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"A most scandalous, ill-natured rumour has just reached me, and I write, dear Fanny, to warn you against giving the least credit to it, should it spread into the country. Depend upon it, there is some mistake, and that a day or two will clear it up; at any rate, that Henry is blameless, and in spite of a moment's etourderie, thinks of nobody but you. Say not a word of it; hear nothing, surmise nothing, whisper nothing till I write again. I am sure it will be all hushed up, and nothing proved but Rushworth's folly. If they are gone, I would lay my life they are only gone to Mansfield Park, and Julia with them. But why would not you let us come for you? I wish you may not repent it.—Yours, etc."
"Rushworth, sir."
"Yes, sir."
"It is a mistake, sir,"
"it must be a mistake, it cannot be true; it must mean some other people."
"And what,"
"what could you say?"
"quite cruel. At such a moment to give way to gaiety, to speak with lightness, and to you! Absolute cruelty."
"Did you?"