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requisite to its complete enfranchisement from his promise to his father.
another year would make the invitation needless, by bringing Elinor to town as Colonel Brandon's wife, and Marianne as THEIR visitor.
Mrs. Dashwood had never been so much pleased with any young women in her life, as she was with them; had given each of them a needle book made by some emigrant; called Lucy by her Christian name; and did not know
he really believed there was no material danger in Fanny's indisposition, and that they need not therefore be very uneasy about it,
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 —
Edward reading prayers in a white surplice, and publishing the banns of marriage between John Smith and Mary Brown,
conceive nothing more ridiculous.
their travelling so far towards Barton without any expense, and on Colonel Brandon's being to follow them to Cleveland in a day or two,
he should see Marianne no more.
his patient materially better. Her pulse was much stronger, and every symptom more favourable than on the preceding visit.
entirely out of danger.
perhaps, at first accidentally meeting, the vanity of the one had been so worked on by the flattery of the other, as to lead by degrees to all the rest.
a well-disposed, good-hearted girl, and thoroughly attached to himself.
not only to be better acquainted with him, but to have an opportunity of convincing him that he no longer resented his giving him the living of Delaford —
Mrs. Ferrars was the most unfortunate of women — poor Fanny had suffered agonies of sensibility —
Robert's offence was unpardonable, but Lucy's was infinitely worse. Neither of them were ever again to be mentioned to Mrs. Ferrars; and even, if she might hereafter be induced to forgive her son, his wife should never be acknowledged as her daughter, nor be permitted to appear in her presence. The secrecy with which everything had been carried on between them, was rationally treated as enormously heightening the crime, because, had any suspicion of it occurred to the others, proper measures would have been taken to prevent the marriage;
join with him in regretting that Lucy's engagement with Edward had not rather been fulfilled, than that she should thus be the means of spreading misery farther in the family. —
all were well in Brunswick Square.
wedding-cake might certainly disagree with many— perhaps with most people, unless taken moderately.
Harriet a beautiful girl,
"Might he be trusted with the commission, what infinite pleasure should he have in executing it! he could ride to London at any time. It was impossible to say how much he should be gratified by being employed on such an errand."
as he was coming back yesterday from Clayton Park, he had met Mr. Elton, and found to his great surprize, that Mr. Elton was actually on his road to London, and not meaning to return till the morrow, though it was the whist-club night, which he had been never known to miss before; and Mr. Perry had remonstrated with him about it, and told him how shabby it was in him, their best player, to absent himself, and tried very much to persuade him to put off his journey only one day; but it would not do; Mr. Elton had been determined to go on, and had said in a very particular way indeed, that
he was going on business which he would not put off for any inducement in the world; and something about a very enviable commission, and being the bearer of something exceedingly precious. Mr. Perry could not quite understand him, but he was very sure there must be a lady in the case, and he told him so; and Mr. Elton only looked very conscious and smiling, and rode off in great spirits.
  • Novel: Emma
  • Character: Narrator as Harriet Smith as Miss Nash as Mr. Perry as Mr Elton
  • Link to text in chapter 8
  • Text ID: 00640
did not at present recollect any thing of the riddle kind;
Perry to be upon the watch,
and as he went about so much, something,
might come from that quarter.
a charade, which a friend of his had addressed to a young lady, the object of his admiration,
whether Mr. Woodhouse's party could be made up in the evening without him, or whether he should be in the smallest degree necessary at Hartfield. If he were, every thing else must give way; but otherwise his friend Cole had been saying so much about his dining with him— had made such a point of it, that he had promised him conditionally to come.
he had seen them go by, and had purposely followed them;
quietly whether there were any doubts of the air of Randalls.
at its not being taken every evening by every body,
its wholesomeness for every constitution,
the many houses where it was never met with tolerable;—
"Ah! there is no end of the sad consequences of your going to South End. It does not bear talking of."
had been going to inquire, that he might carry some report of her to Hartfield—
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;
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;
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.
availing himself of the precious opportunity,
sentiments which must be already well known,