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"Ah! my dear,
where health is at stake, nothing else should be considered; and if one is to travel, there is not much to chuse between forty miles and an hundred.—Better not move at all, better stay in London altogether than travel forty miles to get into a worse air.
It seemed to him a very ill-judged measure."
they might in one of the carriages find room for Harriet also.
how much Mr. Elton's would be depressed when he knew her state;
his having a most comfortless visit, and
their all missing her very much.
had been going to inquire, that he might carry some report of her to Hartfield—
having extricated him from Randalls, and secured him the power of sending to inquire after Harriet every hour of the evening.
a seat in his carriage, if the weather were Mr. Elton's only objection,
he should call at Mrs. Goddard's for news of her fair friend, the last thing before he prepared for the happiness of meeting her again, when he hoped to be able to give a better report;
the blunders which often arise from a partial knowledge of circumstances, of the mistakes which people of high pretensions to judgment are for ever falling into;
he must have received a different account of Harriet from what had reached her.
Miss Smith was not better, by no means better, rather worse.
Harriet seemed quite forgotten in the expectation of a pleasant party.
to think as little as possible of Mr. Elton's oddities, or of any thing else unpleasant, and enjoy all that was enjoyable to the utmost.
if she were to marry, he was the very person to suit her in age, character and condition. He seemed by this connexion between the families, quite to belong to her. She could not but suppose it to be a match that every body who knew them must think of.
the rest of the visit could not possibly pass without bringing forward the same information again, or the substance of it, from the open-hearted Mr. Weston.—
she knew the first meeting must be rather alarming.
she should be very glad to be secure of undergoing the anxiety of a first meeting at the time talked of:
she had been alone with Mrs. Weston.
to refrain from visiting the sick-chamber again, for the present —
to promise him not to venture into such hazard till he had seen Mr. Perry and learnt his opinion;
It did appear — —there was no concealing it —exactly like the pretence of being in love with her, instead of Harriet; an inconstancy, if real, the most contemptible and abominable!
it must be great, at an address which, in words and manner, was assuming to himself the right of first interest in her;
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,
he had been out of doors to examine, and could answer for there not being the smallest difficulty in their getting home, whenever they liked it, either now or an hour hence. He had gone beyond the sweep—some way along the Highbury road —the snow was nowhere above half an inch deep— in many places hardly enough to whiten the ground; a very few flakes were falling at present, but the clouds were parting, and there was every appearance of its being soon over. He had seen the coachmen, and they both agreed with him in there being nothing to apprehend.
to go very slow and wait for the other carriage.
he would want to be talking nonsense.
availing himself of the precious opportunity,
sentiments which must be already well known,
ready to die if she refused him; but flattering himself that his ardent attachment and unequalled love and unexampled passion could not fail of having some effect,
her suspicion as most injurious,
his respect for Miss Smith as her friend,—
Miss Smith should be mentioned at all,—
a good night.
turning a corner which he could never bear to think of— and in strange hands —a mere common coachman —no James;
It was a wretched business indeed!—Such an overthrow of every thing she had been wishing for!—Such a development of every thing most unwelcome!—Such a blow for Harriet!—that was the worst of all.
compared with the evil to Harriet, all was light; and she would gladly have submitted to feel yet more mistaken —more in error —more disgraced by mis-judgment, than she actually was, could the effects of her blunders have been confined to herself.
How she could have been so deceived!—He protested that he had never thought seriously of Harriet —never!
She had taken up the idea,
and made every thing bend to it. His manners, however, must have been unmarked, wavering, dubious, or she could not have been so misled.
The picture!—How eager he had been about the picture!—and the charade!—and an hundred other circumstances;—how clearly they had seemed to point at Harriet. To be sure, the charade, with its
—but then the
—in fact it suited neither; it was a jumble without taste or truth. Who could have seen through such thick-headed nonsense?
Certainly she had often, especially of late, thought his manners to herself unnecessarily gallant; but it had passed as his way, as a mere error of judgment, of knowledge, of taste, as one proof among others that he had not always lived in the best society, that with all the gentleness of his address, true elegance was sometimes wanting; but, till this very day, she had never, for an instant, suspected it to mean any thing but grateful respect to her as Harriet's friend.
To Mr. John Knightley was she indebted for her first idea on the subject, for the first start of its possibility. There was no denying that those brothers had penetration.