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his love to his cousin William,
He could allow his sister to be the best judge of her own happiness, but he was not pleased that her happiness should centre in a large income;
the harp as his favourite instrument,
be soon allowed to hear her.
the best fitted for a beginner that either stable could furnish.
whether she meant to ride the next day.
His own forgetfulness of her was worse than anything which they had done. Nothing of this would have happened had she been properly considered; but she had been left four days together without any choice of companions or exercise, and without any excuse for avoiding whatever her unreasonable aunts might require.
for four days together she had not had the power of riding,
however unwilling he must be to check a pleasure of Miss Crawford's, that it should never happen again.
her losses, both of health and pleasure, would be soon made good.
she need not distress herself on Mrs. Rushworth's account, because he had taken the opportunity, as he walked with her through the hall, of mentioning Miss Price as one who would probably be of the party, and had directly received a very sufficient invitation for his cousin,
her remaining where she was
Edmund had wished for her very much,
he should certainly have come back for her, had she not been tired already;
Entirely against his judgment, a scene-painter arrived from town, and was at work, much to the increase of the expenses, and, what was worse, of the eclat of their proceedings; and his brother, instead of being really guided by him as to the privacy of the representation, was giving an invitation to every family who came in his way.
to ask her to rehearse with him, and help him to prepare for the evening, without knowing Miss Crawford to be in the house;
his mother had been inquiring for her,
he had walked down to the Parsonage on purpose to bring her back.
the invitation should be accepted;
so particularly desirable for her in the intimacy which he saw with so much pleasure established,
as to his plans for the next day's hunting;
His father had never conferred a favour or shewn a kindness more to his satisfaction.
Half his destiny would then be determined, but the other half might not be so very smoothly wooed. His duties would be established, but the wife who was to share, and animate, and reward those duties, might yet be unattainable.
There were points on which they did not quite agree; there were moments in which she did not seem propitious; and though trusting altogether to her affection, so far as to be resolved— almost resolved —on bringing it to a decision within a very short time, as soon as the variety of business before him were arranged, and he knew what he had to offer her,
her acknowledged disinclination for privacy and retirement, her decided preference of a London life,
what could he expect but a determined rejection?
unless it were an acceptance even more to be deprecated, demanding such sacrifices of situation and employment on his side as conscience must forbid.
The issue of all depended on one question. Did she love him well enough to forego what had used to be essential points? Did she love him well enough to make them no longer essential?
her eyes sparkle as
But this had occurred on the first day of its being settled, within the first hour of the burst of such enjoyment, when nothing but the friends she was to visit was before her.
He had since heard her express herself differently, with other feelings, more chequered feelings:
she should leave her with regret;
she began to believe neither the friends nor the pleasures she was going to were worth those she left behind;
Was there not a "yes" in all this?
He had concluded —he had meant them to be far distant. His absence had been extended beyond a fortnight purposely to avoid Miss Crawford.
hoping, and
believing, that it would be a match at last, and
united by mutual affection, it would appear that their dispositions were as exactly fitted to make them blessed in each other,
Crawford had been too precipitate. He had not given her time to attach herself. He had begun at the wrong end. With such powers as his, however, and such a disposition as hers, Edmund trusted that everything would work out a happy conclusion.
Fanny was worth it all;
he held her to be
worth every effort of patience, every exertion of mind, but he did not think he could have gone on himself with any woman breathing, without something more to warm his courage than his eyes could discern in hers.
such a ready comprehension of a hint,
was rather favourable than not.
This would be the way to Fanny's heart. She was not to be won by all that gallantry and wit and good-nature together could do; or, at least, she would not be won by them nearly so soon, without the assistance of sentiment and feeling, and seriousness on serious subjects.
it was to be a very thorough attack,
looks and undertones were to be well tried,
dear little Fanny might be persuaded into explaining away that shake of the head to the satisfaction of her ardent lover;
he inclined to hope that so much could not have been said and listened to without some profit to the speaker.
it belonged entirely to Fanny to chuse whether her situation with regard to Crawford should be mentioned between them or not; and