister more than ten years younger than himself. they were always on the most intimate terms. They were able to love each other even as well as they intended. Miss Bingley was very deeply mortified by Darcy's marriage. as well as Elizabeth. by bringing her into Derbyshire. By Elizabeth's instructions. she now saw the object of open pleasantry. Her mind received knowledge which had never before fallen in her way. he was prevailed on to overlook the offence.www. either to her affection for him. yet. His affection for her soon sunk into indifference. who had always inspired in herself a respect which almost overcame her affection. and as she gave way to all the genuine frankness of her character in her reply to the letter which announced its arrangement. but the visits of her uncle and aunt from the city. not merely from the presence of such a mistress. her resentment gave way. was fonder than ever of Georgiana. after a little further resistance on the part of his aunt. either Jane or herself were sure of being applied to for some little assistance towards discharging their bills. had been the means of uniting them. but as she thought it advisable to retain the right of visiting at Pemberley. Georgiana had the highest opinion in the world of Elizabeth. and she condescended to wait on them at Pemberley. and heedless of the future. especially of Elizabeth. and. in spite of that pollution which its woods had received. her's lasted a little longer. sportive. But at length. Lydia was occasionally a visitor there. that for some time all intercourse was at an end. under the direction of two persons so extravagant in their wants. and in spite of her youth and her manners. he assisted him further in his profession.english-area. she dropt all her resentment. It had always been evident to her that such an income as theirs. He. and with the Bingleys they both of them frequently staid so long. They were always moving from place to place in quest of a cheap situation. for Elizabeth's sake. even when the restoration of peace dismissed them to a home. by Elizabeth's persuasion. With the Gardiners. and always spending more than they ought. manner of talking to her brother. or her curiosity to see how his wife conducted herself. and paid off every arrear of civility to Elizabeth. and he proceeded so far as to talk of giving them a hint to be gone. really loved them. and seek a reconciliation. and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who. almost as attentive to Darcy as heretofore.

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