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he was kept away by the extreme affection for herself, which he could not conceal when they were together.
she did pity her —
the graciousness of both mother and daughter towards the very person —
whom of all others, had they known as much as she did, they would have been most anxious to mortify;
the boys were both remarkably tall for their age, and could not conceive that there could be the smallest difference in the world between them;
she had no opinion to give, as she had never thought about it.
She had found in her every thing that could tend to make a farther connection between the families undesirable. —
she had seen almost enough to be thankful for her OWN sake, that one greater obstacle preserved her from suffering under any other of Mrs. Ferrars's creation, preserved her from all dependence upon her caprice, or any solicitude for her good opinion.
had Lucy been more amiable, she OUGHT to have rejoiced.
Lucy's spirits could be so very much elevated by the civility of Mrs. Ferrars; — that her interest and her vanity should so very much blind her as to make the attention which seemed only paid her because she was NOT ELINOR, appear a compliment to herself — or to allow her to derive encouragement from a preference only given her, because her real situation was unknown.
how happy she was.
she was happy to see him,
she had very much regretted being from home, when he called before in Berkeley Street.
her not finding London agree with her.
Lucy could not stay much longer.
Edward would not often expose her or himself to the distress of hearing Marianne's mistaken warmth, nor to the repetition of any other part of the pain that had attended their recent meeting —
the inconstancy of beaux
"her word she looked vastly smart, and she dared to say she would make a great many conquests."
he was exactly the coxcomb she had heard him described to be by Lucy.
Why they WERE different,
much less to any natural deficiency, than to the misfortune of a private education; while he himself, though probably without any particular, any material superiority by nature, merely from the advantage of a public school, was as well fitted to mix in the world as any other man.
Mrs. Dashwood seemed actually working for her, herself; cherishing all her hopes, and promoting all her views!
for such a mark of uncommon kindness, vouchsafed on so short an acquaintance, seemed to declare that the good-will towards her arose from something more than merely malice against herself; and might be brought, by time and address, to do every thing that Lucy wished. Her flattery had already subdued the pride of Lady Middleton, and made an entry into the close heart of Mrs. John Dashwood; and these were effects that laid open the probability of greater.
'they are all so fond of Lucy, to be sure they will make no difficulty about it;'
he is monstrous fond of her,
  • Novel: Sense And Sensibility
  • Character: Mrs. Jennings speaking as Lucy, Anne (Nancy) Steele and Nancy Steele
  • Link to text in chapter 37
  • Text ID: 02690
No time was to be lost in undeceiving her, in making her acquainted with the real truth, and in endeavouring to bring her to hear it talked of by others, without betraying that she felt any uneasiness for her sister, or any resentment against Edward.
would ruin him for ever in her good opinion,
feel all her own disappointment over again.
she HAD loved him most sincerely,
so totally unamiable, so absolutely incapable of attaching a sensible man,
Nothing should prevail on him to give up his engagement. He would stand to it, cost him what it might."
she would never trim me up a new bonnet, nor do any thing else for me again, so long as she lived;
he loved nobody but Lucy, and nobody but Lucy would he have.
it seemed to him as if, now he had no fortune, and no nothing at all, it would be quite unkind to keep her on to the engagement, because it must be for her loss, for he had nothing but two thousand pounds, and no hope of any thing else; and if he was to go into orders, as he had some thoughts, he could get nothing but a curacy, and how was they to live upon that?
if she had the least mind for it, to put an end to the matter directly, and leave him shift for himself.
she had not the least mind in the world to be off, for she could live with him upon a trifle, and how little so ever he might have, she should be very glad to have it all,
Edward have got some business at Oxford,
it should never be, he did not regard his mother's anger, while he could have my affections;
if any place could give her ease, Barton must do it.
as a measure which would fix the time of her returning to that dear mother, whom she so much wished to see, in a more eligible, more comfortable manner, than any other plan could do, and perhaps without any greater delay. From Cleveland, which was within a few miles of Bristol, the distance to Barton was not beyond one day, though a long day's journey; and their mother's servant might easily come there to attend them down; and as there could be no occasion of their staying above a week at Cleveland, they might now be at home in little more than three weeks' time.
The preferment,
was already provided to enable him to marry; — and SHE, of all people in the world, was fixed on to bestow it!
to undertake the commission with pleasure, if it were really his wish to put off so agreeable an office to another.
no one could so well perform it as himself. It was an office in short, from which, unwilling to give Edward the pain of receiving an obligation from HER, she would have been very glad to be spared herself;
was still in town, and fortunately she had heard his address from Miss Steele. She could undertake therefore to inform him of it, in the course of the day.
the house was small and indifferent;
Delaford living could supply such an income, as anybody in his style of life would venture to settle on —