of indignation; but when she considered how unjustly she had condemned and upbraidedhim, her anger was turned against herself; and his disappointed feelings became the object of compassion. Gardiner’s business on her arrival was to distribute her presents and describe the newest fashions. ” Mr. Only look at her. Collins very gravely—“but I cannot imagine that her ladyship would at all disapprove of you. Collins listened to her with the determined air of following his own inclination, and, when she ceased speaking, replied thus: “My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world in your excellent judgement in all matters within the scope of your understanding; but permit meto 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. Never, even in the company of his dear friends at Netherfield, or his dignified relations at Rosings, had she seen him so desirous to please, so free from self-consequence or unbending reserve, as now, when no importance could result from the success of his endeavours, 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. Wickham immediately to Elizabeth’s mind; and from the observation of the day altogether, she believed Lady Catherine to be exactly what he represented. When her mother went up to her dressing-room at night, she followed her, and made the important communication. I shall offer to pay him to-morrow; he will rant and storm about his love for you, and there will be an end of the matter. Bingley is come. Elizabeth thought this was going pretty far; and she listened with increasing astonishment as the housekeeper added, “I have never known a cross word from him in my life, and I have known him ever since he was four years old. Bennet treated the matter differently. I remember the time when I liked a red coat myself very well—and, indeed,so I do still at my heart; and if a smart young colonel, with five or six thousand a year, should want one of my girls I shall not say nay to him; and I thought Colonel Forster looked very becoming the other night at Sir William’s in his regimentals. Were it for nothing but his love of you, I must always have esteemed him; but now, as Bingley’s friend and your husband, there can be only Bingley and yourself more dear to me. Gardiner this moment, on business that cannot be delayed; I have not an instant to lose. ” “Indeed, Mr. Howsoever that may be, you are grievously to be pitied; in which opinion I am not only joined by Mrs. Some people call him proud; but I am sure I never saw anything of it. Gardiner, who was several years younger than Mrs. To Caroline’s assertion ofher brother’s being partial to Miss Darcy she paid no credit.