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Darcy corroborated it with a bow, and was beginning to determine not to fix his eyes on Elizabeth, when they were suddenly arrested by the sight of the stranger, and Elizabeth happening to see the countenance of both as they looked at each other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting. She practises very constantly. ” “That will not do for a compliment to Darcy, Caroline,” cried her brother, “because he does _not_ write with ease. Howsoever that may be, you are grievously to be pitied; in which opinion I am not only joined by Mrs. ” “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. Bennet to return to Longbourn, as soon as he could, to the great consolation of his sister, who considered it as the only security for her husband’s not being killed in a duel. ” She would not give him time to reply, but hurrying instantly to her husband, called out as she entered the library, “Oh! Mr. ” “If I were as rich as Mr. I have a warm, unguarded temper, and I may have spoken my opinion _of_ him, and _to_ him, too freely. ” “Oh! I am not afraid of her dying. I am perfectly serious in my refusal. Elizabeth, for the sake of saying something that might turn her mother’s thoughts, now asked her if Charlotte Lucas had been at Longbourn since _her_ coming away. He comes down on Thursday at the latest, very likely on Wednesday. “While Mary is adjusting her ideas,” he continued, “let us return to Mr. ” However little Mr. ” Elizabeth honoured him for such feelings, and thought him handsomer than ever as he expressed them. I hope she will turn out well. ” “But you are not entitled to know _mine;_ nor will such behaviour as this, ever induce me to be explicit. No look appeared on either side that spoke particular regard. Darcy, with grave propriety, requested to be allowed the honour of her hand, but in vain. He meant to resign his commission immediately; and as to his future situation, he could conjecture very little about it. It was many months since she had mentioned his name to Elizabeth; but now, as soon as they were alone together, she said: “I saw you look at me to-day, Lizzy, when my aunt told us of the present report; and I know I appeared distressed. Collins listened to her with the determined air of following his own inclination, and, when she ceased speaking, replied thus: “My dearMiss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world in your excellent judgement in all matters within the scope of your understanding; but permit me to say, that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy; for, 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. Darcy, will readily comprehend how sincerely I must rejoice that he is wise enough to assume even the

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