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he should not stay out long;
for his father's having many other uses for his money, and a right to spend it as he liked.
The child was to be kept in bed and amused as quietly as possible; but what was there for a father to do? This was quite a female case, and it would be highly absurd in him, who could be of no use at home, to shut himself up. His father very much wished him to meet Captain Wentworth, and there being no sufficient reason against it, he ought to go;
his meaning to dress directly, and dine at the other house.
to let him come and fetch her,
they were just setting off,
he was come for his dogs,
his sisters were following with Captain Wentworth; his sisters meaning to visit Mary and the child, and Captain Wentworth proposing also to wait on her for a few minutes if not inconvenient; and though Charles had answered for the child's being in no such state as could make it inconvenient, Captain Wentworth would not be satisfied without his running on to give notice.
his resolution of calling on his aunt, now that he was so near;
the advantage of resting herself a quarter of an hour at Winthrop, as she felt so tired,
Mary had shewn herself disobliging to him,
He would be as little incumbrance as possible to Captain and Mrs Harville; but as to leaving his sister in such a state, he neither ought, nor would.
Louisa was much the same. No symptoms worse than before had appeared.
A speedy cure must not be hoped, but everything was going on as well as the nature of the case admitted.
His spirits had been greatly recovering lately as might be expected. As Louisa improved, he had improved, and he was now quite a different creature from what he had been the first week. He had not seen Louisa; and
that he did not press for it at all; and, on the contrary, seemed to have a
He had talked of
Captain Benwick seemed much more disposed to ride over to Kellynch.
the Crofts are going to Bath almost immediately; they think the Admiral gouty.
wonders what Captain Wentworth will say;
Captain Harville's wanting to come to Bath on business. He had begun to talk of it a week ago; and by way of doing something, as shooting was over, Charles had proposed coming with him, and Mrs Harville had seemed to like the idea of it very much, as an advantage to her husband; but Mary could not bear to be left, and had made herself so unhappy about it, that for a day or two everything seemed to be in suspense, or at an end. But then, it had been taken up by his father and mother. His mother had some old friends in Bath whom she wanted to see; it was thought a good opportunity for Henrietta to come and buy wedding-clothes for herself and her sister; and, in short, it ended in being his mother's party, that everything might be comfortable and easy to Captain Harville; and he and Mary were included in it by way of general convenience. They had arrived late the night before. Mrs Harville, her children, and Captain Benwick, remained with Mr Musgrove and Louisa at Uppercross.
very recently, (since Mary's last letter to herself), Charles Hayter had been applied to by a friend to hold a living for a youth who could not possibly claim it under many years;
on the strength of his present income, with almost a certainty of something more permanent long before the term in question, the two families had consented to the young people's wishes,
their marriage was likely to take place in a few months, quite as soon as Louisa's.
he would go to the play to-morrow if nobody else would.
"Yes, he would give them three thousand pounds: it would be liberal and handsome! It would be enough to make them completely easy. Three thousand pounds! he could spare so considerable a sum with little inconvenience." —
quietly whether there were any doubts of the air of Randalls.
to assure me that there was no scarlet fever at Cobham,
a seat in his carriage, if the weather were Mr. Elton's only objection,
the ground being covered with snow, and of its still snowing fast, with a strong drifting wind;
he had known it to be snowing some time, but had not said a word, lest it should make Mr. Woodhouse uncomfortable, and be an excuse for his hurrying away. As to there being any quantity of snow fallen or likely to fall to impede their return, that was a mere joke; he was afraid they would find no difficulty. He wished the road might be impassable, that he might be able to keep them all at Randalls;
was sure that accommodation might be found for every body,
to agree with him, that with a little contrivance, every body might be lodged,
Frank's coming two or three months later would be a much better plan; better time of year; better weather; and
he would be able, without any doubt, to stay considerably longer with them than if he had come sooner.
the advantage of such an addition to their confined society in Surry; the pleasure of looking at somebody new; the gala-day to Highbury entire, which the sight of him would have made;
his friends will be so kind as to visit him there. Better accommodations, he can promise them, and not a less grateful welcome than at Randalls.
was unexpectedly summoned to town and must be absent on the very day. He might be able to join them in the evening, but certainly not to dinner.
Mrs. Elton, as elegant as lace and pearls could make her,
only to observe enough for Isabella's information— but Miss Fairfax was an old acquaintance and a quiet girl, and he could talk to her.
He had returned to a late dinner, and walked to Hartfield as soon as it was over.
That a man who might have spent his evening quietly at home after a day of business in London, should set off again, and walk half a mile to another man's house, for the sake of being in mixed company till bed-time, of finishing his day in the efforts of civility and the noise of numbers,
A man who had been in motion since eight o'clock in the morning, and might now have been still, who had been long talking, and might have been silent, who had been in more than one crowd, and might have been alone!—Such a man, to quit the tranquillity and independence of his own fireside, and on the evening of a cold sleety April day rush out again into the world!—
Could he by a touch of his finger have instantly taken back his wife, there would have been a motive; but his coming would probably prolong rather than break up the party.
he had not the smallest doubt of being highly interesting to every body in the room.
it was from Frank, and to herself; he had met with it in his way, and had taken the liberty of opening it.
It was the very circumstance he could have wished for. Now, it would be really having Frank in their neighbourhood. What were nine miles to a young man?—An hour's ride. He would be always coming over. The difference in that respect of Richmond and London was enough to make the whole difference of seeing him always and seeing him never. Sixteen miles— — nay, eighteen — —it must be full eighteen to Manchester-street —was a serious obstacle. Were he ever able to get away, the day would be spent in coming and returning. There was no comfort in having him in London; he might as well be at Enscombe; but Richmond was the very distance for easy intercourse. Better than nearer!
his aunt felt already much better for the change, and
he had no doubt of being able to join them for twenty-four hours at any given time,