Bennet, who fancied she had gained a complete victory over him, continued her triumph.“You are a good girl;” he replied, “and I have great pleasure in thinking you will be so happily settled. Miss Darcy, though with a diffidence which marked her little in the habit of giving invitations, readily obeyed. Elizabeth most thankfully consented, and a servant was dispatched to Longbourn to acquaint the family with her stay and bring back a supply of clothes. Elizabeth soon heard from her friend; and their correspondence was as regular and frequent as it had ever been; that it should be equally unreserved was impossible. ’ Allow me, by the way, to observe, my fair cousin, 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. Bennet; “and I am glad to find that you do not depend on her serving you. “She is my youngest girl but one. Collins received and returned these felicitations with equal pleasure, and then proceeded to relate the particulars of their interview, with the result of which he trusted he had every reason to be satisfied, since the refusal which his cousin had steadfastly given him would naturally flow from her bashful modesty and the genuine delicacy of her character. But let me advise you to think better of it. Her heart had been but slightly touched, and her vanity was satisfied with believing that _she_ would have been his only choice, had fortune permitted it. She had once or twice suggested to Elizabeth the possibility of his being partial to her, but Elizabeth always laughed at the idea; and Mrs. On the contrary, every particular relative to his sister was meant to be kept as much as possible to myself; and if I endeavour to undeceive people as to the rest of his conduct, who will believe me? The general prejudice against Mr. His complexion became pale with anger, and the disturbance of his mind was visible in every feature. So he inquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the two next. ” “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. Collins was eloquent in her praise. The park paling was still the boundary on one side, and she soon passed one of the gates into the ground. 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. ” “You have a house in town, I conclude?” Mr. Put them next to your great-uncle the judge. “Can it be possible that he will marry her?” “Wickham is not so undeserving, then, as we thought him,” said her sister. Forster,” said she, “it will be quite shocking to send her away! And there are several of the young men, too, that she likes very much.