My dear friend if you are not so compassionate as to

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“MY DEAR FRIEND,— “If you are not so compassionate as to dine to-day with Louisa and me, we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives, for a whole day’s _tête-à-tête_ between two women can never end without a quarrel. If there had not been a Netherfield ball to prepare for and talk of, the younger Miss Bennets would have been in a very pitiable state at this time, for from the day of the invitation, to the day of the ball, there was such a succession of rain as prevented their walking to Meryton once. 1through 1. ” “I suspected as much,” replied Elizabeth. Bennet by admiring Mrs. “But perhaps you would like to read it. Everything wore a happier aspect. We have judged it best that my niece should be married from this house, of which I hope you will approve. I hope they will not meet at all. As he was to begin his journey too early on the morrow to see any of the family, the ceremony of leave-taking was performed when the ladies moved for the night; and Mrs. To know that her daughter would be married was enough. “Your examination of Mr. I have just as much right to be asked as she has, and more too, for I am two years older. Bennet made no answer, and each of them, deep in thought, continued silent till they reached the house. Wickham’s being among them. But no,”—recollecting herself—“that could never be; my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me; I should not have been allowed to invite them. How wonderfully these sort of things occur! Who would have thought of my meeting with, perhaps, a nephew of Lady Catherine de Bourgh in this assembly! I am most thankful that the discovery is made in time for me to pay my respects to him, which I am now going to do, and trust he will excuse my not having done it before. They were hopeless of remedy. ” “Care of him! Yes, I really believe Darcy _does_ take care of him in those points where he most wants care. ” “Whatever my connections may be,” said Elizabeth, “if your nephew does not object to them, they can be nothing to _you_. She shall hear my opinion. Well, he certainly is very agreeable, and I give you leave to like him. Wickham of course wanted more than he could get; but at length was reduced to be reasonable. ” “And they _must_ marry! Yet he is _such_ a man!” “Yes, yes, they must marry. “I am by no means of the opinion, I assure you,” said he, “that a
ball of this kind, given by a young man of character, to respectable people, can have any evil tendency; and I am so far from objecting to dancing myself, that I shall hope to be honoured with the hands of all my fair cousins in the course of the evening; and I take this opportunity of soliciting yours, Miss Elizabeth, for the two first dances especially, a preference which I trust my cousin Jane will attribute to the right cause, and not to any disrespect for her. He was the proudest, most disagreeable man in the world, and everybody hoped that he would never come there again. If anindividual work is in the public domain in the United States and you arelocated in the United States, we do not claim

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