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"And pray, may I ask? —”
“Is it in address that he improves? Has he deigned to add aught of civility to his ordinary style? — for I dare not hope,” he continued in a lower and more serious tone, “that he is improved in essentials.”
“You, who so well know my feeling towards Mr. Darcy, will readily comprehend how sincerely I must rejoice that he is wise enough to assume even the appearance of what is right. His pride, in that direction, may be of service, if not to himself, to many others, for it must only deter him from such foul misconduct as I have suffered by. I only fear that the sort of cautiousness to which you, I imagine, have been alluding, is merely adopted on his visits to his aunt, of whose good opinion and judgement he stands much in awe. His fear of her has always operated, I know, when they were together; and a good deal is to be imputed to his wish of forwarding the match with Miss de Bourgh, which I am certain he has very much at heart.”
“I am afraid I interrupt your solitary ramble, my dear sister?”
“I should be sorry indeed, if it were. We were always good friends; and now we are better.”
“I do not know. Mrs. Bennet and Lydia are going in the carriage to Meryton. And so, my dear sister,
I find,
from our uncle and aunt,
“I almost envy you the pleasure, and yet I believe it would be too much for me, or else I could take it in my way to Newcastle. And you saw the old housekeeper, I suppose? Poor Reynolds, she was always very fond of me. But of course she did not mention my name to you.”
“And what did she say?”
“I was surprised to see Darcy in town last month. We passed each other several times. I wonder what he can be doing there.”
“Undoubtedly. Did you see him while you were at Lambton? I thought I understood from the Gardiners that you had.”
“And do you like her?”
“I have heard,
When I last saw her, she was not very promising. I am very glad you liked her. I hope she will turn out well.”
“Did you go by the village of Kympton?”
“I mention it, because it is the living which I ought to have had. A most delightful place! — Excellent Parsonage House! It would have suited me in every respect.”
“Exceedingly well. I should have considered it as part of my duty, and the exertion would soon have been nothing. One ought not to repine — but, to be sure, it would have been such a thing for me! The quiet, the retirement of such a life would have answered all my ideas of happiness! But it was not to be. Did you ever hear Darcy mention the circumstance, when you were in Kent?”
“You have. Yes, there was something in that; I told you so from the first, you may remember.”
“You did! and it was not wholly without foundation. You may remember what I told you on that point, when first we talked of it.”
his dear sister Elizabeth,