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his intention of returning in the same carriage to Lyme;
He had enquired after her,
his hope of Miss Elliot's not being the worse for her exertions,
was so extremely fearful of any ill consequence to her from an interview,
plan of going away for a week or ten days, till her head was stronger.
going down to Plymouth for a week, and wanted to persuade Captain Benwick to go with him;
He had never had an idea of throwing himself off; he had feared that he was thrown off, but knew not why, and delicacy had kept him silent.
  • Novel: Persuasion
  • Character: Narrator as Sir Walter Elliott and Elizabeth Elliott as Mr. Elliot
  • Link to text in chapter 15
  • Text ID: 01579
He, who had ever boasted of being an Elliot, and whose feelings, as to connection, were only too strict to suit the unfeudal tone of the present day. He was astonished, indeed, but his character and general conduct must refute it. He could refer Sir Walter to all who knew him;
  • Novel: Persuasion
  • Character: Narrator as Sir Walter Elliott and Elizabeth Elliott as Mr. Elliot
  • Link to text in chapter 15
  • Text ID: 01582
(and not an ill-looking man,
A very fine woman with a large fortune, in love with him!
his very gentlemanlike appearance, his air of elegance and fashion, his good shaped face, his sensible eye; but, at the same time,
but Sir Walter had
she was said to be an excessively pretty woman, beautiful.
his apologies for calling at so unusual an hour,
be received as an acquaintance already.
He had spent his whole solitary evening in the room adjoining theirs; had heard voices, mirth continually; thought they must be a most delightful set of people, longed to be with them, but certainly without the smallest suspicion of his possessing the shadow of a right to introduce himself. If he had but asked who the party were! The name of Musgrove would have told him enough.
But he must not be addressing his reflections to Anne alone:
he was soon diffused again among the others, and it was only at intervals that he could return to Lyme.
Having alluded to
he must hear the whole.
he had looked at her with some earnestness.
their being nothing in themselves,
as a family connexion, as good company, as those who would collect good company around them, they had their value.
in having been wished for, regretted, and at the same time honoured for staying away in such a cause.
her a most extraordinary young woman; in her temper, manners, mind, a model of female excellence.
whether the Crofts travelled with four horses, and whether they were likely to be situated in such a part of Bath as it might suit Miss Elliot and himself to visit in;
Lady Dalrymple would be most happy to take them home, and would call for them in a few minutes.
his cousin Anne's boots were rather the thickest.
was grieved to have kept her waiting, and anxious to get her away without further loss of time and before the rain increased;
owned himself disappointed, had expected singing;
must confess that he should not be sorry when it was over.
He begged her pardon, but she must be applied to, to explain Italian again. Miss Carteret was very anxious to have a general idea of what was next to be sung.
he was really going out of Bath the next morning, going early, and
he would be gone the greater part of two days.
their pardon, but he had forgotten his gloves,
having loved none but her. She had never been supplanted. He never even believed himself to see her equal.
that he had been constant unconsciously, nay unintentionally; that he had meant to forget her, and believed it to be done. He had imagined himself indifferent, when he had only been angry; and he had been unjust to her merits, because he had been a sufferer from them. Her character was now fixed on his mind as perfection itself, maintaining the loveliest medium of fortitude and gentleness; but he was obliged to acknowledge that only at Uppercross had he learnt to do her justice, and only at Lyme had he begun to understand himself.
he had for ever felt it to be impossible;
he had not cared, could not care, for Louisa; though till that day, till the leisure for reflection which followed it, he had not understood the perfect excellence of the mind with which Louisa's could so ill bear a comparison, or the perfect unrivalled hold it possessed over his own. There, he had learnt to distinguish between the steadiness of principle and the obstinacy of self-will, between the darings of heedlessness and the resolution of a collected mind. There he had seen everything to exalt in his estimation the woman he had lost; and there begun to deplore the pride, the folly, the madness of resentment, which had kept him from trying to regain her when thrown in his way.
From that period his penance had become severe. He had no sooner been free from the horror and remorse attending the first few days of Louisa's accident, no sooner begun to feel himself alive again, than he had begun to feel himself, though alive, not at liberty.
He found too late, in short, that he had entangled himself; and that precisely as he became fully satisfied of his not caring for Louisa at all, he must regard himself as bound to her, if her sentiments for him were what the Harvilles supposed. It determined him to leave Lyme, and await her complete recovery elsewhere. He would gladly weaken, by any fair means, whatever feelings or speculations concerning him might exist; and he went, therefore, to his brother's, meaning after a while to return to Kellynch, and act as circumstances might require.
He had remained in Shropshire, lamenting the blindness of his own pride, and the blunders of his own calculations, till at once released from Louisa by the astonishing and felicitous intelligence of her engagement with Benwick.
his superiority of appearance might be not unfairly balanced against her superiority of rank;