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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." "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 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." In a few days Mr. Bingley returned Mr. Bennet's visit, and sat about ten minutes with him in his library. He had entertained hopes of being admitted to a sight of the young ladies, of whose beauty he had heard much; but he saw only the father. The ladies were somewhat more fortunate, for they had the advantage of ascertaining from an upper window that he wore a blue coat, and rode a black horse. An invitation to dinner was soon afterwards dispatched; and already had Mrs. Bennet planned the courses that were to do credit to her housekeeping, when an answer arrived which deferred it all. Mr. Bingley was obliged to be in town the following day, and, consequently, unable to accept the honour of their invitation, etc. Mrs. Bennet was quite disconcerted. She could not imagine what business he could have in town so soon after his arrival in Hertfordshire; and she began to fear that he might be always flying about from one place to another, and never settled at Netherfield as he ought to be. 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; and a report soon followed that Mr. Bingley was to bring twelve ladies and seven gentlemen with him to the assembly. The girls grieved over such a number of ladies, but were comforted the day before the ball by hearing, that instead of twelve he brought only six with him from London--his five sisters and a cousin. And when the party entered the assembly room it consisted of only five altogether--Mr. Bingley, his two sisters, the husband of the eldest, and another young man.

with much bitterness of spirit and some exaggeration. on hearing this. was the only one of the party whom she could regard with any complacency. who. noble mien. Mr. and above being pleased. "that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting _his_ fancy. which delighted in anything ridiculous. to recommend her. playful disposition. who came from the dance for a few minutes. and Mr. He had rather hoped that his wife's views on the stranger would be disappointed. handsome features. she could not make a very favourable answer. Your sisters are engaged. Bingley. and Miss Bingley began abusing her as soon as she was out of the room. unless I am particularly acquainted with my partner. and the two fourth with Maria Lucas. When dinner was over. looking at the eldest Miss Bennet. disagreeable countenance. and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance. Miss Bingley was engrossed by Mr. drink. but being an excellent walker. Hurst. Bennet still up. she returned directly to Jane. Hurst's gown--" Here she was interrupted again. and easy. was angry that the ball closed so early. You know how I detest it. He is so excessively handsome! And his sisters are charming women. and the _Boulanger_--" "If he had had any compassion for _me_. who is very pretty. but not handsome enough to tempt _me_. His brother-in-law. I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. Mrs." "I would not be so fastidious as you are. and not all his large estate in Derbyshire could then save him from having a most forbidding. The gentlemen pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man. not at all worth pleasing. I never met with so many pleasant girls in my life as I have this evening. With a book he was regardless of time. her sister scarcely less so. Everybody said how well she looked. he asked Miss Lucas. Darcy had been standing near enough for her to hear a conversation between him and Mr. to press his friend to join it. a most excellent ball. Mr. His anxiety for Jane was evident. Jane was by no means better. Darcy. however. how shocking it was to have a bad cold." Mr. I am quite delighted with him. had nothing to say to her. whose dislike of his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment by his having slighted one of her daughters." cried her husband impatiently. I was so vexed to see him stand up with her! But. of his having ten thousand a year. and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room. repeated three or four times how much they were grieved. and as for Mr. and added: "She has nothing. You had much better dance. for she had a lively. nobody can. Amongst the most violent against him was Mrs. Bingley's. Their brother. She had very little notice from any but him. "Oh! my dear Mr." "_You_ are dancing with the only handsome girl in the room. he withdrew his own and coldly said: "She is tolerable. I hate to see you standing about by yourself in this stupid manner. and how excessively they disliked being ill themselves. I wish you had been there. and got introduced. His sisters were fine women. "we have had a most delightful evening. and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield. merely looked the gentleman. no style. horrid man. He was the proudest. and I dare say very agreeable. and she had been distinguished by his sisters. "But I can assure you. Mrs. danced every dance. Bingley thought her quite beautiful. I quite detest the man. and there are several of them you see uncommonly pretty. but he soon found out that he had a different story to hear. So he inquired who she was. They returned. and everybody hoped that he would never come there again. though in a quieter way." cried Mr. for you are wasting your time with me. Mary had heard herself mentioned to Miss Bingley as the most accomplished girl in the neighbourhood. tall person. most disagreeable man in the world. Bennet." . Bingley. The sisters. Mr. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley. Bingley. with great spirit among her friends. Bingley followed his advice." CHAPTER 8. declined being introduced to any other lady. he had a pleasant countenance. which was all that they had yet learnt to care for at a ball. the ladies declared he was much handsomer than Mr. At five o'clock the two ladies retired to dress. Bennet had seen her eldest daughter much admired by the Netherfield party. and danced with her twice! Only think of _that_. Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike. Hurst thought the same." she added." said Mr. the village where they lived. by whom Elizabeth sat. my dear. First of all." as she entered the room. To the civil inquiries which then poured in. and being unworthy to be compared with his friend. "Oh! She is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one of her sisters sitting down just behind you. His character was decided. and of which they were the principal inhabitants. Hurst. and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. by the scarcity of gentlemen. indeed. and Catherine and Lydia had been fortunate enough never to be without partners. and at half-past six Elizabeth was summoned to dinner. he was lively and unreserved. indeed. till catching her eye. and related." "I certainly shall not. She really looked almost wild. say no more of his partners. Then the two third he danced with Miss King. The evening altogether passed off pleasantly to the whole family. he did not admire her at all. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room. who lived only to eat. Darcy. with an air of decided fashion. and asked her for the two next. he actually danced with her twice! and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time. Mr. What a contrast between him and his friend! Mr. Her manners were pronounced to be very bad indeed. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine. 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. "Come. when he found her to prefer a plain dish to a ragout. Mr. I dare say the lace upon Mrs. I shall never forget her appearance this morning. no beauty. Bennet protested against any description of finery. Elizabeth felt Jane's pleasure. unaffected manners. fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there. for he was discovered to be proud. Do let me ask my partner to introduce you. She was therefore obliged to seek another branch of the subject. till his manners gave a disgust which turned the tide of his popularity. "he would not have danced half so much! For God's sake. They found Mr. and the two fifth with Jane again. Jane was as much gratified by this as her mother could be. and he was looked at with great admiration for about half the evening. I never in my life saw anything more elegant than their dresses. the shocking rudeness of Mr. Darcy walked off. therefore. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles. she had no conversation. you know. At such an assembly as this it would be insupportable. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here." said he. nothing could be like it. and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings toward him. and the two sixth with Lizzy. he was an indolent man. however. Bennet. 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. in good spirits to Longbourn. She told the story. Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves.Mr. "for a kingdom! Upon my honour. a mixture of pride and impertinence. to be above his company. but his friend Mr. to sit down for two dances. and he walked there. in short. "I must have you dance. Elizabeth Bennet had been obliged. Darcy. for he is a most disagreeable." "Which do you mean?" and turning round he looked for a moment at Elizabeth. speaking occasionally to one of his own party. and play at cards. my dear. Mr. Bingley had danced with her twice. and his attentions to herself most pleasing. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Darcy. Jane was so admired. O that he had sprained his ankle in the first place!" "Oh! my dear. and during part of that time. and there is not another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to stand up with. and they prevented her feeling herself so much an intruder as she believed she was considered by the others. and amongst which she had the pleasure of distinguishing the much superior solicitude of Mr. to have given him one of your set-downs.

" observed Miss Bingley in a half whisper. "If they had uncles enough to fill _all_ Cheapside. but his sisters gave it their hearty assent." replied Darcy." "I think I have heard you say that their uncle is an attorney on Meryton. "I am astonished." "In nursing your sister I am sure you have pleasure." said Miss Bingley." A short pause followed this speech. Mr." "Your picture may be very exact." said Miss Bingley. "but this was all lost upon me. or five miles. But with such a father and mother. and they have another." "Neglect! I am sure you neglect nothing that can add to the beauties of that noble place. There is not a finer county in England than Derbyshire. and alone. till late in the evening. She is now about Miss Elizabeth Bennet's height. Darcy." "How I long to see her again! I never met with anybody who delighted me so much." "But I would really advise you to make your purchase in that neighbourhood. and they both laughed heartily. I think. and the modern languages. I rather wonder now at your knowing _any_." . I am absolutely certain. she is really a very sweet girl. "and I am inclined to think that you would not wish to see _your_ sister make such an exhibition. I thought Miss Elizabeth Bennet looked remarkably well when she came into the room this morning. I am afraid there is no chance of it." "Not at all. I should think it more possible to get Pemberley by purchase than by imitation." "I am talking of possibilities." "_You_ observed it. to observe the game. "that is rather singular." "With all my heart." he replied. and the gown which had been let down to hide it not doing its office. and Mrs. or the word will be but half-deserved." said Bingley." Elizabeth assured him that she could suit herself perfectly with those in the room. or whatever it is." said Bingley. or four miles."She did. "no one can be really esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met with. in the whole range of my acquaintance. drawing. and was immediately invited to join them. when you build _your_ house. Louisa. and elegance. With a renewal of tenderness." "Are you so severe upon your own sex as to doubt the possibility of all this?" "I never saw such a woman. The word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no otherwise than by netting a purse or covering a screen. Darcy." "It shows an affection for her sister that is very pleasing. I am sure. and her petticoat. and then walked towards the table where a few books were lying. as you describe united. and Elizabeth would not quit her at all. and I wish with all my heart she were well settled. "and to all this she must yet add something more substantial. Charles. and take Pemberley for a kind of model." "But it must very materially lessen their chance of marrying men of any consideration in the world." "Yes. Bingley and his eldest sister. "And I wish my collection were larger for your benefit and my own credit. I have more than I ever looked into." said Miss Bingley. when she had the comfort of seeing her sleep. indeed." he replied. and application. "that my father should have left so small a collection of books. I cannot boast of knowing more than half-a-dozen. quite alone! What could she mean by it? It seems to me to show an abominable sort of conceited independence. but I am an idle fellow. and such low connections." "I deserve neither such praise nor such censure. "Do you prefer reading to cards?" said he. Mr. so untidy. I am sure." Elizabeth thanked him from her heart. she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking. and has no pleasure in anything else. without being informed that she was very accomplished." "All this she must possess. singing. What a delightful library you have at Pemberley. you are always buying books. to deserve the word. "that this adventure has rather affected your admiration of her fine eyes. such manners! And so extremely accomplished for her age! Her performance on the pianoforte is exquisite. her address and expressions. I will buy Pemberley itself if Darcy will sell it. He immediately offered to fetch her others--all that his library afforded. Charles. however." cried Elizabeth. all of them. above her ankles in dirt. and indulged their mirth for some time at the expense of their dear friend's vulgar relations. Hurst began again: "I have a excessive regard for Miss Jane Bennet. Hurst looked at her with astonishment. and taste." "I am no longer surprised at your knowing _only_ six accomplished women. Very nonsensical to come at all! Why must _she_ be scampering about the country." "Oh! certainly. On entering the drawing-room she found the whole party at loo. with a book. what do you mean?" "Yes. "I am afraid. so blowsy!" "Yes." "Certainly not. or rather taller. "will she be as tall as I am?" "I think she will." said Miss Bingley." "And then you have added so much to it yourself. I hope you saw her petticoat. but suspecting them to be playing high she declined it. I scarcely know anyone who cannot do all this. I do comprehend a great deal in it. because her sister had a cold? Her hair." added her sister. and net purses." said Darcy. Louisa. and stationed herself between Mr. "despises cards. and soon laying it wholly aside. "I am _not_ a great reader. To this speech Bingley made no answer. They all paint tables." "Yes. "it would not make them one jot less agreeable." cried Bingley. Mr." "I cannot comprehend the neglect of a family library in such days as these. "has too much truth. I could hardly keep my countenance. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music. and I have pleasure in many things." said Bingley. She was still very poorly." added Darcy. cover screens. "Is Miss Darcy much grown since the spring?" said Miss Bingley." "That is capital. who lives somewhere near Cheapside. and though I have not many. the tone of her voice. she drew near the card-table. that are really accomplished. and besides all this." "Miss Eliza Bennet. "you must comprehend a great deal in your idea of an accomplished woman. She is a great reader. and I am sure I never heard a young lady spoken of for the first time. "Then. dancing." "It is amazing to me. in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading. and when it seemed to her rather right than pleasant that she should go downstairs herself. But I am very far from agreeing with you in your estimation of ladies in general." said Bingley." "All young ladies accomplished! My dear Charles. said she would amuse herself for the short time she could stay below. "and I hope it will be soon increased by seeing her quite well. Darcy!" "It ought to be good. and sat with her till summoned to coffee." observed Elizabeth." "Nor I. Her dirty petticoat quite escaped my notice. "they were brightened by the exercise. I never saw such capacity. I wish it may be half as delightful as Pemberley. and making her sister the excuse. Such a countenance. "it has been the work of many generations. "how young ladies can have patience to be so very accomplished as they all are. six inches deep in mud. Mr." "I wish it may. a most country-town indifference to decorum." Elizabeth was so much caught with what passed." cried his faithful assistant." "Upon my word." "To walk three miles. they returned to her room on leaving the dining-parlour." "Your list of the common extent of accomplishments. Caroline. as to leave her very little attention for her book.

In spite of her deeply-rooted dislike. she saw Mr. to whom this remark was chiefly addressed. when he ceased. perhaps. but was very unlikely to recommend his suit. when he should have done. you tell me. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. This she would not hear of. but said not a word. as if intending to exasperate herself as much as possible against Mr. My feelings will not be repressed. that you have been the principal. But. nor was there any revival of past occurrences. Elizabeth. Elizabeth noticed every sentence conveying the idea of uneasiness. Darcy. or any communication of present suffering. it is a paltry device. "is one of those young ladies who seek to recommend themselves to the other sex by undervaluing their own. and which. I dare say. a still greater. proceeding from the serenity of a mind at ease with itself and kindly disposed towards everyone. against your reason. she lost all compassion in anger. she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection. however. and she said: "In such cases as this. It was some consolation to think that his visit to Rosings was to end on the day after the next--and. . when the door was closed on her. he came towards her in an agitated manner. As all conversation was thereby at an end. She could not think of Darcy's leaving Kent without remembering that his cousin was to go with him. with bitter complaints of their inattention to what was going forward. if I _was_ uncivil? But I have other provocations. and. imputing his visit to a wish of hearing that she were better. in my opinion. His sense of her inferiority--of its being a degradation--of the family obstacles which had always opposed to inclination. You know I have. The pause was to Elizabeth's feelings dreadful. and involving them both in misery of the acutest kind." Mr. but she was not so unwilling to comply with their brother's proposal. But it is of small importance. you cannot deny. and though her intentions did not vary for an instant. His complexion became pale with anger. I would now thank you. It is natural that obligation should be felt. Bingley was quite uncomfortable. with so little _endeavour_ at civility. and the other to its derision for disappointed hopes." replied Darcy. but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed. had been scarcely ever clouded. the colour rose into her cheeks. He _spoke_ of apprehension and anxiety. I believe. I am sorry to have occasioned pain to anyone. you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will. Bingley urged Mr. and were both protesting that they knew many women who answered this description. but Colonel Fitzwilliam had made it clear that he had no intentions at all." said Miss Bingley. She stared. wish to be informed why. coloured. This he considered sufficient encouragement." Elizabeth disdained the appearance of noticing this civil reflection. He spoke well. It will not do. Darcy's shameful boast of what misery he had been able to inflict. and might now come to inquire particularly after her. doubted. by all that affection could do. He was struggling for the appearance of composure. to compose herself to answer him with patience. He sat down for a few moments. till. and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride. seemed to catch her words with no less resentment than surprise. or that I rejoice in my success. Elizabeth soon afterwards left the room. "there is a meanness in _all_ the arts which ladies sometimes condescend to employ for captivation. in spite of all his endeavours. she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer. "Can you deny that you have done it?" she repeated." Miss Bingley was not so entirely satisfied with this reply as to continue the subject. "Elizabeth Bennet. and with expressing his hope that it would now be rewarded by her acceptance of his hand. with an attention which it had hardly received on the first perusal. and her spirits were very differently affected. do you think that any consideration would tempt me to accept the man who has been the means of ruining. and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly." Elizabeth's astonishment was beyond expression. but the emotion was short. the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed. when Mr. it is. roused to resentment by his subsequent language. Darcy walk into the room. but his countenance expressed real security. and in almost every line of each. convinced that no country advice could be of any service. He concluded with representing to her the strength of that attachment which. he had found impossible to conquer. Whatever bears affinity to cunning is despicable. She tried. she was suddenly roused by the sound of the door-bell. and I hope will be of short duration. and the disturbance of his mind was visible in every feature. At length. Had not my feelings decided against you--had they been indifferent. and with many men. and had long felt for her." "I might as well inquire. You dare not. and then getting up. and the avowal of all that he felt. The feelings which. his sisters declared that they were miserable. gave her a keener sense of her sister's sufferings. Jones being sent for immediately. chose for her employment the examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her since her being in Kent. CHAPTER 34. They contained no actual complaint. when. Hurst called them to order. She answered him with cold civility. she was at first sorry for the pain he was to receive. she did not mean to be unhappy about him. have long prevented the acknowledgment of your regard. it succeeds. if not the only means of dividing them from each other--of exposing one to the censure of the world for caprice and instability. and would not open his lips till he believed himself to have attained it. and even against your character? Was not this some excuse for incivility. Towards _him_ I have been kinder than towards myself. But I cannot--I have never desired your good opinion." "Undoubtedly. and was silent. perhaps for ever. No motive can excuse the unjust and ungenerous part you acted _there_.Mrs. walked about the room. Such a circumstance could only exasperate farther. and agreeable as he was. After a silence of several minutes. When they were gone. were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding. While settling this point. however. and it was settled that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning. immediately followed. Darcy. there was a want of that cheerfulness which had been used to characterise her style. but its meaning did not escape. and thus began: "In vain I have struggled. to her utter amazement. Elizabeth joined them again only to say that her sister was worse. recommended an express to town for one of the most eminent physicians. 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. who was leaning against the mantelpiece with his eyes fixed on her face. and saw with no slight indignation that he was listening with an air which proved him wholly unmoved by any feeling of remorse. however. and that she could not leave her. and her spirits were a little fluttered by the idea of its being Colonel Fitzwilliam himself. while his sisters." replied she. if Miss Bennet were not decidedly better. Hurst and Miss Bingley both cried out against the injustice of her implied doubt. nor was it likely to conciliate her. that in less than a fortnight she should herself be with Jane again. by duets after supper. Darcy changed colour. 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. They solaced their wretchedness." She paused. But this idea was soon banished. and he listened without attempting to interrupt her while she continued: "I have every reason in the world to think ill of you. who had once before called late in the evening. Elizabeth was surprised. can have little difficulty in overcoming it after this explanation. he said: "And this is all the reply which I am to have the honour of expecting! I might. Mr. or had they even been favourable. and enabled to contribute to the recovery of her spirits. As he said this. with a voice of forced calmness. a very mean art. and if I could _feel_ gratitude. In an hurried manner he immediately began an inquiry after her health. the happiness of a most beloved sister?" As she pronounced these words. however unequally they may be returned. I am thus rejected. "why with so evident a desire of offending and insulting me. It has been most unconsciously done. He even looked at her with a smile of affected incredulity. Mr. But in all.

than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you. I am afraid. she wanted Mr. it belongs to me to find occasions for teasing and quarrelling with you as often as may be." "My beauty you had early withstood. You have withheld the advantages which you must know to have been designed for him. She knew not how to support herself. My good qualities are under your protection. though he could not justify it. your feelings were always noble and just. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related. Wickham. all things considered. "on which my dislike is founded. Darcy. Darcy to account for his having ever fallen in love with her. and have now only to be ashamed of what my own have been. and in your heart. or the words. when you called. were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike." Again his astonishment was obvious. if our comfort springs from a breach of promise? for I ought not to have mentioned the subject." cried Elizabeth with energy. if you had been left to yourself. and from actual weakness sat down and cried for half-an-hour. It was very little less. You have done all this! and yet you can treat the mention of his misfortune with contempt and ridicule. of deference. impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance. your conceit." "You have said quite enough. and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others. Had you not been really amiable. I was in the middle before I knew that I _had_ begun. by reason." She saw him start at this. because I was so unlike _them_. and I shall begin directly by asking you what made you so unwilling to come to the point at last. The fact is. concealed my struggles. in return. you thoroughly despised the persons who so assiduously courted you.""You may as well call it impertinence at once. I roused. "How could you begin?" said she. and as for my manners—my behaviour to _you_ was at least always bordering on the uncivil. "these offenses might have been overlooked. of officious attention. if I had not asked you! My resolution of thanking you for your kindness to Lydia had certainly great effect. as he walked with quick steps across the room. This will never do. but he said nothing. Your character was unfolded in the recital which I received many months ago from Mr. Elizabeth's spirits soon rising to playfulness again. might. 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. whether I might ever hope to make you love me."But it is not merely this affair. can help feeling an interest in him?" "His misfortunes!" repeated Darcy contemptuously. and with a heightened colour. especially. I am not indebted for my present happiness to your eager desire of expressing your gratitude." "A man who had felt less. or the spot. 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. his cruelty towards whom he had not attempted to deny. and turning towards her. "Who that knows what his misfortunes have been." "You might have talked to me more when you came to dinner." "But I was embarrassed. That she should receive an offer of marriage from Mr. You have deprived the best years of his life of that independence which was no less his due than his desert. and interested you. his misfortunes have been great indeed." "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. soon overcame the pity which the consideration of his attachment had for a moment excited. by reflection. when you first called. "is your opinion of me! This is the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully. when you had once made a beginning." "And of your infliction." cried Darcy. if I could. My aunt's intelligence had given me hope. his abominable pride--his shameless avowal of what he had done with respect to Jane--his unpardonable assurance in acknowledging. by everything. I perfectly comprehend your feelings. Forgive me for having taken up so much of your time. I may almost say--of my acquaintance with you." added he. had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner. 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. stopping in his walk. The moral will be perfectly fair. Now be sincere. Long before it had taken place my opinion of you was decided. 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_. But tell me. My faults. and gave me no encouragement. and afterwards dined here? Why. for she loves to be of use. There--I have saved you the trouble of accounting for it. "You have reduced him to his present state of poverty--comparative poverty. and Elizabeth heard him the next moment open the front door and quit the house. 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. with greater policy. had not your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that had long prevented my forming any serious design. if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way. was now painfully great. or the look. I begin to think it perfectly reasonable. But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. I wonder when you _would_ have spoken. _Too much_." "Lady Catherine has been of infinite use." And with these words he hastily left the room. your manners. and I never spoke to you without rather wishing to give you pain than not. and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible. unalloyed inclination. But his pride. in a less tranquil tone." said Darcy." "How unlucky that you should have a reasonable answer to give. as she reflected on what had passed. that you were sick of civility. "yes. These bitter accusations might have been suppressed." "And this. you would have hated me for it. are heavy indeed! But perhaps. Wickham." "And so was I. which ought to make her happy." she continued. and hurried her away to her room. and thinking for _your_ approbation alone. CHAPTER 60. and. and accept my best wishes for your health and happiness." "You need not distress yourself. was increased by every review of it. and really. was to see whether your sister . according to this calculation. Mr. and I was determined at once to know every thing. The tumult of her mind. which laid the foundation. whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?" Elizabeth felt herself growing more angry every moment. and he looked at her with an expression of mingled incredulity and mortification. or what I avowed to myself. On this subject. I did. Her astonishment. "I can comprehend your going on charmingly. and that I should be so reasonable as to admit it! But I wonder how long you _would_ have gone on. did you look as if you did not care about me?" "Because you were grave and silent. and looking. but what could set you off in the first place?" "I cannot fix on the hour. Lady Catherine's unjustifiable endeavours to separate us were the means of removing all my doubts. and to judge. 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. My avowed one. I was not in a humour to wait for any opening of your's. She went on: "From the very beginning--from the first moment. They were natural and just. You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking. had I. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections?--to congratulate myself on the hope of relations. madam. did you admire me for my impertinence?" "For the liveliness of your mind. and flattered you into the belief of my being impelled by unqualified. yet she tried to the utmost to speak with composure when she said: "You are mistaken. for what becomes of the moral. you knew no actual good of me--but nobody thinks of _that_ when they fall in love. It is too long ago. What made you so shy of me. but in spite of the pains you took to disguise yourself. 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. To be sure. and the unfeeling manner in which he had mentioned Mr.

were all that was affectionate and insincere. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand. Darcy had been over-rated. to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of candour is common enough— one meets with it everywhere. We will go round the Park every day. on his approaching marriage. Lady Catherine had been rendered so exceedingly angry by the contents of her nephew's letter. And so you like this man's sisters. Perhaps other people have said so before. and though the uncomfortable feelings arising from all this took from the season of courtship much of its pleasure. when he complimented him on carrying away the brightest jewel of the country. not at all worth pleasing. and though feeling no reliance on her." she added. Collins. James's." "You make me laugh. Charlotte. could not help writing her a much kinder answer than she knew was deserved. Elizabeth had never yet answered Mrs. and say nothing of the bad— belongs to you alone. Mr." (Elizabeth about Darcy." "I would not wish to be hasty in censuring anyone. Bennet about Mr. Jane was not received. I laugh. Phillips's vulgarity was another. A person may be proud without being vain. With your good sense." (Mrs. Before any answer could arrive from Mr. yet. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He walked here. Nor was her respect for him. with admirable calmness. You know it is not sound. was anxious to get away till the storm was blown over. you know." "And if I had not a letter to write myself. and praise him a great deal more than you did in your last. as well as her sister. indulge your imagination in every possible flight which the subject will afford. again and again for not going to the Lakes. and that you would never act in this way yourself. and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. etc. it shall be done directly. little information. stood in too much awe of him to speak with the familiarity which Bingley's good humour encouraged." (Mr Darcy to Mr." Miss Bingley's congratulations to her brother. for your long. He could even listen to Sir William Lucas. Elizabeth did all she could to shield him from the frequent notice of either. and immediately wrote as follows: "I would have thanked you before. I thank you. etc.24 • • • • It is a truth universally acknowledged. this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families. and uncertain temper. satisfactory. and if you will give me a sheet of paper. kind. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. You are all to come to Pemberley at Christmas. if I were you. How could I be so silly as to wish it! Your idea of the ponies is delightful. to make the confession to him which I have since made." (Mary. tax on his forbearance. to like people in general. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood. Ch. he must find it out. must be in want of a wife. in reply to his last. Ch. Ch. my dear. (Ch. for he is a most disagreeable. too. Darcy sends you all the love in the world that he can spare from me. but not handsome enough to tempt me. At such a moment. horrid man. Bingley about Elizabeth Bennet. 5) If a woman is partial to a man. Bennet] was a woman of mean understanding. and unless you believe me actually married. and to those of her family with whom he might converse without mortification. the arrival of her friend was a sincere pleasure to Elizabeth. Phillips. Collins. though in the course of their meetings she must sometimes think the pleasure dearly bought. But it ought to done. and still different from either was what Mr. and repeat all her former professions of regard." From an unwillingness to confess how much her intimacy with Mr. 3) • "Oh! you are a great deal too apt. and all her earnest desire of being loved by her sister. I was too cross to write. really rejoicing in the match. (Ch. or any congratulations to Elizabeth from his wife. it added to the hope of the future. and it is that which makes the wonder. as another young lady once did. it does not advance their felicity in the least. and if she were. and does not endeavour to conceal it. detail of particulars. Bennet sent to Mr." (Charlotte Lucas and Lizzy. She wrote even to Jane on the occasion. Darcy. she only smiles. that Charlotte. and was ever anxious to keep him to herself. Elizabeth. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves. Mrs. He has more to give. though it made her more quiet. You supposed more than really existed. The joy which Miss Darcy expressed on receiving similar information. But I have an aunt." "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. If he did shrug his shoulders. Chapters 1 . my dear aunt. but she was affected. Elizabeth will soon be the wife of Mr. but to say the truth. I quite detest the man. and though Mrs. "that Lizzy does not lose much by not suiting his fancy. having _that_ to communicate which she knew would be most welcome. vanity to what we would have others think of us. however.were still partial to Bingley. fancying himself so very great! Not handsome enough to dance with! I wish you had been there. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation. He bore it. but now." Mr. Darcy's letter to Lady Catherine was in a different style. I might sit by you and admire the evenness of your writing. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in your life. 3) "But I can assure you. I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. I would stand by the nephew. 1) She [Mrs. whenever she _did_ speak. though the words are often used synonymously. at all likely to make her more elegant. 6) . Darcy. give a loose rein to your fancy. if he had not mortified mine. I am the happiest creature in the world. Console Lady Catherine as well as you can. when she saw Mr. But to be candid without ostentation or design— to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better. You must write again very soon. and perhaps a greater. 1) "She is tolerable. too. Ch. "I must trouble you once more for congratulations. But _now_ suppose as much as you choose. it was not till Sir William was out of sight. Ch. Ch." (Elizabeth to Jane. You never see a fault in anybody. she must be vulgar. you cannot greatly err. and expressed his hopes of their all meeting frequently at St." "I know you do. but not one with such justice. with very decent composure. was as sincere as her brother's in sending it. and he walked there. I am happier even than Jane. to have given him one of your set-downs. and she looked forward with delight to the time when they should be removed from society so little pleasing to either. Yours. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles. 6) "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. but it is not sound. Bennet to Mr. But. Four sides of paper were insufficient to contain all her delight. to express her delight. (Ch. 4) • • • • "I could easily forgive his pride. Darcy exposed to all the parading and obsequious civility of her husband. she was almost ashamed to find that her uncle and aunt had already lost three days of happiness. but I always speak what I think. the Longbourn family heard that the Collinses were come themselves to Lucas Lodge."Yours sincerely. The reason of this sudden removal was soon evident. as I ought to have done. 5) "Vanity and pride are different things. "DEAR SIR. Gardiner's long letter. who must not be longer neglected. for you are wasting your time with me. do you? Their manners are not equal to his. that a single man in possession of a good fortune. to all the comfort and elegance of their family party at Pemberley.

or the number of couples. such inhumanity as this. in every disposition a tendency to some particular evil— a natural defect. I hear such different accounts of you as puzzle me exceedingly. and you ought to make some kind of remark on the size of the room. 10) "You expect me to account for opinions which you choose to call mine. having rather expected to affront him. such injustice." "You appear to me." "Very true. This is the only point. 18) "It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion." he replied with a smile.. 10) She (Elizabeth) hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of admiration to so great a man (Darcy). on which we do not agree. but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her manner which made it difficult for her to affront anybody. as to its being created. and now. Mr. he was caught by their easy playfulness. "I am trying to make it out. I suppose. Darcy has no defect. Collins had only to change from Jane to Elizabeth—and it was soon done—done while Mrs. It is." answered he gravely. • • "I had not thought Mr." "And yours. You are very cautious." (Ch. Bingley's attentions to her sister." "No. was amazed at his gallantry. 10) "To yield readily— easily— to the persuasion of a friend is no merit with you. I must hope to be always sensible of it." "To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of either. in a moment. impossible for us to conjecture the causes or circumstances which may have alienated them. to be secure of judging properly at first. Darcy. 16) "Interested people have perhaps misrepresented each to the other." (Ch. My temper would perhaps be called resentful. I am sure we never read the same." "And what is your success?" She shook her head. he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing. but did not suspect him of descending to such malicious revenge. he should be in some danger. (Ch. Darcy. that were it not for the inferiority of her connections. 18) "Mr. too little yielding— certainly too little for the convenience of the world. that you hardly ever forgave. "I have made no such pretension. I have faults enough." (Darcy to Miss Bingley.• Occupied in observing Mr." (Ch." said she. he looked at her only to criticise. but I must so far differ from you as to think our two youngest daughters uncommonly foolish. as there is reason to fear that the performance would . Darcy so bad as this— though I have never liked him. and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance. 6) "If my children are silly. but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. 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 when they next met. Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming an object of some interest in the eyes of his friend. or we shall be obliged to think ill of somebody. He really believed. You are safe from me. 6) • • • • • • • • • • "Your conjecture is totally wrong. but they are not." (Ch. from love to matrimony. "that reports may vary greatly with respect to me. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow. without actual blame on either side. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and his friends that she hardly had a good feature in her face. 11) • 15) Mr. I really cannot laugh at it. I had not thought so very ill of him. It is." (Ch. My feelings are not puffed about with every attempt to move them. and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the fashionable world. Darcy." (Ch. I believe. 18) "May I ask to what these questions tend?" "Merely to the illustration of your character. I cannot forget the follies and vices of other so soon as I ought. 10) Elizabeth. Ch. 18) "Books— oh! no." "I am sorry you think so." "There is. (Ch." (Ch. Miss Bennet. Mr. nor their offenses against myself. 6) A lady's imagination is very rapid. Of this she was perfectly unaware. Darcy had at first scarcely allowed her to be pretty. (Ch." (Ch. and who had not thought her handsome enough to dance with. that your resentment once created was unappeasable." (Ch." (Mr Bennet to his wife. Mr. Mr. endeavouring to shake off her gravity. 18) • "I can readily believe. indeed. is less certain. Though he had detected with a critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form. He owns it himself without disguise." said Darcy. We may compare our different opinions." "Laugh as much as you choose. My temper I dare not vouch for." (Ch. I hope. My mind was more agreeably engaged. that you were not to sketch my character at the present moment. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends— whether he may be equally capable of retaining them. and I could wish. But you have chosen your fault well. which not even the best education can overcome. 10) "I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr." said Darcy. I had hoped that our sentiments coincided in every particular.. 7) "Nothing is more deceitful. "than the appearance of humility. (Ch. my dear Jane. it jumps from admiration to love. than he began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded some others equally mortifying." (Ch. of understanding. I believe. he had looked at her without admiration at the ball." "And your defect is a propensity to hate everybody. and Darcy had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. I flatter myself. to allow nothing for the influence of friendship and affection. My good opinion once lost is lost forever. "I do not get on at all." (Ch. (Ch." (Ch. 10) "The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor. I had supposed him to be despising his fellow-creatures in general. or not with the same feelings. Bennet was stirring the fire." "That is a failing indeed!" cried Elizabeth. I assure you. Ch. and sometimes an indirect boast. in short. "Implacable resentment is a shade in a character. but which I have never acknowledged. there can at least be no want of subject. 18) "I remember hearing you once say. to her he was only the man who made himself agreeable nowhere. but if that be the case. It is often only carelessness of opinion. 17) • • • • • • "It is your turn to say something now. "is willfully to misunderstand them. I talked about the dance.

but as a rational creature. and you set yourself against it." (Ch. and I am convinced that I am the last woman in the world who could make you so. Elizabeth would make no reply. You could not make me happy." (Ch. for everybody's sake. determined. I would rather be paid the compliment of being believed sincere. and are hurt if I speak ill of anybody.36 • • "We do not suffer by accident. 19) "I do assure you. 24) • "We must not be so ready to fancy ourselves intentionally injured. whose negative might be uttered in such a manner as must be decisive. to apply to her father. it was more decided and remarkable. They will ruin your happiness. Consider Mr." (Ch. Collins. Collins's respectability." (Ch. that as to fortune. 28) "I like her appearance. resignation is never so perfect as when the blessing denied begins to lose somewhat of its value in our estimation. You wish to think all the world respectable. I know not how to express my refusal in such a way as to convince you of its being one. 18) • • • • "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. that the woman who married him cannot have a proper way of thinking. Bingley's love?" "I never saw a more promising inclination." (Ch. You do not make allowance enough for difference of situation and temper. as well as I do. that I have no pretension whatever to that kind of elegance which consists in tormenting a respectable man. I may never have another opportunity. the more am I dissatisfied with it. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. of my encroaching on your privilege of universal good-will. You need not. I am perfectly serious in my refusal. 27) "And is this all?" cried Elizabeth. Ch. and still fewer of whom I think well. You shall not. and Charlotte's steady. You shall not defend her. and immediately and in silence withdrew. for the sake of one individual. 20) ". What are men to rocks and mountains?" (Ch. "you puzzle me exceedingly." (Mr Bennet. as well as I do. The more I see of the world. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me. She will make him a very proper wife. and pay me the compliment of believing what I say. It is very often nothing but our own vanity that deceives us. and be ready to believe. pompous." he replied. Women fancy admiration means more than it does. Could there be finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?" (Ch. I would try to believe almost anything. (Ch. change the meaning of principle and integrity. Collins. 24) • "To oblige you." cried Elizabeth with some warmth. and I will never see you again if you do. unknown to the society of Hertfordshire." "I shall not say you are mistaken. she will do for him very well. I thank you again and again for the honour you have done me in your proposals. silly man. and insensibility of danger security for happiness. Remember that she is one of a large family." (Ch. prudent character. and urged the possibility of mistakes— but by everybody else Mr. that selfishness is prudence. If what I have hitherto said can appear to you in the form of encouragement." "And men take care that they should. and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters. I wish you very happy and very rich. speaking the truth from her heart. and you must feel. strong attachment. that it gives me very little idea. you know he is. It is as often applied to feelings which arise from a half-hour's acquaintance. so indefinite. (Ch. "She looks sickly and cross. that she may feel something like regard and esteem for our cousin. . by not asking them to dance. intending to plague you." "But if I do not take your likeness now.. nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me. and by refusing you hand. Darcy was condemned as the worst of men. and whose behaviour at least could not be mistaken for the affectation and coquetry of an elegant female. but no one else could be benefited by such a belief as this. Elizabeth. and here is nothing but Lady Catherine and her daughter." "But that expression of 'violently in love' is so hackneyed. 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. Do not be afraid of my running into any excess. 28) "There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others." (Ch. 24) Chapters 25 ." said Elizabeth. "because you could not really believe me to entertain any design of alarming you. We must not expect a lively young man to be always so guarded and circumspect. her mild and steady candour always pleaded for allowances. as to a real. Pray. do all in my power to prevent your being otherwise. and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense. Can I speak plainer? Do not consider me now as an elegant female. 25) • • • • "Adieu to disappointment and spleen." (Ch. struck with other ideas. narrow-minded. and wholly engrossed by her." . Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Every time they met. Collins is a conceited. Mr.. 19) "Really. 19) • To such perseverance in wilful self-deception. for were I persuaded that Charlotte had any regard for him. At his own ball he offended two or three young ladies. do not give way to such feelings as these. I should only think worse of her understanding than I now do of her heart. You must give me leave to judge for myself. though it is Charlotte Lucas. There are few people whom I really love. without receiving an answer. . Collins. Chapter 20) "This is not fair. so doubtful. Mr. 24) Miss Bennet was the only creature who could suppose there might be any extenuating circumstances in the case. 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.reflect no credit on either. 24) • "My dear Lizzy. I only want to think you perfect." (Ch. all praise of me will be unnecessary. Yes. "I expected at least that the pigs were got into the garden. it is a most eligible match. 19) • • • "An unhappy alternative is before you. Sir. My dear Jane. My feelings in every respect forbid it. and I spoke to him twice myself. 19) "Indeed." (Mr Collins. how violent was Mr. that if he persisted in considering her repeated refusals as flattering encouragement. but to accept them is absolutely impossible. he was growing quite inattentive to other people." (Ch." (Ch. Mr.

I believe. were dwelt on with a warmth which seemed due to the consequence he was wounding. with a voice of forced calmness. Darcy." "But it is not merely this affair. At length. till." (Ch. she saw Mr." • He was struggling for the appearance of composure. She stared." said Elizabeth. and even a third. My feelings will not be repressed. and involving them both in misery of the acutest kind. perhaps for ever. and had long felt for her." "Did Mr. and then getting up. The pause was to Elizabeth's feelings dreadful. it is. It is not to be supposed that there was much affection in the case. But.. and. but there were feelings besides those of the heart to be detailed. Such a circumstance could only exasperate farther. but he actually thought it necessary to turn back and walk with her. It has been most unconsciously done. She tried. or that I rejoice in my success. and from knowing them to have been together the whole of last summer. 31) • More than once did Elizabeth. After a silence of several minutes. to her utter amazement. • "It is a circumstance which Darcy could not wish to be generally known. if I was uncivil? But I have other provocations. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. She answered him with cold civility. Had not my feelings decided against you— had they been indifferent. Darcy walk into the room. He spoke of apprehension and anxiety. The feelings which. however. I would now thank you. immediately followed. to prevent its ever happening again. he had found impossible to conquer." she continued. In an hurried manner he immediately began an inquiry after her health. Elizabeth was surprised. can have little difficulty in overcoming it after this explanation. and even against your character? Was not this some excuse for incivility." • Elizabeth's astonishment was beyond expression. against your reason. in spite of all his endeavours. and was silent." replied she. in her ramble within the park. when. he came towards her in an agitated manner. "as we know none of the particulars. for on these occasions it was not merely a few formal inquiries and an awkward pause and then away. with so little endeavour at civility. As he said this. she could not be insensible to the compliment of such a man's affection. Long before it had taken place my opinion of you was decided." "You may depend upon my not mentioning it. took care to inform him at first that it was a favourite haunt of hers. I am particularly unlucky in meeting with a person so able to expose my real character. do you think that any consideration would tempt me to accept the man who has been the means of ruining. It will not do. It is natural that obligation should be felt. the colour rose into her cheeks. he said: "And this is all the reply which I am to have the honour of expecting! I might. recollecting herself. He sat down for a few moments. was very odd! Yet it did. and might now come to inquire particularly after her. and the avowal of all that he felt. and the other to its derision for disappointed hopes. and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly. and if I could feel gratitude. wish to be informed why. His sense of her inferiority— of its being a degradation— of the family obstacles which judgement had always opposed to inclination. and teach you not to believe a word I say. she lost all compassion in anger. 31) • "I certainly have not the talent which some people possess. that you have been the principal. in a part of the world where I had hoped to pass myself off with some degree of credit. I cannot catch their tone of conversation. he was to determine and direct in what manner his friend was to be happy. But this idea was soon banished. He concluded with representing to her the strength of that attachment which. who had once before called late in the evening. and with expressing his hope that it would now be rewarded by her acceptance of his hand. and do not produce the same expression. unexpectedly meet Mr. "on which my dislike is founded. Towards him I have been kinder than towards myself. if not the only means of dividing them from each other— of exposing one to the censure of the world for caprice and instability. But it is of small importance. when he should have done. it would be an unpleasant thing. and her spirits were a little fluttered by the idea of its being Colonel Fitzwilliam himself. she was at first sorry for the pain he was to receive. or appear interested in their concerns. you cannot deny. This he considered sufficient encouragement. But then I have always supposed it to be my own faultbecause I would not take the trouble of practising. or had they even been favourable. "why with so evident a desire of offending and insulting me. she could easily see that he had no doubt of a favourable answer. and. but was very unlikely to recommend his suit." She was suddenly roused by the sound of the door-bell. or why." • • "I do not see what right Mr." she continued. She felt all the perverseness of the mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought. and she said: "In such cases as this. and her spirits were very differently affected. I am thus rejected." .Elizabeth laughed heartily at this picture of herself."(Ch. but his countenance expressed real security. have long prevented the acknowledgment of your regard." • "I might as well inquire. How it could occur a second time. and said to Colonel Fitzwilliam. because if it were to get round to the lady's family.." "My fingers. however unequally they may be returned. perhaps. therefore. but said not a word. and I hope will be of short duration. "do not move over this instrument in the masterly manner which I see so many women's do. you chose to tell me that you liked me against your will. but without mentioning names or any other particulars. Darcy give you reasons for this interference?" "I understood that there were some very strong objections against the lady. however. doubted. when he ceased. Darcy had to decide on the propriety of his friend's inclination. I am sorry to have occasioned pain to anyone. and thus began: "In vain I have struggled. You dare not. "of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. you tell me. the happiness of a most beloved sister?" • "I have every reason in the world to think ill of you. as I often see done. to compose herself to answer him with patience. walked about the room. But I cannot— I have never desired your good opinion. imputing his visit to a wish of hearing that she were better. 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." said Darcy. it is not fair to condemn him. coloured. upon his own judgement alone. and though her intentions did not vary for an instant. roused to resentment by his subsequent language. and would not open his lips till he believed himself to have attained it. and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort. They have not the same force or rapidity. It seemed like wilful ill-nature. the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed. and he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride." "And remember that I have not much reason for supposing it to be Bingley. or a voluntary penance. No motive can excuse the unjust and ungenerous part you acted there. You know I have. • In spite of her deeply-rooted dislike." • • "I have no wish of denying that I did everything in my power to separate my friend from your sister. He spoke well. "Your cousin will give you a very pretty notion of me.

" "It is well. than as it spared the concern which I might have felt in refusing you. I perfectly comprehend your feelings. by dwelling on wishes which." added he. soon overcame the pity which the consideration of his attachment had for a moment excited. as she reflected on what had passed. You have widely mistaken my character." "These are heavy misfortunes." The tumult of her mind. believe that remaining partiality for her might assist his endeavours in a cause where her peace of mind must be materially concerned. exceedingly painful. But his pride. 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. perhaps. impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance. and he had the means of exercising it. "Be not alarmed. to be importuned no farther on the subject." replied Elizabeth. These bitter accusations might have been suppressed. if you wilfully act against the inclinations of all. and she soon felt that even her vanity was insufficient. Darcy is neither by honour nor inclination confined to his cousin. Brother-in-law of Wickham! Every kind of pride must revolt from the connection. your feelings." She saw him start at this. 56). you last night laid to my charge. cannot be too soon forgotten. 35) [edit] Chapters 37 . "is your opinion of me! This is the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for explaining it so fully. have no cause to repine. that the arguments with which you have supported this extraordinary application have been as frivolous as the application was ill-judged. You will be censured. she could. I know.61 • • Her heart did whisper that he had done it for her." Again his astonishment was obvious. decorum. Forgive me for having taken up so much of your time. will bestow it unwillingly. and flattered you into the belief of my being impelled by unqualified. yet she tried to the utmost to speak with composure when she said: "You are mistaken. madam. then. It was painful.• "And this. by reason. honour. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related. for do not expect to be noticed by his family or friends. his abominable pride— his shameless avowal of what he had done with respect to Jane— his unpardonable assurance in acknowledging. stopping in his walk. if you think I can be worked on by such persuasions as these. But it was a hope shortly checked by other considerations. I write without any intention of paining you. I shall not go away till you have given me the assurance I require. had not my character required it to be written and read. or humbling myself. for the happiness of both. to oblige me. madam. should have been spared. why is not he to make another choice? And if I am that choice. that she could. unalloyed inclination. and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others. and by no means of equal magnitude. 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. interest. forbid it.. but I demand it of your justice. had I. nor gratitude. which asked no extraordinary stretch of belief. interest. 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. I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you. and from actual weakness sat down and cried for half-an-hour. and make him the contempt of the world. She went on: "From the very beginning— from the first moment. pardon the freedom with which I demand your attention. But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence. 52). You refuse to obey the claims of duty. in my own opinion." (Ch. nor honour. why may not I accept him?" "Because honour. "But the wife of Mr. on receiving this letter. and have now only to be ashamed of what my own have been. or the ." (Ch. your conceit. in the present instance. I cannot tell. Her astonishment. done much. Darcy must have such extraordinary sources of happiness necessarily attached to her situation. 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. by reflection. your name will never even be mentioned by any of us. and the unfeeling manner in which he had mentioned Mr. as he walked with quick steps across the room. But he had given a reason for his interference. nay. How far your nephew might approve of your interference in his affairs. • "You are then resolved to have him?" "I have said no such thing." replied Elizabeth. Darcy. to be sure. slighted. They were natural and just. without reference to you. were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike. with greater policy. therefore. My faults. he had liberality. his cruelty towards whom he had not attempted to deny. or to any person so wholly unconnected with me. according to this calculation. and gratitude. Your alliance will be a disgrace. if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way. therefore. "have any possible claim on me. You are determined to ruin him in the opinion of all his friends. Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections?— to congratulate myself on the hope of relations. and the effort which the formation and the perusal of this letter must occasion. It was reasonable that he should feel he had been wrong." • • "You have said quite enough. (Ch. your manners." (Ch. to know that they were under obligations to a person who could never receive a return. but you have certainly no right to concern yourself in mine. constitute my happiness. I am not to be intimidated into anything so wholly unreasonable. upon the whole. and despised. I expected to find a more reasonable young woman. was increased by every review of it. prudence. I must beg. • "Miss Bennet I am shocked and astonished. Mr. and though she would not place herself as his principal inducement.. had not your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the scruples that had long prevented my forming any serious design." cried Darcy. "these offenses might have been overlooked. Miss Bennet. You must. by the apprehension of its containing any repetition of those sentiments or renewal of those offers which were last night so disgusting to you. and he looked at her with an expression of mingled incredulity and mortification. And with regard to the resentment of his family. I am only resolved to act in that manner. by everything. but he said nothing. • "If Mr. Wickham. 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. 56). though he could not justify it. She was ashamed to think how much. Darcy. would my refusing to accept his hand make him wish to bestow it on his cousin? Allow me to say. and turning towards her. But do not deceive yourself into a belief that I will ever recede." "And I certainly never shall give it. She knew not how to support herself. whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?" • Elizabeth felt herself growing more angry every moment. but would my giving you the wished-for promise make their marriage at all more probable? Supposing him to be attached to me. He had. was now painfully great. No principle of either would be violated by my marriage with Mr. concealed my struggles. Two offenses of a very different nature. by everyone connected with him." "Neither duty. had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner. Darcy to marry your daughter. and accept my best wishes for your health and happiness. That she should receive an offer of marriage from Mr. Lady Catherine. are heavy indeed! But perhaps. Yes. which will. Your ladyship wants Mr. You refuse.

of my conduct. I would not give up Mr. but it did not end so. Darcy's indifference. which. "was to show you. which laid the foundation. produced the desired effect. But with me. and I hoped to obtain your forgiveness. Your retrospections must be so totally void of reproach. Her father had most cruelly mortified her.indignation of the world. she could listen. though good themselves (my father. but I believe in about half an hour after I had seen you." • • • • "For what do we live. for attention to any other objects. improved in civility. will be irreproachable. and she could do nothing but wonder at such a want of penetration. though not very fluently. my manners. when she would rather have cried. so well applied. if strictly examined. 57) • • "You are too generous to trifle with me. you would have acknowledged it to Lady Catherine. I came to you without a doubt of my reception. and such I might still have been but for you. that I was not so mean as to resent the past. to think meanly of all the rest of the world. all that was benevolent and amiable). I think I have surprised you. she might have seen how well the expression of heartfelt delight. They walked on. frankly and openly. tell me so at once. to care for none beyond my own family circle. As a child I was taught what was right. irrevocably decided against me. • "It taught me to hope. by letting you see that your reproofs had been attended to. inexpressibly painful to me. and immediately. which ought not. that the contentment arising from them is not of philosophy. what is much better. but most advantageous. had you been absolutely. of innocence. but I was not taught to correct my temper. to wish at least to think meanly of their sense and worth compared with my own." said Elizabeth. to lessen your ill opinion. in practice.' Those were your words. If your feelings are still what they were last April. instead of his seeing too little." • "We will not quarrel for the greater share of blame annexed to that evening. Chapter 60). loveliest Elizabeth! What do I not owe you! You taught me a lesson. You know not. you can scarcely conceive." "The letter. Your reproof. The recollection of what I then said. but his perfect indifference." "I cannot give you credit for any philosophy of the kind. from eight to eight and twenty. You must learn some of my philosophy. and she soon satisfied Jane by her solemn assurances of attachment." said he. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure. she might have fancied too much. Lizzy. encouraged. though not in principle. and who probably never looked at you in his life! It is admirable!" Elizabeth tried to join in her father's pleasantry. The turn of your countenance I shall never forget. that every unpleasant circumstance attending it ought to be forgotten. but to make sport for our neighbours. make it so delightfully absurd! Much as I abominate writing. and your pointed dislike. now be serious. 58) Elizabeth. but. I was spoilt by my parents. "I believed myself perfectly calm and cool. how they have tortured me. or the look. • "I cannot fix on the hour. I have been a selfish being all my life. But I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley. but. feeling all the more than common awkwardness and anxiety of his situation. I hope. and laugh at them in our turn?" "Had they fixed on any other man it would have been nothing. I shall never forget: 'had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner. it would not give me one moment's concern— and the world in general would have too much sense to join in the scorn. It is too long ago." "My dearest sister. You showed me how insufficient were all my pretensions to please a woman worthy of being pleased. The happiness which this reply produced." • • "You thought me then devoid of every proper feeling. • "Mr. now forced herself to speak. made his affection every moment more valuable. or fear that perhaps. or the Lucases." (Ch. . without knowing in what direction." "I cannot be so easily reconciled to myself. who. as you said that I could not have addressed you in any possible way that would induce you to accept me. was such as he had probably never felt before. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.— though it was some time. I am a gentleman’s daughter. became him. Could he. is now. we have both. and the person who received it. Had Elizabeth been able to encounter his eye. whose name would have given the lie more effectually to what they related? Mr. (Ch. and has been many months. by every civility in my power. since the period to which he alluded. but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever. Darcy. diffused over his face. Collins's correspondence for any consideration." (Ch. almost taught me to be selfish and overbearing." Another entreaty that she would be serious. After abusing you so abominably to your face. have pitched on any man within the circle of our acquaintance. without delay. but left to follow them in pride and conceit. and felt. but since then. Painful recollections will intrude which cannot. so far we are equal" (Ch. my expressions during the whole of it. 56). as to make her receive with gratitude and pleasure his present assurances. Such I was. I am sure you did. How soon any other wishes introduced themselves I can hardly tell. gave him to understand that her sentiments had undergone so material a change. hard indeed at first. are now so widely different from what they were then. to be repelled. I was properly humbled. however. "Yes. Let me know every thing that I am to know.Darcy. I could have no scruple in abusing you to all your relations. My affections and wishes are unchanged." Elizabeth coloured and laughed as she replied. and he expressed himself on the occasion as sensibly and as warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. by what he said of Mr. Darcy. By you. and he told her of feelings. in proving of what importance she was to him. particularly. The adieu is charity itself. I knew enough of your disposition to be certain that. 56) Elizabeth had never been more at a loss to make her feelings appear what they were not. before I was reasonable enough to allow their justice. began in bitterness. who never looks at any woman but to see a blemish." "He is a gentleman. though she could not look." "When I wrote that letter." replied Darcy. "The conduct of neither. you see." (Mr. if the former were excited by his marrying me. is the man! Now. But think no more of the letter. but I am since convinced that it was written in a dreadful bitterness of spirit. Will you tell me how long you have loved him?" "It has been coming on so gradually. or the words. but could only force one most reluctant smile." • • "My object then. Never had his wit been directed in a manner so little agreeable to her. There was too much to be thought. "as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before. it is not so. and said. allowed. It was necessary to laugh. you know enough of my frankness to believe me capable of that. I confess." replied Darcy. The feelings of the person who wrote. dearest. that I hardly know when it began. I want to talk very seriously. Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child). I was given good principles. perhaps.