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"Ay, you will make conquests enough, I dare say, one way or other. Poor Brandon! he is quite smitten already, and he is very well worth setting your cap at, I can tell you, in spite of all this tumbling about and spraining of ankles."
"Oh! pray, Miss Margaret, let us know all about it,"
"What is the gentleman's name?"
"Yes, yes, we can guess where he is; at his own house at Norland to be sure. He is the curate of the parish I dare say."
"that it rained very hard,"
"What is the matter with Brandon?"
"I hope he has had no bad news,"
"It must be something extraordinary that could make Colonel Brandon leave my breakfast table so suddenly."
"No bad news, Colonel, I hope;"
"Was it from Avignon? I hope it is not to say that your sister is worse."
"But how came the hand to discompose you so much, if it was only a letter of business? Come, come, this won't do, Colonel; so let us hear the truth of it."
"My dear madam,"
"recollect what you are saying."
"Perhaps it is to tell you that your cousin Fanny is married?"
"Well, then, I know who it is from, Colonel. And I hope she is well."
"Oh! you know who I mean."
"In town!"
"What can you have to do in town at this time of year?"
"We must go,"
"It shall not be put off when we are so near it. You cannot go to town till tomorrow, Brandon, that is all."
"If you would but let us know what your business is,"
"we might see whether it could be put off or not."
"There is no persuading you to change your mind, Brandon, I know of old,"
"when once you are determined on anything. But, however, I hope you will think better of it. Consider, here are the two Miss Careys come over from Newton, the three Miss Dashwoods walked up from the cottage, and Mr. Willoughby got up two hours before his usual time, on purpose to go to Whitwell."
"Well, then, when will you come back again?"
"I hope we shall see you at Barton,"
"as soon as you can conveniently leave town; and we must put off the party to Whitwell till you return."
"Oh! he must and shall come back,"
"If he is not here by the end of the week, I shall go after him."
"Ay, so do, Sir John,"
"and then perhaps you may find out what his business is."
"I do not want to pry into other men's concerns. I suppose it is something he is ashamed of."
"You do not go to town on horseback, do you?"
"Well, as you are resolved to go, I wish you a good journey. But you had better change your mind."
"Come Colonel,"
"before you go, do let us know what you are going about."
"I can guess what his business is, however,"
"Yes; it is about Miss Williams, I am sure."
"What! do not you know who Miss Williams is? I am sure you must have heard of her before. She is a relation of the Colonel's, my dear; a very near relation. We will not say how near, for fear of shocking the young ladies."
"She is his natural daughter."
"Oh, yes; and as like him as she can stare. I dare say the Colonel will leave her all his fortune."
"I have found you out in spite of all your tricks. I know where you spent the morning."
"Yes, yes, Mr. Impudence, I know that very well, and I was determined to find out WHERE you had been to. — I hope you like your house, Miss Marianne. It is a very large one, I know; and when I come to see you, I hope you will have new-furnished it, for it wanted it very much when I was there six years ago."
"Something very melancholy must be the matter, I am sure,"
"I could see it in his face. Poor man! I am afraid his circumstances may be bad. The estate at Delaford was never reckoned more than two thousand a year, and his brother left everything sadly involved. I do think he must have been sent for about money matters, for what else can it be? I wonder whether it is so. I would give anything to know the truth of it. Perhaps it is about Miss Williams and, by the bye, I dare say it is, because he looked so conscious when I mentioned her. May be she is ill in town; nothing in the world more likely, for I have a notion she is always rather sickly. I would lay any wager it is about Miss Williams. It is not so very likely he should be distressed in his circumstances NOW, for he is a very prudent man, and to be sure must have cleared the estate by this time. I wonder what it can be! May be his sister is worse at Avignon, and has sent for him over. His setting off in such a hurry seems very like it. Well, I wish him out of all his trouble with all my heart, and a good wife into the bargain."
"You MUST drink tea with us to night,"
"for we shall be quite alone — and tomorrow you must absolutely dine with us, for we shall be a large party."
"And who knows but you may raise a dance,"
"And that will tempt YOU, Miss Marianne."
"Who! why yourselves, and the Careys, and Whitakers to be sure. — What! you thought nobody could dance because a certain person that shall be nameless is gone!"