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being still quite as handsome as ever,
her approach to the years of danger,
being properly solicited by baronet-blood within the next twelvemonth or two.
extremely agreeable,
only in him a proper match for Sir Walter Elliot's eldest daughter.
The disgrace of his first marriage might, perhaps, as there was no reason to suppose it perpetuated by offspring, have been got over, had he not done worse; but he had,
spoken most disrespectfully of them all, most slightingly and contemptuously of the very blood he belonged to, and the honours which were hereafter to be his own.
This could not be pardoned.
that when he now took up the Baronetage, it was to drive the heavy bills of his tradespeople, and the unwelcome hints of Mr Shepherd, his agent, from his thoughts.
what could be done,
to cut off some unnecessary charities, and to refrain from new furnishing the drawing-room;
their taking no present down to Anne,
as an act of indispensable duty to clear away the claims of creditors with all the expedition which the most comprehensive retrenchments could secure,
saw no dignity in anything short of it.
it to be prescribed, and felt as a duty.
there might be little more difficulty in persuading them to a complete, than to half a reformation.
the sacrifice of one pair of horses would be hardly less painful than of both,
A small house in their own neighbourhood, where they might still have Lady Russell's society, still be near Mary, and still have the pleasure of sometimes seeing the lawns and groves of Kellynch,
it agreed with her;
"They would look around them, no doubt, and bless their good fortune,"
"but I quite agree with my father in thinking a sailor might be a very desirable tenant. I have known a good deal of the profession; and besides their liberality, they are so neat and careful in all their ways! These valuable pictures of yours, Sir Walter, if you chose to leave them, would be perfectly safe. Everything in and about the house would be taken such excellent care of! The gardens and shrubberies would be kept in almost as high order as they are now. You need not be afraid, Miss Elliot, of your own sweet flower gardens being neglected."
"The navy, I think, who have done so much for us, have at least an equal claim with any other set of men, for all the comforts and all the privileges which any home can give. Sailors work hard enough for their comforts, we must all allow."
"Oh! certainly,"
"Nay, Sir Walter,"
"this is being severe indeed. Have a little mercy on the poor men. We are not all born to be handsome. The sea is no beautifier, certainly; sailors do grow old betimes; I have observed it; they soon lose the look of youth. But then, is not it the same with many other professions, perhaps most other? Soldiers, in active service, are not at all better off: and even in the quieter professions, there is a toil and a labour of the mind, if not of the body, which seldom leaves a man's looks to the natural effect of time. The lawyer plods, quite care-worn; the physician is up at all hours, and travelling in all weather; and even the clergyman --"
"and even the clergyman, you know is obliged to go into infected rooms, and expose his health and looks to all the injury of a poisonous atmosphere. In fact, as I have long been convinced, though every profession is necessary and honourable in its turn, it is only the lot of those who are not obliged to follow any, who can live in a regular way, in the country, choosing their own hours, following their own pursuits, and living on their own property, without the torment of trying for more; it is only their lot, I say, to hold the blessings of health and a good appearance to the utmost: I know no other set of men but what lose something of their personableness when they cease to be quite young."
"He is a rear admiral of the white. He was in the Trafalgar action, and has been in the East Indies since; he was stationed there, I believe, several years."
"You mean Mr Wentworth, I suppose?"
"A few months more, and he, perhaps, may be walking here."
She did not blame Lady Russell, she did not blame herself for having been guided by her;
were any young person, in similar circumstances, to apply to her for counsel, they would never receive any of such certain immediate wretchedness, such uncertain future good.
under every disadvantage of disapprobation at home, and every anxiety attending his profession, all their probable fears, delays, and disappointments, she should yet have been a happier woman in maintaining the engagement, than she had been in the sacrifice of it;
had the usual share, had even more than the usual share of all such solicitudes and suspense been theirs,
it was folly,
of the past being known to those three only among her connexions, by whom no syllable,
would ever be whispered, and in the trust that among his, the brother only with whom he had been residing, had received any information of their short-lived engagement.
she hoped that the acquaintance between herself and the Crofts,
need not involve any particular awkwardness.
to be sorry that she had missed the opportunity of seeing them.
everything considered, she wished to remain.
It would be most right, and most wise, and, therefore must involve least suffering to go with the others.
"Then I am sure Anne had better stay, for nobody will want her in Bath."
as a most important and valuable assistant to the latter in all the business before her.
results the most serious to his family from the intimacy were more than possible.
her father had at present an idea of the kind. Mrs Clay had freckles, and a projecting tooth, and a clumsy wrist, which he was continually making severe remarks upon, in her absence; but she was young, and certainly altogether well-looking, and possessed, in an acute mind and assiduous pleasing manners, infinitely more dangerous attractions than any merely personal might have been.
but Elizabeth, who in the event of such a reverse would be so much more to be pitied than herself, should never,
have reason to reproach her for giving no warning.
how such an absurd suspicion should occur to her,
"Mrs Clay,"