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Vocabolario e frasi
indicare
= verbo transitivo , far vedere puntando il dito
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* Nella strada chiamata la Corsia de' Servi , c'era , e c'è tuttavia un forno , che conserva lo stesso nome ; nome che in toscano viene a dire il forno delle grucce , e in milanese è composto di parole così eteroclite , così bisbetiche , così salvatiche , che l'alfabeto della lingua non ha i segni per indicarne il suono (El prestin di scansc .) .(Manzoni-I Promessi sposi)
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* E ogni volta che in qualche parte si vedessero comparire figure di bravi sconosciute e più brutte dell'ordinario , a ogni fatto enorme di cui non si sapesse alla prima indicare o indovinar l'autore , si proferiva , si mormorava il nome di colui che noi , grazie a quella benedetta , per non dir altro , circospezione de' nostri autori , saremo costretti a chiamare l'innominato .(Manzoni-I Promessi sposi)
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* Quella testina bassa , col mento inchiodato sulla fontanella della gola , quel non rispondere , o risponder secco secco , come per forza , potevano indicar verecondia ; ma denotavano sicuramente molta caparbietà: non ci voleva molto a indovinare che quella testina aveva le sue idee .(Manzoni-I Promessi sposi)
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* I soldati , gente ben più pratica degli stratagemmi anche di questa guerra , frugavano per tutti i buchi delle case , smuravano , diroccavano ; conoscevan facilmente negli orti la terra smossa di fresco ; andarono fino su per i monti a rubare il bestiame ; andarono nelle grotte , guidati da qualche birbante del paese , in cerca di qualche ricco che vi si fosse rimpiattato ; lo strascinavano alla sua casa , e con tortura di minacce e di percosse , lo costringevano a indicare il tesoro nascosto .(Manzoni-I Promessi sposi)
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* Il Tadino e il Ripamonti vollero notare il nome di chi ce la portò il primo , e altre circostanze della persona e del caso: e infatti , nell'osservare i princìpi d'una vasta mortalità , in cui le vittime , non che esser distinte per nome , appena si potranno indicare all'incirca , per il numero delle migliaia , nasce una non so quale curiosità di conoscere que' primi e pochi nomi che poterono essere notati e conservati: questa specie di distinzione , la precedenza nell'esterminio , par che faccian trovare in essi , e nelle particolarità , per altro più indifferenti , qualche cosa di fatale e di memorabile .(Manzoni-I Promessi sposi)
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* La donna lo pregò che facesse così , e gli disse il nome della strada , onde lui sapesse indicarla .(Manzoni-I Promessi sposi)
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Ebbene: forse era saltata sul letto per indicare al padrone dove si sentiva mancare il respiro, lí, al collo, e gliel'aveva preso con le mani; poi, nell'oppressura, non riuscendo a tirare il fiato, esasperata, forse s'era messa a scavare con le unghie, lí, nella gola del padrone.(Pirandello - Novelle per un anno)
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- Sapreste, per caso, indicarmi dove sta di casa l'ingegnere Scelzi, della Società delle Zolfare di Comitini? L'avvocato gl'indicò la via e il numero della casa, e don Mattia Scala, ormai deciso, vi andò difilato.(Pirandello - Novelle per un anno)
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E difatti, sí, m'accorgevo io stesso d'esser molto cambiato, cosí grasso e barbuto, adesso, e senza piú capelli, ahimè! Mi feci indicare la casa del dottor Palumba, e andai.(Pirandello - Novelle per un anno)
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Non vide quello sguardo ma lo sentì e si affrettò a indicare col capo lo zio. (Fogazzaro - Piccolo mondo antico)
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In quei giorni operosi di rado aveva rotto il silenzio, se non per indicare per insegnare per comandare; ma spesso parlava col suo compagno. «Credevi tu che ci saremmo ricongiunti?» Il ricordo gli palpitava dentro assiduo come un cuore ridivenuto duplice, gli rendeva gli accenti gli sguardi i gesti dell'essere caro, glielo faceva vivo e presente come quando lassù reduci dai peripli e dalle spedizioni avevano costruito insieme con ardentissima pazienza i primi apparecchi e avevano tentato i primi voli. (D'Annunzio - Forse che sì forse che no)
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a quo
= nel linguaggio giuridico o storico , per indicare un punto di riferimento iniziale .
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ab intestato
= si dice per indicare una successione legittima , quando il defunto non abbia lasciato testamento .
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accentare
= verbo trans. segnare l'accento su una parola per indicare la sillaba tonica pronunciare facendo sentire l'accento tonico intensificare un suono o più suoni in un brano musicale .
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ana
= termine usato nella compilazione delle ricette mediche galeniche per indicare che due o più ingredienti devono entrare nella composizione in parti uguali .
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angiopatia
= termine generico per indicare qualsiasi malattia del sistema vascolare e linfatico .
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artimone
= voce non più in uso per indicare la vela di gabbia .
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assibilazione
= termine generico per indicare la trasformazione in sibilante di un altro o di altri suoni .
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ausonio
= dell'ausonia , antico nome della campania , poi esteso dai poeti latini a indicare tutta l'italia italico
= nettunio .
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aut aut
= sost . m . si usa per indicare una scelta alternativa obbligatoria
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banderuola o banderola ,
= piccola bandiera , spesso a due punte , posta in cima all'asta della lancia dei lancieribandierina metallica , girevole intorno a un perno verticale , che serve a indicare la direzione del vento 3 persona volubile , che muta facilmente opinione
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bastimento
= termine generico per indicare una nave da trasportoquantità di merce trasportata da un bastimento
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bottello
= etichetta che si incolla sul dorso dei libri per indicarne il titolo o la segnatura , oppure sulle bottiglie per indicarne il contenuto e , per i vini , l'anno della vendemmia.
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cacciagione
= termine generico per indicare gli animali di cui si va a caccia
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cenno
= segno fatto con un gesto della mano, col capo o con gli occhi per indicare qualcosa a qualcuno senza parlare
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chicca
= nome generico per indicare caramelle, confetti, dolciumi e sim. cosa squisita
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civaia
= spec. termine generico per indicare le piante leguminose e i loro semi voto, suffragio .
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codetta
= dim. di coda estremità della frusta, alla quale viene attaccato lo sverzinosorta di virgola rovesciata che, nella scrittura latina medievale, veniva posta sotto la lettera e per indicare il dittongo ae
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columbio
= nome usato nella letteratura scientifica anglo-americana per indicare il niobio.
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consustanziale - consostanziale,
= - ognuna delle tre persone della trinità per indicarne l'identità di sostanza o natura con le altre due.
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controindicare o contrindicare ,
= verbo trans. indicare come nocivo in presenza di determinate circostanze
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cosa
= termine generico usato per indicare qualsiasi entità , concreta o astratta,
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cosare
= verbo trans. e intr. verbo di significato assolutamente generico, per indicare qualsiasi azione che non si sappia o non si voglia definire con precisione
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cultro
= latinismo usato per indicare il coltello con cui gli antichi romani uccidevano le vittime dei sacrifici coltro.
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denotare
= dinotare - verbo trans . manifestare - indicare - rivelare
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derno
= in derno - detto della bandiera nazionale di una nave - alzata e annodata per indicare una disgrazia a bordo o richiesta di soccorso .
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designare
= verbo trans . indicare in modo preciso
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dindi o dindo -
= voce onom . infantile per indicare il denaro - le monete
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diplomificio
= termine polemico per indicare la scuola - considerata più una fabbrica di diplomi che un'istituzione che determina una reale crescita culturale degli allievi .
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dissenteria disenteria -
= termine usato per indicare genericamente la diarrea
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diteggiare
= verbo trans . indicare la diteggiatura su un testo musicale
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duale
= relativo al principio di dualità
= - numero del nome - del verbo e di altre parti del discorso - diverso dal singolare e dal plurale - che ricorre in alcune lingue per indicare l'insieme di due persone o cose § dualmente
= secondo il principio di dualità .
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encefalite
= termine generico usato per indicare processi infiammatori dell'encefalo
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enteropatia
= termine generico per indicare qualunque affezione intestinale .
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epatopatia
= termine generico per indicare qualunque affezione del fegato .
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esamificio
= termine polemico per indicare l'università - in quanto ridotta a luogo in cui si sostengono esami ed è trascurata la funzione didattica diretta .
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etichetta
= cartellino che si applica su oggetti vari per indicarne il contenuto - la provenienza - il prezzo o altre caratteristiche
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ex libris
= sost . m . contrassegno - costituito da una etichetta o da un timbro con fregi e motti - che si appone a un libro per indicarne la proprietà .
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fanfano
= voce veneta per indicare il pesce pilota .
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fardasé
= altro modo , meno com . , per indicare il fai da te .
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fasotrone
= termine usato nella letteratura scientifica russa per indicare il ciclotrone .
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girotta
= lamina di metallo di varia forma , collocata su un supporto girevole in cima a campanili , tetti ecc. , per indicare la direzione del vento
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junior o iunior
= si usa posposto a un nome proprio di persona , quando si intende indicare il più giovane di due membri omonimi della stessa famiglia gonna pantaloni .
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incollatura
= forma dell'attaccatura del collo con le spalle 2 lunghezza della testa e del collo di un cavallo , presa come misura per indicare il distacco tra due cavalli in una corsa
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indicabile
= che si può indicare
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indiziare
= verbo transitivo , indicare qualcuno , in base a indizi , come probabile autore di una colpa o di un delitto
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interpunzione
= procedimento con cui i vari membri di un testo scritto vengono separati tra loro per mezzo di segni convenzionali quali il punto , la virgola , la lineetta ecc . , al fine di rendere più chiaro il senso e di indicare le pause e l'intonazione della voce
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made in loc. formula d'uso internazionale stampigliata sui prodotti commerciali e accompagnata dal nome di uno stato, per indicare il luogo di fabbricazione del prodotto
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marca
= segno o simbolo impresso su un oggetto per indicarne la proprietà , il luogo di provenienza, di fabbricazione, la qualità o altre caratteristiche
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meda
= segnale fisso, in muratura o in metallo, emergente dal mare per indicare scogli non visibili, bassi fondali ecc.
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metalloide
= termine d'uso comune ma improprio per indicare ogni elemento chimico che abbia caratteristiche opposte a quelle dei metalli, cioè manchi di lucentezza, duttilità , malleabilità e sia cattivo conduttore del calore e dell'elettricità .
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micromicron
= termine improprio per indicare una lunghezza pari a un miliardesimo di millimetro.
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micron
= termine usato un tempo per indicare il micrometro .
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miospasia
= termine generico per indicare varie affezioni nervose che si manifestano con spasmi muscolari.
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morfema
= ogni elemento che all'interno di una parola serve a indicarne la funzione grammaticale
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neuma
= nella musica medievale , nome generico di vari segni convenzionali usati per indicare l'altezza tonale di una nota .
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nomare
= verbo trans . indicare con il nome , denominare
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odontopatia
= termine generico per indicare una qualsiasi malattia dei denti .
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ofelimità
= termine proposto da v . pareto in luogo di 'utilità ' , per indicare l'intensità delle preferenze di un individuo rispetto a diverse combinazioni di beni .
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paragrafo
= ciascuna delle parti in cui sono suddivisi i capitoli di un testo . diminutivo paragrafetto - segno per indicare il paragrafo .
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pietra , petra ,
= nome generico per indicare blocchi o frammenti di minerale o di roccia
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prete
= termine generico per indicare il ministro di un culto
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quantificatore
= ciascuno dei due operatori usati in logica e in matematica per indicare che una proprietà vale per tutti gli elementi di un insieme o solo per qualche elemento
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ratio legis sost. f. locuzione utilizzata per indicare lo scopo di una legge o di una norma giuridica.
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reumatismo
= termine generico utilizzato per indicare un complesso di affezioni dolorose che colpiscono le articolazioni, i muscoli, i tendini, le ossa
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sbarretta
= sbarra lineetta verticale od obliqua usata come segno grafico per indicare separazione .
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segnalare
= verbo transitivo indicare , rendere
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segnale
= segno convenzionale per indicare o far conoscere qualcosa ,
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segnavento
= dispositivo di lamiera , raffigurante per lo più una banderuola o il profilo di un gallo , che viene posto sulla sommità di un edificio per indicare in quale direzione spira il vento .
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segnavia
= segno di varia forma e colore , spesso accompagnato da numeri o lettere dell'alfabeto , fatto su rocce e su massi per indicare itinerari e sentieri di montagna ad alpinisti ed escursionisti .
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semiconsonante
= termine equivalente a semivocale , ma adoperato di preferenza per indicare le semivocali che precedono la vocale formando con essa un dittongo ascendente .
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sinistr o sinist , inter . si usa per indicare la sinistra nei comandi ginnici e militari .
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slogatura
= termine di uso corrente per indicare la distorsione , più raramente la lussazione , di un'articolazione .
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sovrastampa ,soprastampa ,
= il sovrastampare , l'essere sovrastampato - scritta stampata dall'amministrazione postale sopra un francobollo emesso in precedenza per indicare modificazioni di valore o altri mutamenti .
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spirito
= nella scrittura greca , segno diacritico che si pone sulle vocali iniziali di parola per indicare se il suono è aspirato o no ,
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splenopatia
= termine generico per indicare qualunque affezione della milza .
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stop
= nel linguaggio telegrafico internazionale , termine usato per indicare il punto fermo , segnale stradale posto agli incroci pericolosi
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sui generis
= si usa per indicare una persona o cosa o qualità singolare , strana , che non assomiglia ad altri , e che pertanto non è facilmente definibile ,
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tassametro
= apparecchio contatore installato sulle automobili pubbliche per indicare l'importo dovuto dal cliente in relazione al tragitto percorso ' tassametro di parcheggio , parchimetro .
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tato
= voce del linguaggio infantile per indicare l'uomo che ha cura di un bambino .
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trascurataggine
= l'essere trascurato - azione da persona trascurata - sbadataggine , la decadenza della casa . . . si rivelava in alcuni particolari quasi incredibili che parevano indicare una trascurataggine antica e ingiustificata (moravia) .
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Vocabolario e frasi
be
= essere , stare , esistere , avvenire , costare , diventare , significare , lettera bi , below or equal , bank of england , be ,
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession
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of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.
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* However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his
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first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds
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of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property
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Netherfield Park is let at last?"
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This was invitation enough
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* "Why, my dear, you must know, Mrs. Long says that Netherfield is taken
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down on Monday in a chaise and four to see the place, and was so much
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"What is his name?"
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"Oh! Single, my dear, to be sure! A single man of large fortune; four or
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"My dear Mr. Bennet," replied his wife, "how can you be so tiresome! You
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"Design! Nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he
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them by themselves, which perhaps will be still better, for as you are
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I do not pretend to be anything extraordinary now. When a woman has five
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* "It is more than I engage for, I assure you."(Jane Austen - Pride and prejudice )
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newcomers. Indeed you must go, for it will be impossible for us to
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"You are over-scrupulous, surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very
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"I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the
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others; and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so
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* "It will be no use to us, if twenty such should come, since you will not
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Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour,
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was less difficult to develop. She was a woman of mean understanding,
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little information, and uncertain temper. When she was discontented,
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she fancied herself nervous. The business of her life was to get her
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daughters married; its solace was visiting and news
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Mr. Bennet was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr. Bingley. He
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paid she had no knowledge of it. It was then disclosed in the following
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of her own. She is a selfish, hypocritical woman, and I have no opinion
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till the day before; so it will be impossible for her to introduce him,
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myself; how can you be so teasing?"
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"I honour your circumspection. A fortnight's acquaintance is certainly
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very little. One cannot know what a man really is by the end of a
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"What can be the meaning of that emphatic exclamation?" cried he. "Do
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you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on
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* "While Mary is adjusting her ideas," he continued, "let us return to Mr.
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on him. It is very unlucky; but as I have actually paid the visit, we
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* The astonishment of the ladies was just what he wished; that of Mrs.
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was over, she began to declare that it was what she had expected all the
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* "How good it was in you, my dear Mr. Bennet! But I knew I should
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persuade you at last. I was sure you loved your girls too well to
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neglect such an acquaintance. Well, how pleased I am! and it is such a
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or me, either, for that matter. At our time of life it is not so
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pleasant, I can tell you, to be making new acquaintances every day; but
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* The rest of the evening was spent in conjecturing how soon he would
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daughters, could ask on the subject, was sufficient to draw from her
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Lady Lucas. Her report was highly favourable.(Jane Austen - Pride and prejudice )
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delighted with him. He was quite young, wonderfully handsome, extremely
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agreeable, and, to crown the whole, he meant to be at the next assembly
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with a large party. Nothing could be more delightful! To be fond of
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dancing was a certain step towards falling in love; and very lively
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* An invitation to dinner was soon afterwards dispatched; and already
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was obliged to be in town the following day, and, consequently, unable
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* Mrs. Bennet was quite
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he might be always flying about from one place to another, and never
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* Mr. Bingley was good-looking and gentlemanlike; he had a pleasant
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the report which was in general circulation within five minutes
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pronounced him to be a fine figure of a man, the ladies declared he
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was much handsomer than Mr. Bingley, and he was looked at with great
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which turned the tide of his popularity; for he was discovered to be
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proud; to be above his company, and above being pleased; and not all
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forbidding, disagreeable countenance, and being unworthy to be compared
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people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance,
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His character was decided. He was the proudest, most disagreeable man
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Amongst the most violent against him was Mrs. Bennet, whose dislike of
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his general behaviour was sharpened into particular resentment by his
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it would be insupportable. Your sisters are engaged, and there is not
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another woman in the room whom it would not be a punishment to me to
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"I would not be so fastidious as you are," cried Mr. Bingley, "for a
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* "Oh! She is the most beautiful creature I ever beheld! But there is one
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of her sisters sitting down just behind you, who is very pretty, and I
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"She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; I am in no
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distinguished by his sisters. Jane was as much gratified by this as
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fortunate enough never to be without partners, which was all that they
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a book he was regardless of time; and on the present occasion he had a
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the stranger would be disappointed; but he soon found out that he had a
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Jane was so admired, nothing could be like it. Everybody said how well
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twice! and she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second
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I was so vexed to see him stand
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can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going
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"Oh! my dear, I am quite delighted with him. He is so excessively
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Here she was interrupted again. Mr. Bennet protested against any
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description of finery. She was therefore obliged to seek another branch
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suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man, not at
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all worth pleasing. So high and so conceited that there was no enduring
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* "He is just what a young man ought to be," said she, "sensible,
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"He is also handsome," replied Elizabeth, "which a young man ought
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likewise to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete.
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* "I was very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I
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"Did not you? I did for you. But that is one great difference between
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could be more natural than his asking you again? He could not help
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* "I would not wish to be hasty in censuring anyone; but I always speak
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* "I know you do; and it is that which makes the wonder. With your
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good sense, to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of
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others! Affectation of candour is common enough--one meets with it
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everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design--to take the
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converse with them. Miss Bingley is to live with her brother, and keep
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* Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not convinced; their behaviour at
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sometimes made choice of his county; but as he was now provided with a
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good house and the liberty of a manor, it was doubtful to many of those
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though he was now only established as a tenant, Miss Bingley was by no
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means unwilling to preside at his table--nor was Mrs. Hurst, who had
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age two years, when he was tempted by an accidental recommendation
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* Between him and Darcy there was a very steady friendship, in spite of
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great opposition of character. Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the
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In understanding, Darcy was the superior. Bingley was by no means
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deficient, but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty,
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was sure of being liked wherever he appeared, Darcy was continually
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* The manner in which they spoke of the Meryton assembly was sufficiently
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collection of people in whom there was little beauty and no fashion, for
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either attention or pleasure. Miss Bennet he acknowledged to be pretty,
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* Mrs. Hurst and her sister allowed it to be so--but still they admired
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her and liked her, and pronounced her to be a sweet girl, and one
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whom they would not object to know more of. Miss Bennet was therefore
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supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody. By
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* Lady Lucas was a very good kind of woman, not too clever to be a
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a ball was absolutely necessary; and the morning after the assembly
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beyond a doubt; there cannot be two opinions on that point.'"
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"Upon my word! Well, that is very decided indeed--that does seem as
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Charlotte. "Mr. Darcy is not so well worth listening to as his friend,
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is he?--poor Eliza!--to be only just tolerable.
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* "I beg you would not put it into Lizzy's head to be vexed by his
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ill-treatment, for he is such a disagreeable man, that it would be quite
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a misfortune to be liked by him. Mrs. Long told me last night that he
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unless among his intimate acquaintances. With them he is remarkably
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was; everybody says that he is eat up with pride, and I dare say he had
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often does, because there is an excuse for it. One cannot wonder that so
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to be proud.
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* "That is very true," replied Elizabeth, "and I could easily forgive
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ever read, I am convinced that it is very common indeed; that human
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nature is particularly prone to it, and that there are very few of us
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found to be intolerable, and the younger sisters not worth speaking to,
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a wish of being better acquainted with them was expressed towards
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the two eldest. By Jane, this attention was received with the greatest
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to her it was equally evident that Jane was yielding to the preference
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which she had begun to entertain for him from the first, and was in a
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way to be very much in love; but she considered with pleasure that it
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was not likely to be discovered by the world in general, since Jane
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* "It may perhaps be pleasant," replied Charlotte, "to be able to impose
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on the public in such a case; but it is sometimes a disadvantage to be
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it will then be but poor consolation to believe the world equally in
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the dark. There is so much of gratitude or vanity in almost every
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attachment, that it is not safe to leave any to itself. We can all
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begin freely--a slight preference is natural enough; but there are
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very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without
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perceive her regard for him, he must be a simpleton, indeed, not to
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* "But if a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal
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meet tolerably often, it is never for many hours together; and, as they
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always see each other in large mixed parties, it is impossible that
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every moment should be employed in conversing together. Jane should
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attention. When she is secure of him, there will be more leisure for
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* "Your plan is a good one," replied Elizabeth, "where nothing is in
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these are not Jane's feelings; she is not acting by design. As yet,
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she cannot even be certain of the degree of her own regard nor of its
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and has since dined with him in company four times. This is not quite
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chance of happiness as if she were to be studying his character for a
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twelvemonth. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If
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have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as
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* "You make me laugh, Charlotte; but it is not sound. You know it is not
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was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming an object of some
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allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without admiration at the
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had a good feature in her face, than he began to find it was rendered
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in her form, he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and
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of the fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of
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this she was perfectly unaware; to her he was only the man who made
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drew her notice. It was at Sir William Lucas's, where a large party were
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"That is a question which Mr. Darcy only can answer.
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what he is about. He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by
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well just now, when I was teasing Colonel Forster to give us a ball at
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"With great energy; but it is always a subject which makes a lady
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* "It will be her turn soon to be teased," said Miss Lucas. "I am going
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really rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of
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she added, "Very well, if it must be so, it must." And gravely glancing
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at Mr. Darcy, "There is a fine old saying, which everybody here is of
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* Her performance was pleasing, though by no means capital. After a song
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she would sing again, she was eagerly succeeded at the instrument by her
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the family, worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments, was always
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end of a long concerto, was glad to purchase praise and gratitude by
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passing the evening, to the exclusion of all conversation, and was too
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* "Do you not think it would be a proper compliment to the place?"
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"It is a compliment which I never pay to any place if I can avoid it.
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* He paused in hopes of an answer; but his companion was not disposed
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cannot refuse to dance, I am sure when so much beauty is before you."
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extremely surprised, was not unwilling to receive it, when she instantly
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* Mr. Darcy, with grave propriety, requested to be allowed the honour of
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her hand, but in vain. Elizabeth was determined; nor did Sir William at
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* "You excel so much in the dance, Miss Eliza, that it is cruel to deny
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* "Mr. Darcy is all politeness," said Elizabeth, smiling.
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injured her with the gentleman, and he was thinking of her with some
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* "You are considering how insupportable it would be to pass many evenings
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I was never more annoyed! The insipidity, and yet the noise--the
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"Your conjecture is totally wrong, I assure you. My mind was more
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"That is exactly the question which I expected you to ask. A lady's
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imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love
---------------
to matrimony, in a moment. I knew you would be wishing me joy.
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absolutely settled. You will be having a charming mother-in-law, indeed;
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and, of course, she will always be at Pemberley with you.
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that all was safe, her wit flowed long.
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thousand a year, which, unfortunately for his daughters, was entailed,
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* The village of Longbourn was only one mile from Meryton; a most
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better offered, a walk to Meryton was necessary to amuse their morning
---------------
neighbourhood; it was to remain the whole winter, and Meryton was the
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to their mother, was worthless in their eyes when opposed to the
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"From all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two
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* Catherine was disconcerted, and made no answer; but Lydia, with perfect
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and her hope of seeing him in the course of the day, as he was going the
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* "I am astonished, my dear," said Mrs. Bennet, "that you should be so
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of anybody's children, it should not be of my own, however.
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* "If my children are silly, I must hope to be always sensible of it.
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* "This is the only point, I flatter myself, on which we do not agree. I
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* Mrs. Bennet was prevented replying by the entrance of the footman with
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"Well, Jane, who is it from? What is it about? What does he say? Well,
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* "It is from Miss Bingley," said Jane, and then read it aloud.
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we shall be in danger of hating each other for the rest of our lives,
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* "Dining out," said Mrs. Bennet, "that is very unlucky.
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* "That would be a good scheme," said Elizabeth, "if you were sure that
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will be answered.
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were engaged. Jane was therefore obliged to go on horseback, and her
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* "This was a lucky idea of mine, indeed!" said Mrs. Bennet more than
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next morning, however, she was not aware of all the felicity of her
---------------
contrivance. Breakfast was scarcely over when a servant from Netherfield
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"I find myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be
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Jones--therefore do not be alarmed if you should hear of his having been
---------------
to me--and, excepting a sore throat and headache, there is not much the
---------------
should die, it would be a comfort to know that it was all in pursuit of
---------------
colds. She will be taken good care of. As long as she stays there, it is
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* Elizabeth, feeling really anxious, was determined to go to her, though
---------------
the carriage was not to be had; and as she was no horsewoman, walking
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* "How can you be so silly," cried her mother, "as to think of such a
---------------
thing, in all this dirt! You will not be fit to be seen when you get
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* "I shall be very fit to see Jane--which is all I want.
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"No, indeed, I do not wish to avoid the walk. The distance is nothing
---------------
when one has a motive; only three miles. I shall be back by dinner.
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impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion,
---------------
exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.
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* She was shown into the breakfast-parlour, where all but Jane were
---------------
dirty weather, and by herself, was almost incredible to Mrs. Hurst and
---------------
Miss Bingley; and Elizabeth was convinced that they held her in contempt
---------------
for it. She was received, however, very politely by them; and in their
---------------
brother's manners there was something better than politeness; there
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Hurst nothing at all. The former was divided between admiration of the
---------------
Bennet had slept ill, and though up, was very feverish, and not
---------------
well enough to leave her room. Elizabeth was glad to be taken to her
---------------
for such a visit, was delighted at her entrance. She was not equal,
---------------
extraordinary kindness she was treated with. Elizabeth silently attended
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* When breakfast was over they were joined by the sisters; and Elizabeth
---------------
examined his patient, said, as might be supposed, that she had caught
---------------
in parting with her, that Miss Bingley was obliged to convert the offer
---------------
Elizabeth most thankfully consented, and a servant was dispatched to
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Elizabeth was summoned to dinner. To the civil inquiries which then
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favourable answer. Jane was by no means better. The sisters, on hearing
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shocking it was to have a bad cold, and how excessively they disliked
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* Their brother, indeed, was the only one of the party whom she could
---------------
regard with any complacency. His anxiety for Jane was evident, and his
---------------
herself so much an intruder as she believed she was considered by the
---------------
Hurst, by whom Elizabeth sat, he was an indolent man, who lived only to
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* When dinner was over, she returned directly to Jane, and Miss Bingley
---------------
began abusing her as soon as she was out of the room. Her manners were
---------------
pronounced to be very bad indeed, a mixture of pride and impertinence;
---------------
nonsensical to come at all! Why must she be scampering about the
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* "Your picture may be very exact, Louisa," said Bingley; "but this was
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* "It shows an affection for her sister that is very pleasing," said
---------------
"I have an excessive regard for Miss Jane Bennet, she is really a very
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* "I think I have heard you say that their uncle is an attorney in
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* "That is capital," added her sister, and they both laughed heartily.
---------------
She was still very poorly, and Elizabeth would not quit her at all, till
---------------
party at loo, and was immediately invited to join them; but suspecting
---------------
them to be playing high she declined it, and making her sister the
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* "Do you prefer reading to cards?" said he; "that is rather singular.
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* "Miss Eliza Bennet," said Miss Bingley, "despises cards. She is a great
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I hope it will be soon increased by seeing her quite well.
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"It ought to be good," he replied, "it has been the work of many
---------------
neighbourhood, and take Pemberley for a kind of model. There is not a
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* Elizabeth was so much caught with what passed, as to leave her very
---------------
she be as tall as I am?"
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"I think she will. She is now about Miss Elizabeth Bennet's height, or
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for her age! Her performance on the pianoforte is exquisite.
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* "It is amazing to me," said Bingley, "how young ladies can have patience
---------------
to be so very accomplished as they all are.
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informed that she was very accomplished.
---------------
too much truth. The word is applied to many a woman who deserves it no
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* "Oh! certainly," cried his faithful assistant, "no one can be really
---------------
esteemed accomplished who does not greatly surpass what is usually met
---------------
will be but half-deserved.
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bitter complaints of their inattention to what was going forward. As all
---------------
conversation was thereby at an end, Elizabeth soon afterwards left the
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* "Elizabeth Bennet," said Miss Bingley, when the door was closed on her,
---------------
succeeds. But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art.
---------------
* "Undoubtedly," replied Darcy, to whom this remark was chiefly addressed,
---------------
"there is a meanness in all the arts which ladies sometimes condescend
---------------
* Miss Bingley was not so entirely satisfied with this reply as to
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* Elizabeth joined them again only to say that her sister was worse, and
---------------
eminent physicians. This she would not hear of; but she was not so
---------------
unwilling to comply with their brother's proposal; and it was settled
---------------
that Mr. Jones should be sent for early in the morning, if Miss Bennet
---------------
were not decidedly better. Bingley was quite uncomfortable; his sisters
---------------
attention might be paid to the sick lady and her sister.
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own judgement of her situation. The note was immediately dispatched, and
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* "Indeed I have, sir," was her answer. "She is a great deal too ill to be
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* "Removed!" cried Bingley. "It must not be thought of. My sister, I am
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* Mrs. Bennet was profuse in her acknowledgments.
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* "I am sure," she added, "if it was not for such good friends I do not
---------------
know what would become of her, for she is very ill indeed, and suffers
---------------
country that is equal to Netherfield. You will not think of quitting it
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* "Whatever I do is done in a hurry," replied he; "and therefore if I
---------------
should resolve to quit Netherfield, I should probably be off in five
---------------
* "That is exactly what I should have supposed of you," said Elizabeth.
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* "I wish I might take this for a compliment; but to be so easily seen
---------------
through I am afraid is pitiful.
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* "That is as it happens. It does not follow that a deep, intricate
---------------
character is more or less estimable than such a one as yours.
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studier of character. It must be an amusing study.
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* "But people themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be
---------------
a country neighbourhood. "I assure you there is quite as much of that
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* Everybody was surprised, and Darcy, after looking at her for a moment,
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my part, except the shops and public places. The country is a vast deal
---------------
pleasanter, is it not, Mr. Bingley?"
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and when I am in town it is pretty much the same. They have each their
---------------
advantages, and I can be equally happy in either.
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* "Aye--that is because you have the right disposition. But that
---------------
gentleman," looking at Darcy, "seemed to think the country was nothing
---------------
mother. "You quite mistook Mr. Darcy. He only meant that there was not
---------------
such a variety of people to be met with in the country as in the town,
---------------
which you must acknowledge to be true.
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countenance. His sister was less delicate, and directed her eyes towards
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William is, Mr. Bingley, is not he? So much the man of fashion! So
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"No, she would go home. I fancy she was wanted about the mince-pies. For
---------------
my daughters are brought up very differently. But everybody is to
---------------
I assure you. It is a pity they are not handsome! Not that I think
---------------
Charlotte so very plain--but then she is our particular friend.
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* "Oh! dear, yes; but you must own she is very plain. Lady Lucas herself
---------------
of my own child, but to be sure, Jane--one does not often see anybody
---------------
better looking. It is what everybody says. I do not trust my own
---------------
partiality. When she was only fifteen, there was a man at my brother
---------------
strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I
---------------
tremble lest her mother should be exposing herself again. She longed to
---------------
indeed without much graciousness, but Mrs. Bennet was satisfied, and
---------------
* Lydia was a stout, well-grown girl of fifteen, with a fine complexion
---------------
easy manners recommended her, had increased into assurance. She was very
---------------
abruptly reminded him of his promise; adding, that it would be the most
---------------
sudden attack was delightful to their mother's ear:
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your sister is recovered, you shall, if you please, name the very day of
---------------
the ball. But you would not wish to be dancing when she is ill.
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* Lydia declared herself satisfied. "Oh! yes--it would be much better to
---------------
wait till Jane was well, and by that time most likely Captain Carter
---------------
would be at Meryton again. And when you have given your ball," she
---------------
Forster it will be quite a shame if he does not.
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could not be prevailed on to join in their censure of her, in spite of
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Mr. Darcy was writing, and Miss Bingley, seated near him, was watching
---------------
Mrs. Hurst was observing their game.
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* Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in
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* "How delighted Miss Darcy will be to receive such a letter!"
---------------
"It is fortunate, then, that they fall to my lot instead of yours.
---------------
He was silent.
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* "Oh! it is of no consequence. I shall see her in January. But do you
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"They are generally long; but whether always charming it is not for me
---------------
* "It is a rule with me, that a person who can write a long letter with
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"My style of writing is very different from yours.
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* "Nothing is more deceitful," said Darcy, "than the appearance of
---------------
humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion, and sometimes an
---------------
quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any
---------------
you should be gone in five minutes, you meant it to be a sort of
---------------
panegyric, of compliment to yourself--and yet what is there so very
---------------
undone, and can be of no real advantage to yourself or anyone else?"
---------------
"Nay," cried Bingley, "this is too much, to remember at night all the
---------------
I believe what I said of myself to be true, and I believe it at this
---------------
you would be gone with such celerity. Your conduct would be quite as
---------------
that the friend who is supposed to desire his return to the house, and
---------------
* "To yield readily--easily--to the persuasion of a friend is no merit
---------------
* "To yield without conviction is no compliment to the understanding of
---------------
where one of them is desired by the other to change a resolution of no
---------------
with the desire, without waiting to be argued into it?"
---------------
"Will it not be advisable, before we proceed on this subject, to
---------------
arrange with rather more precision the degree of importance which is to
---------------
weight in the argument, Miss Bennet, than you may be aware of. I assure
---------------
Bennet will defer yours till I am out of the room, I shall be very
---------------
* When that business was over, he applied to Miss Bingley and Elizabeth
---------------
on her. She hardly knew how to suppose that she could be an object of
---------------
because he disliked her, was still more strange. She could only imagine,
---------------
however, at last that she drew his notice because there was something
---------------
* Elizabeth, having rather expected to affront him, was amazed at his
---------------
gallantry; but there was a mixture of sweetness and archness in her
---------------
had never been so bewitched by any woman as he was by her. He really
---------------
should be in some danger.
---------------
* Miss Bingley saw, or suspected enough to be jealous; and her great
---------------
"Oh! yes. Do let the portraits of your uncle and aunt Phillips be placed
---------------
"It would not be easy, indeed, to catch their expression, but their
---------------
"This walk is not wide enough for our party. We had better go into the
---------------
to uncommon advantage. The picturesque would be spoilt by admitting a
---------------
being at home again in a day or two. Jane was already so much recovered
---------------
drawing-room, where she was welcomed by her two friends with many
---------------
* But when the gentlemen entered, Jane was no longer the first object;
---------------
made her a slight bow, and said he was "very glad;" but diffuseness
---------------
and warmth remained for Bingley's salutation. He was full of joy and
---------------
attention. The first half-hour was spent in piling up the fire, lest she
---------------
to the other side of the fireplace, that she might be further from
---------------
* When tea was over, Mr. Hurst reminded his sister-in-law of the
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* Miss Bingley's attention was quite as much engaged in watching Mr.
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amused with her own book, which she had only chosen because it was the
---------------
it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare after all there is no
---------------
book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not
---------------
not some among us to whom a ball would be rather a punishment than a
---------------
chooses, before it begins--but as for the ball, it is quite a settled
---------------
carried on in a different manner; but there is something insufferably
---------------
tedious in the usual process of such a meeting. It would surely be much
---------------
about the room. Her figure was elegant, and she walked well; but
---------------
Darcy, at whom it was all aimed, was still inflexibly studious. In
---------------
turn about the room. I assure you it is very refreshing after sitting so
---------------
* Elizabeth was surprised, but agreed to it immediately. Miss Bingley
---------------
up. He was as much awake to the novelty of attention in that quarter as
---------------
interfere. "What could he mean? She was dying to know what could be his
---------------
"Not at all," was her answer; "but depend upon it, he means to be severe
---------------
on us, and our surest way of disappointing him will be to ask nothing
---------------
* Miss Bingley, however, was incapable of disappointing Mr. Darcy in
---------------
as you are, you must know how it is to be done.
---------------
* "Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!" cried Elizabeth. "That is an
---------------
actions--may be rendered ridiculous by a person whose first object in
---------------
life is a joke.
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am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is wise and good.
---------------
* "Perhaps that is not possible for anyone. But it has been the study
---------------
* "Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride--where there is a real
---------------
superiority of mind, pride will be always under good regulation.
---------------
* "Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume," said Miss Bingley;
---------------
"and pray what is the result?"
---------------
would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost, is lost
---------------
* "That is a failing indeed!" cried Elizabeth. "Implacable resentment
---------------
* "And your defect is to hate everybody.
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opened; and Darcy, after a few moments' recollection, was not sorry for
---------------
next morning to their mother, to beg that the carriage might be sent for
---------------
them with pleasure before. Her answer, therefore, was not propitious, at
---------------
least not to Elizabeth's wishes, for she was impatient to get home. Mrs.
---------------
before Tuesday; and in her postscript it was added, that if Mr. Bingley
---------------
very well. Against staying longer, however, Elizabeth was positively
---------------
resolved--nor did she much expect it would be asked; and fearful, on the
---------------
length it was settled that their original design of leaving Netherfield
---------------
that morning should be mentioned, and the request made.
---------------
on Jane; and till the morrow their going was deferred. Miss Bingley was
---------------
safe for her--that she was not enough recovered; but Jane was firm where
---------------
she felt herself to be right.
---------------
* To Mr. Darcy it was welcome intelligence--Elizabeth had been at
---------------
Bingley was uncivil to her, and more teasing than usual to himself.
---------------
He wisely resolved to be particularly careful that no sign of admiration
---------------
trouble, and was sure Jane would have caught cold again. But their
---------------
father, though very laconic in his expressions of pleasure, was really
---------------
had actually been hinted that Colonel Forster was going to be married.
---------------
* "Who do you mean, my dear? I know of nobody that is coming, I am sure,
---------------
* "The person of whom I speak is a gentleman, and a stranger.
---------------
* Mrs. Bennet's eyes sparkled. "A gentleman and a stranger! It is Mr.
---------------
Bingley, I am sure! Well, I am sure I shall be extremely glad to see Mr.
---------------
Bingley. But--good Lord! how unlucky! There is not a bit of fish to be
---------------
* "It is not Mr. Bingley," said her husband; "it is a person whom I
---------------
early attention. It is from my cousin, Mr. Collins, who, when I am dead,
---------------
Pray do not talk of that odious man. I do think it is the hardest thing
---------------
in the world, that your estate should be entailed away from your own
---------------
had often attempted to do it before, but it was a subject on which
---------------
Mrs. Bennet was beyond the reach of reason, and she continued to rail
---------------
* "It certainly is a most iniquitous affair," said Mr. Bennet, "and
---------------
But if you will listen to his letter, you may perhaps be a little
---------------
* "No, that I am sure I shall not; and I think it is very impertinent of
---------------
for some time I was kept back by my own doubts, fearing lest it might
---------------
seem disrespectful to his memory for me to be on good terms with anyone
---------------
with whom it had always pleased him to be at variance.--'There, Mrs.
---------------
Bennet.'--My mind, however, is now made up on the subject, for having
---------------
ladyship, and be ever ready to perform those rites and ceremonies which
---------------
will be kindly overlooked on your side, and not lead you to reject the
---------------
offered olive-branch. I cannot be otherwise than concerned at being the
---------------
that some other clergyman is engaged to do the duty of the day.--I
---------------
said Mr. Bennet, as he folded up the letter. "He seems to be a most
---------------
prove a valuable acquaintance, especially if Lady Catherine should be so
---------------
* "There is some sense in what he says about the girls, however, and if
---------------
he is disposed to make them any amends, I shall not be the person to
---------------
* "Though it is difficult," said Jane, "to guess in what way he can mean
---------------
to make us the atonement he thinks our due, the wish is certainly to his
---------------
* Elizabeth was chiefly struck by his extraordinary deference for Lady
---------------
* "He must be an oddity, I think," said she. "I cannot make him
---------------
out.--There is something very pompous in his style.--And what can he
---------------
would help it if he could.--Could he be a sensible man, sir?"
---------------
reverse. There is a mixture of servility and self-importance in his
---------------
defective. The idea of the olive-branch perhaps is not wholly new, yet I
---------------
think it is well expressed.
---------------
degree interesting. It was next to impossible that their cousin should
---------------
come in a scarlet coat, and it was now some weeks since they had
---------------
and she was preparing to see him with a degree of composure which
---------------
* Mr. Collins was punctual to his time, and was received with great
---------------
need of encouragement, nor inclined to be silent himself. He was a
---------------
tall, heavy-looking young man of five-and-twenty. His air was grave and
---------------
gallantry was not much to the taste of some of his hearers; but Mrs.
---------------
prove so, for else they will be destitute enough. Things are settled so
---------------
* "Ah! sir, I do indeed. It is a grievous affair to my poor girls, you
---------------
I know are all chance in this world. There is no knowing how estates
---------------
will go when once they come to be entailed.
---------------
He was interrupted by a summons to dinner; and the girls smiled on each
---------------
own future property. The dinner too in its turn was highly admired; and
---------------
cooking was owing. But he was set right there by Mrs. Bennet, who
---------------
better. Mr. Collins was eloquent in her praise. The subject elevated him
---------------
quadrille in the evening. Lady Catherine was reckoned proud by many
---------------
* "That is all very proper and civil, I am sure," said Mrs. Bennet, "and
---------------
I dare say she is a very agreeable woman. It is a pity that great ladies
---------------
"The garden in which stands my humble abode is separated only by a lane
---------------
* "I think you said she was a widow, sir? Has she any family?"
---------------
* "Ah!" said Mrs. Bennet, shaking her head, "then she is better off than
---------------
many girls. And what sort of young lady is she? Is she handsome?"
---------------
"She is a most charming young lady indeed. Lady Catherine herself says
---------------
that, in point of true beauty, Miss de Bourgh is far superior to the
---------------
handsomest of her sex, because there is that in her features which marks
---------------
the young lady of distinguished birth. She is unfortunately of a sickly
---------------
resides with them. But she is perfectly amiable, and often condescends
---------------
her charming daughter seemed born to be a duchess, and that the most
---------------
elevated rank, instead of giving her consequence, would be adorned by
---------------
it is a sort of attention which I conceive myself peculiarly bound to
---------------
* "You judge very properly," said Mr. Bennet, "and it is happy for you
---------------
"They arise chiefly from what is passing at the time, and though I
---------------
compliments as may be adapted to ordinary occasions, I always wish to
---------------
* Mr. Bennet's expectations were fully answered. His cousin was as absurd
---------------
* By tea-time, however, the dose had been enough, and Mr. Bennet was glad
---------------
to take his guest into the drawing-room again, and, when tea was over,
---------------
assented, and a book was produced; but, on beholding it (for everything
---------------
announced it to be from a circulating library), he started back, and
---------------
* Lydia was bid by her two eldest sisters to hold her tongue; but Mr.
---------------
me, I confess; for, certainly, there can be nothing so advantageous to
---------------
Mr. Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had
---------------
given him originally great humility of manner; but it was now a
---------------
Bourgh when the living of Hunsford was vacant; and the respect which
---------------
This was his plan of amends--of atonement--for inheriting their father's
---------------
was due to seniority; and for the first evening she was his settled
---------------
to the avowal of his hopes, that a mistress might be found for it at
---------------
to hint, was likely to be very soon engaged.
---------------
* Mr. Collins had only to change from Jane to Elizabeth--and it was soon
---------------
done--done while Mrs. Bennet was stirring the fire. Elizabeth, equally
---------------
the day before was now high in her good graces.
---------------
* Lydia's intention of walking to Meryton was not forgotten; every sister
---------------
except Mary agreed to go with her; and Mr. Collins was to attend them,
---------------
at the request of Mr. Bennet, who was most anxious to get rid of him,
---------------
house, he was used to be free from them there; his civility, therefore,
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than a reader, was extremely pleased to close his large book, and go.
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the younger ones was then no longer to be gained by him. Their eyes were
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* But the attention of every lady was soon caught by a young man, whom
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him the day before from town, and he was happy to say had accepted a
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commission in their corps. This was exactly as it should be; for the
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His appearance was greatly in his favour; he had all the best part of
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The introduction was followed up on his side by a happy readiness
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began the usual civilities. Bingley was the principal spokesman, and
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Miss Bennet the principal object. He was then, he said, on his way to
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it with a bow, and was beginning to determine not to fix his eyes
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looked at each other, was all astonishment at the effect of the meeting.
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deigned to return. What could be the meaning of it? It was impossible to
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imagine; it was impossible not to long to know.
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* Mrs. Phillips was always glad to see her nieces; and the two eldest,
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however, might be justified by his relationship to the young ladies who
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introduced him to her notice. Mrs. Phillips was quite awed by such an
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excess of good breeding; but her contemplation of one stranger was soon
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Mr. Denny had brought him from London, and that he was to have a
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would come in the evening. This was agreed to, and Mrs. Phillips
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delights was very cheering, and they parted in mutual good spirits. Mr.
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Collins repeated his apologies in quitting the room, and was assured
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or both, had they appeared to be in the wrong, she could no more explain
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As no objection was made to the young people's engagement with their
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that Mr. Wickham had accepted their uncle's invitation, and was then in
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* When this information was given, and they had all taken their seats, Mr.
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Collins was at leisure to look around him and admire, and he was so much
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Rosings was, and who was its proprietor--when she had listened to the
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the improvements it was receiving, he was happily employed until the
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heard, and who was resolving to retail it all among her neighbours as
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interval of waiting appeared very long. It was over at last, however.
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Mr. Wickham was as far beyond them all in person, countenance, air, and
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* Mr. Wickham was the happy man towards whom almost every female eye was
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turned, and Elizabeth was the happy woman by whom he finally seated
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conversation, though it was only on its being a wet night, made her feel
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that the commonest, dullest, most threadbare topic might be rendered
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ladies he certainly was nothing; but he had still at intervals a kind
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listener in Mrs. Phillips, and was by her watchfulness, most abundantly
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* "I know little of the game at present," said he, "but I shall be glad
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to improve myself, for in my situation in life--" Mrs. Phillips was very
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* Mr. Wickham did not play at whist, and with ready delight was he
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seemed danger of Lydia's engrossing him entirely, for she was a most
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Allowing for the common demands of the game, Mr. Wickham was therefore
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at leisure to talk to Elizabeth, and she was very willing to hear
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even mention that gentleman. Her curiosity, however, was unexpectedly
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Netherfield was from Meryton; and, after receiving her answer, asked in
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drop, added, "He is a man of very large property in Derbyshire, I
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* "Yes," replied Mr. Wickham; "his estate there is a noble one. A clear
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* "You may well be surprised, Miss Bennet, at such an assertion, after
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too long and too well to be a fair judge. It is impossible for me
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to be impartial. But I believe your opinion of him would in general
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the neighbourhood, except Netherfield. He is not at all liked in
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Hertfordshire. Everybody is disgusted with his pride. You will not find
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* "I cannot pretend to be sorry," said Wickham, after a short
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interruption, "that he or that any man should not be estimated beyond
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world is blinded by his fortune and consequence, or frightened by his
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high and imposing manners, and sees him only as he chooses to be seen.
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* "I should take him, even on my slight acquaintance, to be an
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likely to be in this country much longer.
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not be affected by his being in the neighbourhood.
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* "Oh! no--it is not for me to be driven away by Mr. Darcy. If he
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is. His father, Miss Bennet, the late Mr. Darcy, was one of the best men
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* "It was the prospect of constant society, and good society," he added,
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"which was my chief inducement to enter the ----shire. I knew it to be
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Society, I own, is necessary to me. I have been a disappointed man, and
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A military life is not what I was intended for, but circumstances have
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living in his gift. He was my godfather, and excessively attached to me.
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and thought he had done it; but when the living fell, it was given
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will be disregarded? Why did you not seek legal redress?"
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"There was just such an informality in the terms of the bequest as to
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of an age to hold it, and that it was given to another man; and no
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less certain is it, that I cannot accuse myself of having really done
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* "This is quite shocking! He deserves to be publicly disgraced.
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* "Some time or other he will be--but it shall not be by me. Till I
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of preference which was often given me.
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must be dreadful.
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* Elizabeth was again deep in thought, and after a time exclaimed, "To
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part of our youth was passed together; inmates of the same house,
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appears to do so much credit to--but he gave up everything to be of
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Pemberley property. He was most highly esteemed by Mr. Darcy, a most
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motive, that he should not have been too proud to be dishonest--for
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* "It is wonderful," replied Wickham, "for almost all his actions may
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"Yes. It has often led him to be liberal and generous, to give his money
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poor. Family pride, and filial pride--for he is very proud of what
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Pemberley House, is a powerful motive. He has also brotherly pride,
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* "What sort of girl is Miss Darcy?"
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speak ill of a Darcy. But she is too much like her brother--very, very
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proud. As a child, she was affectionate and pleasing, and extremely fond
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nothing to me now. She is a handsome girl, about fifteen or sixteen,
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* "He is a sweet-tempered, amiable, charming man. He cannot know what Mr.
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want abilities. He can be a conversible companion if he thinks it worth
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a very different man from what he is to the less prosperous. His
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pride never deserts him; but with the rich he is liberal-minded, just,
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he assured her with much earnest gravity that it was not of the least
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* Mr. Wickham's attention was caught; and after observing Mr. Collins for
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a living. I hardly know how Mr. Collins was first introduced to her
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were sisters; consequently that she is aunt to the present Mr. Darcy.
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Bingley. Vain indeed must be all her attentions, vain and useless her
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patroness, she is an arrogant, conceited woman.
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* "I believe her to be both in a great degree," replied Wickham; "I have
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Wickham's attentions. There could be no conversation in the noise
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everybody. Whatever he said, was said well; and whatever he did, done
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the way home; but there was not time for her even to mention his name
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knew not how to believe that Mr. Darcy could be so unworthy of Mr.
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Bingley's regard; and yet, it was not in her nature to question the
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possibility of his having endured such unkindness, was enough to
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business? Do clear them too, or we shall be obliged to think ill of
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it places Mr. Darcy, to be treating his father's favourite in such
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character, could be capable of it. Can his most intimate friends be so
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be not so, let Mr. Darcy contradict it. Besides, there was truth in his
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* "It is difficult indeed--it is distressing. One does not know what to
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invitation for the long-expected ball at Netherfield, which was fixed
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* The prospect of the Netherfield ball was extremely agreeable to every
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compliment to her eldest daughter, and was particularly flattered
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he was by no means the only partner who could satisfy them, and a ball
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* "While I can have my mornings to myself," said she, "it is enough--I
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think it is no sacrifice to join occasionally in evening engagements.
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amusement; and she was rather surprised to find that he entertained no
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scruple whatever on that head, and was very far from dreading a rebuke
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myself, that I shall hope to be honoured with the hands of all my fair
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instead! her liveliness had never been worse timed. There was no help
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good a grace as she could. She was not the better pleased with his
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struck her, that she was selected from among her sisters as worthy
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gratified herself by this effect of her charms, it was not long before
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to take the hint, being well aware that a serious dispute must be the
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till he did, it was useless to quarrel about him.
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once. No aunt, no officers, no news could be sought after--the very
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that remained unsubdued of his heart, trusting that it was not more than
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might be won in the course of the evening. But in an instant arose
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this was not exactly the case, the absolute fact of his absence was
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day before, and was not yet returned; adding, with a significant smile,
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* This part of his intelligence, though unheard by Lydia, was caught by
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Elizabeth, and, as it assured her that Darcy was not less answerable for
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feeling of displeasure against the former was so sharpened by immediate
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Attendance, forbearance, patience with Darcy, was injury to Wickham. She
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* But Elizabeth was not formed for ill-humour; and though every prospect
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of her own was destroyed for the evening, it could not dwell long on her
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not seen for a week, she was soon able to make a voluntary transition
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him was ecstasy.
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Wickham, and of hearing that he was universally liked. When those dances
---------------
were over, she returned to Charlotte Lucas, and was in conversation with
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immediately, and she was left to fret over her own want of presence of
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* "Heaven forbid! That would be the greatest misfortune of all! To find
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a man agreeable whom one is determined to hate! Do not wish me such an
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hand, Charlotte could not help cautioning her in a whisper, not to be a
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she was arrived in being allowed to stand opposite to Mr. Darcy, and
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imagine that their silence was to last through the two dances, and at
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first was resolved not to break it; till suddenly fancying that it would
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some slight observation on the dance. He replied, and was again
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with:--"It is your turn to say something now, Mr. Darcy. I talked
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now we may be silent.
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some, conversation ought to be so arranged, as that they may have the
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something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to
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* "This is no very striking resemblance of your own character, I am sure,"
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said he. "How near it may be to mine, I cannot pretend to say. You
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* The effect was immediate. A deeper shade of hauteur overspread his
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constrained manner said, "Mr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners
---------------
as may ensure his making friends--whether he may be equally capable of
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retaining them, is less certain.
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with emphasis, "and in a manner which he is likely to suffer from all
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superior dancing is not often seen. It is evident that you belong to the
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* The latter part of this address was scarcely heard by Darcy; but Sir
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* "I am sorry you think so; but if that be the case, there can at least be
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* "No--I cannot talk of books in a ball-room; my head is always full of
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* "And never allow yourself to be blinded by prejudice?"
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* "It is particularly incumbent on those who never change their opinion,
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to be secure of judging properly at first.
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* "And what is your success?"
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not to sketch my character at the present moment, as there is reason to
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for in Darcy's breast there was a tolerable powerful feeling towards
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his other communication, that he was the son of old Wickham, the late
---------------
using him ill, it is perfectly false; for, on the contrary, he has
---------------
I know very well that Mr. Darcy is not in the least to blame, that he
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the officers, he was excessively glad to find that he had taken himself
---------------
out of the way. His coming into the country at all is a most insolent
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* "His guilt and his descent appear by your account to be the same," said
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"Excuse my interference--it was kindly meant.
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marked how well she was satisfied with the occurrences of the evening.
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you may be sure of my pardon.
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his history, and is quite ignorant of the circumstances which have
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the probity, and honour of his friend, and is perfectly convinced that
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Mr. Wickham is by no means a respectable young man. I am afraid he has
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* "This account then is what he has received from Mr. Darcy. I am
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them from Mr. Darcy more than once, but he believes that it was left to
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Bingley's defense of his friend was a very able one, I dare say; but
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since he is unacquainted with several parts of the story, and has learnt
---------------
which there could be no difference of sentiment. Elizabeth listened with
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* "I have found out," said he, "by a singular accident, that there is now
---------------
Bourgh in this assembly! I am most thankful that the discovery is made
---------------
I believe him to be Lady Catherine's nephew. It will be in my power to
---------------
assure him that her ladyship was quite well yesterday se'nnight.
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it was not in the least necessary there should be any notice on either
---------------
understanding; but permit me to say, that there must be a wide
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behaviour is at the same time maintained. You must therefore allow me to
---------------
profit by your advice, which on every other subject shall be my constant
---------------
education and habitual study to decide on what is right than a young
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astonishment at being so addressed was very evident. Her cousin prefaced
---------------
her to see him expose himself to such a man. Mr. Darcy was eyeing him
---------------
* "I have no reason, I assure you," said he, "to be dissatisfied with my
---------------
that he was so well convinced of Lady Catherine's discernment as to be
---------------
certain she could never bestow a favour unworthily. It was really a very
---------------
placed them within one of each other; and deeply was she vexed to find
---------------
that her mother was talking to that one person (Lady Lucas) freely,
---------------
be married to Mr. Bingley. It was an animating subject, and Mrs. Bennet
---------------
then it was such a comfort to think how fond the two sisters were of
---------------
Jane, and to be certain that they must desire the connection as much as
---------------
other rich men; and lastly, it was so pleasant at her time of life to be
---------------
she might not be obliged to go into company more than she liked. It was
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such occasions it is the etiquette; but no one was less likely than Mrs.
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concluded with many good wishes that Lady Lucas might soon be equally
---------------
fortunate, though evidently and triumphantly believing there was no
---------------
chief of it was overheard by Mr. Darcy, who sat opposite to them. Her
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* "What is Mr. Darcy to me, pray, that I should be afraid of him? I am
---------------
sure we owe him no such particular civility as to be obliged to say
---------------
* "For heaven's sake, madam, speak lower. What advantage can it be for you
---------------
she dreaded; for though he was not always looking at her mother, she was
---------------
convinced that his attention was invariably fixed by her. The expression
---------------
likelihood of sharing, was left to the comforts of cold ham and
---------------
chicken. Elizabeth now began to revive. But not long was the interval of
---------------
tranquillity; for, when supper was over, singing was talked of, and
---------------
exhibiting was delightful to her, and she began her song. Elizabeth's
---------------
progress through the several stanzas with an impatience which was very
---------------
of the table, the hint of a hope that she might be prevailed on to
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weak, and her manner affected. Elizabeth was in agonies. She looked at
---------------
Jane, to see how she bore it; but Jane was very composedly talking to
---------------
interference, lest Mary should be singing all night. He took the hint,
---------------
* Mary, though pretending not to hear, was somewhat disconcerted; and
---------------
Elizabeth, sorry for her, and sorry for her father's speech, was afraid
---------------
* "If I," said Mr. Collins, "were so fortunate as to be able to sing, I
---------------
to assert that we can be justified in devoting too much of our time
---------------
to music, for there are certainly other things to be attended to. The
---------------
such an agreement for tithes as may be beneficial to himself and not
---------------
that remains will not be too much for his parish duties, and the care
---------------
and improvement of his dwelling, which he cannot be excused from making
---------------
been spoken so loud as to be heard by half the room. Many stared--many
---------------
and observed in a half-whisper to Lady Lucas, that he was a remarkably
---------------
feelings were not of a sort to be much distressed by the folly which he
---------------
have such an opportunity of ridiculing her relations, was bad enough,
---------------
* The rest of the evening brought her little amusement. She was teased by
---------------
He assured her, that as to dancing, he was perfectly indifferent to it;
---------------
that his chief object was by delicate attentions to recommend himself to
---------------
the whole evening. There was no arguing upon such a project. She owed
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* She was at least free from the offense of Mr. Darcy's further notice;
---------------
disengaged, he never came near enough to speak. She felt it to be the
---------------
an hour after everybody else was gone, which gave them time to see how
---------------
languor over the whole party, which was very little relieved by the
---------------
long speeches of Mr. Collins, who was complimenting Mr. Bingley and his
---------------
nothing at all. Mr. Bennet, in equal silence, was enjoying the scene.
---------------
silence as either Mrs. Hurst or Miss Bingley; and even Lydia was too
---------------
* When at length they arose to take leave, Mrs. Bennet was most pressingly
---------------
the ceremony of a formal invitation. Bingley was all grateful pleasure,
---------------
her, after his return from London, whither he was obliged to go the next
---------------
* Mrs. Bennet was perfectly satisfied, and quitted the house under the
---------------
Elizabeth was the least dear to her of all her children; and though the
---------------
will be very happy--I am sure she can have no objection. Come, Kitty, I
---------------
want you up stairs." And, gathering her work together, she was hastening
---------------
consideration making her also sensible that it would be wisest to get it
---------------
dissemble; my attentions have been too marked to be mistaken. Almost as
---------------
subject, perhaps it would be advisable for me to state my reasons for
---------------
to have mentioned earlier, that it is the particular advice and
---------------
too!) on this subject; and it was but the very Saturday night before I
---------------
a gentlewoman for my sake; and for your own, let her be an active,
---------------
income go a good way. This is my advice. Find such a woman as soon as
---------------
intention in favour of matrimony; it remains to be told why my views
---------------
the loss to them might be as little as possible, when the melancholy
---------------
aware that it could not be complied with; and that one thousand pounds
---------------
in the four per cents, which will not be yours till after your mother's
---------------
decease, is all that you may ever be entitled to. On that head,
---------------
therefore, I shall be uniformly silent; and you may assure yourself that
---------------
* It was absolutely necessary to interrupt him now.
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your proposals, but it is impossible for me to do otherwise than to
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hand, "that it is usual with young ladies to reject the addresses of the
---------------
favour; and that sometimes the refusal is repeated a second, or even a
---------------
* "Upon my word, sir," cried Elizabeth, "your hope is a rather
---------------
disapprove of you. And you may be certain when I have the honour of
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* "Indeed, Mr. Collins, all praise of me will be unnecessary. You
---------------
know it to be the established custom of your sex to reject a man on
---------------
encourage my suit as would be consistent with the true delicacy of the
---------------
refusal of my addresses is merely words of course. My reasons for
---------------
consideration, that in spite of your manifold attractions, it is by no
---------------
means certain that another offer of marriage may ever be made you. Your
---------------
portion is unhappily so small that it will in all likelihood undo
---------------
rather be paid the compliment of being believed sincere. I thank you
---------------
to accept them is absolutely impossible. My feelings in every respect
---------------
encouragement, to apply to her father, whose negative might be uttered
---------------
in such a manner as to be decisive, and whose behaviour at least could
---------------
not be mistaken for the affectation and coquetry of an elegant female.
---------------
Mr. Collins was not left long to the silent contemplation of his
---------------
of which he trusted he had every reason to be satisfied, since the
---------------
glad to be equally satisfied that her daughter had meant to encourage
---------------
brought to reason. I will speak to her about it directly. She is a very
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she is really headstrong and foolish, I know not whether she would
---------------
altogether be a very desirable wife to a man in my situation, who
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only headstrong in such matters as these. In everything else she is as
---------------
on her face with a calm unconcern which was not in the least altered by
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* "Let her be called down. She shall hear my opinion.
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* Mrs. Bennet rang the bell, and Miss Elizabeth was summoned to the
---------------
you an offer of marriage. Is it true?" Elizabeth replied that it was.
---------------
accepting it. Is it not so, Mrs. Bennet?"
---------------
* "An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must
---------------
affair as she wished, was excessively disappointed.
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present occasion; and secondly, of my room. I shall be glad to have the
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* Mr. Collins, meanwhile, was meditating in solitude on what had passed.
---------------
could refuse him; and though his pride was hurt, he suffered in no other
---------------
way. His regard for her was quite imaginary; and the possibility of her
---------------
the day with them. She was met in the vestibule by Lydia, who, flying to
---------------
her, cried in a half whisper, "I am glad you are come, for there is such
---------------
breakfast-room, where Mrs. Bennet was alone, than she likewise began on
---------------
"for nobody is on my side, nobody takes part with me. I am cruelly used,
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* Charlotte's reply was spared by the entrance of Jane and Elizabeth.
---------------
to maintain you when your father is dead. I shall not be able to keep
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"My dear madam," replied he, "let us be for ever silent on this point.
---------------
Far be it from me," he presently continued, in a voice that marked his
---------------
to inevitable evils is the duty of us all; the peculiar duty of a
---------------
for I have often observed that resignation is never so perfect as
---------------
behalf. My conduct may, I fear, be objectionable in having accepted my
---------------
The discussion of Mr. Collins's offer was now nearly at an end, and
---------------
civility in listening to him was a seasonable relief to them all, and
---------------
health. Mr. Collins was also in the same state of angry pride. Elizabeth
---------------
not appear in the least affected by it. He was always to have gone on
---------------
Mr. Darcy; that to be in the same room, the same party with him for so
---------------
many hours together, might be more than I could bear, and that scenes
---------------
her. His accompanying them was a double advantage; she felt all the
---------------
compliment it offered to herself, and it was most acceptable as an
---------------
* Soon after their return, a letter was delivered to Miss Bennet; it came
---------------
"This is from Caroline Bingley; what it contains has surprised me a good
---------------
house. The next was in these words: "I do not pretend to regret anything
---------------
nothing in it really to lament; it was not to be supposed that their
---------------
to the loss of their society, she was persuaded that Jane must cease to
---------------
* "It is unlucky," said she, after a short pause, "that you should not be
---------------
forward may arrive earlier than she is aware, and that the delightful
---------------
intercourse you have known as friends will be renewed with yet greater
---------------
satisfaction as sisters? Mr. Bingley will not be detained in London by
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took him to London might be concluded in three or four days; but as we
---------------
are certain it cannot be so, and at the same time convinced that when
---------------
Charles gets to town he will be in no hurry to leave it again, we have
---------------
determined on following him thither, that he may not be obliged to spend
---------------
beaux will be so numerous as to prevent your feeling the loss of the
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* "It is evident by this," added Jane, "that he comes back no more this
---------------
* "It is only evident that Miss Bingley does not mean that he should.
---------------
* "Why will you think so? It must be his own doing. He is his own
---------------
* "Mr. Darcy is impatient to see his sister; and, to confess the truth,
---------------
and the affection she inspires in Louisa and myself is heightened into
---------------
partiality is not misleading me, I think, when I call Charles most
---------------
Caroline neither expects nor wishes me to be her sister; that she is
---------------
put me on my guard? Can there be any other opinion on the subject?"
---------------
"Yes, there can; for mine is totally different. Will you hear it?"
---------------
case is this: We are not rich enough or grand enough for them; and she
---------------
in achieving a second; in which there is certainly some ingenuity, and
---------------
tells you her brother greatly admires Miss Darcy, he is in the smallest
---------------
Tuesday, or that it will be in her power to persuade him that, instead
---------------
of being in love with you, he is very much in love with her friend.
---------------
foundation is unjust. Caroline is incapable of wilfully deceiving
---------------
anyone; and all that I can hope in this case is that she is deceiving
---------------
* "That is right. You could not have started a more happy idea, since you
---------------
will not take comfort in mine. Believe her to be deceived, by all means.
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* "But, my dear sister, can I be happy, even supposing the best, in
---------------
though I should be exceedingly grieved at their disapprobation, I could
---------------
Jane's temper was not desponding, and she was gradually led to hope,
---------------
Bingley would be soon down again and soon dining at Longbourn, and the
---------------
conclusion of all was the comfortable declaration, that though he had
---------------
chief of the day was Miss Lucas so kind as to listen to Mr. Collins.
---------------
had any conception of; its object was nothing else than to secure her
---------------
herself. Such was Miss Lucas's scheme; and appearances were so
---------------
himself at her feet. He was anxious to avoid the notice of his cousins,
---------------
conjecture his design, and he was not willing to have the attempt known
---------------
till its success might be known likewise; for though feeling almost
---------------
he was comparatively diffident since the adventure of Wednesday.
---------------
His reception, however, was of the most flattering kind. Miss Lucas
---------------
everything was settled between them to the satisfaction of both; and as
---------------
his happiness. The stupidity with which he was favoured by nature must
---------------
and it was bestowed with a most joyful alacrity. Mr. Collins's present
---------------
Mr. Bennet was likely to live; and Sir William gave it as his decided
---------------
opinion, that whenever Mr. Collins should be in possession of the
---------------
Longbourn estate, it would be highly expedient that both he and his wife
---------------
dying an old maid. Charlotte herself was tolerably composed. She had
---------------
in general satisfactory. Mr. Collins, to be sure, was neither sensible
---------------
nor agreeable; his society was irksome, and his attachment to her must
---------------
be imaginary. But still he would be her husband. Without thinking highly
---------------
and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest
---------------
and probably would blame her; and though her resolution was not to be
---------------
shaken, her feelings must be hurt by such a disapprobation. She resolved
---------------
passed before any of the family. A promise of secrecy was of course very
---------------
dutifully given, but it could not be kept without difficulty; for the
---------------
at the same time exercising great self-denial, for he was longing to
---------------
* As he was to begin his journey too early on the morrow to see any of the
---------------
family, the ceremony of leave-taking was performed when the ladies moved
---------------
said how happy they should be to see him at Longbourn again, whenever
---------------
* "My dear madam," he replied, "this invitation is particularly
---------------
gratifying, because it is what I have been hoping to receive; and
---------------
you may be very certain that I shall avail myself of it as soon as
---------------
"But is there not danger of Lady Catherine's disapprobation here, my
---------------
* "You cannot be too much upon your guard. Risk anything rather than her
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displeasure; and if you find it likely to be raised by your coming to us
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and be satisfied that we shall take no offence.
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* "Believe me, my dear sir, my gratitude is warmly excited by such
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my absence may not be long enough to render it necessary, I shall now
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kind was done away. Miss Lucas called soon after breakfast, and in a
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reproach; though, as it was no more than she expected, she soon regained
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"Why should you be surprised, my dear Eliza? Do you think it incredible
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that Mr. Collins should be able to procure any woman's good opinion,
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because he was not so happy as to succeed with you?"
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for it, was able to assure with tolerable firmness that the prospect of
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their relationship was highly grateful to her, and that she wished her
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* "I see what you are feeling," replied Charlotte. "You must be surprised,
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very much surprised--so lately as Mr. Collins was wishing to marry
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chance of happiness with him is as fair as most people can boast on
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longer, and Elizabeth was then left to reflect on what she had heard.
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It was a long time before she became at all reconciled to the idea of so
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of marriage within three days was nothing in comparison of his being now
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not exactly like her own, but she had not supposed it to be possible
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feeling to worldly advantage. Charlotte the wife of Mr. Collins was a
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and sunk in her esteem, was added the distressing conviction that it
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was impossible for that friend to be tolerably happy in the lot she had
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Elizabeth was sitting with her mother and sisters, reflecting on what
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she had heard, and doubting whether she was authorised to mention
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protested he must be entirely mistaken; and Lydia, always unguarded and
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him through it all; and though he begged leave to be positive as to the
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happiness that might be expected from the match, the excellent character
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* Mrs. Bennet was in fact too much overpowered to say a great deal while
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the whole of the matter; secondly, she was very sure that Mr. Collins
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happy together; and fourthly, that the match might be broken off. Two
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Elizabeth was the real cause of the mischief; and the other that she
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as he did experience he pronounced to be of a most agreeable sort; for
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been used to think tolerably sensible, was as foolish as his wife, and
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and Lydia were far from envying Miss Lucas, for Mr. Collins was only a
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* Lady Lucas could not be insensible of triumph on being able to retort
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* Between Elizabeth and Charlotte there was a restraint which kept them
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sister, of whose rectitude and delicacy she was sure her opinion could
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never be shaken, and for whose happiness she grew daily more anxious,
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as Bingley had now been gone a week and nothing more was heard of his
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* Jane had sent Caroline an early answer to her letter, and was counting
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he hoped to be able to return on Monday fortnight; for Lady Catherine,
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place as soon as possible, which he trusted would be an unanswerable
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* Mr. Collins's return into Hertfordshire was no longer a matter of
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pleasure to Mrs. Bennet. On the contrary, she was as much disposed to
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complain of it as her husband. It was very strange that he should come
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to Longbourn instead of to Lucas Lodge; it was also very inconvenient
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while her health was so indifferent, and lovers were of all people the
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* Even Elizabeth began to fear--not that Bingley was indifferent--but that
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his sisters would be successful in keeping him away. Unwilling as
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she was to admit an idea so destructive of Jane's happiness, and so
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Darcy and the amusements of London might be too much, she feared, for
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painful than Elizabeth's, but whatever she felt she was desirous of
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reception at Longbourn was not quite so gracious as it had been on his
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first introduction. He was too happy, however, to need much attention;
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from a great deal of his company. The chief of every day was spent by
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* Mrs. Bennet was really in a most pitiable state. The very mention of
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and wherever she went she was sure of hearing it talked of. The sight
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of Miss Lucas was odious to her. As her successor in that house, she
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them, she concluded her to be anticipating the hour of possession; and
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whenever she spoke in a low voice to Mr. Collins, was convinced that
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* "Indeed, Mr. Bennet," said she, "it is very hard to think that Charlotte
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Lucas should ever be mistress of this house, that I should be forced to
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better things. Let us flatter ourselves that I may be the survivor.
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* This was not very consoling to Mrs. Bennet, and therefore, instead of
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* "Let us be thankful that you are preserved from a state of such
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* "I never can be thankful, Mr. Bennet, for anything about the entail. How
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* Hope was over, entirely over; and when Jane could attend to the rest
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heard it in silent indignation. Her heart was divided between concern
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credit. That he was really fond of Jane, she doubted no more than she
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whatever manner he thought best, but her sister's was involved in it, as
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she thought he must be sensible himself. It was a subject, in short,
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on which reflection would be long indulged, and must be unavailing. She
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I will not repine. It cannot last long. He will be forgot, and we shall
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all be as we were before.
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acquaintance, but that is all. I have nothing either to hope or fear,
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* "Nay," said Elizabeth, "this is not fair. You wish to think all the
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little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or
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other is Charlotte's marriage. It is unaccountable! In every view it is
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Charlotte's steady, prudent character. Remember that she is one of a
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large family; that as to fortune, it is a most eligible match; and be
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could be benefited by such a belief as this; for were I persuaded that
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understanding than I now do of her heart. My dear Jane, Mr. Collins is a
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it is Charlotte Lucas. You shall not, for the sake of one individual,
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yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of
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Jane; "and I hope you will be convinced of it by seeing them happy
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saying your opinion of him is sunk. We must not be so ready to fancy
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to be always so guarded and circumspect. It is very often nothing but
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* "If it is designedly done, they cannot be justified; but I have no idea
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unhappy, there may be error, and there may be misery. Thoughtlessness,
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only wish his happiness; and if he is attached to me, no other woman can
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* "Your first position is false. They may wish many things besides his
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"but this may be from better feelings than you are supposing. They have
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her better. But, whatever may be their own wishes, it is very unlikely
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mistaken--or, at least, it is light, it is nothing in comparison of what
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the best light, in the light in which it may be understood.
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name was scarcely ever mentioned between them.
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for it clearly, there was little chance of her ever considering it with
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no more; but though the probability of the statement was admitted at
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comfort was that Mr. Bingley must be down again in the summer.
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"your sister is crossed in love, I find. I congratulate her. Next to
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being married, a girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.
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It is something to think of, and it gives her a sort of distinction
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among her companions. When is your turn to come? You will hardly bear to
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be long outdone by Jane. Now is your time. Here are officers enough in
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be your man. He is a pleasant fellow, and would jilt you creditably.
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* "True," said Mr. Bennet, "but it is a comfort to think that whatever of
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* Mr. Wickham's society was of material service in dispelling the gloom
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family. They saw him often, and to his other recommendations was now
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* Miss Bennet was the only creature who could suppose there might be
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Mr. Darcy was condemned as the worst of men.
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Mr. Collins was called from his amiable Charlotte by the arrival of
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Saturday. The pain of separation, however, might be alleviated on his
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be fixed that was to make him the happiest of men. He took leave of his
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at Longbourn. Mr. Gardiner was a sensible, gentlemanlike man, greatly
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well-bred and agreeable. Mrs. Gardiner, who was several years younger
---------------
than Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Phillips, was an amiable, intelligent, elegant
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* The first part of Mrs. Gardiner's business on her arrival was to
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Bingley if she could. But Lizzy! Oh, sister! It is very hard to think
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a daughter married before I have, and that the Longbourn estate is just
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them, but so it is. It makes me very nervous and poorly, to be thwarted
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before anybody else. However, your coming just at this time is the
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independent fortune to think no more of a girl whom he was violently in
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* "But that expression of 'violently in love' is so hackneyed, so
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doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea. It is as
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as to a real, strong attachment. Pray, how violent was Mr. Bingley's
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"I never saw a more promising inclination; he was growing quite
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they met, it was more decided and remarkable. At his own ball he
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finer symptoms? Is not general incivility the very essence of love?"
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would be prevailed upon to go back with us? Change of scene might be
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of service--and perhaps a little relief from home may be as useful as
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* Elizabeth was exceedingly pleased with this proposal, and felt persuaded
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out so little, that it is very improbable that they should meet at all,
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* "And that is quite impossible; for he is now in the custody of his
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correspond with his sister? She will not be able to help calling.
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hopeless. It was possible, and sometimes she thought it probable, that
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his affection might be reanimated, and the influence of his friends
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the Lucases, and the officers, there was not a day without its
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dinner. When the engagement was for home, some of the officers always
---------------
made part of it--of which officers Mr. Wickham was sure to be one; and
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from what she saw, to be very seriously in love, their preference
---------------
of each other was plain enough to make her a little uneasy; and
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the death of Darcy's father, it was yet in his power to give her fresher
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character perfectly well. Here consequently was an inexhaustible subject
---------------
praise on the character of its late possessor, she was delighting both
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Mrs. Gardiner's caution to Elizabeth was punctually and kindly given
---------------
openly. Seriously, I would have you be on your guard. Do not involve
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him; he is a most interesting young man; and if he had the fortune he
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* "My dear aunt, this is being serious indeed.
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* "Yes, and I hope to engage you to be serious likewise.
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* "Well, then, you need not be under any alarm. I will take care of
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myself, and of Mr. Wickham too. He shall not be in love with me, if I
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me--I believe it will be better that he should not. I see the imprudence
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me the greatest honour, and I should be miserable to forfeit it. My
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father, however, is partial to Mr. Wickham. In short, my dear aunt, I
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should be very sorry to be the means of making any of you unhappy; but
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since we see every day that where there is affection, young people
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engagements with each other, how can I promise to be wiser than so many
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would be wisdom to resist? All that I can promise you, therefore, is not
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to be in a hurry. I will not be in a hurry to believe myself his first
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object. When I am in company with him, I will not be wishing. In short,
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* "Perhaps it will be as well if you discourage his coming here so very
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true, it will be wise in me to refrain from that. But do not imagine
---------------
that he is always here so often. It is on your account that he has been
---------------
honour, I will try to do what I think to be the wisest; and now I hope
---------------
his arrival was no great inconvenience to Mrs. Bennet. His marriage was
---------------
now fast approaching, and she was at length so far resigned as to think
---------------
she "wished they might be happy." Thursday was to be the wedding day,
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hope you will consent to be of the party. Indeed, Eliza, you will be as
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correspondence was as regular and frequent as it had ever been; that
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it should be equally unreserved was impossible. Elizabeth could never
---------------
address her without feeling that all the comfort of intimacy was over,
---------------
and though determined not to slacken as a correspondent, it was for the
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roads, were all to her taste, and Lady Catherine's behaviour was most
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friendly and obliging. It was Mr. Collins's picture of Hunsford and
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would be in her power to say something of the Bingleys.
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* Her impatience for this second letter was as well rewarded as impatience
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* She wrote again when the visit was paid, and she had seen Miss Bingley.
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"I did not think Caroline in spirits," were her words, "but she was very
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to London. I was right, therefore, my last letter had never reached
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her. I inquired after their brother, of course. He was well, but so much
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Miss Darcy was expected to dinner. I wish I could see her. My visit was
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* "My dearest Lizzy will, I am sure, be incapable of triumphing in her
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wishing to be intimate with me; but if the same circumstances were to
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happen again, I am sure I should be deceived again. Caroline did not
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receive in the meantime. When she did come, it was very evident that
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though I cannot help blaming her. She was very wrong in singling me out
---------------
wrong, and because I am very sure that anxiety for her brother is the
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this anxiety to be quite needless, yet if she feels it, it will easily
---------------
account for her behaviour to me; and so deservedly dear as he is to
---------------
his sister, whatever anxiety she must feel on his behalf is natural and
---------------
wanted to persuade herself that he is really partial to Miss Darcy. I
---------------
be almost tempted to say that there is a strong appearance of duplicity
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Maria. I am sure you will be very comfortable there.--Yours, etc.
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considered that Jane would no longer be duped, by the sister at least.
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All expectation from the brother was now absolutely over. She would not
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he was the admirer of some one else. Elizabeth was watchful enough to
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Her heart had been but slightly touched, and her vanity was satisfied
---------------
permitted it. The sudden acquisition of ten thousand pounds was the most
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remarkable charm of the young lady to whom he was now rendering himself
---------------
Nothing, on the contrary, could be more natural; and while able to
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* All this was acknowledged to Mrs. Gardiner; and after relating the
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think her a very good sort of girl. There can be no love in all this. My
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watchfulness has been effectual; and though I certainly should be a more
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Importance may sometimes be purchased too dearly. Kitty and Lydia take
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sometimes cold, did January and February pass away. March was to take
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going thither; but Charlotte, she soon found, was depending on the plan
---------------
uncompanionable sisters, home could not be faultless, a little change
---------------
and was finally settled according to Charlotte's first sketch. She was
---------------
of spending a night in London was added in time, and the plan became
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* The only pain was in leaving her father, who would certainly miss her,
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* The farewell between herself and Mr. Wickham was perfectly friendly; on
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first to listen and to pity, the first to be admired; and in his manner
---------------
what she was to expect in Lady Catherine de Bourgh, and trusting their
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whether married or single, he must always be her model of the amiable
---------------
that could be worth hearing, and were listened to with about as much
---------------
* It was a journey of only twenty-four miles, and they began it so early
---------------
as to be in Gracechurch Street by noon. As they drove to Mr. Gardiner's
---------------
door, Jane was at a drawing-room window watching their arrival; when
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they entered the passage she was there to welcome them, and Elizabeth,
---------------
looking earnestly in her face, was pleased to see it healthful and
---------------
her for a twelvemonth, prevented their coming lower. All was joy and
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* Elizabeth then contrived to sit by her aunt. Their first object was her
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sister; and she was more grieved than astonished to hear, in reply to
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spirits, there were periods of dejection. It was reasonable, however,
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* "But my dear Elizabeth," she added, "what sort of girl is Miss King? I
---------------
should be sorry to think our friend mercenary.
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* "Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs,
---------------
because it would be imprudent; and now, because he is trying to get
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* "She is a very good kind of girl, I believe. I know no harm of her.
---------------
affections because I had no money, what occasion could there be for
---------------
making love to a girl whom he did not care about, and who was equally
---------------
mercenary, and she shall be foolish.
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* "No, Lizzy, that is what I do not choose. I should be sorry, you know,
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* "Oh! if that is all, I have a very poor opinion of young men who live in
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acceptance of the invitation was most ready and grateful. "Oh, my dear,
---------------
we shall spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other
---------------
Lakes, mountains, and rivers shall not be jumbled together in our
---------------
first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of
---------------
Every object in the next day's journey was new and interesting to
---------------
and the prospect of her northern tour was a constant source of delight.
---------------
* When they left the high road for the lane to Hunsford, every eye was in
---------------
The palings of Rosings Park was their boundary on one side. Elizabeth
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* At length the Parsonage was discernible. The garden sloping to the
---------------
liveliest pleasure, and Elizabeth was more and more satisfied with
---------------
his formal civility was just what it had been, and he detained her some
---------------
* Elizabeth was prepared to see him in his glory; and she could not help
---------------
though everything seemed neat and comfortable, she was not able to
---------------
ashamed, which certainly was not unseldom, she involuntarily turned her
---------------
garden, which was large and well laid out, and to the cultivation of
---------------
which he attended himself. To work in this garden was one of his most
---------------
interval to utter the praises he asked for, every view was pointed out
---------------
the country or kingdom could boast, none were to be compared with the
---------------
the park nearly opposite the front of his house. It was a handsome
---------------
help. It was rather small, but well built and convenient; and everything
---------------
forgotten, there was really an air of great comfort throughout, and by
---------------
Charlotte's evident enjoyment of it, Elizabeth supposed he must be often
---------------
* She had already learnt that Lady Catherine was still in the country. It
---------------
be delighted with her. She is all affability and condescension, and I
---------------
doubt not but you will be honoured with some portion of her notice
---------------
when service is over. I have scarcely any hesitation in saying she
---------------
to walk home. Her ladyship's carriage is regularly ordered for us. I
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* "Lady Catherine is a very respectable, sensible woman indeed," added
---------------
* "Very true, my dear, that is exactly what I say. She is the sort of
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* The evening was spent chiefly in talking over Hertfordshire news,
---------------
* About the middle of the next day, as she was in her room getting ready
---------------
there is such a sight to be seen! I will not tell you what it is. Make
---------------
quest of this wonder; It was two ladies stopping in a low phaeton at the
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* "And is this all?" cried Elizabeth. "I expected at least that the pigs
---------------
were got into the garden, and here is nothing but Lady Catherine and her
---------------
* "La! my dear," said Maria, quite shocked at the mistake, "it is not
---------------
Lady Catherine. The old lady is Mrs. Jenkinson, who lives with them;
---------------
the other is Miss de Bourgh. Only look at her. She is quite a little
---------------
creature. Who would have thought that she could be so thin and small?"
---------------
"She is abominably rude to keep Charlotte out of doors in all this wind.
---------------
"Oh, Charlotte says she hardly ever does. It is the greatest of favours
---------------
* At length there was nothing more to be said; the ladies drove on, and
---------------
Charlotte explained by letting them know that the whole party was asked
---------------
Mr. Collins's triumph, in consequence of this invitation, was complete.
---------------
wife, was exactly what he had wished for; and that an opportunity
---------------
of doing it should be given so soon, was such an instance of Lady
---------------
* Scarcely anything was talked of the whole day or next morning but their
---------------
visit to Rosings. Mr. Collins was carefully instructing them in what
---------------
Catherine is far from requiring that elegance of dress in us which
---------------
whatever of your clothes is superior to the rest--there is no occasion
---------------
objected to be kept waiting for her dinner. Such formidable accounts of
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* As the weather was fine, they had a pleasant walk of about half a
---------------
Elizabeth saw much to be pleased with, though she could not be in such
---------------
raptures as Mr. Collins expected the scene to inspire, and was but
---------------
* When they ascended the steps to the hall, Maria's alarm was every
---------------
be hers, it was performed in a proper manner, without any of those
---------------
* In spite of having been at St. James's Sir William was so completely
---------------
* Lady Catherine was a tall, large woman, with strongly-marked
---------------
features, which might once have been handsome. Her air was not
---------------
conciliating, nor was her manner of receiving them such as to make her
---------------
visitors forget their inferior rank. She was not rendered formidable by
---------------
silence; but whatever she said was spoken in so authoritative a tone,
---------------
believed Lady Catherine to be exactly what he represented.
---------------
being so thin and so small. There was neither in figure nor face any
---------------
* Miss de Bourgh was pale and sickly; her
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there was nothing remarkable, and who was entirely engaged in listening
---------------
and Lady Catherine kindly informing them that it was much better worth
---------------
* The dinner was exceedingly handsome, and there were all the servants and
---------------
alacrity; and every dish was commended, first by him and then by Sir
---------------
William, who was now enough recovered to echo whatever his son-in-law
---------------
was ready to speak whenever there was an opening, but she was seated
---------------
between Charlotte and Miss de Bourgh--the former of whom was engaged in
---------------
dinner-time. Mrs. Jenkinson was chiefly employed in watching how little
---------------
she was indisposed. Maria thought speaking out of the question, and the
---------------
* When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to
---------------
subject in so decisive a manner, as proved that she was not used to
---------------
the least, and who she observed to Mrs. Collins was a very genteel,
---------------
them were likely to be married, whether they were handsome, where they
---------------
"Your father's estate is entailed on Mr. Collins, I think. For your
---------------
occasion for entailing estates from the female line. It was not thought
---------------
* "Oh! then--some time or other we shall be happy to hear you. Our
---------------
instrument is a capital one, probably superior to----You shall try it
---------------
* "That is very strange. But I suppose you had no opportunity. Your mother
---------------
* "No governess! How was that possible? Five daughters brought up at home
---------------
* "Aye, no doubt; but that is what a governess will prevent, and if I had
---------------
one. I always say that nothing is to be done in education without steady
---------------
it was but the other day that I recommended another young person,
---------------
who was merely accidentally mentioned to me, and the family are quite
---------------
must be very young?"
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"Yes, my youngest is not sixteen. Perhaps she is full young to be
---------------
much in company. But really, ma'am, I think it would be very hard upon
---------------
at the first. And to be kept back on such a motive! I think it would
---------------
not be very likely to promote sisterly affection or delicacy of mind.
---------------
for so young a person. Pray, what is your age?"
---------------
and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever
---------------
* "You cannot be more than twenty, I am sure, therefore you need not
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* When the gentlemen had joined them, and tea was over, the card-tables
---------------
party. Their table was superlatively stupid. Scarcely a syllable was
---------------
other table. Lady Catherine was generally speaking--stating the mistakes
---------------
Sir William did not say much. He was storing his memory with anecdotes
---------------
the tables were broken up, the carriage was offered to Mrs. Collins,
---------------
as they had driven from the door, Elizabeth was called on by her cousin
---------------
Mr. Collins, and he was very soon obliged to take her ladyship's praise
---------------
Sir William stayed only a week at Hunsford, but his visit was long
---------------
* While Sir William was with them, Mr. Collins devoted his
---------------
and Elizabeth was thankful to find that they did not see more of her
---------------
and dinner was now passed by him either at work in the garden or in
---------------
* The room in which the ladies sat was backwards.
---------------
the dining-parlour for common use; it was a better sized room, and had a
---------------
had a few minutes' conversation with Charlotte, but was scarcely ever
---------------
and till Elizabeth recollected that there might be other family livings
---------------
to be disposed of, she could not understand the sacrifice of so many
---------------
and nothing escaped her observation that was passing in the room during
---------------
* Elizabeth soon perceived, that though this great lady was not in
---------------
commission of the peace of the county, she was a most active magistrate
---------------
* The entertainment of dining at Rosings was repeated about twice a week;
---------------
card-table in the evening, every such entertainment was the counterpart
---------------
in the neighbourhood in general was beyond Mr. Collins's reach. This,
---------------
however, was no evil to Elizabeth, and upon the whole she spent her time
---------------
Charlotte, and the weather was so fine for the time of year that she had
---------------
Easter was approaching, and the week preceding it was to bring an
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she might be amused in seeing how hopeless Miss Bingley's designs on him
---------------
were, by his behaviour to his cousin, for whom he was evidently
---------------
* His arrival was soon known at the Parsonage; for Mr. Collins was walking
---------------
before their approach was announced by the door-bell, and shortly
---------------
who led the way, was about thirty, not handsome, but in person and
---------------
reserve, to Mrs. Collins, and whatever might be his feelings toward her
---------------
At length, however, his civility was so far awakened as to inquire of
---------------
She was perfectly sensible that he never had; but she wished to see
---------------
subject was pursued no farther, and the gentlemen soon afterwards went
---------------
* It was some days, however, before they
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house, they could not be necessary; and it was not till Easter-day,
---------------
* The invitation was accepted of course, and at a proper hour they joined
---------------
them civilly, but it was plain that their company was by no means so
---------------
* Colonel Fitzwilliam seemed really glad to see them; anything was a
---------------
while, shared the feeling, was more openly acknowledged, for she did not
---------------
"What is that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking
---------------
* "Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is of all subjects my delight. I
---------------
* "So much the better. It cannot be done too much; and when I next write
---------------
tell young ladies that no excellence in music is to be acquired without
---------------
Collins has no instrument, she is very welcome, as I have often told
---------------
Jenkinson's room. She would be in nobody's way, you know, in that part
---------------
* When coffee was over, Colonel Fitzwilliam reminded Elizabeth of having
---------------
countenance. Elizabeth saw what he was doing, and at the first
---------------
me? I will not be alarmed though your sister does play so well. There
---------------
is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the
---------------
credit. Indeed, Mr. Darcy, it is very ungenerous in you to mention all
---------------
say, very impolitic too--for it is provoking me to retaliate, and such
---------------
knowledge, more than one young lady was sitting down in want of a
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* "True; and nobody can ever be introduced in a ball-room. Well, Colonel
---------------
education, and who has lived in the world, is ill qualified to recommend
---------------
him. It is because he will not give himself the trouble.
---------------
have always supposed it to be my own fault--because I will not take the
---------------
trouble of practising. It is not that I do not believe my fingers as
---------------
of fingering, though her taste is not equal to Anne's. Anne would have
---------------
Elizabeth was sitting by herself the next morning, and writing to Jane
---------------
when she was startled by a ring at the door, the certain signal of a
---------------
be Lady Catherine, and under that apprehension was putting away her
---------------
to be within.
---------------
seemed in danger of sinking into total silence. It was absolutely
---------------
* She found that she was to receive no other answer, and, after a short
---------------
"I have never heard him say so; but it is probable that he may spend
---------------
* "If he means to be but little at Netherfield, it would be better for
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* "I should not be surprised," said Darcy, "if he were to give it up as
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* Elizabeth made no answer. She was afraid of talking longer of his
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friend; and, having nothing else to say, was now determined to leave the
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* "Mr. Collins appears to be very fortunate in his choice of a wife.
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prudential light it is certainly a very good match for her.
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* "It must be very agreeable for her to be settled within so easy a
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* "An easy distance, do you call it? It is nearly fifty miles.
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* "And what is fifty miles of good road? Little more than half a day's
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* "It is a proof of your own attachment to Hertfordshire. Anything beyond
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* As he spoke there was a sort of smile which Elizabeth fancied she
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understood; he must be supposing her to be thinking of Jane and
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"I do not mean to say that a woman may not be settled too near her
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family. The far and the near must be relative, and depend on many
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varying circumstances. Where there is fortune to make the expenses of
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travelling unimportant, distance becomes no evil. But that is not the
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* "What can be the meaning of this?" said Charlotte, as soon as he was
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gone. "My dear, Eliza, he must be in love with you, or he would never
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even to Charlotte's wishes, to be the case; and after various
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the difficulty of finding anything to do, which was the more probable
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always be within doors; and in the nearness of the Parsonage, or the
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aunt. It was plain to them all that Colonel Fitzwilliam came because he
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him still more; and Elizabeth was reminded by her own satisfaction in
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there was less captivating softness in Colonel Fitzwilliam's manners,
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* But why Mr. Darcy came so often to the Parsonage, it was more difficult
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to understand. It could not be for society, as he frequently sat there
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look was disputable. It was an earnest, steadfast gaze, but she often
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vanish, if she could suppose him to be in her power.
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Colonel Fitzwilliam. He was beyond comparison the most pleasant man; he
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certainly admired her, and his situation in life was most eligible; but,
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mischance that should bring him where no one else was brought, and, to
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it was a favourite haunt of hers. How it could occur a second time,
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therefore, was very odd! Yet it did, and even a third. It seemed like
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rencontre that he was asking some odd unconnected questions--about
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expect that whenever she came into Kent again she would be staying
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her a little, and she was quite glad to find herself at the gate in the
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* She was engaged one day as she walked, in perusing Jane's last letter,
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on looking up that Colonel Fitzwilliam was meeting her. Putting away the
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"But so we all do. It is only that he has better means of having it
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than many others, because he is rich, and many others are poor. I speak
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feelingly. A younger son, you know, must be inured to self-denial and
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for the present, and, as she is under his sole care, he may do what he
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* "No," said Colonel Fitzwilliam, "that is an advantage which he must
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"You need not be frightened. I never heard any harm of her; and I dare
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say she is one of the most tractable creatures in the world. She is a
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* "I know them a little. Their brother is a pleasant gentlemanlike man--he
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* "Oh! yes," said Elizabeth drily; "Mr. Darcy is uncommonly kind to Mr.
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Bingley was the person meant. It was all conjecture.
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* "What is it you mean?"
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"It is a circumstance which Darcy could not wish to be generally known,
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because if it were to get round to the lady's family, it would be an
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Bingley. What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself
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particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing
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cousin's conduct does not suit my feelings. Why was he to be the judge?"
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friend's inclination, or why, upon his own judgement alone, he was to
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determine and direct in what manner his friend was to be happy.
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particulars, it is not fair to condemn him. It is not to be supposed
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that there was much affection in the case.
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* "That is not an unnatural surmise," said Fitzwilliam, "but it is a
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* This was spoken jestingly; but it appeared to her so just a picture
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of all that she had heard. It was not to be supposed that any other
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people could be meant than those with whom she was connected. There
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having one uncle who was a country attorney, and another who was in
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* "To Jane herself," she exclaimed, "there could be no possibility of
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could anything be urged against my father, who, though with some
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pride, she was convinced, would receive a deeper wound from the want of
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and she was quite decided, at last, that he had been partly governed
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seeing that she was really unwell, did not press her to go and as much
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being in Kent. They contained no actual complaint, nor was there any
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But in all, and in almost every line of each, there was a want of that
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a keener sense of her sister's sufferings. It was some consolation
---------------
to think that his visit to Rosings was to end on the day after the
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herself be with Jane again, and enabled to contribute to the recovery of
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his cousin was to go with him; but Colonel Fitzwilliam had made it clear
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mean to be unhappy about him.
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* While settling this point, she was suddenly roused by the sound of the
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But this idea was soon banished, and her spirits were very differently
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then getting up, walked about the room. Elizabeth was surprised, but
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* Elizabeth's astonishment was beyond expression. She stared, coloured,
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doubted, and was silent. This he considered sufficient encouragement;
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those of the heart to be detailed; and he was not more eloquent on the
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the consequence he was wounding, but was very unlikely to recommend his
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* In spite of her deeply-rooted dislike, she could not be insensible to
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not vary for an instant, she was at first sorry for the pain he was to
---------------
expressing his hope that it would now be rewarded by her acceptance of
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unequally they may be returned. It is natural that obligation should
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* Mr. Darcy, who was leaning against the mantelpiece with his eyes fixed
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of his mind was visible in every feature. He was struggling for the
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himself to have attained it. The pause was to Elizabeth's feelings
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"And this is all the reply which I am to have the honour of expecting!
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I might, perhaps, wish to be informed why, with so little endeavour at
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civility, I am thus rejected. But it is of small importance.
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Was not this some excuse for incivility, if I was uncivil? But I have
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* She paused, and saw with no slight indignation that he was listening
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but its meaning did not escape, nor was it likely to conciliate her.
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* "But it is not merely this affair," she continued, "on which my dislike
---------------
decided. Your character was unfolded in the recital which I received
---------------
which was no less his due than his desert. You have done all this!
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"is your opinion of me! This is the estimation in which you hold me!
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reflection, by everything. But disguise of every sort is my abhorrence.
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condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?"
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* Again his astonishment was obvious; and he looked at her with an
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last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.
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feelings, and have now only to be ashamed of what my own have been.
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* The tumult of her mind, was now painfully great. She knew not how
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own case--was almost incredible! It was gratifying to have inspired
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sound of Lady Catherine's carriage made her feel how unequal she was to
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surprise of what had happened; it was impossible to think of anything
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breakfast, to indulge herself in air and exercise. She was proceeding
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park paling was still the boundary on one side, and she soon passed one
---------------
made a great difference in the country, and every day was adding to the
---------------
verdure of the early trees. She was on the point of continuing her walk,
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edged the park; he was moving that way; and, fearful of its being Mr.
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Darcy, she was directly retreating. But the person who advanced was now
---------------
in a voice which proved it to be Mr. Darcy, she moved again towards the
---------------
slight bow, turned again into the plantation, and was soon out of sight.
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quite through, in a very close hand. The envelope itself was likewise
---------------
full. Pursuing her way along the lane, she then began it. It was dated
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from Rosings, at eight o'clock in the morning, and was as follows:--
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which, for the happiness of both, cannot be too soon forgotten; and the
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should have been spared, had not my character required it to be written
---------------
its exertion, would be a depravity, to which the separation of two young
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persons, whose affection could be the growth of only a few weeks, could
---------------
bear no comparison. But from the severity of that blame which was last
---------------
to be in the future secured, when the following account of my actions
---------------
may be offensive to yours, I can only say that I am sorry. The necessity
---------------
must be obeyed, and further apology would be absurd.
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woman in the country. But it was not till the evening of the dance
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had the honour of dancing with you, I was first made acquainted, by Sir
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Bennet was beyond what I had ever witnessed in him. Your sister I also
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probable. If it be so, if I have been misled by such error to inflict
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air was such as might have given the most acute observer a conviction
---------------
that, however amiable her temper, her heart was not likely to be
---------------
easily touched. That I was desirous of believing her indifferent is
---------------
her to be indifferent because I wished it; I believed it on impartial
---------------
connection could not be so great an evil to my friend as to me. But
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me. These causes must be stated, though briefly. The situation of your
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mother's family, though objectionable, was nothing in comparison to that
---------------
it is honourable to the sense and disposition of both. I will only say
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* "The part which I acted is now to be explained. His sisters' uneasiness
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soon discovered, and, alike sensible that no time was to be lost in
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Hertfordshire, when that conviction had been given, was scarcely the
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reflect with satisfaction; it is that I condescended to adopt the
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town. I knew it myself, as it was known to Miss Bingley; but her
---------------
brother is even yet ignorant of it. That they might have met without
---------------
ill consequence is perhaps probable; but his regard did not appear to me
---------------
concealment, this disguise was beneath me; it is done, however, and it
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* "Mr. Wickham is the son of a very respectable man, who had for many
---------------
be of service to him; and on George Wickham, who was his godson, his
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kindness was therefore liberally bestowed. My father supported him at
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been unable to give him a gentleman's education. My father was not only
---------------
you only can tell. But whatever may be the sentiments which Mr. Wickham
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Mr. Wickham was to the last so steady, that in his will he particularly
---------------
valuable family living might be his as soon as it became vacant. There
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could not be benefited. He had some intention, he added, of studying
---------------
law, and I must be aware that the interest of one thousand pounds would
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him to be sincere; but, at any rate, was perfectly ready to accede to
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his proposal. I knew that Mr. Wickham ought not to be a clergyman; the
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business was therefore soon settled--he resigned all claim to assistance
---------------
in the church, were it possible that he could ever be in a situation to
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lived, but his studying the law was a mere pretence, and being now free
---------------
from all restraint, his life was a life of idleness and dissipation.
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had found the law a most unprofitable study, and was now absolutely
---------------
question--of which he trusted there could be little doubt, as he was
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repetition to it. His resentment was in proportion to the distress of
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his circumstances--and he was doubtless as violent in his abuse of me
---------------
appearance of acquaintance was dropped. How he lived I know not. But
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last summer he was again most painfully obtruded on my notice.
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secrecy. My sister, who is more than ten years my junior, was left to
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About a year ago, she was taken from school, and an establishment formed
---------------
her as a child, that she was persuaded to believe herself in love, and
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to consent to an elopement. She was then but fifteen, which must be her
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immediately, and Mrs. Younge was of course removed from her charge. Mr.
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Wickham's chief object was unquestionably my sister's fortune, which
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revenging himself on me was a strong inducement. His revenge would have
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* "This, madam, is a faithful narrative of every event in which we have
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had imposed on you; but his success is not perhaps to be wondered
---------------
detection could not be in your power, and suspicion certainly not in
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* "You may possibly wonder why all this was not told you last night; but
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I was not then master enough of myself to know what could or ought to
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should make my assertions valueless, you cannot be prevented by
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its contents. But such as they were, it may well be supposed how eagerly
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Her feelings as she read were scarcely to be defined. With amazement did
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she first understand that he believed any apology to be in his power;
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and steadfastly was she persuaded, that he could have no explanation
---------------
next sentence might bring, was incapable of attending to the sense of
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instantly resolved to be false; and his account of the real, the worst
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her; his style was not penitent, but haughty. It was all pride and
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* But when this subject was succeeded by his account of Mr. Wickham--when
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to discredit it entirely, repeatedly exclaiming, "This must be false!
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This cannot be! This must be the grossest falsehood!"--and when she had
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The account of his connection with the Pemberley family was exactly what
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will, the difference was great. What Wickham had said of the living
---------------
impossible not to feel that there was gross duplicity on one side or the
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thousand pounds, again was she forced to hesitate. She put down
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little success. On both sides it was only assertion. Again she read
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render Mr. Darcy's conduct in it less than infamous, was capable of a
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him, but the idea was checked by the awkwardness of the application, and
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Many of his expressions were still fresh in her memory. She was now
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* How differently did everything now appear in which he was concerned!
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that betrayed him to be unprincipled or unjust--anything that spoke him
---------------
as Mr. Bingley, was incomprehensible.
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my vanity in useless or blameable mistrust! How humiliating is this
---------------
different was the effect of a second perusal. How could she deny that
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give in the other? He declared himself to be totally unsuspicious of her
---------------
little displayed, and that there was a constant complacency in her air
---------------
of shame was severe. The justice of the charge struck her too forcibly
---------------
* The compliment to herself and her sister was not unfelt. It soothed,
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relations, and reflected how materially the credit of both must be hurt
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* She was immediately told that the two gentlemen from Rosings had each
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till she could be found. Elizabeth could but just affect concern
---------------
in missing him; she really rejoiced at it. Colonel Fitzwilliam was no
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good health, and in as tolerable spirits as could be expected, after the
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* Their first subject was the diminution of the Rosings party. "I assure
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attached to these young men, and know them to be so much attached to
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"But if that is the case, you must write to your mother and beg that
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you may stay a little longer. Mrs. Collins will be very glad of your
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Elizabeth, "but it is not in my power to accept it. I must be in town
---------------
can be no occasion for your going so soon. Mrs. Bennet could certainly
---------------
another month complete, it will be in my power to take one of you as
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Dawson does not object to the barouche-box, there will be very good room
---------------
for one of you--and indeed, if the weather should happen to be cool, I
---------------
of two young women travelling post by themselves. It is highly improper.
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the world to that sort of thing. Young women should always be properly
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* "My uncle is to send a servant for us.
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and as she did not answer them all herself, attention was necessary,
---------------
which Elizabeth believed to be lucky for her; or, with a mind so
---------------
reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it
---------------
* Mr. Darcy's letter she was in a fair way of soon knowing by heart. She
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she was still full of indignation; but when she considered how unjustly
---------------
she had condemned and upbraided him, her anger was turned against
---------------
behaviour, there was a constant source of vexation and regret; and in
---------------
herself, was entirely insensible of the evil. Elizabeth had frequently
---------------
what chance could there be of improvement? Catherine, weak-spirited,
---------------
there was an officer in Meryton, they would flirt with him; and while
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Meryton was within a walk of Longbourn, they would be going there
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* Anxiety on Jane's behalf was another prevailing concern; and Mr. Darcy's
---------------
heightened the sense of what Jane had lost. His affection was proved
---------------
grievous then was the thought that, of a situation so desirable in every
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When to these recollections was added the development of Wickham's
---------------
character, it may be easily believed that the happy spirits which had
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her stay as they had been at first. The very last evening was spent
---------------
and was so urgent on the necessity of placing gowns in the only right
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know how little there is to tempt anyone to our humble abode. Our plain
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* Elizabeth was eager with her thanks and assurances of happiness. She
---------------
feel the obliged. Mr. Collins was gratified, and with a more smiling
---------------
Lady Catherine's family is indeed the sort of extraordinary advantage
---------------
as well to be silent. Only let me assure you, my dear Miss Elizabeth,
---------------
thinking. There is in everything a most remarkable resemblance of
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* Elizabeth could safely say that it was a great happiness where that was
---------------
and rejoiced in his domestic comforts. She was not sorry, however, to
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Poor Charlotte! it was melancholy to leave her to such society! But she
---------------
placed within, and it was pronounced to be ready. After an affectionate
---------------
parting between the friends, Elizabeth was attended to the carriage by
---------------
Mr. Collins, and as they walked down the garden he was commissioning her
---------------
in, Maria followed, and the door was on the point of being closed,
---------------
* Elizabeth made no objection; the door was then allowed to be shut, and
---------------
Their journey was performed without much conversation, or any alarm; and
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aunt had reserved for them. But Jane was to go home with her, and at
---------------
Longbourn there would be leisure enough for observation.
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* It was not without an effort, meanwhile, that she could wait even for
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vanity she had not yet been able to reason away, was such a temptation
---------------
It was the second week in May, in which the three young ladies set out
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"Is not this nice? Is not this an agreeable surprise?"
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it is very pretty; but I thought I might as well buy it as not. I shall
---------------
think it will be very tolerable. Besides, it will not much signify what
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* "They are going to be encamped near Brighton; and I do so want papa to
---------------
take us all there for the summer! It would be such a delicious scheme;
---------------
"Yes," thought Elizabeth, "that would be a delightful scheme indeed,
---------------
table. "What do you think? It is excellent news--capital news--and about
---------------
Jane and Elizabeth looked at each other, and the waiter was told he need
---------------
"Aye, that is just like your formality and discretion. You thought the
---------------
things said than I am going to say. But he is an ugly fellow! I am glad
---------------
he is gone. I never saw such a long chin in my life. Well, but now for
---------------
my news; it is about dear Wickham; too good for the waiter, is it not?
---------------
There is no danger of Wickham's marrying Mary King. There's for you! She
---------------
is gone down to her uncle at Liverpool: gone to stay. Wickham is safe.
---------------
* "And Mary King is safe!" added Elizabeth; "safe from a connection
---------------
* "She is a great fool for going away, if she liked him.
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* "But I hope there is no strong attachment on either side," said Jane.
---------------
* "I am sure there is not on his. I will answer for it, he never cared
---------------
Elizabeth was shocked to think that, however incapable of such
---------------
bonnet, if it is only for the fun of having another bandbox! Well, now
---------------
let us be quite comfortable and snug, and talk and laugh all the way
---------------
flirting? I was in great hopes that one of you would have got a husband
---------------
before you came back. Jane will be quite an old maid soon, I declare.
---------------
She is almost three-and-twenty! Lord, how ashamed I should be of not
---------------
how I should like to be married before any of you; and then I would
---------------
she asked the two Harringtons to come, but Harriet was ill, and so Pen
---------------
something, and then they soon found out what was the matter.
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could, but there was no escaping the frequent mention of Wickham's name.
---------------
* Their reception at home was most kind. Mrs. Bennet rejoiced to see Jane
---------------
* Their party in the dining-room was large, for almost all the Lucases
---------------
occupied them: Lady Lucas was inquiring of Maria, after the welfare and
---------------
poultry of her eldest daughter; Mrs. Bennet was doubly engaged, on one
---------------
you too. And then when we came away it was such fun! I thought we never
---------------
should have got into the coach. I was ready to die of laughter. And then
---------------
To this Mary very gravely replied, "Far be it from me, my dear sister,
---------------
to depreciate such pleasures! They would doubtless be congenial with the
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* In the afternoon Lydia was urgent with the rest of the girls to walk
---------------
opposed the scheme. It should not be said that the Miss Bennets could
---------------
not be at home half a day before they were in pursuit of the officers.
---------------
There was another reason too for her opposition. She dreaded seeing Mr.
---------------
Wickham again, and was resolved to avoid it as long as possible. The
---------------
comfort to her of the regiment's approaching removal was indeed beyond
---------------
there could be nothing more to plague her on his account.
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scheme, of which Lydia had given them a hint at the inn, was under
---------------
no longer be overcome; and at length, resolving to suppress every
---------------
particular in which her sister was concerned, and preparing her to be
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* Miss Bennet's astonishment was soon lessened by the strong sisterly
---------------
natural; and all surprise was shortly lost in other feelings. She was
---------------
little suited to recommend them; but still more was she grieved for the
---------------
* "His being so sure of succeeding was wrong," said she, "and certainly
---------------
as they concerned George Wickham. What a stroke was this for poor Jane!
---------------
so much wickedness existed in the whole race of mankind, as was here
---------------
collected in one individual. Nor was Darcy's vindication, though
---------------
* "This will not do," said Elizabeth; "you never will be able to make both
---------------
of them good for anything. Take your choice, but you must be satisfied
---------------
with only one. There is but such a quantity of merit between them; just
---------------
* It was some time, however, before a smile could be extorted from Jane.
---------------
very bad! It is almost past belief. And poor Mr. Darcy! Dear Lizzy, only
---------------
of his sister! It is really too distressing. I am sure you must feel it
---------------
* "Poor Wickham! there is such an expression of goodness in his
---------------
"There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education of those
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* "And yet I meant to be uncommonly clever in taking so decided a dislike
---------------
to him, without any reason. It is such a spur to one's genius, such an
---------------
opening for wit, to have a dislike of that kind. One may be continually
---------------
abusive without saying anything just; but one cannot always be laughing
---------------
* "Indeed, I could not. I was uncomfortable enough, I may say unhappy. And
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* "Certainly. But the misfortune of speaking with bitterness is a most
---------------
is one point on which I want your advice. I want to be told whether I
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* Miss Bennet paused a little, and then replied, "Surely there can be no
---------------
occasion for exposing him so dreadfully. What is your opinion?"
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"That it ought not to be attempted. Mr. Darcy has not authorised me
---------------
relative to his sister was meant to be kept as much as possible to
---------------
is so violent, that it would be the death of half the good people in
---------------
to it. Wickham will soon be gone; and therefore it will not signify to
---------------
anyone here what he really is. Some time hence it will be all found out,
---------------
ever. He is now, perhaps, sorry for what he has done, and anxious to
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* The tumult of Elizabeth's mind was allayed by this conversation. She had
---------------
and was certain of a willing listener in Jane, whenever she might wish
---------------
to talk again of either. But there was still something lurking behind,
---------------
had been valued by her friend. Here was knowledge in which no one
---------------
could partake; and she was sensible that nothing less than a perfect
---------------
improbable event should ever take place, I shall merely be able to
---------------
liberty of communication cannot be mine till it has lost all its value!"
---------------
She was now, on being settled at home, at leisure to observe the real
---------------
state of her sister's spirits. Jane was not happy. She still cherished a
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* "Well, Lizzy," said Mrs. Bennet one day, "what is your opinion now of
---------------
chance in the world of her ever getting him now. There is no talk of
---------------
everybody, too, who is likely to know.
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* "Oh well! it is just as he chooses. Nobody wants him to come. Though I
---------------
shall always say he used my daughter extremely ill; and if I was her, I
---------------
die of a broken heart; and then he will be sorry for what he has done.
---------------
it will last. And what sort of table do they keep? Charlotte is an
---------------
excellent manager, I dare say. If she is half as sharp as her
---------------
mother, she is saving enough. There is nothing extravagant in their
---------------
take care not to outrun their income. They will never be distressed
---------------
talk of having Longbourn when your father is dead. They look upon it as
---------------
* "It was a subject which they could not mention before me.
---------------
often talk of it between themselves. Well, if they can be easy with an
---------------
estate that is not lawfully their own, so much the better. I should be
---------------
ashamed of having one that was only entailed on me.
---------------
The first week of their return was soon gone. The second began. It was
---------------
in the neighbourhood were drooping apace. The dejection was almost
---------------
Lydia, whose own misery was extreme, and who could not comprehend such
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* "Good Heaven! what is to become of us? What are we to do?" would they
---------------
often exclaim in the bitterness of woe. "How can you be smiling so,
---------------
* "Oh, yes!--if one could but go to Brighton! But papa is so
---------------
* "And my aunt Phillips is sure it would do me a great deal of good,"
---------------
Longbourn House. Elizabeth tried to be diverted by them; but all sense
---------------
of pleasure was lost in shame. She felt anew the justice of Mr. Darcy's
---------------
* But the gloom of Lydia's prospect was shortly cleared away; for she
---------------
the regiment, to accompany her to Brighton. This invaluable friend was a
---------------
to be described. Wholly inattentive to her sister's feelings, Lydia
---------------
in terms as unreasonable as her accent was peevish.
---------------
right to be asked as she has, and more too, for I am two years older.
---------------
her resigned. As for Elizabeth herself, this invitation was so far from
---------------
"Lydia will never be easy until she has exposed herself in some public
---------------
some of your lovers? Poor little Lizzy! But do not be cast down. Such
---------------
squeamish youths as cannot bear to be connected with a little absurdity
---------------
* "Indeed you are mistaken. I have no such injuries to resent. It is not
---------------
importance, our respectability in the world must be affected by the
---------------
of teaching her that her present pursuits are not to be the business of
---------------
her life, she will soon be beyond the reach of amendment. Her character
---------------
will be fixed, and she will, at sixteen, be the most determined flirt
---------------
Kitty also is comprehended. She will follow wherever Lydia leads. Vain,
---------------
suppose it possible that they will not be censured and despised wherever
---------------
they are known, and that their sisters will not be often involved in the
---------------
Mr. Bennet saw that her whole heart was in the subject, and
---------------
you must be respected and valued; and you will not appear to less
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Brighton. Let her go, then. Colonel Forster is a sensible man, and will
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keep her out of any real mischief; and she is luckily too poor to be an
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object of prey to anybody. At Brighton she will be of less importance
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* With this answer Elizabeth was forced to be content; but her own opinion
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continued the same, and she left him disappointed and sorry. It was not
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them. She was confident of having performed her duty, and to fret
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over unavoidable evils, or augment them by anxiety, was no part of her
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Lydia's going to Brighton was all that consoled her for her melancholy
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* Elizabeth was now to see Mr. Wickham for the last time. Having been
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frequently in company with him since her return, agitation was pretty
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cause, his attentions had been withdrawn, her vanity would be gratified,
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with other of the officers, at Longbourn; and so little was Elizabeth
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weeks at Rosings, and asked him, if he was acquainted with the former.
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him often; and, after observing that he was a very gentlemanlike man,
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asked her how she had liked him. Her answer was warmly in his favour.
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"How long did you say he was at Rosings?"
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and more serious tone, "that he is improved in essentials.
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* "Oh, no!" said Elizabeth. "In essentials, I believe, he is very much
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rejoice over her words, or to distrust their meaning. There was a
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knowing him better, his disposition was better understood.
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look; for a few minutes he was silent, till, shaking off his
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comprehend how sincerely I must rejoice that he is wise enough to assume
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even the appearance of what is right. His pride, in that direction,
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may be of service, if not to himself, to many others, for it must only
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alluding, is merely adopted on his visits to his aunt, of whose good
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operated, I know, when they were together; and a good deal is to be
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the old subject of his grievances, and she was in no humour to indulge
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between her and her family was rather noisy than pathetic. Kitty was the
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Bennet was diffuse in her good wishes for the felicity of her daughter,
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there was every reason to believe would be well attended to; and in
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of domestic happiness were overthrown. But Mr. Bennet was not of
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console the unfortunate for their folly or their vice. He was fond of
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enjoyments. To his wife he was very little otherwise indebted, than as
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her ignorance and folly had contributed to his amusement. This is not
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children, was so highly reprehensible. But she had never felt so
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greater evil might be apprehended, was likely to be hardened in all
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satisfaction she had promised herself. It was consequently necessary to
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some other point on which her wishes and hopes might be fixed, and by
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was now the object of her happiest thoughts; it was her best consolation
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* "But it is fortunate," thought she, "that I have something to wish for.
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Were the whole arrangement complete, my disappointment would be certain.
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never be successful; and general disappointment is only warded off by
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she would have described more fully, but was obliged to leave off in a
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the camp; and from her correspondence with her sister, there was still
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less to be learnt--for her letters to Kitty, though rather longer, were
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much too full of lines under the words to be made public.
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June, Kitty was so much recovered as to be able to enter Meryton without
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the following Christmas she might be so tolerably reasonable as not to
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arrangement at the War Office, another regiment should be quartered in
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* The time fixed for the beginning of their northern tour was now fast
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approaching, and a fortnight only was wanting of it, when a letter
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curtailed its extent. Mr. Gardiner would be prevented by business from
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setting out till a fortnight later in July, and must be in London again
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county there was enough to be seen to occupy the chief of their three
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they were now to spend a few days, was probably as great an object of
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* Elizabeth was excessively disappointed; she had set her heart on seeing
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was her business to be satisfied--and certainly her temper to be happy;
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and all was soon right again.
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* The period of expectation was now doubled. Four weeks were to pass away
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younger boys, were to be left under the particular care of their
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cousin Jane, who was the general favourite, and whose steady sense and
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One enjoyment was certain--that of suitableness of companions;
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* It is not the object of this work to give a description of Derbyshire,
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sufficiently known. A small part of Derbyshire is all the present
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Elizabeth found from her aunt that Pemberley was situated. It was not
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willingness, and Elizabeth was applied to for her approbation.
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* Elizabeth was distressed. She felt that she had no business at
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Pemberley, and was obliged to assume a disinclination for seeing it. She
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must own that she was tired of seeing great houses; after going over so
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occurred. It would be dreadful! She blushed at the very idea, and
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thought it would be better to speak openly to her aunt than to run such
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that it could be the last resource, if her private inquiries to the
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whether Pemberley were not a very fine place? what was the name of its
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alarms now being removed, she was at leisure to feel a great deal of
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curiosity to see the house herself; and when the subject was revived the
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next morning, and she was again applied to, could readily answer, and
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* The park was very large, and contained great variety of ground. They
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* Elizabeth's mind was too full for conversation, but she saw and admired
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eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by
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the road with some abruptness wound. It was a large, handsome stone
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were neither formal nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She
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to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!
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followed her into the dining-parlour. It was a large, well proportioned
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was a beautiful object. Every disposition of the ground was good; and
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his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of
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* This was a lucky recollection--it saved her from something very like
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* She longed to inquire of the housekeeper whether her master was really
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a large party of friends." How rejoiced was Elizabeth that their own
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The housekeeper came forward, and told them it was a picture of a young
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up by him at his own expense. "He is now gone into the army," she added;
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"is my master--and very like him. It was drawn at the same time as the
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looking at the picture; "it is a handsome face. But, Lizzy, you can tell
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us whether it is like or not.
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will see a finer, larger picture of him than this. This room was my late
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be then. He was very fond of them.
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when she was only eight years old.
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* "And is Miss Darcy as handsome as her brother?" said Mrs. Gardiner.
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* "Oh! yes--the handsomest young lady that ever was seen; and so
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time here; and Miss Darcy is always down for the summer months.
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replied the other. Elizabeth thought this was going pretty far; and she
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since he was four years old.
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* This was praise, of all others most extraordinary, most opposite to her
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ideas. That he was not a good-tempered man had been her firmest opinion.
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Her keenest attention was awakened; she longed to hear more, and was
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"There are very few people of whom so much can be said. You are lucky in
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he was always the sweetest-tempered, most generous-hearted boy in the
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* Elizabeth almost stared at her. "Can this be Mr. Darcy?" thought she.
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* "His father was an excellent man," said Mrs. Gardiner.
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* "Yes, ma'am, that he was indeed; and his son will be just like him--just
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* Elizabeth listened, wondered, doubted, and was impatient for more. Mrs.
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* "He is the best landlord, and the best master," said she, "that ever
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themselves. There is not one of his tenants or servants but will give
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anything of it. To my fancy, it is only because he does not rattle away
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* "Perhaps we might be deceived.
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* "That is not very likely; our authority was too good.
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the apartments below; and were informed that it was but just done to
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* "He is certainly a good brother," said Elizabeth, as she walked towards
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the room. "And this is always the way with him," she added. "Whatever
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can give his sister any pleasure is sure to be done in a moment. There
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all that remained to be shown. In the former were many good paintings;
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the only face whose features would be known to her. At last it arrested
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* There was certainly at this moment, in Elizabeth's mind, a more gentle
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was of no trifling nature. What praise is more valuable than the praise
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much of pleasure or pain was it in his power to bestow!--how much of
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good or evil must be done by him! Every idea that had been brought
---------------
forward by the housekeeper was favourable to his character, and as she
---------------
stood before the canvas on which he was represented, and fixed his
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* When all of the house that was open to general inspection had been seen,
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* They were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his
---------------
appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes
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aloof while he was talking to their niece, who, astonished and confused,
---------------
he uttered was increasing her embarrassment; and every idea of the
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followed them in silence. She was overpowered by shame and vexation. Her
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coming there was the most unfortunate, the most ill-judged thing in the
---------------
thus come a day before he was expected? Had they been only ten minutes
---------------
for it was plain that he was that moment arrived--that moment alighted
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every step was bringing forward a nobler fall of ground, or a finer
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reach of the woods to which they were approaching; but it was some time
---------------
before Elizabeth was sensible of any of it; and, though she answered
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was. She longed to know what at the moment was passing in his mind--in
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she was still dear to him. Perhaps he had been civil only because he
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of going round the whole park, but feared it might be beyond a walk.
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With a triumphant smile they were told that it was ten miles round.
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it was a spot less adorned than any they had yet visited; and the
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who was not a great walker, could go no farther, and thought only
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progress was slow, for Mr. Gardiner, though seldom able to indulge the
---------------
taste, was very fond of fishing, and was so much engaged in watching the
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they met. Elizabeth, however astonished, was at least more prepared
---------------
turning past, he was immediately before them. With a glance, she saw
---------------
Pemberley from her might be mischievously construed. Her colour changed,
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* Mrs. Gardiner was standing a little behind; and on her pausing, he asked
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This was a stroke of civility for which she was quite unprepared;
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revolted in his offer to herself. "What will be his surprise," thought
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* The introduction, however, was immediately made; and as she named their
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it, and was not without the expectation of his decamping as fast as he
---------------
could from such disgraceful companions. That he was surprised by the
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connection was evident; he sustained it, however, with fortitude, and
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conversation with Mr. Gardiner. Elizabeth could not but be pleased,
---------------
could not but triumph. It was consoling that he should know she had
---------------
some relations for whom there was no need to blush. She listened most
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the stream where there was usually most sport. Mrs. Gardiner, who was
---------------
must be all for herself. Her astonishment, however, was extreme, and
---------------
continually was she repeating, "Why is he so altered? From what can
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it proceed? It cannot be for me--it cannot be for my sake that his
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change as this. It is impossible that he should still love me.
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water-plant, there chanced to be a little alteration. It originated
---------------
you would certainly not be here till to-morrow; and indeed, before we
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mind was not very differently engaged.
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* "There is also one other person in the party," he continued after a
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pause, "who more particularly wishes to be known to you. Will you allow
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The surprise of such an application was great indeed; it was too great
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must be the work of her brother, and, without looking farther, it was
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satisfactory; it was gratifying to know that his resentment had not made
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was not comfortable; that was impossible; but she was flattered and
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pleased. His wish of introducing his sister to her was a compliment of
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have been said, and silence was very awkward. She wanted to talk, but
---------------
there seemed to be an embargo on every subject. At last she recollected
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into the house and take some refreshment; but this was declined, and
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pronounced him to be infinitely superior to anything they had expected.
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"He is perfectly well behaved, polite, and unassuming," said her uncle.
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* "There is something a little stately in him, to be sure," replied her
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aunt, "but it is confined to his air, and is not unbecoming. I can now
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* "I was never more surprised than by his behaviour to us. It was more
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than civil; it was really attentive; and there was no necessity for such
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attention. His acquaintance with Elizabeth was very trifling.
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* "To be sure, Lizzy," said her aunt, "he is not so handsome as Wickham;
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are perfectly good. But how came you to tell me that he was so
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* "But perhaps he may be a little whimsical in his civilities," replied
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On the contrary, there is something pleasing about his mouth when he
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speaks. And there is something of dignity in his countenance that would
---------------
not give one an unfavourable idea of his heart. But, to be sure, the
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I could hardly help laughing aloud sometimes. But he is a liberal
---------------
construction; and that his character was by no means so faulty, nor
---------------
her authority, but stating it to be such as might be relied on.
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* Mrs. Gardiner was surprised and concerned; but as they were now
---------------
the charm of recollection; and she was too much engaged in pointing out
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acquaintance, and the evening was spent in the satisfactions of a
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all, of his wishing her to be acquainted with his sister.
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her the very day after her reaching Pemberley; and was consequently
---------------
resolved not to be out of sight of the inn the whole of that morning.
---------------
But her conclusion was false; for on the very morning after their
---------------
there was no other way of accounting for such attentions from such a
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Elizabeth's feelings was at every moment increasing. She was quite
---------------
acquaintance was at least as much embarrassed as herself. Since her
---------------
being at Lambton, she had heard that Miss Darcy was exceedingly proud;
---------------
* Miss Darcy was tall, and on a larger scale than Elizabeth; and, though
---------------
little more than sixteen, her figure was formed, and her appearance
---------------
womanly and graceful. She was less handsome than her brother; but there
---------------
acute and unembarrassed an observer as ever Mr. Darcy had been, was much
---------------
step was heard on the stairs, and in a moment he entered the room. All
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* To Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner he was scarcely a less interesting personage
---------------
what it was to love. Of the lady's sensations they remained a little
---------------
in doubt; but that the gentleman was overflowing with admiration was
---------------
feared most to fail, she was most sure of success, for those to whom she
---------------
was ready, Georgiana was eager, and Darcy determined, to be pleased.
---------------
that, as he looked at her, he was trying to trace a resemblance. But,
---------------
though this might be imaginary, she could not be deceived as to his
---------------
she was soon satisfied; and two or three little circumstances occurred
---------------
he added, "It is above eight months. We have not met since the 26th of
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* Elizabeth was pleased to find his memory so exact; and he afterwards
---------------
all her sisters were at Longbourn. There was not much in the question,
---------------
nor in the preceding remark; but there was a look and a manner which
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* It was not often that she could turn her eyes on Mr. Darcy himself;
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any dislike of the proposal, and seeing in her husband, who was fond of
---------------
her attendance, and the day after the next was fixed on.
---------------
this into a wish of hearing her speak of her sister, was pleased, and on
---------------
satisfaction, though while it was passing, the enjoyment of it had been
---------------
little. Eager to be alone, and fearful of inquiries or hints from her
---------------
not their wish to force her communication. It was evident that she was
---------------
it was evident that he was very much in love with her. They saw much to
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* Of Mr. Darcy it was now a matter of anxiety to think well; and, as far
---------------
as their acquaintance reached, there was no fault to find. They could
---------------
not be untouched by his politeness; and had they drawn his character
---------------
to any other account, the circle in Hertfordshire to which he was known
---------------
would not have recognized it for Mr. Darcy. There was now an interest,
---------------
that the authority of a servant who had known him since he was four
---------------
years old, and whose own manners indicated respectability, was not to be
---------------
it would certainly be imputed by the inhabitants of a small market-town
---------------
where the family did not visit. It was acknowledged, however, that he
---------------
* With respect to Wickham, the travellers soon found that he was not held
---------------
son of his patron were imperfectly understood, it was yet a well-known
---------------
the last; and the evening, though as it passed it seemed long, was not
---------------
that could be so called. The respect created by the conviction of his
---------------
time ceased to be repugnant to her feeling; and it was now heightened
---------------
there was a motive within her of goodwill which could not be overlooked.
---------------
It was gratitude; gratitude, not merely for having once loved her,
---------------
were concerned, was soliciting the good opinion of her friends, and bent
---------------
love, it must be attributed; and as such its impression on her was of a
---------------
sort to be encouraged, as by no means unpleasing, though it could not be
---------------
exactly defined. She respected, she esteemed, she was grateful to him,
---------------
late breakfast, ought to be imitated, though it could not be equalled,
---------------
it would be highly expedient to wait on her at Pemberley the following
---------------
morning. They were, therefore, to go. Elizabeth was pleased; though when
---------------
Convinced as Elizabeth now was that Miss Bingley's dislike of her had
---------------
appearance at Pemberley must be to her, and was curious to know with how
---------------
much civility on that lady's side the acquaintance would now be renewed.
---------------
* In this house they were received by Miss Darcy, who was sitting there
---------------
London. Georgiana's reception of them was very civil, but attended with
---------------
succeeded for a few moments. It was first broken by Mrs. Annesley, a
---------------
of discourse proved her to be more truly well-bred than either of the
---------------
Elizabeth, the conversation was carried on. Miss Darcy looked as if she
---------------
short sentence when there was least danger of its being heard.
---------------
* Elizabeth soon saw that she was herself closely watched by Miss Bingley,
---------------
inconvenient distance; but she was not sorry to be spared the necessity
---------------
feared that the master of the house might be amongst them; and whether
---------------
Bingley's voice, Elizabeth was roused by receiving from her a cold
---------------
* The next variation which their visit afforded was produced by the
---------------
given, to remind her of her post. There was now employment for the whole
---------------
gentlemen from the house, was engaged by the river, and had left him
---------------
resolved to be perfectly easy and unembarrassed; a resolution the more
---------------
necessary to be made, but perhaps not the more easily kept, because she
---------------
and that there was scarcely an eye which did not watch his behaviour
---------------
when he first came into the room. In no countenance was attentive
---------------
They must be a great loss to your family.
---------------
instantly comprehended that he was uppermost in her thoughts; and the
---------------
pain she was then giving her beloved friend, she undoubtedly would
---------------
her brother was particularly anxious to conceal it, from the very
---------------
Bennet, it is probable that it might add something to his lively concern
---------------
Wickham, Georgiana also recovered in time, though not enough to be able
---------------
mentioned; and while Mr. Darcy was attending them to their carriage Miss
---------------
Bingley was venting her feelings in criticisms on Elizabeth's person,
---------------
recommendation was enough to ensure her favour; his judgement could not
---------------
cried; "I never in my life saw anyone so much altered as she is since
---------------
the winter. She is grown so brown and coarse! Louisa and I were agreeing
---------------
see any beauty in her. Her face is too thin; her complexion has no
---------------
wants character--there is nothing marked in its lines. Her teeth are
---------------
not like at all; and in her air altogether there is a self-sufficiency
---------------
without fashion, which is intolerable.
---------------
* Persuaded as Miss Bingley was that Darcy admired Elizabeth, this was not
---------------
success she expected. He was resolutely silent, however, and, from a
---------------
were to find that she was a reputed beauty; and I particularly recollect
---------------
was only when I first saw her, for it is many months since I have
---------------
* He then went away, and Miss Bingley was left to all the satisfaction of
---------------
himself; yet Elizabeth was longing to know what Mrs. Gardiner thought of
---------------
on the third her repining was over, and her sister justified, by the
---------------
receipt of two letters from her at once, on one of which was marked that
---------------
it had been missent elsewhere. Elizabeth was not surprised at it, as
---------------
themselves. The one missent must first be attended to; it had been
---------------
but the latter half, which was dated a day later, and written in evident
---------------
agitation, gave more important intelligence. It was to this effect:
---------------
from Colonel Forster, to inform us that she was gone off to Scotland
---------------
Our poor mother is sadly grieved. My father bears it better. How
---------------
twelve, as is conjectured, but were not missed till yesterday morning at
---------------
eight. The express was sent off directly. My dear Lizzy, they must have
---------------
their intention. I must conclude, for I cannot be long from my poor
---------------
mother. I am afraid you will not be able to make it out, but I hardly
---------------
wish this may be more intelligible, but though not confined for time, my
---------------
head is so bewildered that I cannot answer for being coherent. Dearest
---------------
and it cannot be delayed. Imprudent as the marriage between Mr. Wickham
---------------
and our poor Lydia would be, we are now anxious to be assured it has
---------------
taken place, for there is but too much reason to fear they are not gone
---------------
Green, something was dropped by Denny expressing his belief that W.
---------------
distress, my dear Lizzy, is very great. My father and mother believe the
---------------
it more eligible for them to be married privately in town than to pursue
---------------
young woman of Lydia's connections, which is not likely, can I suppose
---------------
Colonel F. is not disposed to depend upon their marriage; he shook his
---------------
head when I expressed my hopes, and said he feared W. was not a man to
---------------
be trusted. My poor mother is really ill, and keeps her room. Could she
---------------
exert herself, it would be better; but this is not to be expected. And
---------------
anger for having concealed their attachment; but as it was a matter of
---------------
first shock is over, shall I own that I long for your return? I am not
---------------
more to ask of the former. My father is going to London with Colonel
---------------
measure in the best and safest way, and Colonel Forster is obliged to
---------------
uncle's advice and assistance would be everything in the world; he will
---------------
* "Oh! where, where is my uncle?" cried Elizabeth, darting from her seat
---------------
she, in whose mind every idea was superseded by Lydia's situation,
---------------
Mr. Gardiner this moment, on business that cannot be delayed; I have not
---------------
* "Good God! what is the matter?" cried he, with more feeling than
---------------
little would be gained by her attempting to pursue them. Calling back
---------------
looking so miserably ill, that it was impossible for Darcy to leave her,
---------------
"Let me call your maid. Is there nothing you could take to give you
---------------
with such dreadful news. It cannot be concealed from anyone. My younger
---------------
connections, nothing that can tempt him to--she is lost for ever.
---------------
* Darcy was fixed in astonishment. "When I consider," she added in a yet
---------------
have happened. But it is all--all too late now.
---------------
* "I am grieved indeed," cried Darcy; "grieved--shocked. But is it
---------------
"My father is gone to London, and Jane has written to beg my uncle's
---------------
immediate assistance; and we shall be off, I hope, in half-an-hour. But
---------------
nothing can be done--I know very well that nothing can be done. How is
---------------
such a man to be worked on? How are they even to be discovered? I have
---------------
not the smallest hope. It is every way horrible!"
---------------
I ought, what I dared to do! But I knew not--I was afraid of doing too
---------------
Darcy made no answer. He seemed scarcely to hear her, and was walking
---------------
power was sinking; everything must sink under such a proof of family
---------------
him, as now, when all love must be vain.
---------------
humiliation, the misery she was bringing on them all, soon swallowed
---------------
Elizabeth was soon lost to everything else; and, after a pause of
---------------
several minutes, was only recalled to a sense of her situation by
---------------
could be either said or done on my part that might offer consolation to
---------------
* "Oh, yes. Be so kind as to apologise for us to Miss Darcy. Say that
---------------
long as it is possible, I know it cannot be long.
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her distress, wished it a happier conclusion than there was at present
---------------
* As he quitted the room, Elizabeth felt how improbable it was that they
---------------
change of sentiment will be neither improbable nor faulty. But if
---------------
otherwise--if regard springing from such sources is unreasonable or
---------------
unnatural, in comparison of what is so often described as arising on
---------------
exchanged, nothing can be said in her defence, except that she had given
---------------
less interesting mode of attachment. Be that as it may, she saw him
---------------
could flatter herself with such an expectation. Surprise was the least
---------------
letter remained in her mind, she was all surprise--all astonishment that
---------------
Wickham should marry a girl whom it was impossible he could marry
---------------
incomprehensible. But now it was all too natural. For such an attachment
---------------
Lydia to be deliberately engaging in an elopement without the intention
---------------
* She had never perceived, while the regiment was in Hertfordshire, that
---------------
Lydia had any partiality for him; but she was convinced that Lydia
---------------
She was wild to be at home--to hear, to see, to be upon the spot to
---------------
could be done for Lydia, her uncle's interference seemed of the utmost
---------------
importance, and till he entered the room her impatience was severe. Mr.
---------------
account that their niece was taken suddenly ill; but satisfying them
---------------
favourite with them, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner could not but be deeply
---------------
everything relating to their journey was speedily settled. They were to
---------------
be off as soon as possible. "But what is to be done about Pemberley?"
---------------
cried Mrs. Gardiner. "John told us Mr. Darcy was here when you sent for
---------------
us; was it so?"
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"Yes; and I told him we should not be able to keep our engagement.
---------------
That is all settled.
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* "What is all settled?" repeated the other, as she ran into her room to
---------------
to be idle, she would have remained certain that all employment was
---------------
remained to be done but to go; and Elizabeth, after all the misery of
---------------
more inclined than I was to judge as your eldest sister does on the
---------------
form such a design against a girl who is by no means unprotected or
---------------
friendless, and who was actually staying in his colonel's family, that I
---------------
would not step forward? Could he expect to be noticed again by the
---------------
* "Upon my word," said Mrs. Gardiner, "I begin to be of your uncle's
---------------
opinion. It is really too great a violation of decency, honour, and
---------------
interest, for him to be guilty of. I cannot think so very ill of
---------------
neglect I can believe him capable. If, indeed, it should be so! But I
---------------
"In the first place," replied Mr. Gardiner, "there is no absolute proof
---------------
* "Oh! but their removing from the chaise into a hackney coach is such
---------------
a presumption! And, besides, no traces of them were to be found on the
---------------
* "Well, then--supposing them to be in London. They may be there, though
---------------
not likely that money should be very abundant on either side; and it
---------------
might strike them that they could be more economically, though less
---------------
marriage be private? Oh, no, no--this is not likely. His most particular
---------------
friend, you see by Jane's account, was persuaded of his never intending
---------------
seemed to give to what was going forward in his family, that he would
---------------
* "But can you think that Lydia is so lost to everything but love of him
---------------
"It does seem, and it is most shocking indeed," replied Elizabeth, with
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Perhaps I am not doing her justice. But she is very young; she has never
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* "Of whom does Jane ever think ill? And who is there, whatever might be
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as false and deceitful as he is insinuating.
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as to the mode of her intelligence was all alive.
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circumstances which I am not at liberty--which it is not worth while to
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what he said of Miss Darcy I was thoroughly prepared to see a proud,
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must know that she was as amiable and unpretending as we have found
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* "But does Lydia know nothing of this? can she be ignorant of what you
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"Oh, yes!--that, that is the worst of all. Till I was in Kent, and saw
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was to leave Meryton in a week or fortnight's time. As that was the
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it apparently be to any one, that the good opinion which all the
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neighbourhood had of him should then be overthrown? And even when it was
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consequence as this could ensue, you may easily believe, was far
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side; and had anything of the kind been perceptible, you must be aware
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that ours is not a family on which it could be thrown away. When first
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he entered the corps, she was ready enough to admire him; but so we all
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were. Every girl in or near Meryton was out of her senses about him for
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It may be easily believed, that however little of novelty could be added
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the whole of the journey. From Elizabeth's thoughts it was never absent.
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on the road, reached Longbourn by dinner time the next day. It was a
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capers and frisks, was the first pleasing earnest of their welcome.
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* "Not yet," replied Jane. "But now that my dear uncle is come, I hope
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everything will be well.
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* "And my mother--how is she? How are you all?"
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"My mother is tolerably well, I trust; though her spirits are greatly
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shaken. She is up stairs and will have great satisfaction in seeing you
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engaged with their children, was now put an end to by the approach
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conversation together, received them exactly as might be expected; with
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errors of her daughter must principally be owing.
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of their sight? I am sure there was some great neglect or other on their
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side, for she is not the kind of girl to do such a thing if she had been
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charge of her; but I was overruled, as I always am. Poor dear child!
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wherever he meets him and then he will be killed, and what is to become
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of us all? The Collinses will turn us out before he is cold in his
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that he meant to be in London the very next day, and would assist Mr.
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* "Do not give way to useless alarm," added he; "though it is right to be
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prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.
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It is not quite a week since they left Brighton. In a few days more we
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together as to what is to be done.
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* "Oh! my dear brother," replied Mrs. Bennet, "that is exactly what I
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dinner was on the table, they all left her to vent all her feelings on
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* Though her brother and sister were persuaded that there was no real
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faces of both, however, were tolerably calm; and no change was visible
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"This is a most unfortunate affair, and will probably be much talked of.
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"Unhappy as the event must be for Lydia, we may draw from it this useful
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lesson: that loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one
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false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less
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brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in
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* Elizabeth lifted up her eyes in amazement, but was too much oppressed
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* In the afternoon, the two elder Miss Bennets were able to be for
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the opportunity of making any inquiries, which Jane was equally eager to
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Bennet could not assert to be wholly impossible, the former continued
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grieved for him! His behaviour was attentive and kind to the utmost. He
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* "And was Denny convinced that Wickham would not marry? Did he know of
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"How was it possible that such an idea should enter our brains? I felt
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did. He believed him to be imprudent and extravagant. And since this sad
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affair has taken place, it is said that he left Meryton greatly in debt;
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but I hope this may be false.
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I shall think you a simpleton, for there is but one man in the world I
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love, and he is an angel. I should never be happy without him, so think
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it no harm to be off.(Jane Austen - Pride and prejudice )
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finished it. "What a letter is this, to be written at such a moment!
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But at least it shows that she was serious on the subject of their
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journey. Whatever he might afterwards persuade her to, it was not on her
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minutes. My mother was taken ill immediately, and the whole house in
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"I do not know. I hope there was. But to be guarded at such a time is
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very difficult. My mother was in hysterics, and though I endeavoured to
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Kitty is slight and delicate; and Mary studies so much, that her hours
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of repose should not be broken in on. My aunt Phillips came to Longbourn
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on Tuesday, after my father went away; and was so good as to stay till
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Thursday with me. She was of great use and comfort to us all. And
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they should be of use to us.
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too little of one's neighbours. Assistance is impossible; condolence
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insufferable. Let them triumph over us at a distance, and be satisfied.
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be made out from them. His principal object must be to discover the
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determined to make inquiries there, and hoped it might not be impossible
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other designs that he had formed; but he was in such a hurry to be gone,
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send; but even of that they would have been glad to be certain. Mr.
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* When he was gone, they were certain at least of receiving constant
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information of what was going on, and their uncle promised, at parting,
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days longer, as the former thought her presence might be serviceable
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to her nieces. She shared in their attendance on Mrs. Bennet, and was a
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before, had been almost an angel of light. He was declared to be in debt
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Everybody declared that he was the wickedest young man in the world;
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half of what was said, believed enough to make her former assurance of
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of it, became almost hopeless, more especially as the time was now come
---------------
but without gaining any satisfactory information; and that he was now
---------------
to write again very soon. There was also a postscript to this effect:
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whether Wickham has any relations or connections who would be likely to
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clue as that, it might be of essential consequence. At present we have
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* Elizabeth was at no loss to understand from whence this deference to her
---------------
authority proceeded; but it was not in her power to give any information
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of whom had been dead many years. It was possible, however, that some of
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his companions in the ----shire might be able to give more information;
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and though she was not very sanguine in expecting it, the application
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* Every day at Longbourn was now a day of anxiety; but the most anxious
---------------
part of each was when the post was expected. The arrival of letters
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whatever of good or bad was to be told would be communicated, and every
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succeeding day was expected to bring some news of importance.
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letters always were, looked over her, and read it likewise. It was as
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Hertfordshire. Be assured, my dear sir, that Mrs. Collins and myself
---------------
your present distress, which must be of the bitterest kind, because
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may comfort you, under a circumstance that must be of all others the
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have been a blessing in comparison of this. And it is the more to
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be lamented, because there is reason to suppose as my dear Charlotte
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that her own disposition must be naturally bad, or she could not be
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you are grievously to be pitied; in which opinion I am not only joined
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this false step in one daughter will be injurious to the fortunes of
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It was not known that Wickham had a single relationship with whom he
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kept up any connection, and it was certain that he had no near one
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had been in the militia, it did not appear that he was on terms of
---------------
particular friendship with any of them. There was no one, therefore,
---------------
who could be pointed out as likely to give any news of him. And in the
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wretched state of his own finances, there was a very powerful motive for
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thousand pounds would be necessary to clear his expenses at Brighton.
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she cried. "This is wholly unexpected. I had not an idea of it.
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father at home on the following day, which was Saturday. Rendered
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leave it to him to do whatever occasion might suggest to be advisable
---------------
for continuing their pursuit. When Mrs. Bennet was told of this, she did
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* "What, is he coming home, and without poor Lydia?" she cried. "Sure he
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will not leave London before he has found them. Who is to fight Wickham,
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As Mrs. Gardiner began to wish to be at home, it was settled that she
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fairly conjectured from that, though Elizabeth, who was by this time
---------------
tolerably well acquainted with her own feelings, was perfectly aware
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away, and it was some time before his daughters had courage to speak of
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* It was not till the afternoon, when he had joined them at tea, that
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* "You must not be too severe upon yourself," replied Elizabeth.
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* "You may well warn me against such an evil. Human nature is so prone
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* "Do you suppose them to be in London?"
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"Yes; where else can they be so well concealed?"
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* "She is happy then," said her father drily; "and her residence there
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will probably be of some duration.
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* "This is a parade," he cried, "which does one good; it gives such an
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for fifty pounds! No, Kitty, I have at last learnt to be cautious, and
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you will feel the effects of it. No officer is ever to enter into
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madam, for interrupting you, but I was in hopes you might have got some
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there is an express come for master from Mr. Gardiner? He has been here
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library; their father was in neither; and they were on the point of
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"If you are looking for my master, ma'am, he is walking towards the
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more, and ran across the lawn after their father, who was deliberately
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* Jane, who was not so light nor so much in the habit of running as
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"What is there of good to be expected?" said he, taking the letter from
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left me on Saturday, I was fortunate enough to find out in what part of
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London they were. The particulars I reserve till we meet; it is enough
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"Then it is as I always hoped," cried Jane; "they are married!"
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not be long before they are. All that is required of you is, to assure
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express, that no time may be lost in bringing me your answer. You
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will be some little money, even when all his debts are discharged, to
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will be the case, you send me full powers to act in your name throughout
---------------
Haggerston for preparing a proper settlement. There will not be the
---------------
fast as you can, and be careful to write explicitly. We have judged it
---------------
best that my niece should be married from this house, of which I hope
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anything more is determined on. Yours, etc.,
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"Wickham is not so undeserving, then, as we thought him," said her
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* "No; but it must be done soon.
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Consider how important every moment is in such a case.
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* "I dislike it very much," he replied; "but it must be done.
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* "And they must marry! Yet he is such a man!"
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"Yes, yes, they must marry. There is nothing else to be done. But there
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* "That is very true," said Elizabeth; "though it had not occurred to me
---------------
before. His debts to be discharged, and something still to remain! Oh!
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it must be my uncle's doings! Generous, good man, I am afraid he has
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less than ten thousand pounds. I should be sorry to think so ill of him,
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* "Ten thousand pounds! Heaven forbid! How is half such a sum to be
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* "And they are really to be married!" cried Elizabeth, as soon as they
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thankful. That they should marry, small as is their chance of happiness,
---------------
and wretched as is his character, we are forced to rejoice. Oh, Lydia!"
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Elizabeth, "and how much is settled on his side on our sister, we shall
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protection and countenance, is such a sacrifice to her advantage as
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she will never deserve to be happy! What a meeting for her, when she
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Jane: "I hope and trust they will yet be happy. His consenting to
---------------
marry her is a proof, I will believe, that he is come to a right way of
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I, nor anybody can ever forget. It is useless to talk of it.
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* It now occurred to the girls that their mother was in all likelihood
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it known to her. He was writing and, without raising his head, coolly
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the letter was read aloud. Mrs. Bennet could hardly contain herself. As
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exuberance. She was now in an irritation as violent from delight, as she
---------------
would be married was enough. She was disturbed by no fear for her
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* "My dear, dear Lydia!" she cried. "This is delightful indeed! She will
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be married! I shall see her again! She will be married at sixteen!
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Lydia! How merry we shall be together when we meet!"
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* "Well," cried her mother, "it is all very right; who should do it but
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must have had all his money, you know; and it is the first time we have
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it sounds! And she was only sixteen last June. My dear Jane, I am in
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afterwards; but the things should be ordered immediately.
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* She was then proceeding to all the particulars of calico, muslin, and
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father was at leisure to be consulted. One day's delay, she observed,
---------------
would be of small importance; and her mother was too happy to be quite
---------------
heard the good news? Miss Lydia is going to be married; and you shall
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* Poor Lydia's situation must, at best, be bad enough; but that it was
---------------
no worse, she had need to be thankful. She felt it so; and though, in
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of honour or credit could now be purchased for her. The satisfaction of
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* He was seriously concerned that a cause of so little advantage to anyone
---------------
should be forwarded at the sole expense of his brother-in-law, and he
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* When first Mr. Bennet had married, economy was held to be perfectly
---------------
useless, for, of course, they were to have a son. The son was to join
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in cutting off the entail, as soon as he should be of age, and the widow
---------------
and younger children would by that means be provided for. Five daughters
---------------
successively entered the world, but yet the son was to come; and Mrs.
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would. This event had at last been despaired of, but it was then
---------------
too late to be saving. Mrs. Bennet had no turn for economy, and her
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* Five thousand pounds was settled by marriage articles on Mrs. Bennet and
---------------
the children. But in what proportions it should be divided amongst the
---------------
latter depended on the will of the parents. This was one point, with
---------------
regard to Lydia, at least, which was now to be settled, and Mr. Bennet
---------------
approbation of all that was done, and his willingness to fulfil the
---------------
that, could Wickham be prevailed on to marry his daughter, it would
---------------
arrangement. He would scarcely be ten pounds a year the loser by the
---------------
hundred that was to be paid them; for, what with her board and pocket
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* That it would be done with such trifling exertion on his side, too, was
---------------
another very welcome surprise; for his wish at present was to have as
---------------
naturally returned to all his former indolence. His letter was soon
---------------
dispatched; for, though dilatory in undertaking business, he was quick
---------------
was indebted to his brother, but was too angry with Lydia to send any
---------------
speed through the neighbourhood. It was borne in the latter with decent
---------------
philosophy. To be sure, it would have been more for the advantage
---------------
farmhouse. But there was much to be talked of in marrying her; and the
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* It was a fortnight since Mrs. Bennet had been downstairs; but on this
---------------
of her wishes since Jane was sixteen, was now on the point of
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servants. She was busily searching through the neighbourhood for a
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* A long dispute followed this declaration; but Mr. Bennet was firm. It
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it. That his anger could be carried to such a point of inconceivable
---------------
possible. She was more alive to the disgrace which her want of new
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* Elizabeth was now most heartily sorry that she had, from the distress of
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but, at the same time, there was no one whose knowledge of a sister's
---------------
concluded on the most honourable terms, it was not to be supposed that
---------------
objection, would now be added an alliance and relationship of the
---------------
blow as this. She was humbled, she was grieved; she repented, though she
---------------
longer hope to be benefited by it. She wanted to hear of him, when there
---------------
seemed the least chance of gaining intelligence. She was convinced that
---------------
she could have been happy with him, when it was no longer likely they
---------------
have been most gladly and gratefully received! He was as generous, she
---------------
doubted not, as the most generous of his sex; but while he was mortal,
---------------
there must be a triumph.
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* She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in
---------------
precluding the possibility of the other, was soon to be formed in their
---------------
* How Wickham and Lydia were to be supported in tolerable independence,
---------------
that the subject might never be mentioned to him again. The principal
---------------
purport of his letter was to inform them that Mr. Wickham had resolved
---------------
* "It was greatly my wish that he should do so," he added, "as soon as
---------------
his marriage was fixed on. And I think you will agree with me, in
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his account and my niece's. It is Mr. Wickham's intention to go into
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have a character to preserve, they will both be more prudent. I have
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and all will be completed in a week. They will then join his regiment,
---------------
Gardiner, that my niece is very desirous of seeing you all before she
---------------
leaves the South. She is well, and begs to be dutifully remembered to
---------------
Hertfordshire, was a severe disappointment; and, besides, it was such a
---------------
pity that Lydia should be taken from a regiment where she was acquainted
---------------
* "She is so fond of Mrs. Forster," said she, "it will be quite shocking
---------------
likes very much. The officers may not be so pleasant in General ----'s
---------------
* His daughter's request, for such it might be considered, of being
---------------
consequence, that she should be noticed on her marriage by her parents,
---------------
mother had the satisfaction of knowing that she would be able to show
---------------
her married daughter in the neighbourhood before she was banished to the
---------------
his permission for them to come; and it was settled, that as soon as
---------------
the ceremony was over, they should proceed to Longbourn. Elizabeth was
---------------
probably more than she felt for herself. The carriage was sent to
---------------
arrival was dreaded by the elder Miss Bennets, and Jane more especially,
---------------
been the culprit, and was wretched in the thought of what her sister
---------------
* Lydia's voice was heard in the vestibule; the door was thrown open, and
---------------
* Their reception from Mr. Bennet, to whom they then turned, was not quite
---------------
enough to provoke him. Elizabeth was disgusted, and even Miss Bennet
---------------
was shocked. Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy,
---------------
observed, with a laugh, that it was a great while since she had been
---------------
* Wickham was not at all more distressed than herself, but his manners
---------------
* There was no want of discourse. The bride and her mother could neither
---------------
world. Nothing of the past was recollected with pain; and Lydia led
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thought it would be very good fun if I was.
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* Her father lifted up his eyes. Jane was distressed. Elizabeth looked
---------------
which she chose to be insensible, gaily continued, "Oh! mamma, do the
---------------
people hereabouts know I am married to-day? I was afraid they might not;
---------------
and we overtook William Goulding in his curricle, so I was determined he
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* It was not to be supposed that time would give Lydia that embarrassment
---------------
room, "and what do you think of my husband? Is not he a charming man? I
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my good luck. They must all go to Brighton. That is the place to get
---------------
at all like your going such a way off. Must it be so?"
---------------
"Oh, lord! yes;--there is nothing in that. I shall like it of all
---------------
shall be at Newcastle all the winter, and I dare say there will be some
---------------
winter is over.
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had received his commission before he left London, and he was to join
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* No one but Mrs. Bennet regretted that their stay would be so short; and
---------------
all; to avoid a family circle was even more desirable to such as did
---------------
* Wickham's affection for Lydia was just what Elizabeth had expected
---------------
present observation to be satisfied, from the reason of things, that
---------------
that his flight was rendered necessary by distress of circumstances; and
---------------
if that were the case, he was not the young man to resist an opportunity
---------------
* Lydia was exceedingly fond of him. He was her dear Wickham on every
---------------
occasion; no one was to be put in competition with him. He did every
---------------
thing best in the world; and she was sure he would kill more birds on
---------------
* One morning, soon after their arrival, as she was sitting with her two
---------------
curious to hear how it was managed?"
---------------
"No really," replied Elizabeth; "I think there cannot be too little said
---------------
that parish. And it was settled that we should all be there by eleven
---------------
were to meet us at the church. Well, Monday morning came, and I was in
---------------
such a fuss! I was so afraid, you know, that something would happen to
---------------
my aunt, all the time I was dressing, preaching and talking away just as
---------------
if she was reading a sermon. However, I did not hear above one word in
---------------
ten, for I was thinking, you may suppose, of my dear Wickham. I longed
---------------
to know whether he would be married in his blue coat.
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were horrid unpleasant all the time I was with them. If you'll believe
---------------
me, I did not once put my foot out of doors, though I was there a
---------------
fortnight. Not one party, or scheme, or anything. To be sure London was
---------------
rather thin, but, however, the Little Theatre was open. Well, and so
---------------
just as the carriage came to the door, my uncle was called away upon
---------------
they get together, there is no end of it. Well, I was so frightened I
---------------
did not know what to do, for my uncle was to give me away; and if we
---------------
were beyond the hour, we could not be married all day. But, luckily, he
---------------
wedding need not be put off, for Mr. Darcy might have done as well.
---------------
* "Oh, yes!--he was to come there with Wickham, you know. But gracious
---------------
them so faithfully! What will Wickham say? It was to be such a secret!"
---------------
"If it was to be secret," said Jane, "say not another word on the
---------------
all, and then Wickham would be angry.
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* On such encouragement to ask, Elizabeth was forced to put it out of her
---------------
* But to live in ignorance on such a point was impossible; or at least
---------------
it was impossible not to try for information. Mr. Darcy had been at
---------------
her sister's wedding. It was exactly a scene, and exactly among people,
---------------
brain; but she was satisfied with none. Those that best pleased her, as
---------------
to think necessary; and then I must endeavour to be satisfied with
---------------
manner, I shall certainly be reduced to tricks and stratagems to find it
---------------
Elizabeth privately of what Lydia had let fall; Elizabeth was glad
---------------
satisfaction, she had rather be without a confidante.
---------------
soon as she possibly could. She was no sooner in possession of it
---------------
than, hurrying into the little copse, where she was least likely to
---------------
inquiries to be necessary on your side. If you do not choose to
---------------
understand me, forgive my impertinence. Your uncle is as much surprised
---------------
innocent and ignorant, I must be more explicit.
---------------
unexpected visitor. Mr. Darcy called, and was shut up with him several
---------------
hours. It was all over before I arrived; so my curiosity was not so
---------------
them. The motive professed was his conviction of its being owing to
---------------
actions open to the world. His character was to speak for itself. He
---------------
in town, before he was able to discover them; but he had something to
---------------
direct his search, which was more than we had; and the consciousness
---------------
of this was another reason for his resolving to follow us.
---------------
* "There is a lady, it seems, a Mrs. Younge, who was some time ago
---------------
governess to Miss Darcy, and was dismissed from her charge on some cause
---------------
town. But it was two or three days before he could get from her what he
---------------
corruption, for she really did know where her friend was to be found.
---------------
situation, and return to her friends as soon as they could be prevailed
---------------
of leaving Wickham. She was sure they should be married some time or
---------------
Mr. Bennet was not imagined to be very rich, he would have been able
---------------
some other country. Under such circumstances, however, he was not likely
---------------
to be proof against the temptation of immediate relief.
---------------
* "They met several times, for there was much to be discussed. Wickham of
---------------
course wanted more than he could get; but at length was reduced to be
---------------
* "Every thing being settled between them, Mr. Darcy's next step was to
---------------
your father to be a person whom he could so properly consult as your
---------------
day it was only known that a gentleman had called on business.
---------------
* "On Saturday he came again. Your father was gone, your uncle at home,
---------------
* "They met again on Sunday, and then I saw him too. It was not all
---------------
settled before Monday: as soon as it was, the express was sent off to
---------------
Longbourn. But our visitor was very obstinate. I fancy, Lizzy, that
---------------
obstinacy is the real defect of his character, after all. He has been
---------------
accused of many faults at different times, but this is the true one.
---------------
Nothing was to be done that he did not do himself; though I am sure (and
---------------
I do not speak it to be thanked, therefore say nothing about it), your
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* "They battled it together for a long time, which was more than either
---------------
was forced to yield, and instead of being allowed to be of use to his
---------------
niece, was forced to put up with only having the probable credit of it,
---------------
it was due. But, Lizzy, this must go no farther than yourself, or Jane
---------------
people. His debts are to be paid, amounting, I believe, to considerably
---------------
this was to be done by him alone, was such as I have given above. It
---------------
had been received and noticed as he was. Perhaps there was some truth
---------------
can be answerable for the event. But in spite of all this fine talking,
---------------
* "When all this was resolved on, he returned again to his friends, who
---------------
were still staying at Pemberley; but it was agreed that he should be in
---------------
* "I believe I have now told you every thing. It is a relation which
---------------
you tell me is to give you great surprise; I hope at least it will not
---------------
admission to the house. He was exactly what he had been, when I
---------------
home was exactly of a piece with it, and therefore what I now tell
---------------
heard me, it was by good luck, for I am sure she did not listen. I was
---------------
* "Mr. Darcy was punctual in his return, and as Lydia informed you,
---------------
attended the wedding. He dined with us the next day, and was to leave
---------------
town again on Wednesday or Thursday. Will you be very angry with me, my
---------------
dear Lizzy, if I take this opportunity of saying (what I was never bold
---------------
punish me so far as to exclude me from P. I shall never be quite happy
---------------
pair of ponies, would be the very thing.
---------------
in which it was difficult to determine whether pleasure or pain bore the
---------------
great to be probable, and at the same time dreaded to be just, from the
---------------
pain of obligation, were proved beyond their greatest extent to be true!
---------------
despise, and where he was reduced to meet, frequently meet, reason
---------------
avoid, and whose very name it was punishment to him to pronounce. He had
---------------
heart did whisper that he had done it for her. But it was a hope shortly
---------------
to be sure, done much. She was ashamed to think how much. But he had
---------------
stretch of belief. It was reasonable that he should feel he had been
---------------
his endeavours in a cause where her peace of mind must be materially
---------------
concerned. It was painful, exceedingly painful, to know that they were
---------------
herself she was humbled; but she was proud of him. Proud that in a cause
---------------
was hardly enough; but it pleased her. She was even sensible of some
---------------
* She was roused from her seat, and her reflections, by some one's
---------------
that the interruption must be unwelcome.
---------------
* "I should be sorry indeed, if it were. We were always good friends; and
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* "I almost envy you the pleasure, and yet I believe it would be too much
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old housekeeper, I suppose? Poor Reynolds, she was always very fond of
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"That you were gone into the army, and she was afraid had--not turned
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"I was surprised to see Darcy in town last month. We passed each other
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several times. I wonder what he can be doing there.
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Elizabeth. "It must be something particular, to take him there at this
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* "I have heard, indeed, that she is uncommonly improved within this year
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or two. When I last saw her, she was not very promising. I am very glad
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* "I mention it, because it is the living which I ought to have had. A
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repine;--but, to be sure, it would have been such a thing for me! The
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of happiness! But it was not to be. Did you ever hear Darcy mention the
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* "You have. Yes, there was something in that; I told you so from the
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* "I did hear, too, that there was a time, when sermon-making was not
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so palatable to you as it seems to be at present; that you actually
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* "You did! and it was not wholly without foundation. You may remember
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us quarrel about the past. In future, I hope we shall be always of one
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Mr. Wickham was so perfectly satisfied with this conversation that he
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by introducing the subject of it; and she was pleased to find that she
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entered into her scheme of their all going to Newcastle, was likely to
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* "He is as fine a fellow," said Mr. Bennet, as soon as they were out of
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* "I often think," said she, "that there is nothing so bad as parting with
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* "This is the consequence, you see, Madam, of marrying a daughter," said
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* "It is no such thing. Lydia does not leave me because she is married,
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but only because her husband's regiment happens to be so far off. If
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* But the spiritless condition which this event threw her into was shortly
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article of news which then began to be in circulation. The housekeeper
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master, who was coming down in a day or two, to shoot there for several
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weeks. Mrs. Bennet was quite in the fidgets. She looked at Jane, and
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* "Well, well, and so Mr. Bingley is coming down, sister," (for Mrs.
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that I care about it, though. He is nothing to us, you know, and I am
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sure I never want to see him again. But, however, he is very welcome
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But that is nothing to us. You know, sister, we agreed long ago never to
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mention a word about it. And so, is it quite certain he is coming?"
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"You may depend on it," replied the other, "for Mrs. Nicholls was in
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to know the truth of it; and she told me that it was certain true. He
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Wednesday, and she has got three couple of ducks just fit to be killed.
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colour. It was many months since she had mentioned his name to
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report; and I know I appeared distressed. But don't imagine it was from
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any silly cause. I was only confused for the moment, because I felt that
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I should be looked at. I do assure you that the news does not affect
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other view than what was acknowledged; but she still thought him partial
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* "Yet it is hard," she sometimes thought, "that this poor man cannot
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* In spite of what her sister declared, and really believed to be her
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about a twelvemonth ago, was now brought forward again.
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nothing, and I will not be sent on a fool's errand again.
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would be from all the neighbouring gentlemen, on his returning to
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* "Well, all I know is, that it will be abominably rude if you do not wait
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make thirteen with ourselves, so there will be just room at table for
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* Consoled by this resolution, she was the better able to bear her
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husband's incivility; though it was very mortifying to know that her
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"I begin to be sorry that he comes at all," said Jane to her sister. "It
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would be nothing; I could see him with perfect indifference, but I can
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says. Happy shall I be, when his stay at Netherfield is over!"
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of preaching patience to a sufferer is denied me, because you have
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and fretfulness on her side might be as long as it could. She counted
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the days that must intervene before their invitation could be sent;
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* "There is a gentleman with him, mamma," said Kitty; "who can it be?"
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* "La!" replied Kitty, "it looks just like that man that used to be with
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Mr. Bingley's will always be welcome here, to be sure; but else I must
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To Jane, he could be only a man whose proposals she had refused,
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information, he was the person to whom the whole family were indebted
---------------
wishes must still be unshaken. But she would not be secure.
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* "Let me first see how he behaves," said she; "it will then be early
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* She sat intently at work, striving to be composed, and without daring to
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her sister as the servant was approaching the door. Jane looked a little
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presence be what he was before her uncle and aunt. It was a painful, but
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saw him looking both pleased and embarrassed. He was received by Mrs.
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was not seated by her; perhaps that was the reason of his silence; but
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they last met, were plainly expressed. She was disappointed, and angry
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* "Could I expect it to be otherwise!" said she. "Yet why did he come?"
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She was in no humour for conversation with anyone but himself; and to
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* "It is a long time, Mr. Bingley, since you went away," said Mrs. Bennet.
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* "I began to be afraid you would never come back again. People did say
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it is not true. A great many changes have happened in the neighbourhood,
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since you went away. Miss Lucas is married and settled. And one of my
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seen it in the papers. It was in The Times and The Courier, I know;
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though it was not put in as it ought to be. It was only said, 'Lately,
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It was my brother Gardiner's drawing up too, and I wonder how he came to
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* "It is a delightful thing, to be sure, to have a daughter well married,"
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continued her mother, "but at the same time, Mr. Bingley, it is very
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I do not know how long. His regiment is there; for I suppose you have
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* Elizabeth, who knew this to be levelled at Mr. Darcy, was in such
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Bennet's manor. I am sure he will be vastly happy to oblige you, and
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flattered them a year ago, every thing, she was persuaded, would be
---------------
but every five minutes seemed to be giving her more of his attention. He
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as unaffected, though not quite so chatty. Jane was anxious that no
---------------
difference should be perceived in her at all, and was really persuaded
---------------
that she talked as much as ever. But her mind was so busily engaged,
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that she did not always know when she was silent.
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* When the gentlemen rose to go away, Mrs. Bennet was mindful of her
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you, I was very much disappointed that you did not come back and keep
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not think anything less than two courses could be good enough for a man
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* "Why, if he came only to be silent, grave, and indifferent," said she,
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* "He could be still amiable, still pleasing, to my uncle and aunt, when
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he was in town; and why not to me? If he fears me, why come hither? If
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* Her resolution was for a short time involuntarily kept by the approach
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* "Now," said she, "that this first meeting is over, I feel perfectly
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easy. I know my own strength, and I shall never be embarrassed again by
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his coming. I am glad he dines here on Tuesday. It will then be publicly
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* "My dear Lizzy, you cannot think me so weak, as to be in danger now?"
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the meanwhile, was giving way to all the happy schemes, which the good
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* On Tuesday there was a large party assembled at Longbourn; and the two
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Bingley had received his sanction to be happy, had she not seen his eyes
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* His behaviour to her sister was such, during dinner time, as showed an
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own, would be speedily secured. Though she dared not depend upon the
---------------
gave her all the animation that her spirits could boast; for she was in
---------------
no cheerful humour. Mr. Darcy was almost as far from her as the table
---------------
could divide them. He was on one side of her mother. She knew how little
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advantage. She was not near enough to hear any of their discourse, but
---------------
cold was their manner whenever they did. Her mother's ungraciousness,
---------------
and she would, at times, have given anything to be privileged to tell
---------------
him that his kindness was neither unknown nor unfelt by the whole of the
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* She was in hopes that the evening would afford some opportunity of
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gentlemen came, was wearisome and dull to a degree that almost made her
---------------
where Miss Bennet was making tea, and Elizabeth pouring out the coffee,
---------------
in so close a confederacy that there was not a single vacancy near her
---------------
to help anybody to coffee; and then was enraged against herself for
---------------
"A man who has once been refused! How could I ever be foolish enough to
---------------
expect a renewal of his love? Is there one among the sex, who would not
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There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings!"
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She was a little revived, however, by his bringing back his coffee cup
---------------
"Mrs. Annesley is with her. The others have been gone on to Scarborough,
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all rose, and Elizabeth was then hoping to be soon joined by him,
---------------
supper; but their carriage was unluckily ordered before any of the
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I assure you. The dinner was as well dressed as any I ever saw. The
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venison was roasted to a turn--and everybody said they never saw so
---------------
fat a haunch. The soup was fifty times better than what we had at the
---------------
at Netherfield at last.' She did indeed. I do think Mrs. Long is as good
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* Mrs. Bennet, in short, was in very great spirits; she had seen enough of
---------------
Bingley's behaviour to Jane, to be convinced that she would get him at
---------------
humour, were so far beyond reason, that she was quite disappointed at
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any design of engaging my affection. It is only that he is blessed
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* "How hard it is in some cases to be believed!"
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"That is a question which I hardly know how to answer. We all love to
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instruct, though we can teach only what is not worth knowing. Forgive
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friend had left him that morning for London, but was to return home in
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ten days time. He sat with them above an hour, and was in remarkably
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* "Next time you call," said she, "I hope we shall be more lucky.
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* He should be particularly happy at any time, etc. etc.; and if she would
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"My dear Jane, make haste and hurry down. He is come--Mr. Bingley is
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* "We will be down as soon as we can," said Jane; "but I dare say Kitty is
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* "Oh! hang Kitty! what has she to do with it? Come be quick, be quick!
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Where is your sash, my dear?"
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But when her mother was gone, Jane would not be prevailed on to go down
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* The same anxiety to get them by themselves was visible again in the
---------------
evening. After tea, Mr. Bennet retired to the library, as was his
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Kitty did, she very innocently said, "What is the matter mamma? What do
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* Elizabeth was forced to go.
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soon as she was in the hall. "Kitty and I are going up stairs to sit in
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* Mrs. Bennet's schemes for this day were ineffectual. Bingley was every
---------------
thing that was charming, except the professed lover of her daughter. His
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away, an engagement was formed, chiefly through his own and Mrs.
---------------
the happy belief that all must speedily be concluded, unless Mr. Darcy
---------------
* Bingley was punctual to his appointment; and he and Mr. Bennet spent
---------------
the morning together, as had been agreed on. The latter was much more
---------------
agreeable than his companion expected. There was nothing of presumption
---------------
silence; and he was more communicative, and less eccentric, than the
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and in the evening Mrs. Bennet's invention was again at work to get
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* But on returning to the drawing-room, when her letter was finished, she
---------------
saw, to her infinite surprise, there was reason to fear that her mother
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have told it all. Their situation was awkward enough; but hers she
---------------
thought was still worse. Not a syllable was uttered by either; and
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Elizabeth was on the point of going away again, when Bingley, who as
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emotion, that she was the happiest creature in the world.
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why is not everybody as happy?"
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kindness was a fresh source of happiness to Jane. But she would not
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from anyone but myself. He is gone to my father already. Oh! Lizzy, to
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card party, and was sitting up stairs with Kitty.
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* Elizabeth, who was left by herself, now smiled at the rapidity and ease
---------------
with which an affair was finally settled, that had given them so many
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In a few minutes she was joined by Bingley, whose conference with her
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* "Where is your sister?" said he hastily, as he opened the door.
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* "With my mother up stairs. She will be down in a moment, I dare say.
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expectations of felicity to be rationally founded, because they had for
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* It was an evening of no common delight to them all; the satisfaction of
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her turn was coming soon. Mrs. Bennet could not give her consent or
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visitor took his leave for the night; but as soon as he was gone, he
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"Jane, I congratulate you. You will be a very happy woman.
---------------
thinking you will be so happily settled. I have not a doubt of your
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each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so
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would be. I always said it must be so, at last. I was sure you could not
---------------
that you should come together. Oh! he is the handsomest young man that
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ever was seen!"
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Wickham, Lydia, were all forgotten. Jane was beyond competition her
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which she might in future be able to dispense.
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* Bingley, from this time, was of course a daily visitor at Longbourn;
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supper; unless when some barbarous neighbour, who could not be enough
---------------
while he was present, Jane had no attention to bestow on anyone else;
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her; and when Bingley was gone, Jane constantly sought the same means of
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as I trust they will, that their brother is happy with me, they will
---------------
learn to be contented, and we shall be on good terms again; though we
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can never be what we once were to each other.
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* "That is the most unforgiving speech," said Elizabeth, "that I ever
---------------
"He made a little mistake to be sure; but it is to the credit of his
---------------
the little value he put on his own good qualities. Elizabeth was pleased
---------------
knew it was a circumstance which must prejudice her against him.
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"If you were to give me forty such men, I never could be so happy as
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* The situation of affairs in the Longbourn family could not be long a
---------------
secret. Mrs. Bennet was privileged to whisper it to Mrs. Phillips,
---------------
* The Bennets were speedily pronounced to be the luckiest family in the
---------------
they had been generally proved to be marked out for misfortune.
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dining-room, their attention was suddenly drawn to the window, by the
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the lawn. It was too early in the morning for visitors, and besides, the
---------------
preceded it, were familiar to them. As it was certain, however, that
---------------
somebody was coming, Bingley instantly prevailed on Miss Bennet to avoid
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continued, though with little satisfaction, till the door was thrown
---------------
open and their visitor entered. It was Lady Catherine de Bourgh.
---------------
* They were of course all intending to be surprised; but their
---------------
astonishment was beyond their expectation; and on the part of Mrs.
---------------
Bennet and Kitty, though she was perfectly unknown to them, even
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"I hope you are well, Miss Bennet. That lady, I suppose, is your
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* "And that I suppose is one of your sisters.
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"She is my youngest girl but one. My youngest of all is lately married,
---------------
and my eldest is somewhere about the grounds, walking with a young man
---------------
* "It is nothing in comparison of Rosings, my lady, I dare say; but I
---------------
assure you it is much larger than Sir William Lucas's.
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* "This must be a most inconvenient sitting room for the evening, in
---------------
letter appeared, and she was completely puzzled.
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"Miss Bennet, there seemed to be a prettyish kind of a little wilderness
---------------
on one side of your lawn. I should be glad to take a turn in it, if you
---------------
different walks. I think she will be pleased with the hermitage.
---------------
drawing-room, and pronouncing them, after a short survey, to be decent
---------------
waiting-woman was in it. They proceeded in silence along the gravel walk
---------------
that led to the copse; Elizabeth was determined to make no effort for
---------------
conversation with a woman who was now more than usually insolent and
---------------
"You can be at no loss, Miss Bennet, to understand the reason of my
---------------
know, that I am not to be trifled with. But however insincere you may
---------------
alarming nature reached me two days ago. I was told that not only your
---------------
sister was on the point of being most advantageously married, but that
---------------
you, that Miss Elizabeth Bennet, would, in all likelihood, be soon
---------------
know it must be a scandalous falsehood, though I would not injure him
---------------
* "If you believed it impossible to be true," said Elizabeth, colouring
---------------
coolly, "will be rather a confirmation of it; if, indeed, such a report
---------------
* "If! Do you then pretend to be ignorant of it? Has it not been
---------------
report is spread abroad?"
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* "And can you likewise declare, that there is no foundation for it?"
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* "This is not to be borne. Miss Bennet, I insist on being satisfied. Has
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"Your ladyship has declared it to be impossible.
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* "It ought to be so; it must be so, while he retains the use of his
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* "If I have, I shall be the last person to confess it.
---------------
ever induce me to be explicit.
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* "Let me be rightly understood. This match, to which you have the
---------------
"Only this; that if he is so, you can have no reason to suppose he will
---------------
"The engagement between them is of a peculiar kind. From their infancy,
---------------
they have been intended for each other. It was the favourite wish of
---------------
be accomplished in their marriage, to be prevented by a young woman of
---------------
hours he was destined for his cousin?"
---------------
"Yes, and I had heard it before. But what is that to me? If there is
---------------
marriage. Its completion depended on others. If Mr. Darcy is neither
---------------
by honour nor inclination confined to his cousin, why is not he to make
---------------
Miss Bennet, interest; for do not expect to be noticed by his family or
---------------
Your alliance will be a disgrace; your name will never even be mentioned
---------------
* "Obstinate, headstrong girl! I am ashamed of you! Is this your gratitude
---------------
for my attentions to you last spring? Is nothing due to me on that
---------------
I be dissuaded from it. I have not been used to submit to any person's
---------------
* "I will not be interrupted. Hear me in silence. My daughter and my
---------------
both sides is splendid. They are destined for each other by the voice of
---------------
every member of their respective houses; and what is to divide them?
---------------
or fortune. Is this to be endured! But it must not, shall not be. If you
---------------
sphere. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman's daughter; so far we are
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* "True. You are a gentleman's daughter. But who was your mother?
---------------
not object to them, they can be nothing to you.
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* "And I certainly never shall give it. I am not to be intimidated into
---------------
marriage at all more probable? Supposing him to be attached to me, would
---------------
application was ill-judged. You have widely mistaken my character, if
---------------
you think I can be worked on by such persuasions as these. How far your
---------------
therefore, to be importuned no farther on the subject.
---------------
elopement. I know it all; that the young man's marrying her was a
---------------
such a girl to be my nephew's sister? Is her husband, is the son of his
---------------
late father's steward, to be his brother? Heaven and earth!--of what are
---------------
you thinking? Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?"
---------------
back. Her ladyship was highly incensed.
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* "It is well. You refuse, then, to oblige me. You refuse to obey the
---------------
would be violated by my marriage with Mr. Darcy. And with regard to the
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* "And this is your real opinion! This is your final resolve! Very well.
---------------
ambition will ever be gratified. I came to try you. I hoped to find you
---------------
* "She is a very fine-looking woman! and her calling here was prodigiously
---------------
well. She is on her road somewhere, I dare say, and so, passing through
---------------
Elizabeth was forced to give into a little falsehood here; for to
---------------
acknowledge the substance of their conversation was impossible.
---------------
Elizabeth into, could not be easily overcome; nor could she, for many
---------------
Darcy. It was a rational scheme, to be sure! but from what the report
---------------
of their engagement could originate, Elizabeth was at a loss to imagine;
---------------
and her being the sister of Jane, was enough, at a time when the
---------------
aunt, or his dependence on her judgment, but it was natural to suppose
---------------
settle every doubt, and determine him at once to be as happy as dignity
---------------
constancy. If he is satisfied with only regretting me, when he might
---------------
been, was very great; but they obligingly satisfied it, with the same
---------------
Elizabeth was spared from much teasing on the subject.
---------------
* The next morning, as she was going downstairs, she was met by her
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* "Lizzy," said he, "I was going to look for you; come into my room.
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tell her was heightened by the supposition of its being in some manner
---------------
might be from Lady Catherine; and she anticipated with dismay all the
---------------
and she was undetermined whether most to be pleased that he explained
---------------
himself at all, or offended that his letter was not rather addressed to
---------------
name of your admirer. This letter is from Mr. Collins.
---------------
on that point. What relates to yourself, is as follows: 'Having thus
---------------
Elizabeth, it is presumed, will not long bear the name of Bennet, after
---------------
"Can you possibly guess, Lizzy, who is meant by this?" 'This young
---------------
gentleman is blessed, in a peculiar way, with every thing the heart of
---------------
"'My motive for cautioning you is as follows. We have reason to imagine
---------------
"Mr. Darcy, you see, is the man! Now, Lizzy, I think I have
---------------
life! It is admirable!"
---------------
her noble admirer may be aware of what they are about, and not run
---------------
living together before the marriage took place should be so generally
---------------
couple into your house as soon as they were married. It was an
---------------
names to be mentioned in your hearing.' That is his notion of Christian
---------------
forgiveness! The rest of his letter is only about his dear Charlotte's
---------------
look as if you did not enjoy it. You are not going to be missish,
---------------
I hope, and pretend to be affronted at an idle report. For what do we
---------------
"Oh!" cried Elizabeth, "I am excessively diverted. But it is so
---------------
"Yes--that is what makes it amusing. Had they fixed on any other man
---------------
been asked without the least suspicion, she was not distressed by
---------------
feelings appear what they were not. It was necessary to laugh, when she
---------------
Elizabeth half expected Mr. Bingley to do, he was able to bring Darcy
---------------
in momentary dread, Bingley, who wanted to be alone with Jane, proposed
---------------
their all walking out. It was agreed to. Mrs. Bennet was not in the
---------------
were to entertain each other. Very little was said by either; Kitty
---------------
was too much afraid of him to talk; Elizabeth was secretly forming a
---------------
desperate resolution; and perhaps he might be doing the same.
---------------
when Kitty left them she went boldly on with him alone. Now was the
---------------
moment for her resolution to be executed, and, while her courage was
---------------
relief to my own feelings, care not how much I may be wounding yours. I
---------------
was so little to be trusted.
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* "If you will thank me," he replied, "let it be for yourself alone.
---------------
* Elizabeth was too much embarrassed to say a word. After a short pause,
---------------
happiness which this reply produced, was such as he had probably never
---------------
warmly as a man violently in love can be supposed to do. Had Elizabeth
---------------
feelings, which, in proving of what importance she was to him, made his
---------------
* They walked on, without knowing in what direction. There was too much to
---------------
to hope before. I knew enough of your disposition to be certain that,
---------------
will be irreproachable; but since then, we have both, I hope, improved
---------------
* "I cannot be so easily reconciled to myself. The recollection of what I
---------------
it, is now, and has been many months, inexpressibly painful to me. Your
---------------
scarcely conceive, how they have tortured me;--though it was some time,
---------------
I confess, before I was reasonable enough to allow their justice.
---------------
* "I was certainly very far from expecting them to make so strong an
---------------
necessary. I hope you have destroyed the letter. There was one part
---------------
* "The letter shall certainly be burnt, if you believe it essential to the
---------------
calm and cool, but I am since convinced that it was written in a
---------------
adieu is charity itself. But think no more of the letter. The feelings
---------------
circumstance attending it ought to be forgotten. You must learn some
---------------
retrospections must be so totally void of reproach, that the contentment
---------------
arising from them is not of philosophy, but, what is much better, of
---------------
innocence. But with me, it is not so. Painful recollections will intrude
---------------
which cannot, which ought not, to be repelled. I have been a selfish
---------------
was taught what was right, but I was not taught to correct my temper. I
---------------
Unfortunately an only son (for many years an only child), I was spoilt
---------------
that was benevolent and amiable), allowed, encouraged, almost taught
---------------
me to be selfish and overbearing; to care for none beyond my own family
---------------
I was properly humbled. I came to you without a doubt of my reception.
---------------
"Hate you! I was angry perhaps at first, but my anger soon began to take
---------------
* "Your surprise could not be greater than mine in being noticed by you.
---------------
my power, that I was not so mean as to resent the past; and I hoped to
---------------
* She expressed her gratitude again, but it was too painful a subject to
---------------
each, to be dwelt on farther.
---------------
it was time to be at home.
---------------
* "What could become of Mr. Bingley and Jane!" was a wonder which
---------------
introduced the discussion of their affairs. Darcy was delighted with
---------------
* "That is to say, you had given your permission. I guessed as much." And
---------------
affairs absurd and impertinent. His surprise was great. He had never had
---------------
mistaken in supposing, as I had done, that your sister was indifferent
---------------
which I had lately made here; and I was convinced of her affection.
---------------
* "It did. Bingley is most unaffectedly modest. His diffidence had
---------------
his reliance on mine made every thing easy. I was obliged to confess
---------------
friend; so easily guided that his worth was invaluable; but she checked
---------------
herself. She remembered that he had yet to learn to be laughed at,
---------------
and it was rather too early to begin. In anticipating the happiness
---------------
of Bingley, which of course was to be inferior only to his own, he
---------------
"My dear Lizzy, where can you have been walking to?" was a question
---------------
say in reply, that they had wandered about, till she was beyond her own
---------------
Darcy was not of a disposition in which happiness overflows in mirth;
---------------
and Elizabeth, agitated and confused, rather knew that she was happy
---------------
than felt herself to be so; for, besides the immediate embarrassment,
---------------
there were other evils before her. She anticipated what would be felt
---------------
in the family when her situation became known; she was aware that no
---------------
one liked him but Jane; and even feared that with the others it was a
---------------
* At night she opened her heart to Jane. Though suspicion was very far
---------------
from Miss Bennet's general habits, she was absolutely incredulous here.
---------------
you shall not deceive me. I know it to be impossible.
---------------
* "This is a wretched beginning indeed! My sole dependence was on you; and
---------------
* "You know nothing of the matter. That is all to be forgot. Perhaps I
---------------
these, a good memory is unpardonable. This is the last time I shall ever
---------------
* "Good Heaven! can it be really so! Yet now I must believe you," cried
---------------
"There can be no doubt of that. It is settled between us already, that
---------------
we are to be the happiest couple in the world. But are you pleased,
---------------
afraid you will be angry.
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* "My dearest sister, now be serious. I want to talk very seriously. Let
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* Another entreaty that she would be serious, however, produced the
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* "Now I am quite happy," said she, "for you will be as happy as myself.
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husband, there can be only Bingley and yourself more dear to me. But
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conceal from her his share in Lydia's marriage. All was acknowledged,
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morning, "if that disagreeable Mr. Darcy is not coming here again with
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our dear Bingley! What can he mean by being so tiresome as to be always
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Lizzy, you must walk out with him again, that he may not be in Bingley's
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was really vexed that her mother should be always giving him such an
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to Oakham Mount this morning. It is a nice long walk, and Mr. Darcy has
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sure it will be too much for Kitty. Won't it, Kitty?" Kitty owned that
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"I am quite sorry, Lizzy, that you should be forced to have that
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all for Jane's sake, you know; and there is no occasion for talking
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* During their walk, it was resolved that Mr. Bennet's consent should be
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would be enough to overcome her abhorrence of the man. But whether she
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was certain that her manner would be equally ill adapted to do credit
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extreme. She did not fear her father's opposition, but he was going to
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be made unhappy; and that it should be through her means--that she,
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his favourite child, should be distressing him by her choice, should be
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looking at him, she was a little relieved by his smile. In a few minutes
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he approached the table where she was sitting with Kitty; and, while
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wants you in the library." She was gone directly.
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* Her father was walking about the room, looking grave and anxious.
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explanations and professions which it was exceedingly awkward to give;
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* "Or, in other words, you are determined to have him. He is rich, to be
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"None at all. We all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but
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this would be nothing if you really liked him.
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Indeed he has no improper pride. He is perfectly amiable. You do not
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* "Lizzy," said her father, "I have given him my consent. He is the kind
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your disposition, Lizzy. I know that you could be neither happy nor
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* Elizabeth, still more affected, was earnest and solemn in her reply; and
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at length, by repeated assurances that Mr. Darcy was really the object
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say. If this be the case, he deserves you. I could not have parted with
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* "This is an evening of wonders, indeed! And so, Darcy did every thing;
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his love for you, and there will be an end of the matter.
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* Elizabeth's mind was now relieved from a very heavy weight; and, after
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half an hour's quiet reflection in her own room, she was able to join
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the others with tolerable composure. Every thing was too recent for
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gaiety, but the evening passed tranquilly away; there was no longer
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anything material to be dreaded, and the comfort of ease and familiarity
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and made the important communication. Its effect was most extraordinary;
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utter a syllable. Nor was it under many, many minutes that she could
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what was for the advantage of her family, or that came in the shape of a
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have thought it! And is it really true? Oh! my sweetest Lizzy! how rich
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you will have! Jane's is nothing to it--nothing at all. I am so
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that is charming! Three daughters married! Ten thousand a year! Oh,
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* This was enough to prove that her approbation need not be doubted: and
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Elizabeth, rejoicing that such an effusion was heard only by herself,
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special licence. You must and shall be married by a special licence. But
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my dearest love, tell me what dish Mr. Darcy is particularly fond of,
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* This was a sad omen of what her mother's behaviour to the gentleman
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consent, there was still something to be wished for. But the morrow
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him, unless it was in her power to offer him any attention, or mark her
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acquainted with him; and Mr. Bennet soon assured her that he was rising
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laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I
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to you was at least always bordering on the uncivil, and I never spoke
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to you without rather wishing to give you pain than not. Now be sincere;
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* "You may as well call it impertinence at once. It was very little less.
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interested you, because I was so unlike them. Had you not been really
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reasonable. To be sure, you knew no actual good of me--but nobody thinks
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* "But I was embarrassed.
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* "And so was I.
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I should be so reasonable as to admit it! But I wonder how long you
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* "You need not distress yourself. The moral will be perfectly fair. Lady
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your eager desire of expressing your gratitude. I was not in a humour
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hope, and I was determined at once to know every thing.
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for she loves to be of use. But tell me, what did you come down to
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Netherfield for? Was it merely to ride to Longbourn and be embarrassed?
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"My real purpose was to see you, and to judge, if I could, whether I
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myself, was to see whether your sister were still partial to Bingley,
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* "Shall you ever have courage to announce to Lady Catherine what is to
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ought to be done, and if you will give me a sheet of paper, it shall be
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I have an aunt, too, who must not be longer neglected.
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be most welcome, she was almost ashamed to find that her uncle and
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truth, I was too cross to write. You supposed more than really existed.
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for not going to the Lakes. How could I be so silly as to wish it! Your
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idea of the ponies is delightful. We will go round the Park every day. I
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* Mr. Darcy's letter to Lady Catherine was in a different style; and still
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different from either was what Mr. Bennet sent to Mr. Collins, in reply
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marriage, were all that was affectionate and insincere. She wrote even
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former professions of regard. Jane was not deceived, but she was
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her a much kinder answer than she knew was deserved.
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sudden removal was soon evident. Lady Catherine had been rendered
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Charlotte, really rejoicing in the match, was anxious to get away till
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the storm was blown over. At such a moment, the arrival of her friend
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shrug his shoulders, it was not till Sir William was out of sight.
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* Mrs. Phillips's vulgarity was another, and perhaps a greater, tax on his
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humour encouraged, yet, whenever she did speak, she must be vulgar.
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Nor was her respect for him, though it made her more quiet, at all
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him from the frequent notice of either, and was ever anxious to keep
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the time when they should be removed from society so little pleasing
---------------
Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got
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in so unusual a form, that she still was occasionally nervous and
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going to Pemberley, especially when he was least expected.
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a vicinity to her mother and Meryton relations was not desirable even to
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sisters was then gratified; he bought an estate in a neighbouring county
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known, her improvement was great. She was not of so ungovernable a
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society she was of course carefully kept, and though Mrs. Wickham
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* Mary was the only daughter who remained at home; and she was necessarily
---------------
unable to sit alone. Mary was obliged to mix more with the world, but
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she could still moralize over every morning visit; and as she was no
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it was suspected by her father that she submitted to the change without
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thing, was not wholly without hope that Darcy might yet be prevailed on
---------------
if not by himself, such a hope was cherished. The letter was to this
---------------
Wickham, you must be very happy. It is a great comfort to have you so
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Such relief, however, as it was in her power to afford, by the practice
---------------
of what might be called economy in her own private expences, she
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their wants, and heedless of the future, must be very insufficient to
---------------
restoration of peace dismissed them to a home, was unsettled in the
---------------
occasionally a visitor there, when her husband was gone to enjoy himself
---------------
staid so long, that even Bingley's good humour was overcome, and he
---------------
proceeded so far as to talk of giving them a hint to be gone.
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* Miss Bingley was very deeply mortified by Darcy's marriage; but as she
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dropt all her resentment; was fonder than ever of Georgiana, almost as
---------------
* Pemberley was now Georgiana's home; and the attachment of the sisters
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* Lady Catherine was extremely indignant on the marriage of her nephew;
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all intercourse was at an end.(Jane Austen - Pride and prejudice )
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he was prevailed on to overlook the offence, and seek a reconciliation;
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public career of the immortal Pickwick would appear to be involved, is
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* 'That while this Association is deeply sensible of the advantages which
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appointed members of the same; and that they be requested to forward,
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that the gigantic brain of Pickwick was working beneath that forehead,
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glasses, the sight was indeed an interesting one. There sat the man who
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change--admiration of the fair sex was still its ruling passion. On the
---------------
thereon, is entered on the Transactions of the Club. Both bear a strong
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* 'Mr. Pickwick observed (says the secretary) that fame was dear to the
---------------
heart of every man. Poetic fame was dear to the heart of his friend
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Snodgrass; the fame of conquest was equally dear to his friend Tupman;
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and the water was uppermost in the breast of his friend Winkle. He (Mr.
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Pickwick) would not deny that he was influenced by human passions and
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preference effectually quenched it. The praise of mankind was his swing;
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philanthropy was his insurance office. (Vehement cheering.) He had felt
---------------
to the world; it might be celebrated or it might not. (A cry of "It
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Pickwickian whose voice he had just heard--it was celebrated; but if
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that production would be as nothing compared with the pride with which
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* (Cheers.) He was a humble individual. ("No, no.") Still he could not but
---------------
of some danger. Travelling was in a troubled state, and the minds of
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could. (Cheers.) Who was it that cried "No"? (Enthusiastic cheering.)
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'Mr. PICKWICK would not put up to be put down by clamour. He had alluded
---------------
cheering.) The hon. gent. was a humbug. (Immense confusion, and loud
---------------
members of that club should be allowed to continue. (Hear, hear.)
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'The CHAIRMAN was quite sure the hon. Pickwickian would withdraw the
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* 'Mr. BLOTTON, with all possible respect for the chair, was quite sure he
---------------
used the word in its Pickwickian sense. (Hear, hear.) He was bound to
---------------
explanation of his honourable friend. He begged it to be at once
---------------
* Goswell Street was at his feet, Goswell
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Street was on his right hand--as far as the eye could reach, Goswell
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might I be content to gaze on Goswell Street for ever, without one
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* This was the waterman. 'Here you are, sir.
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* 'How old is that horse, my friend?' inquired Mr. Pickwick, rubbing his
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* What was the learned man's astonishment, when that unaccountable person
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bargain' (a light flashed upon Mr. Pickwick--it was the note-book). ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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intelligence of the Pickwickians being informers was spread among
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enforcing the heated pastry-vendor's proposition: and there is no saying
---------------
whither he was closely followed by Mr. Pickwick and his disciples. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* He was about the middle height, but the thinness of his body, and the
---------------
wrists. It was buttoned closely up to his chin, at the imminent hazard
---------------
might be observed between the tops of his gloves and the cuffs of his
---------------
coat sleeves. His face was thin and haggard; but an indescribable air of
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* Such was the individual on whom Mr. Pickwick gazed through his
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This coherent speech was interrupted by the entrance of the Rochester
---------------
coachman, to announce that 'the Commodore' was on the point of starting. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Let me see,' replied Mr. Pickwick, referring to his watch, 'it is now
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description is easily abridged. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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to be soldiers, sailors, Jews, chalk, shrimps, officers, and dockyard
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conviviality of the military. It is truly delightful to a philanthropic
---------------
Pickwick, 'can exceed their good-humour. It was but the day before my
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'must be very great, and the smell which pervades the streets must be
---------------
superficial traveller might object to the dirt, which is their leading
---------------
commercial prosperity, it is truly gratifying.'
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Mr. Tupman again expressed an earnest wish to be present at the
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poured out another, with the air of a man who was used to it. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* The wine was passed, and a fresh supply ordered. The visitor talked, the
---------------
Now general benevolence was one of the leading features of the
---------------
Pickwickian theory, and no one was more remarkable for the zealous
---------------
of other members for left-off garments or pecuniary relief is almost
---------------
incredible. 'I should be very happy to lend you a change of apparel for
---------------
Whether Mr. Tupman was somewhat indignant at the peremptory tone in
---------------
which he was desired to pass the wine which the stranger passed so
---------------
to a dismounted Bacchus, is a fact not yet completely ascertained. He
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* 'I was about to observe, Sir,' he said, 'that though my apparel would
---------------
sank so low as to be scarcely discernible; after a short interval, he
---------------
head was sunk upon his bosom, and perpetual snoring, with a partial
---------------
* The temptation to be present at the ball, and to form his first
---------------
impressions of the beauty of the Kentish ladies, was strong upon Mr.
---------------
Tupman. The temptation to take the stranger with him was equally great.
---------------
He was wholly unacquainted with the place and its inhabitants, and the
---------------
lived there from his infancy. Mr. Winkle was asleep, and Mr. Tupman had
---------------
bed. He was undecided. 'Fill your glass, and pass the wine,' said the
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* Mr. Tupman did as he was requested; and the additional stimulus of the
---------------
* 'Winkle's bedroom is inside mine,' said Mr. Tupman; 'I couldn't make
---------------
candlesticks. In another quarter of an hour the stranger was completely
---------------
foreigners--anything.' The door was thrown open, and Mr. Tracy Tupman
---------------
* It was a long room, with crimson-covered benches, and wax candles in
---------------
man at the door in a stentorian voice. A great sensation was created
---------------
* 'Mr. Smithie, Mrs. Smithie, and the Misses Smithie,' was the next
---------------
stared in her turn at Mrs. Somebody-else, whose husband was not in the
---------------
* Miss Bulder was warmly welcomed by the Misses Clubber; the greeting
---------------
between Mrs. Colonel Bulder and Lady Clubber was of the most
---------------
* One of the most popular personages, in his own circle, present, was a
---------------
doctor added a more important one than any--he was indefatigable in
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* 'Who is she?' inquired Mr. Tupman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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was, was immeasurably exceeded by the astonishment of the doctor. The
---------------
stranger was young, and the widow was flattered. The doctor's attentions
---------------
were unheeded by the widow; and the doctor's indignation was wholly lost
---------------
on his imperturbable rival. Doctor Slammer was paralysed. He, Doctor
---------------
Slammer, of the 97th, to be extinguished in a moment, by a man whom
---------------
believe his eyes! He looked again, and was under the painful necessity
---------------
of admitting the veracity of his optics; Mrs. Budger was dancing with
---------------
Mr. Tracy Tupman; there was no mistaking the fact. There was the widow
---------------
were not a thing to be laughed at, but a severe trial to the feelings,
---------------
* The stranger was returning, and Mr. Tupman was beside him. He spoke in
---------------
retiring into an angle of the passage, 'my name is Slammer, Doctor
---------------
* That gentleman was fast asleep; the restoration was soon made. The
---------------
stranger was extremely jocose; and Mr. Tracy Tupman, being quite
---------------
affair was an exquisite joke. His new friend departed; and, after
---------------
when Mr. Pickwick's comprehensive mind was aroused from the state of
---------------
'Very odd!' said Mr. Winkle; 'I'll be down directly.'
---------------
cleaning the coffee-room, and an officer in undress uniform was looking
---------------
'My name is Winkle, sir.'
---------------
'You will not be surprised, sir, when I inform you that I have called
---------------
of last evening was of a description which no gentleman could endure;
---------------
Mr. Winkle's astonishment was too real, and too evident, to escape the
---------------
friend, Doctor Slammer, requested me to add, that he was firmly
---------------
He commissioned me to say, that should this be pleaded as an excuse
---------------
* 'I was not present myself,' replied the visitor, 'and in consequence of
---------------
your firm refusal to give your card to Doctor Slammer, I was desired by
---------------
gentleman who was described as appearing the head of the party, and he
---------------
bag. There was the coat in its usual place, but exhibiting, on a close
---------------
* 'It must be so,' said Mr. Winkle, letting the coat fall from his hands.
---------------
is, I was very drunk;--I must have changed my coat--gone somewhere--and
---------------
insulted somebody--I have no doubt of it; and this message is the
---------------
* To this determination Mr. Winkle was urged by a variety of
---------------
considerations, the first of which was his reputation with the club.
---------------
* 'Very good,' replied Mr. Winkle, thinking in his heart it was very bad. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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you to a secluded place, where the affair can be conducted without fear
---------------
* That morning's breakfast passed heavily off. Mr. Tupman was not in a
---------------
soda-water. Mr. Winkle eagerly watched his opportunity: it was not long
---------------
* He was astonished, but by no means dismayed. It is extraordinary how
---------------
cool any party but the principal can be in such cases. Mr. Winkle had
---------------
* 'The consequences may be dreadful,' said Mr. Winkle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'The doctor, I believe, is a very good shot,' said Mr. Winkle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
This attack was a failure also. Mr. Snodgrass was affected, but he
---------------
friend, will be tried as an accessory before the fact. Shall I involve
---------------
a little at this, but his heroism was invincible. 'In the cause of
---------------
immersed in his own meditations! The morning was wearing away; he grew
---------------
* 'Snodgrass,' he said, stopping suddenly, 'do not let me be balked in
---------------
nothing to hope from his friend's fears, and that he was destined to
---------------
* it was a dull and heavy evening when they again sallied forth on their
---------------
awkward errand. Mr. Winkle was muffled up in a huge cloak to escape
---------------
fence of the first field;'the sun is just going down.' Mr. Winkle looked
---------------
waiting in it; one was a little, fat man, with black hair; and the
---------------
* 'Certainly,' replied Mr. Snodgrass. The ground was measured, and
---------------
It occurred to Mr. Winkle that this advice was very like that which
---------------
* Mr. Winkle was always remarkable for extreme humanity. It is conjectured
---------------
that his unwillingness to hurt a fellow-creature intentionally was the
---------------
whether the gentleman, being on the ground, must not be considered, as
---------------
a matter of form, to be the individual who insulted our friend, Doctor
---------------
Slammer, yesterday evening, whether he is really that individual
---------------
'Pray be quiet, Payne,' said the doctor's second. 'Why did you not
---------------
'To be sure--to be sure,' said the man with the camp-stool indignantly. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'I entreat you to be quiet, Payne,' said the other. 'May I repeat my
---------------
handsome offer of the gentleman who had spoken last, which he was only
---------------
* 'I think we shall leave here the day after to-morrow,' was the reply. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
'With great pleasure,' said the little doctor; 'will ten o'clock be too
---------------
'Oh dear, no,' said Mr. Winkle. 'I shall be most happy to introduce you
---------------
* 'You will be sure to come?' said Mr. Snodgrass. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
questions on this point, Mr. Snodgrass was about to offer an historical
---------------
account of the circumstances just now detailed, when he was suddenly
---------------
of equally singular appearance. It was a careworn-looking man, whose
---------------
not announced that it was his ordinary appearance. Round his neck he
---------------
his old waistcoat. His upper garment was a long black surtout; and below
---------------
* It was on this uncouth-looking person that Mr. Winkle's eye rested, and
---------------
it was towards him that Mr. Pickwick extended his hand when he said, 'A
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was connected with the theatre in this place, though he is not desirous
---------------
to have it generally known, and this gentleman is a member of the same
---------------
profession. He was about to favour us with a little anecdote connected
---------------
and the other of its illusions, and what is there real in either to live
---------------
* 'To be before the footlights,' continued the dismal man, 'is like
---------------
the gaudy throng; to be behind them is to be the people who make that
---------------
'There is nothing of the marvellous in what I am going to relate,' said
---------------
the dismal man; 'there is nothing even uncommon in it. Want and sickness
---------------
* 'The man of whom I speak was a low pantomime actor; and, like many
---------------
upon him, however, that it was found impossible to employ him in
---------------
the situations in which he really was useful to the theatre. The
---------------
Neglected disease and hopeless poverty were as certain to be his
---------------
persevere, and the result may be guessed. He could obtain no engagement,
---------------
and he wanted bread. 'Everybody who is at all acquainted with theatrical
---------------
their services. To this mode of life the man was compelled to resort;
---------------
pittance he might thus have procured, and he was actually reduced to a
---------------
anything it was spent in the old way. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
been skulking in the lanes and alleys of London. I was dressed to leave
---------------
the house, and was crossing the stage on my way out, when he tapped me
---------------
eye when I turned round. He was dressed for the pantomimes in all the
---------------
thick white paint with which the face was besmeared; the
---------------
few words in pencil, intimating that the man was dangerously ill, and
---------------
* 'It was late, for I had been playing in the last piece; and, as it was
---------------
length. It was a dark, cold night, with a chill, damp wind, which blew
---------------
the wind, the walk was not only a comfortless, but most uncertain one. I
---------------
in, and placed a chair for me at the bedside. The sick man was lying
---------------
* 'He was lying on an old bedstead, which turned up during the day. The
---------------
every instant. There was a low cinder fire in a rusty, unfixed grate;
---------------
broken glass, and a few other domestic articles, was drawn out before
---------------
it. A little child was sleeping on a temporary bed which had been made
---------------
breathing and feverish startings of the sick man, before he was aware of
---------------
whenever I started up from my sleep, she was at the bedside looking at
---------------
"Jem, she must be an evil spirit--a devil! Hush! I know she is. If she
---------------
incoherent wanderings that this was the case, and knowing that in all
---------------
places; the hard, dry skin glowed with a burning heat; and there was an
---------------
more strongly the ravages of the disease. The fever was at its height. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
no hope for him: I was sitting by his death-bed. I saw the wasted
---------------
* 'It is a touching thing to hear the mind reverting to the ordinary
---------------
the impression produced is infinitely more powerful. The theatre and the
---------------
was evening, he fancied; he had a part to play that night; it was late,
---------------
positions; he was acting--he was at the theatre. A minute's silence,
---------------
was well now, and happy. Fill up his glass. Who was that, that dashed it
---------------
from his lips? It was the same persecutor that had followed him before.
---------------
oblivion, and he was wandering through a tedious maze of low-arched
---------------
make his way along; it was close and dark, and every way he turned, some
---------------
made a desperate attempt to articulate. It was unavailing; he extended
---------------
his arm towards them, and made another violent effort. There was a
---------------
It would afford us the highest gratification to be enabled to record Mr.
---------------
It has been conjectured that Mr. Pickwick was on the point of delivering
---------------
when he was thus interrupted; for he gazed sternly on the waiter's
---------------
Mr. Pickwick's equanimity was at once restored. The waiter returned, and
---------------
Here Mr. Winkle suddenly paused; for strong emotion was visible on the
---------------
* 'Do be quiet, Payne,' interposed the lieutenant. 'Will you allow me to
---------------
ask you, sir,' he said, addressing Mr. Pickwick, who was considerably
---------------
'No, Sir,' replied Mr. Pickwick, 'he is a guest of ours.'
---------------
'He is a member of your club, or I am mistaken?' said the lieutenant
---------------
* 'That person was your companion,' said the doctor, pointing to the still
---------------
* He was apparently about to proceed to do so, when Lieutenant Tappleton,
---------------
* 'He is a strolling actor!' said the lieutenant contemptuously, turning
---------------
be to be more select in the choice of your companions. Good-evening,
---------------
sir--every man. Payne is my name, sir--Doctor Payne of the 43rd.
---------------
fire in his eye. His hand was upon the lock of the door; in another
---------------
the whole company, Mr. Pickwick was forced into an arm-chair. 'Leave
---------------
* There was a short pause; the brandy-and-water had done its work; the
---------------
amiable countenance of Mr. Pickwick was fast recovering its customary
---------------
The dismal man readily complied; a circle was again formed round the
---------------
possibly by the temporary abstraction of his coat--though it is scarcely
---------------
exception, their good-humour was completely restored; and the evening
---------------
our New River Head; and we may be compared to the New River Company. The
---------------
utmost bustle and excitement. A grand review was to take place upon the
---------------
lines. The manoeuvres of half a dozen regiments were to be inspected by
---------------
been erected, the citadel was to be attacked and taken, and a mine was
---------------
to be sprung. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
ceremony was one of the utmost grandeur and importance. There were
---------------
The throng was increasing every moment; and the efforts they were
---------------
there was a sudden pressure from behind, and then Mr. Pickwick was
---------------
another moment there was a request to 'keep back' from the front, and
---------------
then the butt-end of a musket was either dropped upon Mr. Pickwick's
---------------
and was nowhere to be found), rendered their situation upon the whole
---------------
the line; there was a general clash of muskets as arms were presented;
---------------
screamed, the troops recovered, and nothing was to be seen on either
---------------
* 'Can anything be finer or more delightful?' he inquired of Mr. Winkle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
bosom a blaze of poetry was rapidly bursting forth, 'to see the gallant
---------------
him was several thousand pair of optics, staring straight forward,
---------------
* It was in this trying situation, exposed to a galling fire of blank
---------------
being rendered deaf by the noise, there was no immediate danger to be
---------------
* Mr. Pickwick was right--the firing ceased; but he had scarcely time
---------------
movement was visible in the line; the hoarse shout of the word of
---------------
is but mortal; and there is a point beyond which human courage cannot
---------------
fled; firstly, because it is an ignoble term, and, secondly, because Mr.
---------------
Pickwick's figure was by no means adapted for that mode of retreat--he
---------------
besiegers of the citadel; and the consequence was that Mr. Pickwick and
---------------
* 'Hoi--hoi--hoi!' was the only reply. There was a moment of intense
---------------
handkerchief the stream of life which issued from his nose, was his
---------------
commiseration, as when he is in pursuit of his own hat. A vast deal of
---------------
hat. A man must not be precipitate, or he runs over it; he must not rush
---------------
into the opposite extreme, or he loses it altogether. The best way is to
---------------
keep gently up with the object of pursuit, to be wary and cautious, to
---------------
* There was a fine gentle wind, and Mr. Pickwick's hat rolled sportively
---------------
course been providentially stopped, just as that gentleman was on the
---------------
* Mr. Pickwick, we say, was completely exhausted, and about to give up the
---------------
chase, when the hat was blown with some violence against the wheel of a
---------------
carriage, which was drawn up in a line with half a dozen other vehicles
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moments of his infancy. Fastened up behind the barouche was a hamper
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when he was again greeted by his faithful disciple. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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this morning, and very glad I was to see him. Well, Sir, and how are
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you? You do look uncommon well, to be sure.'
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am glad to hear you say you are well; very glad I am, to be sure. My
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I beg your pardon; this is my friend Mr. Trundle. And now you all
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know each other, let's be comfortable and happy, and see what's
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behaving in the most gallant manner possible. Then there was such a
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that Mr. Trundle was actually obliged to hold one of them up in the
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to keep her up at all. Everybody was excited, except the fat boy, and he
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* 'Joe, Joe!' said the stout gentleman, when the citadel was taken, and
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to sleep again. Be good enough to pinch him, sir--in the leg, if you
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There was something in the sound of the last word which roused the
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* 'Now make haste,' said Mr. Wardle; for the fat boy was hanging fondly
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* 'Capital!' said Mr. Winkle, who was carving a fowl on the box. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'How dear Emily is flirting with the strange gentleman,' whispered the
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reply that was expected from him. 'It's quite delightful.'
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little better, don't you think they would be nice-looking girls--by
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such observers. Well, so she does; it can't be denied; and, certainly,
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if there is one thing more than another that makes a girl look ugly it
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mean, that you don't think Isabella's stooping is as bad as Emily's
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boldness. Well, she is bold! You cannot think how wretched it makes me
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quite certain it would break his heart. I wish I could think it was only
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as vindictive a one as could well have been resorted to. There is no
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fresh bottle was produced, and speedily emptied: the hamper was made
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the military recommenced. There was a great fizzing and banging of guns,
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and starting of ladies--and then a Mine was sprung, to the gratification
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form of the fat boy. His head was sunk upon his bosom; and he slumbered
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Bright and pleasant was the sky, balmy the air, and beautiful the
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breakfast. The scene was indeed one which might well have charmed a far
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less reflective mind, than that to which it was presented. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Mr. Pickwick was roused from the agreeable reverie into which he had
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shoulder. He turned round: and the dismal man was at his side. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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fine to last." How well might it be applied to our everyday existence.
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to be able to forget them for ever!'
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repose and rest. A bound, a splash, a brief struggle; there is an eddy
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his arrival to commence breakfast, which was ready laid in tempting
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waiter was summoned accordingly. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'What's to be done?' said Mr. Snodgrass. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Winkle had rushed upon his fate; there was no resource. 'Let them be at
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* Mr. Pickwick had made his preliminary arrangements, and was looking over
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entered, and announced that the chaise was ready--an announcement
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* It was a curious little green box on four wheels, with a low place like
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* 'Shy, sir?-he wouldn't shy if he was to meet a vagin-load of monkeys
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The last recommendation was indisputable. Mr. Tupman and Mr. Snodgrass
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* 'I can't imagine,' replied Mr. Winkle. His horse was drifting up the
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it?' Mr. Snodgrass was about to reply, when he was interrupted by a
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disposition, was desirous of having a little innocent recreation with
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conclusion. By whatever motives the animal was actuated, certain it is
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horse.' The 'poor fellow' was proof against flattery; the more
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at the end of which time each was at precisely the same distance from
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assistance can be procured. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Mr. Pickwick was the very personation of kindness and humanity: he
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a character, that it at once drew Mr. Winkle, who was still at the
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horse ran backward. There was a great scraping of feet, and kicking up
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It was but too true. The animal was startled by the noise, and the
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reins were on his back. The results may be guessed. He tore off with the
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four-wheeled chaise. The heat was a short one. Mr. Tupman threw himself
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* The first care of the two unspilt friends was to extricate their
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various lacerations from the brambles. The next thing to be done was to
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confusion all about it. A red-headed man was working in the garden; and
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* 'Hollo!' was the red-headed man's reply. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'How far is it to Dingley Dell?'
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* It was late in the afternoon when the four friends and their four-footed
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otherwise have experienced was materially damped as they reflected
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upon his mind with tenfold force. He was roused from a meditation on
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of the lane. It was Mr. Wardle, and his faithful attendant, the fat boy. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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although it was a May evening their attachment to the wood fire appeared
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* 'Bustle!' said the old gentleman again, but the admonition was quite
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that it was 'Loaded'--as it had been, on the same authority, for half
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and pursuits, of the persons by whom he was surrounded--a habit in which
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smelling-bottle, while a fourth was busily engaged in patting and
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pippin-faced man, was conversing with a fat old gentleman in one corner;
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'What about the land?--Nothing the matter, is there?'
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'No, no. Mr. Miller was saying our land was better than Mullins's
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The old lady, who was much less deaf on this subject than on any other,
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* The rubber was conducted with all that gravity of deportment and
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table, on the other hand, was so boisterously merry as materially to
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'Never was such luck,' said Mr. Miller. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Never was such cards,' said the fat gentleman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Another game, with a similar result, was followed by a revoke from the
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joint-stock company of fish and flattery. Old Mr. Wardle was in the
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very height of his jollity; and he was so funny in his management of the
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whole table was in a perpetual roar of merriment and laughter. There
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to be pettish; till, feeling Mr. Tupman squeezing her hand under the
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Winkle was in a state of great honour and glory. And the benevolent
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and this is the right sort of merriment, after all. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Now this,' said the hospitable host, who was sitting in great state
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that little stool when she was a girl; didn't you, mother?'
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times and the happiness of many years ago is suddenly recalled, stole
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the only excuse I have for having ever perpetrated it is, that I was a
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A murmur of curiosity was of course the reply; and the old gentleman
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Oh, a dainty plant is the Ivy green,
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The wall must be crumbled, the stone decayed,
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Is a merry meal for him.
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Creeping where no life is seen,
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A rare old plant is the Ivy green. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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A rare old plant is the Ivy green. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Is the Ivy's food at last.
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A rare old plant is the Ivy green. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'The very thing I was about to ask,' said Mr. Snodgrass eagerly. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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my parishioners was a man of the name of Edmunds, who leased a small
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farm near this spot. He was a morose, savage-hearted, bad man; idle and
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every one detested--and Edmunds was shunned by all. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'This man had a wife and one son, who, when I first came here, was about
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conception. Heaven forgive me the supposition, if it be an uncharitable
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* 'They were poor--they could not be otherwise when the man pursued such
---------------
and more than once, when it was past midnight, the boy knocked softly at
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conceal, she was a constant attendant at our little church. Regularly
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supported her was no longer locked in hers; the face that should have
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there was a vacant one beside her. The Bible was kept as carefully as
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there was no one to read it with her; and the tears fell thick and fast
---------------
kind as they were wont to be of old, but she shunned their greetings
---------------
with averted head. There was no lingering among the old elm-trees now-no
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which was not in some way connected with a long series of voluntary
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himself with depraved and abandoned men, and was madly pursuing a
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* 'The measure of the unhappy woman's misery and misfortune was about to
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Young Edmunds was suspected, with three companions. He was
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solemn sentence was pronounced, rings in my ears at this moment.
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have to witness again, succeeded. I knew that her heart was breaking
---------------
lips. 'It was a piteous spectacle to see that woman in the prison-yard
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entreaty, to soften the hard heart of her obdurate son. It was in vain.
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her, was unable to contend against bodily weakness and infirmity. She
---------------
drove him mad. A day passed away and his mother was not there; another
---------------
had not seen her--, and in four-and-twenty hours he was to be separated
---------------
he could reach his place of destination, his mother would be no longer
---------------
of this world. 'He was removed by night. A few weeks afterwards the poor
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over her remains. She lies in our little churchyard. There is no stone
---------------
that the letter should be addressed to me. The father had positively
---------------
concluded him to be dead, as, indeed, I almost hoped he might be. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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may be attributed the fact, that though several letters were despatched,
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He pictured himself as he was then, clinging to his mother's hand, and
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'He entered the church. The evening service was concluded and the
---------------
congregation had dispersed, but it was not yet closed. His steps echoed
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be alone, it was so still and quiet. He looked round him. Nothing was
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cold and desolate. The cushion had been removed, and the Bible was not
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* 'He walked down the hill, and through the village. The weather was warm,
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rest from labour. Many a look was turned towards him, and many a
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not to be described, through long and weary years of captivity and
---------------
sorrow. The paling was low, though he well remembered the time that it
---------------
could not be cheerful, and he away. The door opened, and a group of
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* 'And such was the return to which he had looked through the weary
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his loneliness in the wild, thick woods, where man was never seen, to
---------------
thought of his native place as it was when he left it; and not as it
---------------
would be when he returned. The sad reality struck coldly at his heart,
---------------
to present himself to the only person who was likely to receive him with
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* 'He had not observed that a man was lying on the bank beside him; his
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* 'The man had moved into a sitting posture. His body was much bent, and
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his face was wrinkled and yellow. His dress denoted him an inmate of the
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they seemed to be starting from their sockets. Edmunds gradually raised
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* 'The old man was ghastly pale. He shuddered and tottered to his feet.
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wildly forward, and clenched the old man by the throat--but he was his
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staggered and fell. He had ruptured a blood-vessel, and he was a dead
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buried a man who was in my employment for three years after this event,
---------------
and who was truly contrite, penitent, and humbled, if ever man was. No
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came--it was John Edmunds, the returned convict.'
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which he was only awakened by the morning sun darting his bright beams
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reproachfully into the apartment. Mr. Pickwick was no sluggard, and he
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* 'Hollo!' was the sound that roused him. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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completion of his toilet, and at the expiration of that time he was by
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appear to be more than three parts and a fraction asleep, emerged from
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* 'This is the place,' said the old gentleman, pausing after a few minutes
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walking, in an avenue of trees. The information was unnecessary; for the
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boy, not being quite certain which gentleman he was directed to call,
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a foreboding of his approaching death by violence, may be supposed
---------------
for?' inquired Mr. Pickwick abruptly. He was rather alarmed; for he was
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'Oh, is that all?'
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* There was a smile upon the youth's face as he advanced. Indistinct
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retired with the bird--it was a plump one. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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which they felt quite certain would be occasioned by the devastating
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barrel of their friend. There was a solemn pause--a shout--a flapping of
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* 'Missed fire,' said Mr. Winkle, who was very pale--probably from
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The slight omission was rectified. Mr. Pickwick crouched again. Mr.
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flew out. Mr. Winkle fired. There was a scream as of an individual--not
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* To describe the confusion that ensued would be impossible. To tell
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as difficult to describe in detail, as it would be to depict the gradual
---------------
of the disaster. Poor thing! there are times when ignorance is bliss
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* 'Why, what is the matter with the little old gentleman?' said Isabella
---------------
to Mr. Pickwick. In her eyes Tracy Tupman was a youth; she viewed his
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* 'Don't be frightened,' called out the old host, fearful of alarming his
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* 'Don't be frightened,' said the host. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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surgeon! Is he wounded?--Is he dead?--Is he--Ha, ha, ha!' Here
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'It is his voice!' exclaimed the spinster aunt; and strong symptoms of
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'Don't be a fool, Rachael,' interposed Mr. Wardle, rather more roughly
---------------
than was consistent with the poetic nature of the scene. 'What the
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* 'No,' said Mr. Tupman. 'It is nothing. I shall be better presently.' He
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* The arm was examined, the wound dressed, and pronounced to be a very
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expression of cheerfulness was again restored. Mr. Pickwick alone
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* 'I was once upon a time,' replied the host; 'but I have given it up now.
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'The grand match is played to-day, I believe,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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which may be safely indulged in, and in which the impotent effects of
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and added: 'Shall we be justified in leaving our wounded friend to the
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* It was therefore settled that Mr. Tupman should be left at home in
---------------
guidance of Mr. Wardle, should proceed to the spot where was to be held
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* As their walk, which was not above two miles long, lay through shady
---------------
Pickwick was almost inclined to regret the expedition they had used,
---------------
that Muggleton is a corporate town, with a mayor, burgesses, and
---------------
known before, that Muggleton is an ancient and loyal borough, mingling
---------------
objects around him. There was an open square for the market-place; and
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and useful knowledge. There was a red brick house with a small paved
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doors looked as if they should like to be making their way to the same
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make these observations, to be noted down at a more convenient period,
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the day, with which, he had no doubt, they would be greatly delighted. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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object that met his eyes was his green-coated friend of the Rochester
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select circle of the chosen of All-Muggleton. His dress was slightly
---------------
improved, and he wore boots; but there was no mistaking him. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Mr. Pickwick sat down as he was bid, and Mr. Winkle and Mr. Snodgrass
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Mr. Pickwick was sufficiently versed in the stranger's system of
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invitation may be easily founded. His curiosity was therefore satisfied,
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which was just commencing. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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wickets. Mr. Luffey, the highest ornament of Dingley Dell, was pitched
---------------
to bowl against the redoubtable Dumkins, and Mr. Struggles was selected
---------------
thing;--indeed it is generally supposed that it is quite impossible to
---------------
All-Muggleton had scored two. Nor was Podder behindhand in earning
---------------
the ball. In short, when Dumkins was caught out, and Podder stumped
---------------
Dingley Dellers was as blank as their faces. The advantage was too great
---------------
to be recovered. In vain did the eager Luffey, and the enthusiastic
---------------
ground Dingley Dell had lost in the contest--it was of no avail; and in
---------------
here--West Indies--exciting thing--hot work--very.' 'It must be rather a
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'I shall be very happy, I am sure,' said Mr. Pickwick. 'So shall I,'
---------------
* There was a vast deal of talking and rattling of knives and forks, and
---------------
as possible, the cloth was removed, bottles, glasses, and dessert were
---------------
Everybody was hushed into a profound stillness as the individual
---------------
Mr. Jingle uttered a patronising 'Hear, hear,' which was responded to
---------------
not be considered as wishing to detract from the merits of the former
---------------
occasion. (Cheers.) Every gentleman who hears me, is probably acquainted
---------------
Diogenes," said he, "I would be Alexander." I can well imagine these
---------------
gentlemen to say, "If I were not Dumkins I would be Luffey; if I were
---------------
not Podder I would be Struggles." (Enthusiasm.) But, gentlemen of
---------------
Muggleton, is it in cricket alone that your fellow-townsmen stand
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TRUE LOVE IS NOT A RAILWAY
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dispositions unexceptionable; but there was a dignity in the air, a
---------------
That there was something kindred in their nature, something congenial
---------------
evident. Her name was the first that rose to Mr. Tupman's lips as he lay
---------------
wounded on the grass; and her hysteric laughter was the first sound
---------------
that fell upon his ear when he was supported to the house. But had her
---------------
should be at once and for ever resolved. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* it was evening. Isabella and Emily had strolled out with Mr. Trundle;
---------------
* There was a bower at the farther end, with honeysuckle, jessamine, and
---------------
and was about to leave the arbour. Mr. Tupman detained her, and drew her
---------------
you?' replied Mr. Tupman. 'Where was the woman ever seen who resembled
---------------
'Could such an individual be found--' said the lady. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'But he CAN be found,' said the ardent Mr. Tupman, interposing. 'He
---------------
IS found. He is here, Miss Wardle.' And ere the lady was aware of his
---------------
* 'Never!' was the valorous reply. 'Oh, Rachael!' He seized her passive
---------------
struggling and resistance, she received so passively, that there is no
---------------
Mr. Tupman looked round. There was the fat boy, perfectly motionless,
---------------
'Supper's ready, sir,' was the prompt reply. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* Mr. Tupman looked at him very hard again; but there was not a wink in
---------------
* There was a sound behind them, as of an imperfectly suppressed chuckle.
---------------
there was not a gleam of mirth, or anything but feeding in his whole
---------------
* Mr. Tupman was wrong. The fat boy, for once, had not been fast asleep.
---------------
He was awake--wide awake--to what had been going forward. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
and Emily's thoughts appeared to be engrossed by some distant
---------------
which they could be supposed likely to have travelled home? or should
---------------
completely over his left eye, was leaning against the dresser, shaking
---------------
a highly-inflamed countenance, was grasping the hand of a strange
---------------
supporting himself by the eight-day clock, was feebly invoking
---------------
the salmon.' (Somehow or other, it never is the wine, in these cases.)
---------------
the morning, he fell fast asleep; in which condition he was borne to his
---------------
* 'Dreadful--dreadful!' said Jingle, looking very grave: he was about
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* Mr. Tupman thought of the widow at Rochester, and his mind was troubled.
---------------
The succeeding half-hour's conversation was not of a nature to calm his
---------------
perturbed spirit. The new visitor was very talkative, and the number of
---------------
his anecdotes was only to be exceeded by the extent of his politeness.
---------------
retired further into the shade. His laughter was forced--his merriment
---------------
* It was the old lady's habit on the fine summer mornings to repair to the
---------------
* The old lady was very precise and very particular; and as this ceremony
---------------
deviation from the accustomed form, she was not a little surprised
---------------
* The old lady was timorous--most old ladies are--and her first impression
---------------
was that the bloated lad was about to do her some grievous bodily harm
---------------
Now it so happened that Mr. Jingle was walking in the garden close to
---------------
the first place, he was idle and curious; secondly, he was by no means
---------------
scrupulous; thirdly, and lastly, he was concealed from view by some
---------------
This last was an appeal to the fat boy's most sensitive feelings. He
---------------
such a result was to be attained, all her former horrors returned. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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extreme limit of human atrocity. 'Who was it, Joe? I insist upon
---------------
probability is that a sudden burst of laughter would have betrayed his
---------------
* It was a remarkable coincidence perhaps, but it was nevertheless a fact,
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off-hand manner was by no means disagreeable to the fair object of his
---------------
us that man is fire, and woman tow, and the Prince of Darkness sets a
---------------
had walked out alone, soon after breakfast. The coast was clear. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* The breakfast-parlour door was partially open. He peeped in. The
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spinster aunt was knitting. He coughed; she looked up and smiled.
---------------
brother will be furious.'
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ill-timed discovery was delightful to the spinster's feelings, or
---------------
unhappiness, and your love bestowed upon a man who is insensible to the
---------------
niece of the creature who--but no; he is my friend; I will not expose
---------------
the most consecutive he was ever known to utter, Mr. Jingle applied
---------------
'Never!' and, by way of showing that he had no desire to be questioned
---------------
* 'Mr. Jingle,' said the aunt, 'I entreat--I implore you, if there is any
---------------
appeared to be struggling with various conflicting emotions for a few
---------------
There was a pause. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Now, if there was one individual in the whole world, of whom the
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her eyes. Mr. Tracy Tupman was established at Emily's side, ogling,
---------------
'Traitor!' thought the spinster aunt. 'Dear Mr. Jingle was not deceiving
---------------
* The time was evening; the scene the garden. There were two figures
---------------
walking in a side path; one was rather short and stout; the other
---------------
'Of course--she don't like it--but must be done--avert suspicion--afraid
---------------
mine, and all dissimulation may be unnecessary.'
---------------
* The scene of that afternoon was repeated that evening, and on the three
---------------
afternoons and evenings next ensuing. On the fourth, the host was in
---------------
high spirits, for he had satisfied himself that there was no ground for
---------------
the charge against Mr. Tupman. So was Mr. Tupman, for Mr. Jingle had
---------------
told him that his affair would soon be brought to a crisis. So was Mr.
---------------
Pickwick, for he was seldom otherwise. So was not Mr. Snodgrass, for he
---------------
had grown jealous of Mr. Tupman. So was the old lady, for she had been
---------------
sufficient importance in this eventful history to be narrated in another
---------------
The supper was ready laid, the chairs were drawn round the table,
---------------
The bell was rung, and the fat boy appeared. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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He didn't know. Everybody looked surprised. It was late--past eleven
---------------
* There was a gigantic round of cold beef on the table, and Mr. Pickwick
---------------
to his lips, and was on the very point of opening his mouth for the
---------------
* Heavy footsteps were heard in the passage; the parlour door was suddenly
---------------
* 'The kitchen chimney ain't a-fire, is it, Emma?' inquired the old lady.
---------------
Mr. Tupman was observed to lay down his knife and fork, and to turn very
---------------
Muggleton. I was there; but I couldn't stop 'em; so I run off to tell
---------------
'Here I am! but I hain't a willin,' replied a voice. It was the fat
---------------
ill-starred youth. 'He was bribed by that scoundrel, Jingle, to put me
---------------
blubbering of the fat boy was distinctly audible. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'I won't be held!' cried the old man. 'Mr. Winkle, take your hands off.
---------------
It was a beautiful sight, in that moment of turmoil and confusion, to
---------------
entered to announce that the gig was ready. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'Not above three-quarters of an hour,' was everybody's reply.
---------------
yard; the chaise rumbled as it was drawn out of the coach-house; and all
---------------
For the first three or four miles, not a word was spoken by either of
---------------
'It will be rather unpleasant going at this rate in the dark, won't it?'
---------------
he had so thoughtlessly embarked. He was roused by a loud shouting of
---------------
* 'How long is it since a post-chaise went through here?' inquired Mr.
---------------
the rapid approach of a stormy night. The wind, too, which was directly
---------------
of the chaise, and fell into a sound sleep, from which he was only
---------------
when that was found, two sleepy helpers put the wrong harness on the
---------------
wrong horses, and the whole process of harnessing had to be gone through
---------------
not to be so easily daunted; and he laid about him with such hearty
---------------
and taking in a link there, that the chaise was ready in a much
---------------
by no means encouraging. The stage was fifteen miles long, the night was
---------------
dark, the wind high, and the rain pouring in torrents. It was impossible
---------------
to make any great way against such obstacles united; it was hard upon
---------------
vehicle, and pointing to one covered with wet mud, which was standing in
---------------
question was addressed. 'Lady and gentleman?' inquired Wardle, almost
---------------
surprising manner, firmly believing that by so doing he was materially
---------------
And before Mr. Pickwick knew precisely what he was about, he felt
---------------
indeed, as was sufficiently testified to Mr. Pickwick, by his constant
---------------
* 'Never mind,' replied his companion, 'it will soon be over. Steady,
---------------
Mr. Pickwick thrust his head out of his window. Yes: there was a
---------------
'So do I' said Mr. Pickwick; 'that's he.' Mr. Pickwick was not mistaken.
---------------
the wheels, was plainly discernible at the window of his chaise; and the
---------------
motion of his arm, which was waving violently towards the postillions,
---------------
denoted that he was encouraging them to increased exertion. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* The interest was intense. Fields, trees, and hedges, seemed to rush past
---------------
them with the velocity of a whirlwind, so rapid was the pace at which
---------------
Jingle's voice could be plainly heard, even above the din of the wheels,
---------------
against the front of the vehicle. There was a sudden bump--a loud
---------------
but the plunging of horses, and breaking of glass could be made out, Mr.
---------------
horses' heads. About a hundred yards in advance was the other chaise,
---------------
from their saddles, and Mr. Jingle was contemplating the wreck from the
---------------
coach window, with evident satisfaction. The day was just breaking, and
---------------
the whole scene was rendered perfectly visible by the grey light of the
---------------
then abbreviate his name to 'Tuppy,' was more than he could patiently
---------------
we stand talking here, they'll get their licence, and be married in
---------------
far is it to the next stage?' inquired Mr. Wardle, of one of the boys. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
'Can't be helped,' said Wardle, 'we must walk it, Pickwick.'
---------------
should ever be reduced to the lamentable necessity of inventing any,
---------------
* It was in the yard of one of these inns--of no less celebrated a one
---------------
than the White Hart--that a man was busily employed in brushing the dirt
---------------
in the last chapter. He was habited in a coarse, striped waistcoat,
---------------
leggings. A bright red handkerchief was wound in a very loose and
---------------
unstudied style round his neck, and an old white hat was carelessly
---------------
was probably to commence its journey that morning, was drawn out into
---------------
about on heaps of straw, we have described as fully as need be the
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* A loud ringing of one of the bells was followed by the appearance of a
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'em,' was the reply. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Come, don't be a fool, Sam,' said the girl coaxingly, 'the gentleman
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is to be called at half-past eight and the shoe at nine. Who's number
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* There was another loud ring; and the bustling old landlady of the White
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'Vouldn't be gen-teel to answer, till you'd done talking,' replied Sam
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'She came in early this morning,' cried the girl, who was still leaning
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know'd he was one o' the regular threepennies. Private room! and a lady
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'Where is it?'
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to be sure. His missus dies, and leaves him four hundred pound. Down
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Monday."--"Did you, though?" said my father.--"To be sure, we did," says
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boxes, making believe he was busy. "Pray take a seat, vile I makes out
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name?" says the lawyer. My father was struck all of a heap. "Blessed if
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she'll have me, I know." The licence was made out, and she DID have
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an instant to see whether he was wanted for anything more, Sam left the
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'Can't--can't we be married before to-morrow morning?' inquired
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'Don't be long,' said the spinster affectionately, as Mr. Jingle stuck
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* It is painful to reflect upon the perfidy of our species; and we will
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he wended his way to Doctors' Commons. It will be sufficient for our
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* He was yet on his way to the White Hart, when two plump gentleman
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Weller happened to be at that moment engaged in burnishing a pair of
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painted tops, the personal property of a farmer who was refreshing
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Sam stole a look at the inquirer. He was a little high-dried man, with
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coat tails, with the air of a man who was in the habit of propounding
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* 'Oh, wery well, Sir,' replied Sam, 'we shan't be bankrupts, and we
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'My eldest brother was troubled with that complaint,' said Sam; 'it may
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'This is a curious old house of yours,' said the little man, looking
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* 'If you'd sent word you was a-coming, we'd ha' had it repaired;' replied
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oblong silver box, and was apparently on the point of renewing the
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me--my dear Sir, the very first principle to be observed in these cases,
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'Pickwick,' said Mr. Wardle, for it was no other than that jolly
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which my experience of men has taught me is the most likely to succeed
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cannot be ignorant of the extent of confidence which must be placed in
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professional men. If any authority can be necessary on such a point, my
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* Mr. Wardle shrugged his shoulders, and was silent. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Who there is in the house!' said Sam, in whose mind the inmates were
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* 'It is them,' exclaimed Wardle. 'By heavens, we've found them.'
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'We're in time,' exclaimed Wardle. 'Show us the room; not a moment is to
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* 'Who is he, you scoundrel,' interposed Wardle. 'He's my lawyer,
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* 'Coach is ready, Sir,' said Sam, appearing at the door. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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The landlady was about to enter a very violent protest against this
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'I WON'T be taken away,' murmured the spinster aunt. 'I DON'T wish it.'
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(Here there was a frightful relapse.)
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warned you before we came, my dear sir, that there was nothing to look
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There was a short pause. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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We must be content to suffer some pecuniary loss.'
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as she is, be made miserable for life,' said Wardle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'I rather think it can be done,' said the bustling little man. 'Mr.
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moment--into this window, Sir, where we can be alone--there, sir, there,
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dear Sir, she is rather old. She comes of an old family though, my dear
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since, who hasn't lived to eighty-five, and he was beheaded by one of
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the Henrys. The old lady is not seventy-three now, my dear Sir.' The
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think--that fifty pounds and liberty would be better than Miss Wardle
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time--great deal to be done with fifty pounds, my dear Sir.'
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'More to be done with a hundred and fifty,' replied Mr. Jingle coolly. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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The cheque was written by the little gentleman, and pocketed by Mr.
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his eyes did not melt the glasses of his spectacles--so majestic was his
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Mr. Pickwick was a philosopher, but philosophers are only men in
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Mr. Pickwick's mind, like those of all truly great men, was open
---------------
to conviction. He was a quick and powerful reasoner; and a moment's
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before us; one word, and it is in the printer's hands. But, no! we will
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RECORDING Mr. PICKWICK'S DETERMINATION TO BE PRESENT AT AN ELECTION; AND
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his early walk. The pleasure was mutual; for who could ever gaze on Mr.
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but be sensible of, and was wholly at a loss to account for. There was a
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mysterious air about them both, as unusual as it was alarming. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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hand, and exchanged warm salutations of welcome--'how is Tupman?'
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Mr. Winkle, to whom the question was more peculiarly addressed, made
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* 'Snodgrass,' said Mr. Pickwick earnestly, 'how is our friend--he is not
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eyelid, like a rain-drop on a window-frame-'no; he is not ill.'
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There was a solemnity--a dignity--in Mr. Pickwick's manner, not to be
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* 'He is gone,' said Mr. Snodgrass. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Yesterday morning, when a letter was received from Mr. Wardle, stating
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that you would be home with his sister at night, the melancholy which
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observed to increase. He shortly afterwards disappeared: he was missing
---------------
during the whole day, and in the evening this letter was brought by the
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the morning, with a strict injunction that it should not be delivered
---------------
Mr. Pickwick opened the epistle. It was in his friend's hand-writing,
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overcome. You do not know what it is, at one blow, to be deserted by a
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insupportable to me. The spirit which burns within us, is a porter's
---------------
when that spirit fails us, the burden is too heavy to be borne. We sink
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* His intention was rapidly communicated. The entreaties to remain were
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pressing, but Mr. Pickwick was inflexible. Business, he said, required
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* The old clergyman was present. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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the manuscript is genuine, though it certainly is not in my friend's
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hand. However, whether it be the genuine production of a maniac, or
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* It was a more difficult task to take leave of the inmates of Manor
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more warmth into the salutation, the comparison would not be quite
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Trundle was even more hearty and prolonged; and it was not until Mr.
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handkerchief, which was waved from one of the upper windows, until a
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* A delightful walk it was; for it was a pleasant afternoon in June, and
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prints of some antiquity. At the upper end of the room was a table, with
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Mr. Tupman did as he was desired; and Mr. Pickwick having refreshed
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dinner was quickly despatched, and they walked out together. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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to and fro, while Mr. Pickwick was engaged in combating his companion's
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resolution. Any repetition of his arguments would be useless; for what
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originator's manner communicated? Whether Mr. Tupman was already tired
---------------
of retirement, or whether he was wholly unable to resist the eloquent
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appeal which was made to him, matters not, he did NOT resist it at last. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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stress upon his humble companionship, he was willing to share his
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* It was at this moment that Mr. Pickwick made that immortal discovery,
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* 'This is very strange,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'What is strange?' inquired Mr. Tupman, staring eagerly at every object
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This last was an ejaculation of irrepressible astonishment, occasioned
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* 'There is an inscription here,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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a 13, and then a T. This is important,' continued Mr. Pickwick, starting
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up. 'This is some very old inscription, existing perhaps long before the
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ancient alms-houses in this place. It must not be lost.'
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* 'No, I doan't, Sir,' replied the man civilly. 'It was here long afore I
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which he probably meant to be very cunning. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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The astonishment of the village may be easily imagined, when (the little
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with success. The stone was uneven and broken, and the letters were
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was clearly to be deciphered:--
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* 'To-morrow,' said Mr. Pickwick. 'This treasure must be at once deposited
---------------
where it can be thoroughly investigated and properly understood. I have
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another reason for this step. In a few days, an election is to take
---------------
whom I lately met, is the agent of one of the candidates. We will
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'We will,' was the animated cry of three voices. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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followers lighted up a glow of enthusiasm within him. He was their
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This proposition, like the other, was received with unanimous applause.
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arm-chair, at the head of the table; and the evening was devoted to
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* It was past eleven o'clock--a late hour for the little village of
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Pickwick was roused by the church clock striking twelve. The first
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companion. He was nervous and excited; and hastily undressing himself
---------------
sleep. It was Mr. Pickwick's condition at this moment: he tossed first
---------------
as if to coax himself to slumber. It was of no use. Whether it was
---------------
conclusion, that it was of no use trying to sleep; so he got up and
---------------
partially dressed himself. Anything, he thought, was better than lying
---------------
very dark. He walked about the room--it was very lonely. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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entered his head. It was a good thought. If it failed to interest him,
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spectacles, and composed himself to read. It was a strange handwriting,
---------------
and the paper was much soiled and blotted. The title gave him a sudden
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Show me the monarch whose angry frown was ever feared like the glare of
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gripe. Ho! ho! It's a grand thing to be mad! to be peeped at like a wild
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'I remember days when I was afraid of being mad; when I used to start
---------------
from my sleep, and fall upon my knees, and pray to be spared from
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hours in watching the progress of the fever that was to consume my
---------------
brain. I knew that madness was mixed up with my very blood, and the
---------------
pestilence appearing among them, and that I was the first in whom it
---------------
would revive. I knew it must be so: that so it always had been, and so
---------------
in which my father died, was stained with his own blood, shed by his
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ha! I was too cunning for them, madman as they thought me. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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among them. I knew I was mad, but they did not even suspect it. How I
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playing them after their old pointing and leering, when I was not mad,
---------------
laugh for joy, when I was alone, and thought how well I kept my secret,
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sat close to him, sharpening a bright, glittering knife, was a madman
---------------
hands. Where was the wit of the sharp-sighted men of sound mind? Where
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* 'I had money. How I was courted! I spent it profusely. How I was
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scheme, and their fine prize. It was for me to smile. To smile! To laugh
---------------
'In one thing I was deceived with all my cunning. If I had not been
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* 'I don't remember forms or faces now, but I know the girl was beautiful.
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from my sleep, and all is quiet about me, I see, standing still and
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the blood chills at my heart as I write it down--that form is HERS; the
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face is very pale, and the eyes are glassy bright; but I know them well.
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fill this place sometimes; but it is much more dreadful to me, even
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grave; and is so very death-like. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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often before whispered in my ear that the time was come, and thrust the
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and leaned over my sleeping wife. Her face was buried in her hands. I
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Her face was calm and placid; and even as I looked upon it, a tranquil
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shoulder. She started--it was only a passing dream. I leaned forward
---------------
sound. But I was startled, and drew back. Her eyes were fixed on mine.
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on me. I trembled; the razor was in my hand, but I could not move. She
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eyes from my face. The spell was broken. I bounded forward, and clutched
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me--me, the madman!--that my wife was mad. He stood close beside me at
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It would have been rare sport to have done it; but my secret was at
---------------
All this was food for my secret mirth, and I laughed behind the white
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* 'But though I had carried my object and killed her, I was restless and
---------------
disturbed, and I felt that before long my secret must be known. I could
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when I was alone, at home, jump up and beat my hands together, and
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no one knew I was a madman yet. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Let me see: yes, I had been out. It was late at night when I reached
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him. They told me he was there. I ran swiftly upstairs. He had a word
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to say to me. I dismissed the servants. It was late, and we were alone
---------------
and a disrespect upon her family. It was due to the uniform he wore, to
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money, and his sister's misery! This was the man who had been foremost
---------------
in the plot to ensnare me, and grasp my wealth. This was the man who had
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that her heart was given to that puling boy. Due to his uniform! The
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chair. I dragged mine nearer to him; and I laughed--I was very merry
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* '"You were very fond of your sister when she was alive," I
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plots against me; I know her heart was fixed on some one else before you
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stand back--for I took care to be getting closer to him all the time I
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together. 'It was a fine struggle that; for he was a tall, strong man,
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him. I knew no strength could equal mine, and I was right. Right again,
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seemed to mock me. I squeezed the tighter. 'The door was suddenly burst
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* 'My secret was out; and my only struggle now was for liberty and
---------------
freedom. I gained my feet before a hand was on me, threw myself among
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dropped over the banisters, and in an instant was in the street. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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shout which was taken up by the strange beings that flocked around me on
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every side, and swelled the sound, till it pierced the air. I was borne
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At the end of the manuscript was written, in another hand, this note:--
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[The unhappy man whose ravings are recorded above, was a melancholy
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and excesses prolonged until their consequences could never be repaired.
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produced fever and delirium. The first effects of the latter was the
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raving madness. There is every reason to believe that the events
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imagination, really happened. It is only matter of wonder to those who
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Mr. Pickwick's candle was just expiring in the socket, as he concluded
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* The sun was shining brilliantly into his chamber, when he awoke, and
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the morning was far advanced. The gloom which had oppressed him on the
---------------
had directed to be forwarded to the city, from Rochester), and being
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curiosity, which was engraven on stone, and presented to the Royal
---------------
meaning: that Mr. Pickwick was elected an honorary member of seventeen
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it was very extraordinary. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Mr. Blotton, indeed--and the name will be doomed to the undying contempt
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man from whom the stone was purchased; that the man presumed the
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stone to be ancient, but solemnly denied the antiquity of the
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and more accustomed to be guided by the sound of words than by the
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portrait of himself to be painted, and hung up in the club room. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Mr. Blotton was ejected but not conquered. He also wrote a pamphlet,
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observation. His sitting-room was the first-floor front, his bedroom the
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production of Mrs. Bardell's. The large man was always home precisely at
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Pickwick's will was law. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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It was evident that something of great importance was in contemplation,
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* 'Your little boy is a very long time gone.'
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Mr. Pickwick's elbow which was planted on the table. 'That depends a
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a great deal of sharpness, Mrs. Bardell, which may be of material use to
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* 'I do,' said Mr. Pickwick, growing energetic, as was his wont in
---------------
dared to aspire. Mr. Pickwick was going to propose--a deliberate plan,
---------------
then, than ever; but it is so kind of you, Mr. Pickwick, to have so much
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'Ah, to be sure,' said Mr. Pickwick; 'I never thought of that. When I am
---------------
in town, you'll always have somebody to sit with you. To be sure, so you
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'I am sure I ought to be a very happy woman,' said Mrs. Bardell. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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who'll teach him, I'll be bound, more tricks in a week than he would
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* Mr. Pickwick was struck motionless and speechless. He stood with his
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* The astonishment of the Pickwickians was so absorbing, and the
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perplexity of Mr. Pickwick was so extreme, that they might have remained
---------------
the lady was restored, had it not been for a most beautiful and touching
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'What is the matter?' said the three tongue-tied Pickwickians. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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downstairs she was led accordingly, accompanied by her affectionate son. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Very,' was the reply of his followers, as they coughed slightly, and
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* This behaviour was not lost upon Mr. Pickwick. He remarked their
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* 'There is a man in the passage now,' said Mr. Tupman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Mr. Snodgrass did as he was desired; and Mr. Samuel Weller forthwith
---------------
that 'ere, but he was one too many for you, warn't he? Up to snuff and a
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astonishin' 'un to wear; and afore the brim went, it was a wery handsome
---------------
have any reason to be discontented with your present situation.'
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gentleman, and the terms is agreed upon.'
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are satisfactory, they shall be provided.'
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Weller's conduct was so very blameless, that Mr. Pickwick felt fully
---------------
and before night had closed in, Mr. Weller was furnished with a grey
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I'm meant to be a footman, or a groom, or a gamekeeper, or a seedsman.
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present day. Knowing the deep reliance to be placed on every note
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those delicate feelings for which all who knew him well know he was so
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by the Norwich coach; but this entry was afterwards lined through, as if
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arose between them. With these dissensions it is almost superfluous
---------------
to say that everything in Eatanswill was made a party question. If the
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shops, Blue inns and Buff inns--there was a Blue aisle and a Buff aisle
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* Of course it was essentially and indispensably necessary that each of
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peculiarly desirable moment for his visit to the borough. Never was such
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* It was late in the evening when Mr. Pickwick and his companions,
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balcony, who was apparently talking himself very red in the face in
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Fizkin's committee had stationed at the street corner. There was a busy
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* 'Who is Slumkey?'whispered Mr. Tupman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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the cause of either candidate, the question was rather a difficult one
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'He is Blue, I think?'
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should happen to be in the house. The waiter retired; and reappearing
---------------
table covered with books and papers, was Mr. Perker. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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like to see sturdy patriotism, on whatever side it is called forth--and
---------------
and even if we could, it would be of no use, for they keep them very
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Here the little man indulged in a convulsion of mirth, which was only
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* This was a tall, thin man, with a sandy-coloured head inclined to
---------------
baldness, and a face in which solemn importance was blended with a look
---------------
of unfathomable profundity. He was dressed in a long brown surtout, with
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a broad brim. The new-comer was introduced to Mr. Pickwick as Mr. Pott,
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* 'The press is a mighty engine, sir,' said Pott. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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instrument which is placed in my hands, against the sacred bosom of
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man, is the state of the public mind in London, with reference to my
---------------
slyness which was very likely accidental. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'The contest,' said Pott, 'shall be prolonged so long as I have health
---------------
stand by them, Sir, to the last.' 'Your conduct is most noble, Sir,'
---------------
'I shall be delighted,' said Mr. Pott. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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can boldly say, on behalf of Mrs. Pott, that she will be delighted to
---------------
incommoding or troubling his amiable wife, it was decided that it was
---------------
the only feasible arrangement that could be made. So it WAS made; and
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* Mr. Pott's domestic circle was limited to himself and his wife. All men
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a weakness, it was, perhaps, that he was rather too submissive to the
---------------
vivacity. 'It is a high treat to me, I assure you, to see any new faces;
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'I shall be very happy to learn under your tuition,' replied Mr. Winkle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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compositions. We have every reason to believe that he was perfectly
---------------
not hesitate to inform him, confidentially, that Mr. Pickwick was 'a
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proof of the estimation in which he was held by every class of society,
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* It was a late hour of the night--long after Mr. Tupman and Mr. Snodgrass
---------------
door, just as he was concluding his toilet; 'all alive to-day, I
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* 'Lord bless your heart, sir,' said Sam, 'why where was you half
---------------
brandy-and-water of fourteen unpolled electors as was a-stoppin' in the
---------------
all to sleep till twelve hours arter the election was over. They took
---------------
but it was no go--they wouldn't poll him; so they brought him back, and
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* 'What was that?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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on, and he was engaged by vun party to bring down woters from London.
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Night afore he was going to drive up, committee on t' other side sends
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"know'd you when you was a boy," says he.--"Well, I don't remember you,"
---------------
gen'l'm'n.--"Well, it is a wery bad 'un," says my father.--"I thought
---------------
it is a heavy road," says my father.--" 'Specially near the canal,
---------------
the canal vithout hurtin' of 'em, this is for yourself," says
---------------
upset on that 'ere wery spot, and ev'ry man on 'em was turned into the
---------------
missin'; I know his hat was found, but I ain't quite certain whether
---------------
his head was in it or not. But what I look at is the hex-traordinary and
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coach should be upset in that wery place, and on that wery day!'
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breakfast laid, and the family already assembled. The meal was hastily
---------------
despatched; each of the gentlemen's hats was decorated with an enormous
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Slumkey's committee was addressing six small boys and one girl, whom he
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of the Eatanswill Blues. There was a regular army of blue flags, some
---------------
golden characters four feet high, and stout in proportion. There was a
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There was an open carriage-and-four, for the Honourable Samuel Slumkey;
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and the flags were rustling, and the band was playing, and the
---------------
assembled, was for the special use, behoof, honour, and renown, of the
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mighty was the rustling of one of the blue flags, with 'Liberty of the
---------------
Press' inscribed thereon, when the sandy head of Mr. Pott was discerned
---------------
in one of the windows, by the mob beneath; and tremendous was the
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* 'Everything, my dear Sir,' was the little man's reply. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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of; be particular about the children, my dear sir--it has always a great
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'then it must be done. That's all.'
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* There was a moment of awful suspense as the procession waited for the
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as their position did not enable them to see what was going forward. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
how it was ever extricated from the confusion consequent thereupon, is
---------------
hat was knocked over his eyes, nose, and mouth, by one poke of a Buff
---------------
pugilistic encounter; but with whom, or how, or why, he is wholly
---------------
The right was reserved for the Buff party, and the centre for the mayor
---------------
is generally disposed to be jocose, this very innocent action was
---------------
* 'Look arter your wife, Pott,' bellowed a fifth--and then there was a
---------------
of an innocent lady, Mr. Pickwick's indignation was excessive; but as
---------------
silence was proclaimed at the moment, he contented himself by scorching
---------------
Here the mayor was interrupted by a voice in the crowd. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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This allusion to the professional pursuits of the orator was received
---------------
it was Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, of Fizkin Lodge, near Eatanswill, the
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of half an hour's length, and wouldn't be stopped, because he had sent
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Fizkin, Esquire; the band was stopped; the crowd were partially quieted;
---------------
and Horatio Fizkin, Esquire, was permitted to proceed. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
Fizkin expressed his readiness to do anything he was wanted: Slumkey,
---------------
his determination to do nothing that was asked of him. Both said that
---------------
would ever be dearer to their hearts than any earthly object; and each
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the man who would eventually be returned. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* There was a show of hands; the mayor decided in favour of the Honourable
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Lodge, demanded a poll, and a poll was fixed accordingly. Then a vote of
---------------
thanks was moved to the mayor for his able conduct in the chair; and
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* During the whole time of the polling, the town was in a perpetual
---------------
fever of excitement. Everything was conducted on the most liberal and
---------------
might frequently be seen lying on the pavements in a state of utter
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intelligent, these noble, these patriotic men. It was granted. His
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It is pleasant to turn from contemplating the strife and turmoil of
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reality no great partisan of either side, Mr. Pickwick was sufficiently
---------------
compiled from his own memoranda. Nor while he was thus occupied was Mr.
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* It was in the evening, however, that the Peacock presented attractions
---------------
gifted, though prosy, Pott. It was in the evening that the 'commercial
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room' was filled with a social circle, whose characters and manners it
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such apartments; that is to say, it was a large, bare-looking room, the
---------------
furniture of which had no doubt been better when it was newer, with a
---------------
from a long row of pegs in one corner. The mantel-shelf was ornamented
---------------
mortal remains of a trout in a glass coffin. The atmosphere was redolent
---------------
* Here it was that Mr. Tupman and Mr. Snodgrass were seated on the evening
---------------
* 'Rum creeters is women,' said the dirty-faced man, after a pause. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* After this little bit of philosophy there was another pause. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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at his own retort, in which he was joined by a man of bland voice and
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and I boldly declare he is not a man.' And Mr. Snodgrass took his cigar
---------------
things than women to be met with, sometimes.'
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* 'Should you?' was the only reply of the bagman, who continued to smoke
---------------
happened to a traveller for that house, but he was a particular friend
---------------
the weather was so bad, and the night so cold and wet, that nothing was
---------------
Bilson and Slum, Cateaton Street, City. However, as there was no bagman
---------------
them, and nobody was a bit the wiser. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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vixenish mare was so light, and the gig was so light, and Tom Smart such
---------------
already, he expressed this wish to be submitted to the same process
---------------
'Whether the vixenish mare was sufficiently well acquainted with the
---------------
hostler, and stuck the whip in the box. It was a strange old place,
---------------
leading up to it. It was a comfortable-looking place though, for there
---------------
there was a red flickering light in the opposite window, one moment but
---------------
curtains, which intimated that a rousing fire was blazing within.
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* 'In less than five minutes' time, Tom was ensconced in the room opposite
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any reasonable man. This was comfortable, but this was not all; for a
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smartly-dressed girl, with a bright eye and a neat ankle, was laying a
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was comfortable too; but even this was not all--for in the bar, seated
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brightest possible little fire, was a buxom widow of somewhere about
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who was evidently the landlady of the house, and the supreme ruler over
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all these agreeable possessions. There was only one drawback to the
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beauty of the whole picture, and that was a tall man--a very tall
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and wavy black hair, who was seated at tea with the widow, and who
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it required no great penetration to discover was in a fair way of
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persuading her to be a widow no longer, but to confer upon him the
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* 'Tom Smart was by no means of an irritable or envious disposition, but
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which sufficiently denoted that the tall man was as high in favour as he
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was in size. Tom was fond of hot punch--I may venture to say he was VERY
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manufacture better than another, it was this identical article; and
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the first tumbler was adapted to Tom Smart's taste with such peculiar
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punch is a pleasant thing, gentlemen--an extremely pleasant thing under
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indignant that the tall man should be in a fair way of keeping such an
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excellent house, while he, Tom Smart, was as far off from it as ever.
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arrived at the satisfactory conclusion that he was a very ill-used and
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asserting that it was he, and not the wind, who extinguished the candle,
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and that while he pretended to be blowing it alight again, he was in
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fact kissing the girl. Be this as it may, another light was obtained,
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and Tom was conducted through a maze of rooms, and a labyrinth of
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* 'It was a good large room with big closets, and a bed which might have
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struck Tom's fancy most was a strange, grim-looking, high backed chair,
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Tom would only have thought it was a queer chair, and there would have
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been an end of the matter; but there was something about this particular
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an hour.--Damn the chair, it was such a strange old thing, he couldn't
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itself to his waking imagination was the queer chair. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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eyelids together, and tried to persuade himself he was going to sleep
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dispel the illusion. No. The chair was an ugly old gentleman; and what
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was more, he was winking at Tom Smart. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Tom was naturally a headlong, careless sort of dog, and he had had five
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tumblers of hot punch into the bargain; so, although he was a little
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respect if I was veneered." When the old gentleman said this, he looked
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'Tom Smart was just on the point of protesting that he hadn't tasted a
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old gentleman he looked so knowing that Tom blushed, and was silent. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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amorous, that Tom was quite disgusted with the levity of his
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She was very fond of me--made me this waistcoat, Tom."
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known that she was so much attached to me. It might occasion some
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gentleman was proceeding to recount some other exploits of his youth,
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when he was seized with such a violent fit of creaking that he was
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fellow, who ought to know better, talking about these things, is very
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usage, positively lost his senses--he got so crazy that he was obliged
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to be burnt. Shocking thing that, Tom."
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'"However, Tom, I am wandering from the point. This tall man, Tom, is a
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off all the furniture, and run away. What would be the consequence? She
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would be deserted and reduced to ruin, and I should catch my death of
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'"What is to prevent it?" said Tom Smart eagerly. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* '"This disclosure," replied the old gentleman; "he is already married."
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night. Suddenly they rushed upon him. He looked at the chair; it was a
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* '"How are you, old boy?" said Tom. He was bolder in the daylight--most
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* '"Miserable morning," said Tom. No. The chair would not be drawn into
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in the lock; he turned it, and opened the door. There was a pair of
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again. "Very queer," said Tom. But, as there was nothing in either, to
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before long, they and their contents would be his property. The tall man
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consciousness of triumph was passing through the place where the tall
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'Tom was thinking how he should open the case, so he made no answer. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'"Who is that gentleman in the bar, ma'am?" inquired Tom. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* '"His name is Jinkins, Sir," said the widow, slightly blushing. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* '"He is a very fine man, Sir," replied the widow, "and a very nice
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very admirable husband, and whoever he is, he'll be a very lucky man."
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* 'The widow began to think it was high time to cry, so she took out her
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'"What is it?" inquired the widow, looking intently in Tom's
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* '"Don't be frightened," said Tom Smart. He slowly drew forth the letter,
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stone. Tom was certainly very tender-hearted, but they pierced his, to
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house was pulled down.'
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'Why,' replied the one-eyed bagman, 'it was observed to creak very
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whether it was with pleasure or bodily infirmity. He rather thought it
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invented it altogether; and others said he was drunk and fancied it,
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'Tom Smart said it was all true?'
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CHAPTER XV. IN WHICH IS GIVEN A FAITHFUL PORTRAITURE OF TWO
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recent neglect of his friends at the Peacock; and he was just on the
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card, on which was engraved the following inscription:--
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* 'HE. Is it a gentleman?' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'But this is a lady's card,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Pickwick would be overcome by the disclosure; but seeing that he
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'I shall be extremely happy to make the acquaintance of such a lady,
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* 'He was Sir,' replied the grave man, 'all Mrs. Leo Hunter's
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acquaintances are; it is her ambition, sir, to have no other
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'It is a very noble ambition,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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lips, sir, she will indeed be proud,' said the grave man. 'You have a
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sensation. It was signed with an "L" and eight stars, and appeared
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* 'The next verse is still more touching. Shall I repeat it?'
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'He is right. He is quite right,' said Mr. Pickwick emphatically. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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at his friend--'you don't mean to say, Mr. Tupman, that it is your
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'Such IS my intention, Sir,' replied Mr. Tupman warmly. 'And why not,
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* 'And if any further ground of objection be wanting,' continued Mr.
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'Sir,' replied Mr. Pickwick, in the same tone, 'it is not half the
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jacket, with a two-inch tail, would be to me.'
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There was a fearful pause. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'No, no,' interrupted Mr. Pickwick, 'the fault was mine. You will wear
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* It was accordingly settled that Mr. Tupman, Mr. Winkle, and Mr.
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Snodgrass, should all wear fancy-dresses. Thus Mr. Pickwick was led
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His wardrobe was extensive--very extensive--not strictly classical
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precisely after the fashion of any age or time, but everything was more
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or less spangled; and what can be prettier than spangles! It may be
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that they would glitter if there were lamps; and nothing can be clearer
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with the people who give the fancy-balls, and is in no wise chargeable
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on the spangles. Such was the convincing reasoning of Mr. Solomon Lucas;
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* A carriage was hired from the Town Arms, for the accommodation of the
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Pickwickians, and a chariot was ordered from the same repository, for
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Eastern fairyland itself would appear to be clothed in as many dark and
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murky colours, as must be the mind of the splenetic and unmanly being
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humble tribute of admiration was offered.' This last was a piece of
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* The morning came: it was a pleasant sight to behold Mr. Tupman in full
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bandages to which all brigands are peculiarly attached. It was pleasing
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hat, decorated with ribbons of all colours, which he was compelled to
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Equally humorous and agreeable was the appearance of Mr. Snodgrass in
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disappearance from the face of the earth. All this was pleasant, but
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this was as nothing compared with the shouting of the populace when the
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* 'Bravo!' Mr. Pickwick was heard to exclaim, from the passage. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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towards Mrs. Leo Hunter's; Mr. Weller (who was to assist in waiting)
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being stationed on the box of that in which his master was seated. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Never was such a blaze of beauty, and fashion, and literature. There was
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'did' the review department, and who was appropriately habited in a
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intelligible to the common people about them. Moreover, there was a band
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country--and very dirty costume too. And above all, there was Mrs.
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tried it, know what a difficult process it is to bow in green velvet
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to appear easy and graceful--never was such ingenious posturing, as his
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young ladies, of whom one might be about twenty, and the other a year
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* 'Why now, my dear Mrs. Hunter,' said Mr. Pott, who was trumpeter
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in ordinary at the Den, 'you know that when your picture was in the
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it was intended for you, or your youngest daughter; for you were so much
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alike that there was no telling the difference between you.'
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in a foreign uniform, who was passing by. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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call--lawyer--eh? I see--that is it. Big Vig'--and the count was
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* 'This is Mr. Snodgrass, a friend of Mr. Pickwick's, and a poet.'
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wrote other sweet poem--what is that name?--Fog--Perspiring Fog--ver
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human being can be made to look like a magnified toad--all which feats
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After which, the voice of Mrs. Pott was heard to chirp faintly forth,
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something which courtesy interpreted into a song, which was all very
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classical, and strictly in character, because Apollo was himself a
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else's, either. This was succeeded by Mrs. Leo Hunter's recitation of
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her far-famed 'Ode to an Expiring Frog,' which was encored once, and
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thought it was high time to get something to eat, had not said that it
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* 'Where is Mr. Pott?' said Mrs. Leo Hunter, as she placed the aforesaid
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beyond all hope of food, unless something was done for him by the
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on public characters, was paralysed beneath the glance of the imperious
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* Mrs. Leo Hunter looked round her in triumph. Count Smorltork was busily
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Eatanswill GAZETTE, was engaged in an impassioned argument with the
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young lady who did the poetry; and Mr. Pickwick was making himself
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occasions, was to stand about in doorways, and talk to the less
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Fitz-Marshall, my dear, to come up to me directly, to be scolded for
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table at Mr. Tupman, who had dropped his knife and fork, and was looking
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* 'No, no--I'll do it--shan't be long--back in no time,' replied Jingle.
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'He is a gentleman of fortune, Mr. Pickwick,' said Mrs. Leo Hunter, 'to
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whom I very much want to introduce you. The count will be delighted with
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'How do we know whom he is deceiving there? He deceived a worthy man
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Remonstrances were useless. Mr. Pickwick was roused, and his mind was
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CHAPTER XVI. TOO FULL OF ADVENTURE TO BE BRIEFLY DESCRIBED
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There is no month in the whole year in which nature wears a more
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beauties, and May is a fresh and blooming month, but the charms of this
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well-reaped field is perceptible only to the eye, but strikes with no
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small to work, but too mischievous to be left at home, scrambles over
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look at, but slow going, over a heavy field, is better than warm work
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this, was not lost upon the well-regulated mind of Mr. Pickwick. Intent
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the nefarious Jingle, in any quarter in which he might be pursuing his
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over the means by which his purpose could be best attained. By degrees
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'When was that?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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gen'l'm'n's servant. I shall be a gen'l'm'n myself one of these days,
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Who knows? I shouldn't be surprised for one.'
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minutes' walk of all the public offices--only if there is any objection
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to it, it is that the sitivation's rayther too airy. I see some queer
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'And pray, Sam, what is the twopenny rope?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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house, where the beds is twopence a night.'
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here, Sam. But some caution is necessary. Order a private room, and do
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room was speedily engaged; and into it Mr. Pickwick was ushered without
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delay. 'Now, Sam,' said Mr. Pickwick, 'the first thing to be done is
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ascertain that he is in the house, and not likely to go away.'
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* In half an hour, Mr. Pickwick was seated at a very satisfactory dinner;
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Charles Fitz-Marshall had ordered his private room to be retained for
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him, until further notice. He was going to spend the evening at some
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'Then you can arrange what's best to be done, sir, and we can act
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As it appeared that this was the best arrangement that could be made, it
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to spend the evening in his own way; and was shortly afterwards elected,
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* Early on the ensuing morning, Mr. Weller was dispelling all the
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to pump over his head and face, until he was perfectly restored),
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when he was attracted by the appearance of a young fellow in
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mulberry-coloured livery, who was sitting on a bench in the yard,
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reading what appeared to be a hymn-book, with an air of deep
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'Why, if I felt less like a walking brandy-bottle I shouldn't be quite
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* 'How was it you worn't one of us, last night?' inquired Sam, scrubbing
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* 'I was out last night with my master,' replied the stranger. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Well, that is very strange,' said the mulberry man, with great
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'Trotter,' said the stranger. 'What is yours?'
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* 'I do, indeed. Worse than that, my master's going to be married.'
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question was put in the most careless tone imaginable, Mr. Job Trotter
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* 'No, no,' said Mr. Trotter, in conclusion, 'that's not to be told
---------------
to everybody. That is a secret--a great secret, Mr. Walker.' As the
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it was conveyed, ordered the pewter vessel to be refilled, whereat the
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* 'Ah,' said Sam, 'that's the game, is it?'
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that's what it is that preys upon my mind. But what am I to do?'
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'but it is your duty, nevertheless.'
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'I know it is my duty, Sir,' replied Job, with great emotion. 'We should
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mine, Sir; but it is a hard trial to betray a master, Sir, whose clothes
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you wear, and whose bread you eat, even though he is a scoundrel, Sir.'
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'His feelin's is all wery well, Sir,' replied Mr. Weller; 'and as
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handsome that you need keep waving it about, as if you was a tight-rope
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'My man is in the right,' said Mr. Pickwick, accosting Job, 'although
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his mode of expressing his opinion is somewhat homely, and occasionally
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no longer.' 'Very well,' said Mr. Pickwick. 'Now, where is this
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'It is a large, old, red brick house, just outside the town, Sir,'
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* 'And when,' said Mr. Pickwick--'when is this villainous design to be
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carried into execution--when is this elopement to take place?'
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Trotter. 'That is what alarms me so much.'
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'Instant measures must be taken,' said Mr. Pickwick. 'I will see the
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* 'My master, sir, is a very artful man.'
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be sure to say so), was discharged for some fault, and does this in
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'What had better be done, then?' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'But this taking him in the very act of elopement, would be a very
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'I think it might be very easily done.'
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'How?' was Mr. Pickwick's inquiry. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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the two servants, will be secreted in the kitchen at ten o'clock. When
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the young lady out of her bedroom. A post-chaise will be waiting, and
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like such an unpleasant discovery to be made before more persons
---------------
than can possibly be helped. The young lady, too, sir--consider her
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garden alone, and I was to let you in, at the door which opens into it,
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would be just in the very moment of time to assist me in frustrating the
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got a main in his head as is always turned on.'
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'The wall is very low, sir, and your servant will give you a leg up.'
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'You will be sure to be near this door that you speak of?'
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as the happiness of this young lady's whole life is at stake, I adopt
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it. I shall be sure to be there.'
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* 'What is the name of the house?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'There is no fear of my forgetting it, sir,' replied Job Trotter. With
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their luggage was packed up, and that they had ordered a chaise. The
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plot was evidently in execution, as Mr. Trotter had foretold. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Half-past ten o'clock arrived, and it was time for Mr. Pickwick to issue
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* There was a bright moon, but it was behind the clouds. It was a fine dry
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night, but it was most uncommonly dark. Paths, hedges, fields, houses,
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and trees, were enveloped in one deep shade. The atmosphere was hot
---------------
horizon, and was the only sight that varied the dull gloom in which
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everything was wrapped--sound there was none, except the distant barking
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wall, and gave the word 'Over,' which was literally obeyed. Whether his
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scratches. Go away, or we shall be overheard.'
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* It was a situation which might well have depressed the spirits of many
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knew that his purpose was in the main a good one, and he placed implicit
---------------
reliance on the high-minded Job. It was dull, certainly; not to say
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Mr. Pickwick had meditated himself into a doze, when he was roused by
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* At length the sound of feet was audible upon the stairs, and then the
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light of a candle shone through the keyhole of the door. There was a
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good deal of unchaining and unbolting, and the door was slowly opened. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Mr. Pickwick receded behind it, more and more. What was his astonishment
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* 'This is very curious,' thought Mr. Pickwick. 'They are sitting up
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* Mr. Pickwick was perfectly aware that a tree is a very dangerous
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the centre of the garden, he might be consigned to a constable. Once or
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struggles was to inflict a variety of very unpleasant gratings on his
---------------
after this exercise. He looked up at the house--all was dark. They must
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Another knock. He listened again. There was a low whispering inside, and
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stairs was thrown up, and three or four female voices repeated the
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Mr. Pickwick dared not move hand or foot. It was clear that the whole
---------------
establishment was roused. He made up his mind to remain where he was,
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* Like all Mr. Pickwick's determinations, this was the best that could be
---------------
made under the circumstances; but, unfortunately, it was founded upon
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* Of course Mr. Pickwick didn't say who was there: and then the burden of
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'Cook,' said the lady abbess, who took care to be on the top stair, the
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Here the cook began to cry, and the housemaid said it was 'a shame!' for
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declared there was nothing there, and it must have been the wind. The
---------------
door was just going to be closed in consequence, when an inquisitive
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* 'What is the matter with Miss Smithers?' said the lady abbess, as the
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upon the stairs, and upon each other; and never was such a screaming,
---------------
Here there was a general scream. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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to a state of comparative quiet. By them it was proposed, as a test of
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his own accord, and was securely locked in. This revived the others; and
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* 'I came to warn you that one of your young ladies was going to elope
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'He must be respectable--he keeps a manservant,' said Miss Tomkins to
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* A very brief conversation ensued. The door was unlocked. Mr. Pickwick
---------------
stepping forward, 'says that which is not the truth, but so far from it,
---------------
these here premises as has said so, I shall be wery happy to give 'em
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there could be any men on the premises of Westgate House Establishment
---------------
for Young Ladies, it is impossible to describe. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* Mr. Pickwick's explanation having already been partially made, was soon
---------------
much needed, could a single observation be drawn from him. He seemed
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* 'Where is that Trotter?'
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* 'It was all false, of course?'
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he so richly merits. I will, or my name is not Pickwick.'
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considerable amount of exertion and fatigue, was not proof against such
---------------
air, and rough-dried in a closet, is as dangerous as it is peculiar. Mr.
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Pickwick was laid up with an attack of rheumatism. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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elastic; his good-humour was restored. Even the vexation consequent upon
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Mr. Pickwick was confined to bed, Sam was his constant attendant. On the
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and was deeply engaged during the whole day. On the third, being able to
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who was the parish clerk of the little town, and lived in a little house
---------------
church; and who was to be found every day, from nine till four, teaching
---------------
a little learning to the little boys. Nathaniel Pipkin was a harmless,
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a confirmation, on which momentous occasion Nathaniel Pipkin was so
---------------
hand on his head, that he fainted right clean away, and was borne out of
---------------
* 'This was a great event, a tremendous era, in Nathaniel Pipkin's life,
---------------
and it was the only one that had ever occurred to ruffle the smooth
---------------
he was devising some tremendous problem in compound addition for
---------------
occasion. No wonder then, that Nathaniel Pipkin was unable to take his
---------------
cuffed and knocked him about to his heart's content. All this was very
---------------
* 'It IS matter of wonder, though, that anyone of Mr. Nathaniel Pipkin's
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market town--who was reported to have countless and inexhaustible
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the chimney-piece in the back parlour--and who, it was well known,
---------------
cream-ewer, and sugar-basin, which he was wont, in the pride of his
---------------
heart, to boast should be his daughter's property when she found a man
---------------
to her mind. I repeat it, to be matter of profound astonishment and
---------------
cast his eyes in this direction. But love is blind; and Nathaniel had
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an equally ferocious and violent description; for he was a terrible
---------------
old fellow, was Lobbs, when his pride was injured, or his blood was up.
---------------
sometimes, when he was denouncing the idleness of the bony apprentice
---------------
* 'Well! Day after day, when school was over, and the pupils gone, did
---------------
feigned to be reading a book, throw sidelong glances over the way in
---------------
deeply engaged in reading too. This was delightful, and gladdening to
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the heart of Nathaniel Pipkin. It was something to sit there for hours
---------------
Lobbs was out, Nathaniel Pipkin had the temerity to kiss his hand
---------------
Maria Lobbs, the old saddler's daughter. There was a roguish twinkle in
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bosoms than that of Nathaniel Pipkin; and there was such a joyous sound
---------------
she was unexpectedly before him, all the blood in his body mounting to
---------------
too, and pretended to be absorbed in meditation, as indeed he really
---------------
was; for he was thinking what on earth he should ever do, when they
---------------
But though he was afraid to make up to them, he couldn't bear to lose
---------------
There was something in Kate's manner that was not to be resisted, and so
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heart were at her father's disposal; but that nobody could be insensible
---------------
to Mr. Pipkin's merits. As all this was said with much gravity, and as
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* 'There was a very snug little party, consisting of Maria Lobbs and her
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eye-sore in the whole place was another cousin of Maria Lobbs's, and a
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a delightful thing to see affection in families, but it may be carried
---------------
Lobbs must be very particularly fond of her relations, if she paid as
---------------
it somehow or other happened that Nathaniel Pipkin was nearly always
---------------
blind, and whenever he laid his hand upon the male cousin, he was sure
---------------
to find that Maria Lobbs was not far off. And though the wicked little
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this was odd--very odd--and there is no saying what Nathaniel Pipkin
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knocking at the street door was no other than old Lobbs himself, who had
---------------
unexpectedly returned, and was hammering away, like a coffin-maker;
---------------
for he wanted his supper. The alarming intelligence was no sooner
---------------
had been warming up, was placed on the table, and then old Lobbs fell
---------------
a couple of hooks, in the very closet in which he stood, was a large,
---------------
of the closet, and walked up to it. It was of no use a little man like
---------------
like old Lobbs was pulling it outwards. Old Lobbs gave it one tug, and
---------------
'It is by no means improbable that old Lobbs would have carried his
---------------
bright eyes, and, though they were tearful now, their influence was by
---------------
got down the pipe, and smoked it; and it was a remarkable circumstance
---------------
about that particular pipe of tobacco, that it was the most soothing and
---------------
that on the night of the wedding he was incarcerated in the village
---------------
excesses in the streets, in all of which he was aided and abetted by the
---------------
lady. Nor was the occasional society of Mr. Pott himself wanting
---------------
it was not the habit of that great man to descend from his mental
---------------
spirit, to be one of them. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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towards Mr. Winkle, it will be readily imagined that considerable
---------------
surprise was depicted on the countenance of the latter gentleman, when,
---------------
as he was sitting alone in the breakfast-room, the door was hastily
---------------
hand, ground his teeth, as if to put a sharper edge on what he was about
---------------
nine, and greets you as a serpent, it is not unreasonable to conclude
---------------
of the 'serpent.' The most, however, was nothing at all; so, after a
---------------
the visitor. 'Pleasantry, sir!--But--no, I will be calm; I will be calm,
---------------
rage, which was not unaccompanied with something like a tremble, at the
---------------
a desperate struggle to screw up his courage, but it was fast coming
---------------
word, sir,' when it comes to be read; but the tone of voice in which it
---------------
reference to some revenge to be thereafter visited upon the head of
---------------
but the unfortunate man's voice was drowned in the screaming of his
---------------
* Very fortunately, however, attached to Mrs. Pott's person was a
---------------
bodyguard of one, a young lady whose ostensible employment was to
---------------
mistress, what is the matter?'
---------------
* Pott was evidently giving way. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'It's a shame,' said the bodyguard reproachfully. 'I know he'll be the
---------------
* 'Never, ma'am--never,' said Goodwin.'Oh, sir, you should be careful--you
---------------
* Pott looked very frightened. It was time to finish him. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'And now,' sobbed Mrs. Pott, 'now, after all, to be treated in this way;
---------------
to be reproached and insulted in the presence of a third party, and
---------------
brother, the lieutenant, shall interfere. I'll be separated, Goodwin!'
---------------
A fresh train of sobs was the only reply, as Mrs. Pott grew more
---------------
hysterical, requested to be informed why she was ever born, and required
---------------
dear--impossible. I was only angry, my dear--I may say outrageous--with
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* 'Immediately, of course,' said Mr. Pott; 'before the day is out.'
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'Certainly, ma'am,' replied Goodwin. 'No man as is a man, ma'am, could
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that he would do it; but Mrs. Pott was so overcome at the bare idea of
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having ever been suspected, that she was half a dozen times on the very
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* The breakfast passed off in silence, for each of the party was brooding
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over his, or her, own personal grievances. Mrs. Pott was regretting the
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deserve to be horsewhipped myself--that's all.'
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His friends were ready, the coach was nearly so, and in half an hour
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* Mr. Weller was standing at the door of the Angel, ready to receive
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back, or look sentimental about it; it can't be helped, old fellow. For
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* 'Yes, a wedding. But don't be frightened,' said the good-humoured old
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'Oh, is that all?' said Mr. Snodgrass, relieved from a painful doubt
---------------
which had fallen heavily on his breast. 'Give you joy, Sir. How is Joe?'
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her go. But come! Here's the dinner. You must be hungry after your ride.
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Ample justice was done to the meal; and when they were seated round
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and happiness of some confiding female? Is it not, I say--'
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on us! what's this? It must be a jest; it--it--can't be true.'
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'What's the matter?' was the general inquiry. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Nobody dead, is there?' said Wardle, alarmed at the horror in Mr.
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following is a copy:--
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There was something so impressive in the mute astonishment with which
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that all seemed afraid to speak. The silence was at length broken by Mr.
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her heart,' said Wardle, with a smile, 'you should certainly be the best
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important. There was nothing suspicious then, I suppose?'
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certainly was reclining in his arms.'
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'And our friend was soothing her anguish,' said Mr. Winkle, rather
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'Next day is the first of September, and you're pledged to ride out with
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boy, too! Always the vay vith these here old 'uns howsoever, as is such
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* In plain commonplace matter-of-fact, then, it was a fine morning--so
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* Such was the morning, when an open carriage, in which were three
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surprise from Mr. Winkle, who was holding his gun as if he wished his
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Tupman, who was holding his as if he was afraid of it--as there is no
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to look as if it was somebody else, whereat Mr. Winkle frowned
---------------
'That's not Sir Geoffrey's land, is it?'
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there'll be nobody to interrupt us, and there's a fine bit of turf
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Mr. Pickwick was particularly desirous to view the sport, the more
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especially as he was rather anxious in respect of Mr. Winkle's life and
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limbs. On so inviting a morning, too, it was very tantalising to turn
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There was a short pause of commiseration. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'The wery thing,' said Mr. Weller, who was a party interested, inasmuch
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It was a great objection, but not an insurmountable one. The gamekeeper
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use of the machine, Mr. Pickwick was placed in it, and off the party
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* 'I won't suffer this barrow to be moved another step,' said Mr.
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Pickwick; 'I am not going to be shot in a wheel-barrow, for the sake of
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* 'That gun of Tupman's is not safe: I know it isn't,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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There was a sharp whirring noise, that made Mr. Winkle start back as if
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* 'We shall very likely be up with another covey in five minutes,' said
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boisterous laugh, and was summarily cuffed by the long gamekeeper, who
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genius, he had at once observed that the two great points to be attained
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the ground. He was on the point of congratulating Mr. Wardle on his
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out before.' It was in vain for Mr. Tupman to protest, with a smile of
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self-denial, that he never had. The very smile was taken as evidence to
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the contrary; and from that time forth his reputation was established.
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It is not the only reputation that has been acquired as easily, nor are
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fancy-shooting, it was extremely varied and curious; as an exhibition
---------------
failure. It is an established axiom, that 'every bullet has its billet.'
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'It is, indeed,' replied Mr. Pickwick. The sun is tremendously hot, even
---------------
on the grass. 'Wery good thing is weal pie, when you know the lady
---------------
as made it, and is quite sure it ain't kittens; and arter all though,
---------------
"Ah," says he, "I do--a good many," says he, "You must be wery fond o'
---------------
"No," says he, "fruits is in, cats is out." "Why, what do you mean?"
---------------
says I. "Mean!" says he. "That I'll never be a party to the combination
---------------
emptying the basket, 'and the pies was beautiful. Tongue--, well that's
---------------
* 'This is delightful--thoroughly delightful!' said Mr. Pickwick; the skin
---------------
of whose expressive countenance was rapidly peeling off, with exposure
---------------
The toast was drunk with loud acclamations. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
Winkle, who was eating bread and ham with a pocket-knife. 'I'll put a
---------------
Here Mr. Weller winked the eye which was not concealed by the beer-can
---------------
he was raising to his lips, with such exquisite facetiousness, that
---------------
* 'Well, that certainly is most capital cold punch,' said Mr. Pickwick,
---------------
looking earnestly at the stone bottle; 'and the day is extremely warm,
---------------
glass, Mr. Pickwick took another, just to see whether there was any
---------------
and finding that there was not, Mr. Pickwick took another glass to the
---------------
whether it would be better for Mr. Weller to wheel his master back
---------------
again, or to leave him where he was, until they should all be ready to
---------------
return. The latter course was at length decided on; and as the further
---------------
expedition was not to exceed an hour's duration, and as Mr. Weller
---------------
begged very hard to be one of the party, it was determined to leave Mr.
---------------
But he was NOT suffered to remain there in peace. And this was what
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* Captain Boldwig was a little fierce man in a stiff black neckerchief and
---------------
the captain's house was a villa, and his land 'grounds,' and it was all
---------------
prospect as if he thought the prospect ought to be highly gratified
---------------
Boldwig. 'He's only feigning to be asleep now,' said the captain, in
---------------
Away Mr. Pickwick was wheeled in compliance with this imperious mandate;
---------------
* Inexpressible was the astonishment of the little party when they
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wheel-barrow with him. It was the most mysterious and unaccountable
---------------
thing that was ever heard of For a lame man to have got upon his legs
---------------
was not to be found. After some hours of fruitless search, they arrived
---------------
awakened by seeing him wheeled in, how many hundredfold was their joy
---------------
* A general shout was of course the signal of his having woke up; and his
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* 'How came I here? What was I doing? Where was I brought from?' 'Boldwig!
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Captain Boldwig!' was the only reply. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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have suffered, no one can tell, had not a carriage, which was driving
---------------
* 'I will, by--' But as there was a humorous expression in Wardle's face,
---------------
* The clerks' office of Messrs. Dodson & Fogg was a dark, mouldy,
---------------
stone ink bottles of various shapes and sizes. There was a glass door
---------------
occurrence of which a faithful narration is given in the last chapter. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* It was a ragged head, the sandy hair of which, scrupulously parted
---------------
on one side, and flattened down with pomatum, was twisted into little
---------------
* 'When will Mr. Dodson be back, sir?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. 'Can't say.'
---------------
'Will it be long before Mr. Fogg is disengaged, Sir?'
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another clerk, who was mixing a Seidlitz powder, under cover of the lid
---------------
* 'I think I'll wait,' said Mr. Pickwick. There was no reply; so Mr.
---------------
* 'That was a game, wasn't it?' said one of the gentlemen, in a brown coat
---------------
Cummins was in the chair,' said the man with the brown coat. 'It was
---------------
half-past four when I got to Somers Town, and then I was so uncommon
---------------
* 'There was such a game with Fogg here, this mornin',' said the man in
---------------
the brown coat, 'while Jack was upstairs sorting the papers, and you two
---------------
were gone to the stamp-office. Fogg was down here, opening the letters
---------------
in his rum way, so that I knew something was coming. "You don't know
---------------
back; "the time was only out last night, Sir." "I do say it, though,"
---------------
out. The door was scarcely shut, when old Fogg turned round to me, with
---------------
with his large family and small income, he'll be all the better for
---------------
delightful to see him. He is a capital man of business,' said Wicks, in
---------------
laughter, was heard from behind the partition. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'Take a seat, sir,' said Fogg; 'there is the paper, sir; my partner will
---------------
business, who was an elderly, pimply-faced, vegetable-diet sort of man,
---------------
of being who seemed to be an essential part of the desk at which he was
---------------
* 'This is Mr. Pickwick,' said Fogg. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
'Grounds of--' Fogg had ejaculated this much, when he was stopped by
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statement, Sir, may be true, or it may be false; it may be credible, or
---------------
it may be incredible; but, if it be true, and if it be credible, I do
---------------
and not to be shaken. You may be an unfortunate man, Sir, or you may be
---------------
unfortunate man, so far as this case is concerned.'
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you are really innocent of what is laid to your charge, you are more
---------------
issued regularly. Mr. Fogg, where is the PRAECIPE book?'
---------------
* 'Here is the entry,' resumed Dodson. '"Middlesex, Capias MARTHA
---------------
* 'I am to understand, then,' said Mr. Pickwick, 'that it really is your
---------------
'Unquestionably,' replied Dodson sternly. For the action was only just
---------------
of this writ, sir. Here is the original, sir.'
---------------
'We shall be very happy to do so,' said Fogg, rubbing his hands. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
clenched fist, there is little doubt that that gentleman would have
---------------
battledores, in which case it gets too excitin' to be pleasant. Come
---------------
to be carried on here.'
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Mr. Weller's knowledge of London was extensive and peculiar. He replied,
---------------
brandy-and-water was speedily placed before him; while Mr. Weller,
---------------
master, was accommodated with a pint of porter. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* The room was one of a very homely description, and was apparently under
---------------
drinking and smoking in the different boxes. Among the number was one
---------------
who attracted Mr. Pickwick's attention. The stout man was smoking with
---------------
solemnity in his manner; 'there never was a nicer woman as a widder,
---------------
all I can say on her now, is, that as she was such an uncommon pleasant
---------------
by your father, my boy, and be wery careful o' widders all your life,
---------------
'You're quite certain it was them, governor?' inquired Mr. Weller,
---------------
There is nothing positively vile or atrocious in the appellation of
---------------
'old Fireworks,' but still it is by no means a respectful or flattering
---------------
wouldn't be amiss.'
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brandy was brought; and Mr. Weller, after pulling his hair to Mr.
---------------
his note-book--'what is it?'
---------------
'The gout, Sir,' replied Mr. Weller, 'the gout is a complaint as arises
---------------
away any illness as is caused by too much jollity.' Having imparted
---------------
There was no replying to this very apposite conclusion, and, therefore,
---------------
anticipations were realised. Mr. Perker's 'outer door' was closed; and
---------------
* 'This is pleasant, Sam,' said Mr. Pickwick; 'I shouldn't lose an hour
---------------
in seeing him; I shall not be able to get one wink of sleep to-night, I
---------------
* 'Well,' said the old woman, 'if it was anything very particular, I was
---------------
hostelry in question was situated in a court, happy in the double
---------------
his companions, was what ordinary people would designate a public-house.
---------------
That the landlord was a man of money-making turn was sufficiently
---------------
of shoes: and that he was a being of a philanthropic mind was evident
---------------
bowels of the earth, in which this mighty cavern might be supposed
---------------
consider as the 'stump,' we have said all that need be said of the
---------------
out. He'll be done directly, Sir.'
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Sam to solace himself in the tap, suffered himself to be conducted into
---------------
surprise seemed to be by no means diminished, when his eyes rested on an
---------------
room for five minutes, I shall be very much obliged to you.'
---------------
human nature. He suffered himself to be led to the table, where, after
---------------
having been introduced to the company in due form, he was accommodated
---------------
'I should be very sorry to say I wasn't,' interposed another gentleman
---------------
too, it would be all the better. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* Here there was another pause. Mr. Pickwick was a stranger, and his
---------------
* This was an unanswerable reply, and silence prevailed again. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
talk upon for ever. You'll draw old Jack Bamber out; he was never heard
---------------
The individual to whom Lowten alluded, was a little, yellow,
---------------
could have escaped his attention for a moment. There was a fixed grim
---------------
eyebrows, there was a strange, wild slyness in his leer, quite repulsive
---------------
* This was the figure that now started forward, and burst into an animated
---------------
the old man was a remarkable personage, it will be more respectful to
---------------
appearance concluded the last chapter, 'aha! who was talking about the
---------------
'I was, Sir,' replied Mr. Pickwick--'I was observing what singular old
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the jail? They are no ordinary houses, those. There is not a panel in
---------------
There was something so odd in the old man's sudden energy, and the
---------------
subject which had called it forth, that Mr. Pickwick was prepared with
---------------
enter the profession, which is destined never to yield him a morsel
---------------
certainly,' said Mr. Pickwick, laughing. 'To be sure you didn't,' said
---------------
me, "What is there in chambers in particular?" "Queer old places," said
---------------
He died one morning of apoplexy, as he was going to open his outer door.
---------------
'And how was he found out at last?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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in the evening: he got nervous and uncomfortable, and used to be always
---------------
said he, when he came home from the play one night, and was drinking a
---------------
be able to fancy there was any one behind him--"I can't make it out,"
---------------
bolt upright in the corner, was the last tenant, with a little bottle
---------------
old women's stories about the place, and it certainly was very far from
---------------
being a cheerful one; but he was poor, and the rooms were cheap, and
---------------
been ten times worse than they really were. He was obliged to take some
---------------
mouldering fixtures that were on the place, and, among the rest, was a
---------------
possible, and was sitting down before the fire at night, drinking the
---------------
whether it would ever be paid for, and if so, in how many years' time,
---------------
to break up your old carcass, than it would ever be worth afterward, I'd
---------------
a moment's reflection, that it must be some young fellow in the next
---------------
press. The figure was tall and thin, and the countenance expressive of
---------------
care and anxiety; but there was something in the hue of the skin, and
---------------
world was ever seen to wear. "Who are you?" said the new tenant, turning
---------------
worldly ruin was worked, and I and my children beggared. In this press,
---------------
apartment is mine: leave it to me." "If you insist upon making your
---------------
personally to you, because it is equally applicable to most of the
---------------
earth--for I suppose space is nothing to you--you should always return
---------------
see, Sir," pursued the tenant, "this is a very uncomfortable room. From
---------------
the appearance of that press, I should be disposed to say that it is
---------------
that they might be much more comfortable elsewhere, you will confer a
---------------
about the queer client we had, when I was in an attorney's office, is
---------------
as if in triumph, at the attention which was depicted in every face.
---------------
conclusion, go back for a beginning. It is enough for me to say that
---------------
in the Marshalsea Prison. [Better. But this is past, in a better age,
---------------
'It may be my fancy, or it may be that I cannot separate the place from
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cannot bear. The street is broad, the shops are spacious, the noise of
---------------
wasted with famine, and sallow from confinement, in days when it was no
---------------
no longer exists, but there is enough of it left to give rise to
---------------
* 'Twenty years ago, that pavement was worn with the footsteps of a mother
---------------
and though the form of childhood was there, its light heart, its merry
---------------
almost any fatigue of active exertion, was wasting beneath the close
---------------
delicate woman was sinking beneath the combined effects of bodily and
---------------
mental illness. The child's young heart was breaking. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
increasing poverty, she was happier now, for she was nearer him. For two
---------------
arrived, and she came alone. The child was dead. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
one, and he was now removed to that peace and rest which, child as he
---------------
* 'It was plain to those who looked upon the mother's altered face,
---------------
* '"It is very hard to leave you, George," she said; "but it is God's
---------------
taken our boy! He is happy, and in heaven now. What would he have done
---------------
the smile faded into a rigid and ghastly stare. He was alone in the
---------------
moment of his life, his whole energies should be directed to this one
---------------
object; that his revenge should be protracted and terrible; that his
---------------
hatred should be undying and inextinguishable; and should hunt its
---------------
fever which was burning within. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'It was necessary that his wife's body should be removed from the
---------------
had retired. The rude coffin was borne slowly forward on men's
---------------
mechanically adjusting the pall with which it was covered, motioned
---------------
* 'Although for many weeks after this, he was watched, night and day, in
---------------
connected in some way with the great object of his mind. He was sailing
---------------
side. There was another vessel before them, toiling and labouring in the
---------------
what was that--that old gray head that rose above the water's surface,
---------------
strokes was swimming towards it. He reached it; he was close upon it.
---------------
fainter and fainter, until they wholly ceased. He was dead; he had
---------------
* 'He was traversing the scorching sands of a mighty desert, barefoot and
---------------
coolness revived him; what gushing sound was that? Water! It was indeed
---------------
a well; and the clear fresh stream was running at his feet. He drank
---------------
gray-headed man tottered forward to slake his burning thirst. It was HE
---------------
strength, had put off the act till it was too late, and now might
---------------
caused himself to be carried from the scene of his loss and misery,
---------------
* 'It was summer-time; and wrapped in his gloomy thoughts, he would issue
---------------
* 'He was seated here, one calm evening, in his old position, now and then
---------------
ocean, seemed to lead to its very verge where the sun was setting, when
---------------
the profound stillness of the spot was broken by a loud cry for help; he
---------------
listened, doubtful of his having heard aright, when the cry was repeated
---------------
a human head was just visible above the waves at a little distance from
---------------
the shore; and an old man, wringing his hands in agony, was running to
---------------
and fro, shrieking for assistance. The invalid, whose strength was now
---------------
Heaven. He is my son, Sir, my only son!" said the old man frantically,
---------------
as he advanced to meet him. "My only son, Sir, and he is dying before
---------------
'The stranger smiled, and was silent. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
spot where the young man was struggling for life. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* '"Hark!" said the old man. "He cries once more. He is alive yet.
---------------
boy; he is so young, Heyling, so young to die!"
---------------
wrist; "I will have life for life, and here is ONE. MY child died,
---------------
that young slanderer of his sister's worth is meeting while I speak. You
---------------
down into his early grave, was undistinguishable from the surrounding
---------------
prime of life, his face was pale, haggard, and dejected; and it did not
---------------
* '"It is no common business," said he; "nor have these papers reached my
---------------
an understanding is nowhere expressed. He has sustained many losses of
---------------
'"The whole amount is many thousands of pounds," said the attorney,
---------------
defendant be a man of straw, who is to pay the costs, Sir?"
---------------
spoke--"any sum, and it is yours. Don't be afraid to name it, man. I
---------------
the view of ascertaining how far his client was really disposed to go,
---------------
* 'The draft was duly honoured, and the attorney, finding that his strange
---------------
client might be safely relied upon, commenced his work in earnest.
---------------
certain ruin in which the opposite party must be involved, which poured
---------------
in, as suit after suit, and process after process, was commenced. To all
---------------
applications for a brief indulgence, there was but one reply--the money
---------------
must be paid. Land, house, furniture, each in its turn, was taken under
---------------
with the writ. He was only restored to comparative calmness by repeated
---------------
invented was resorted to, for the purpose of discovering his place of
---------------
retreat; but it was all in vain. Half a year had passed over, and he was
---------------
"Perhaps it is as well we DID lose sight of him, for he has been
---------------
forgotten. The next day is an anniversary in his life: let it be done
---------------
Hospital, they entered a small by-street, which is, or was at that time,
---------------
called Little College Street, and which, whatever it may be now, was
---------------
house in the street, and knocked gently at the door. It was at once
---------------
old man, was seated at a bare deal table, on which stood a miserable
---------------
* '"What now, what now?" said the old man. "What fresh misery is this?
---------------
requital you well remember: this is my last."
---------------
think he is ill." The woman closed the door, ran hastily upstairs, and
---------------
himself down upon it afterwards. 'The governor hisself'll be down here
---------------
Sammy; and she is uncommon pious, to be sure. She's too good a creetur
---------------
shepherd,' said Mr. Weller. 'I was a-standing starin' in at the pictur
---------------
half-a-crown. All applications to be made to the committee. Secretary,
---------------
Mrs. Weller"; and when I got home there was the committee a-sittin' in
---------------
up we walks into a fust-floor where there was tea-things for thirty, and
---------------
the man vith the red nose began. I was just a-thinkin' whether I hadn't
---------------
better begin too--'specially as there was a wery nice lady a-sittin'
---------------
a precious loud hymn, Sammy, while the tea was a brewing; such a grace,
---------------
you'd like to grub by contract, but he was nothin' to the shepherd.
---------------
Well; arter the tea was over, they sang another hymn, and then the
---------------
a sudden, and hollers out, "Where is the sinner; where is the mis'rable
---------------
if they was a-dying. I thought it was rather sing'ler, but howsoever, I
---------------
says, "Where is the sinner; where is the mis'rable sinner?" and all the
---------------
man, who was an important-looking, sharp-nosed, mysterious-spoken
---------------
is, he is my servant, but I allow him to take a good many liberties;
---------------
for, between ourselves, I flatter myself he is an original, and I am
---------------
'Ah,' said the red-haired man, 'that, you see, is a matter of taste.
---------------
'Here is my card, sir,' replied Mr. Pickwick, much amused by the
---------------
'It is calculated to afford them the highest gratification, I should
---------------
* 'Now, gen'l'm'n,' said the hostler, 'coach is ready, if you please.'
---------------
quite satisfied from that man's manner, that the leather hat-box is not
---------------
leather hat-box was obliged to be raked up from the lowest depth of the
---------------
the red bag was mislaid, and next that the striped bag had been stolen,
---------------
you. You was a lighter weight when you was a boy, sir.' 'True enough,
---------------
* 'It is not indeed, Sam,' replied Mr. Pickwick, surveying the crowded and
---------------
greater call there seems to be for oysters. Look here, sir; here's a
---------------
'To be sure he does,' said Mr. Weller, senior; 'and it's just the same
---------------
'Wery queer life is a pike-keeper's, sir.'
---------------
'Fact, Sir,' said Mr. Weller; 'if they was gen'l'm'n, you'd call 'em
---------------
loquacity, it was abundantly supplied by the desire evinced by Mr.
---------------
insane cart-horse, which is elevated above the principal door. The Great
---------------
White Horse is famous in the neighbourhood, in the same degree as a
---------------
enormous size. Never was such labyrinths of uncarpeted passages, such
---------------
* It was at the door of this overgrown tavern that the London coach
---------------
stopped, at the same hour every evening; and it was from this same
---------------
have any friends here or not, though. Is there any gentleman of the name
---------------
apartment, with a dirty grate, in which a small fire was making a
---------------
wretched attempt to be cheerful, but was fast sinking beneath the
---------------
of fish and a steak was served up to the travellers, and when the dinner
---------------
* Mr. Peter Magnus was naturally of a very communicative disposition, and
---------------
'Upon my word,' said Mr. Pickwick, 'it is wholly impossible for me to
---------------
jealous by nature--horrid--that the lady is in this house.' Here Mr.
---------------
* 'Hush! Yes, you're right, that was it; not such a fool as to see her,
---------------
in the effect they will produce, will be invaluable to me, sir.'
---------------
Mr. Pickwick. I heard she would be here to-night and all to-morrow
---------------
forenoon, and came down to seize the opportunity. I think an inn is a
---------------
perhaps, than she would be at home. What do you think, Mr. Pickwick?'
---------------
'I think it is very probable,' replied that gentleman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
'Dear me,' said Mr. Peter Magnus, 'that's very unpleasant. It is a lady,
---------------
to your feelings. I know what it is to be jilted, Sir; I have endured
---------------
shall be pale to-morrow, Mr. Pickwick.'
---------------
* 'This is your room, sir,' said the chambermaid. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'Very well,' replied Mr. Pickwick, looking round him. It was a
---------------
clearness to convince Mr. Pickwick that he was falling asleep. So he
---------------
* Now this watch was a special favourite with Mr. Pickwick, having been
---------------
brain. So as it was pretty late now, and he was unwilling to ring his
---------------
more stairs there seemed to be to descend, and again and again, when Mr.
---------------
with difficulties and uncertainty, his journey back was infinitely more
---------------
marvellous celerity. He was reduced to the verge of despair, when an
---------------
of each was a little path, terminating in a rush-bottomed chair, just
---------------
article of dress. It was at this moment that the absurdity of his
---------------
* 'It is the best idea,' said Mr. Pickwick to himself, smiling till he
---------------
almost cracked the nightcap strings--'it is the best idea, my losing
---------------
a broader smile than before, and was about to continue the process of
---------------
undressing, in the best possible humour, when he was suddenly stopped
---------------
* The smile that played on Mr. Pickwick's features was instantaneously
---------------
mysterious visitor with the least danger of being seen himself, was by
---------------
could be seen than his face and nightcap, and putting on his spectacles,
---------------
dressing-glass was a middle-aged lady, in yellow curl-papers, busily
---------------
unconscious middle-aged lady came into that room, it was quite clear
---------------
It was quite impossible to resist the urgent desire to see what was
---------------
border; and was gazing pensively on the fire. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'This matter is growing alarming,' reasoned Mr. Pickwick with himself.
---------------
that lady, it is clear to me that I must have come into the wrong
---------------
consequences will be still more frightful.' Mr. Pickwick, it is quite
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unnecessary to say, was one of the most modest and delicate-minded of
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he would, he couldn't get it off. The disclosure must be made. There
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That the lady started at this unexpected sound was evident, by her
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must have been the effect of imagination was equally clear, for when Mr.
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fright, ventured to peep out again, she was gazing pensively on the fire
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ferocious giant Blunderbore was in the habit of expressing his opinion
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that it was time to lay the cloth, were too distinctly audible to be
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Now, although Mr. Pickwick was not actuated by any definite object
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in putting out his head, it was instantaneously productive of a good
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effect. The lady, as we have already stated, was near the door. She must
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of the statement). It is evident to me, ma'am, now, that I have mistaken
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'If this improbable story be really true, Sir,' said the lady, sobbing
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character was beautifully displayed at this moment, under the most
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position was by no means enviable. He was alone, in an open passage, in
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a strange house in the middle of the night, half dressed; it was not
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to be supposed that he could find his way in perfect darkness to a room
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He had no resource but to remain where he was until daylight appeared.
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* He was not destined, however, to undergo this additional trial of
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end of the passage. His horror was suddenly converted into joy, however,
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when he recognised the form of his faithful attendant. It was indeed Mr.
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boots, who was sitting up for the mail, was now about to retire to rest. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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morning, which was ushered in by Mr. Pickwick's adventure with the
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preparing himself for his journey to London. He was sitting in an
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* It is very possible that at some earlier period of his career, Mr.
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you took a full view of his countenance in front, it was difficult to
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combination of colours which is only to be seen in gentlemen of his
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imperceptible gradations, that it was difficult to distinguish the folds
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ever beheld them both at the same time. His hair, which was short,
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sleek, and black, was just visible beneath the capacious brim of a
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* We have said that Mr. Weller was engaged in preparing for his journey
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to London--he was taking sustenance, in fact. On the table before him,
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markets, no, not six months--who'd ha' scorned to be let in, in such a
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can't be helped, and that's one consolation, as they always says in
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I was up at the office to get my vay-bill and see the coach loaded; for
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coaches, Sammy, is like guns--they requires to be loaded with wery great
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it was my own self. So I've only this here one little bit of adwice to
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boy, pison yourself, and you'll be glad on it arterwards.' With these
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about retracing his steps, when he was suddenly transfixed to the spot
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Mr. Weller was standing. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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circumstances, there was nothing very extraordinary in it; because in
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particular share of public observation. It is clear, therefore, that
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closed behind him, and there was no other outlet but the one in front,
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however, he was not long in perceiving that he must pass Mr. Samuel
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man was, that he was contorting his face into the most fearful and
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* 'Well!' said Mr. Weller to himself, as the man approached. 'This is wery
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odd. I could ha' swore it was him.'
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perfectly hideous. He was obliged to pass very near Sam, however, and
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of Mr. Job Trotter to be easily mistaken. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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when he was brought to again by another shout. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* There was no pretending to mistake where the voice came from now, so the
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how I have looked forward to this meeting! It is too much, Mr. Walker;
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disappeared. 'Oh, Mr. Walker, this is too much.'
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'Too much!' echoed Sam, 'I think it is too much--rayther! Now, what have
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they walked away, 'how is your dear, good master? Oh, he is a worthy
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There was a momentary look of deep slyness in Job Trotter's eye, as he
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constrained himself, however, and replied that his master was extremely
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* 'Oh, yes, he is here, and I grieve to say, Mr. Weller, he is going on
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'What was you a-doin' there?' asked Sam, with a sharp glance. 'Got
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* 'Yes,' continued Mr. Trotter, 'and one of them is a cook, who has saved
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up a little money, Mr. Weller, and is desirous, if she can establish
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filling with tears as he spoke, 'will be, that I shall be able to leave
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* 'I was, sir,' replied Job, heaving a deep sigh; 'I was the idol of the
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water-works is nothin' to you. What are you melting vith now? The
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'Oh, that was the vay, was it?' said Mr. Weller. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'To be sure it was,' replied Job. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'I shall be sure to come,' said Job. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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shall perhaps be askin' arter you, at the other side of the green gate,
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'I shall be sure to be with you, sir,' said Mr. Trotter; and wringing
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I shall be one too many for you this time. I shall, indeed.' Having
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uttered this soliloquy, and looked after Job till he was to be seen no
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* 'But when is this to be done, Sam?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Whether it was done in good time, or not, will be seen hereafter. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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while he himself was pacing up and down the room in a state of the
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* 'Yes, it is rather near,' replied Mr. Magnus, 'rather too near to be
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'Confidence is a great thing in these cases,' observed Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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in such a case as this, sir. What is it, Sir? There's nothing to be
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'It is a very philosophical one,' replied Mr. Pickwick. 'But breakfast
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Down they sat to breakfast, but it was evident, notwithstanding the
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* There was a brief pause. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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I should be sorry if you were induced to regulate your proceedings by
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Magnus, taking another look at the clock, the hand of which was verging
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show that I was not wholly unworthy, sir, I should take a brief review
---------------
that to anybody else, I must be a very desirable object. I should
---------------
Perhaps I might then be tempted to seize her hand.'
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'Yes, I see,' said Mr. Magnus; 'that would be a very great point.'
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'You think that may be taken for granted?' said Mr. Magnus; 'because, if
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she did not do that at the right place, it would be embarrassing.'
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done that, supposing there was no refusal, I should gently draw away
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suppose the lady would be applying to her eyes at the moment, and steal
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* 'My friends, the gentleman I was speaking of--Mr. Magnus,' said Mr.
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'And it was all correct, was it?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Mr. Pickwick, she is mine.'
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The lady was at the upper end of the room. As Mr. Pickwick bowed,
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dropped into a chair; whereupon Mr. Peter Magnus was stricken motionless
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* 'Mr. Pickwick!' exclaimed Mr. Magnus, lost in astonishment, 'what is the
---------------
meaning of this, Sir? What is the meaning of it, Sir?' added Mr. Magnus,
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delicacy; it shall never be revealed by ME depend upon it.'
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There must be something very comprehensive in this phrase of 'Never
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observable, too, that there would appear to be some hidden taunt in this
---------------
lady is concerned, is the cause of a difference which has just arisen
---------------
that it has no relation to himself, and is not in any way connected with
---------------
particular moment, the mind of Mr. Peter Magnus was in anything but
---------------
what was due to his own feelings, and all that sort of thing; adding
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such an unpleasant affair, was not so quietly disposed as was his wont.
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of bullets in his left side, was among the very least. The more the
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* To this decision the middle-aged lady was impelled by a variety of
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considerations, the chief of which was the incontestable proof it would
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safety. She was too well acquainted with his jealous temperament to
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* Now George Nupkins, Esquire, the principal magistrate aforesaid, was as
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Nupkins was in a state of the utmost excitement and irritation, for
---------------
a century at least. And Mr. Nupkins was sitting in his easy-chair,
---------------
frowning with majesty, and boiling with rage, when a lady was announced
---------------
terrible, and commanded that the lady should be shown in; which command,
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potentates of the earth, was forthwith obeyed; and Miss Witherfield,
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interestingly agitated, was ushered in accordingly. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Muzzle was an undersized footman, with a long body and short legs. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'It is of a very painful kind, Sir,' said Miss Witherfield. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'It is very distressing to me, Sir, to give this information,' said Miss
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Witherfield, 'but I fear a duel is going to be fought here.'
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of the kind can be contemplated in this town, I am persuaded. Bless my
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middle-aged lady; 'I was present at the quarrel.'
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of his having very little indeed to be merry about; and, being ordered
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* 'This man, Pickwick, is the principal, I understand?' said the
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magistrate, when the statement was finished. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Tupman, Sir.' 'Tupman is the second?'
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is weak and paralysed. They shall be made an example of. Draw up the
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introducing the elderly gentleman in the top-boots, who was chiefly
---------------
officers is set at naught, we must have the riot act read. If the civil
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the civil power, and the windows too. I believe that is a maxim of the
---------------
should never forget it--as indeed it was not likely he would, so long as
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it continued to be cited daily. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'This is even more unconstitutional,' said the magistrate; 'this is
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Majesty's prerogative. I believe duelling is one of his Majesty's most
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not be violated in this portion of his dominions. Grummer, procure
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sofa-bedstead in the small parlour which was occupied by his landlady's
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Grummer, and the body was the body of the same gentleman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Mr. Grummer's mode of proceeding was professional, but peculiar. His
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first act was to bolt the door on the inside; his second, to polish
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* Mr. Snodgrass was the first to break the astonished silence. He looked
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'This is a private room, Sir. A private room.' ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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maintains that an Englishman's house is his castle. That's gammon.'
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* 'Which is Mr. Tupman?' inquired Mr. Grummer. He had an intuitive
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* Mr. Dubbley, who was a man of few words, nodded assent. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Mr. Dubbley did as he was desired; and half a dozen men, each with a
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* 'What is the meaning of this atrocious intrusion upon my privacy?' said
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which had only to be thought of to be done, as a matter of course. This
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demonstration was not lost upon Mr. Pickwick. He conferred a few moments
---------------
assembled, to take notice, that it was his firm intention to resent this
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consider that any slight cast upon the divine right of magistrates was a
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species of blasphemy not to be tolerated. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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(for it was half-holiday, and the boys had not yet gone home), as
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objected to the expense of a post-coach, which was the only respectable
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conveyance that could be obtained. The dispute ran high, and the dilemma
---------------
expedient of carrying him thither, it was recollected that there stood
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chair was hired, and brought into the hall; Mr. Pickwick and Mr. Tupman
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notion of the nature of the offence, could not but be much edified and
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gratified by this spectacle. Here was the strong arm of the law,
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the metropolis itself; the mighty engine was directed by their own
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sleeves, was returning in a rather desponding state from an unsuccessful
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the bodyguard of specials passed, and Sam was still responding to the
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had not the faintest idea of the matter in hand), when he was suddenly
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* 'Who is it?' cried Sam again. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* once more was a joint reply returned; and, though the words were
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This was enough. In another minute Mr. Weller had made his way through
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Sir?' This last observation was addressed with a patronising air to Mr.
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Pickwick, who was peeping through the front window. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Whether Mr. Winkle was seized with a temporary attack of that species
---------------
display of Mr. Weller's valour, is uncertain; but certain it is, that
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announced in a very loud tone that he was going to begin, and proceeded
---------------
to take off his coat with the utmost deliberation. He was immediately
---------------
surrounded and secured; and it is but common justice both to him and Mr.
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flying about in every direction; and that was all he could see, for the
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WILL BE FOUND IN ITS PLACE
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Violent was Mr. Weller's indignation as he was borne along; numerous
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Job Trotter; and curiosity was exchanged for a feeling of the most
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in the street, is undergoing a surgical inspection in the back-parlour. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* The scene was an impressive one, well calculated to strike terror to
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the head and shoulders of Mr. Jinks, who was busily engaged in looking
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* 'Now, Grummer, who is that person?' said Mr. Nupkins, pointing to Mr.
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pleasant familiarity, 'this here is S. Pickvick, Esquire; this here's
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sooner we shall begin to be on a pleasant understanding. Business first,
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* 'Who is this man, Grummer?' said the magistrate. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'You did quite right,' replied the magistrate. 'He is evidently a
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'He is my servant, Sir,' said Mr. Pickwick angrily. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Oh! he is your servant, is he?' said Mr. Nupkins. 'A conspiracy to
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* This was a joke; so Jinks, Grummer, Dubbley, all the specials, and
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threatened to commit him instantly. It is a dangerous thing to laugh at
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* 'Put down that, Mr. Jinks,' said the magistrate, who was fast rising
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* 'He is a vagabond, Mr. Jinks,' said the magistrate. 'He is a vagabond on
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* 'This is a wery impartial country for justice, 'said Sam.'There ain't
---------------
neglect of duty, Mr. Grummer; you shall be made an example of. Take that
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there was a smell of rum somewhere. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'I knew he did,' said Mr. Nupkins. 'I saw he was drunk when he first
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And committed the special would have been, only Jinks, who was the
---------------
discharge him. Accordingly, the special was abused, vehemently, for a
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Grummer was sworn directly; but as Grummer wandered, and Mr. Nupkins's
---------------
dinner was nearly ready, Mr. Nupkins cut the matter short, by putting
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this was done to the magistrate's satisfaction, the magistrate and Mr.
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himself up in his chair, and was proceeding to commence his address,
---------------
right to be heard so far as I am personally concerned.'
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* 'Sam, be quiet,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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at his displaying such unwonted temerity; and was apparently about to
---------------
a half-audible answer, and then the whispering was renewed. Jinks was
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Tupman, is your aider and abettor in it. Therefore--eh, Mr. Jinks?'
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'Yes. Therefore, I call upon you both--as I was about to say when I
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* 'They must be townspeople,' said the magistrate. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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aloud, with great dignity, 'and they must be householders, of course.'
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Tupman, was all amazement and indignation; 'we are perfect strangers
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by the sleeve by Mr. Weller, with whom he was immediately engaged in
---------------
pass wholly unnoticed. Mr. Nupkins was not the man to ask a question
---------------
* 'This is a most extraordinary request,' said the magistrate. 'A private
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the information which I wish to communicate is derived from my servant,
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I should wish him to be present.'
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divulged some secret conspiracy for his assassination? It was a dreadful
---------------
thought. He was a public man; and he turned paler, as he thought of
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* Mr. Jinks, who didn't exactly know what to think of it, and was afraid
---------------
he might be able to effect an immediate escape, in case there was the
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suspecting that a certain Captain Fitz-Marshall is in the habit of
---------------
know that person to be a--'
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'Hush, hush,' said Mr. Nupkins, closing the door. 'Know him to be what,
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name's Jingle; and if ever there was a wolf in a mulberry suit, that
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'It is very true, Sir,' said Mr. Pickwick, replying to the magistrate's
---------------
look of amazement; 'my only business in this town, is to expose the
---------------
jealousy and despair. And now, to hear, after all, that he was a needy
---------------
like it, that it was hard to tell the difference! Heavens! what would
---------------
the Porkenhams say! What would be the triumph of Mr. Sidney Porkenham
---------------
quarter-sessions! And what a handle would it be for the opposition
---------------
long pause; 'after all, this is a mere statement. Captain Fitz-Marshall
---------------
'Confront me with him,' said Mr. Pickwick, 'that is all I ask, and all
---------------
'Why,' said Mr. Nupkins, 'that might be very easily done, for he will
---------------
be here to-night, and then there would be no occasion to make the matter
---------------
this levity here. It is very unbecoming, and I can assure you that
---------------
you have very little to smile at. Was the account you gave me just now
---------------
strictly true? Now be careful, sir!' 'Your Wash-up,' stammered Grummer,
---------------
warn you to be careful. Mr. Jinks, take his words down.'
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* Mrs. Nupkins was a majestic female in a pink gauze turban and a light
---------------
had always said it would be so; that her advice was never taken; that
---------------
Mrs. Nupkins. 'But what does your papa care! What is it to HIM!' At this
---------------
in her own mind, that the best thing to do would be to ask Mr. Pickwick
---------------
had spoken truly, the captain could be turned out of the house without
---------------
Mr. Nupkins was very glad to settle the matter as Mrs. Nupkins had
---------------
his peculiar sagacity, had discovered in half an hour to be one of the
---------------
finest fellows alive, was consigned to the care and guardianship of Mr.
---------------
Muzzle, who was specially enjoined to take him below, and make much of
---------------
is of you, Mr. Weller, to be sure!'
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come, but we couldn't keep 'em. The gal's manners is dreadful vulgar;
---------------
* 'Oh, dreadful,' rejoined Mr. Muzzle; 'but that is the worst of country
---------------
service, Mr. Weller; the juniors is always so very savage. This way,
---------------
* 'Mary,' said Mr. Muzzle to the pretty servant-girl, 'this is Mr. Weller;
---------------
a gentleman as master has sent down, to be made as comfortable as
---------------
hope our acquaintance may be a long 'un, as the gen'l'm'n said to the
---------------
influence with his new friends, that before the dinner was half over,
---------------
* ''Cos ugliness and svindlin' never ought to be formiliar with elegance
---------------
lady was brought to the verge of choking--an alarming crisis from which
---------------
she was only recovered by sundry pats on the back, and other necessary
---------------
midst of all this jollity and conviviality, a loud ring was heard at
---------------
wash-house, immediately responded. Mr. Weller was in the height of
---------------
his attentions to the pretty house-maid; Mr. Muzzle was busy doing the
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* We have said in walked Mr. Job Trotter, but the statement is not
---------------
and Mr. Trotter appeared. He would have walked in, and was in the
---------------
you down here. How are you gettin' on, and how is the chandlery bis'ness
---------------
Mr. Trotter suffered himself to be forced into a chair by the fireside.
---------------
'And as was ever a-going to be married to a cook,' said that lady
---------------
'It's very probable, sir, that you won't be wanted upstairs for several
---------------
minutes, Sir, because MY master is at this moment particularly engaged
---------------
before ladies, but the urgency of the case will be my excuse. The back
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* It was an impressive tableau. Alfred Jingle, Esquire, alias Captain
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Fitz-Marshall, was standing near the door with his hat in his hand, and
---------------
some high moral lesson; for his left hand was beneath his coat tail, and
---------------
his right extended in air, as was his wont when delivering himself of
---------------
Nupkins, with magisterial dignity, as Job was brought in--'what prevents
---------------
me from detaining these men as rogues and impostors? It is a foolish
---------------
Nupkins,' said the elder lady,'this is not a fit conversation for the
---------------
servants to overhear. Let these wretches be removed.'
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consider a duty I owe to society. This is a leniency, Sir, which I hope
---------------
boy--but must NOT be passionate--bad thing, very--bye, bye--see you
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* 'Sam,' said Mr. Pickwick, as Mr. Weller was following. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Your secret is safe with us.'
---------------
* Now, there was nobody in the kitchen, but the pretty housemaid; and as
---------------
Sam's hat was mislaid, he had to look for it, and the pretty housemaid
---------------
door. It was an awkward corner. You couldn't get at it without shutting
---------------
* 'Here it is,' said the pretty housemaid. 'This is it, ain't it?'
---------------
a very dim light, Sam was obliged to go down on HIS knees before he
---------------
could see whether it really was his own hat or not. It was a remarkably
---------------
small corner, and so--it was nobody's fault but the man's who built
---------------
* 'Yes, this is it,' said Sam. 'Good-bye!'
---------------
* Whether it was that the pretty housemaid's face looked prettier still,
---------------
when it was raised towards Sam's, or whether it was the accidental
---------------
consequence of their being so near to each other, is matter of
---------------
* 'There was something behind the door, Sir, which perwented our getting
---------------
* And this was the first passage of Mr. Weller's first love. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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as might be requisite for their forthcoming visit to Dingley Dell;
---------------
Mr. Pickwick, 'but before we take them away, it is necessary that they
---------------
should be looked up, and put together. I wish you would step up to
---------------
pulling out his purse, 'there is some rent to pay. The quarter is not
---------------
really probable that this vile and groundless action is to be carried
---------------
* It was nearly nine o'clock when he reached Goswell Street. A couple of
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to be lighted--a pair of small boots pattered over the floor-cloth, and
---------------
cheese was simmering and browning away, most delightfully, in a little
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* Mrs. Cluppins was a little, brisk, busy-looking woman; Mrs. Sanders was
---------------
* Mrs. Bardell felt it proper to be agitated; and as none of the three
---------------
otherwise than through Dodson & Fogg, ought to be held with Mr.
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state of indecision, obviously the first thing to be done, was to thump
---------------
'I think two witnesses would be more lawful,' said Mrs. Sanders, who,
---------------
like the other friend, was bursting with curiosity. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'To be sure,' replied Mrs. Cluppins, eagerly catching at the idea; 'walk
---------------
and my governor 's only jest come to town, and is jest going away agin,
---------------
it can't be helped, you see.'
---------------
glances at the little tin saucepan, seemed to be engaged in a mental
---------------
* 'So all I've come about, is jest this here,' said Sam, disregarding
---------------
things is to be put together, and give to anybody as we sends for 'em.
---------------
'Ah,' said Sam, 'to be sure; that's the question.'
---------------
if she'd my spirit. Hows'ever, there is law for us women, mis'rable
---------------
wine-glass; and so great was her abstraction, in her deep mental
---------------
'Well, that is a good one!' ejaculated Mrs. Sanders. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'It's a terrible thing to be dragged before the public, in that way, Mr.
---------------
Sanders so deeply, that she was under the necessity of refilling and
---------------
* 'Ven is it expected to come on?' inquired Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'And won't Mr. Dodson and Fogg be wild if the plaintiff shouldn't get
---------------
* 'Oh, there can't be any doubt about it,' rejoined Mrs. Sanders. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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To the great relief of Mrs. Sanders, Sam was allowed to depart without
---------------
Mr. Weller's statement; and Mr. Pickwick was fain to prepare for his
---------------
mind ten minutes, when he was suddenly stricken filial and affectionate;
---------------
his father, and pay his duty to his mother-in-law, that he was lost
---------------
If he didn't give it me, I took it, for fear I should be led to do
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* The Marquis of Granby, in Mrs. Weller's time, was quite a model of
---------------
convenient, and small enough to be snug. On the opposite side of the
---------------
road was a large sign-board on a high post, representing the head and
---------------
from a rather stout lady of comfortable appearance, who was seated
---------------
boil for tea. She was not alone; for on the other side of the fireplace,
---------------
sitting bolt upright in a high-backed chair, was a man in threadbare
---------------
* He was a prim-faced, red-nosed man, with a long, thin countenance, and
---------------
white neckerchief was not, and its long limp ends straggled over his
---------------
of acquaintance, if he could have reasonably expected to be more
---------------
comfortable anywhere else. The fire was blazing brightly under the
---------------
influence of the bellows, and the kettle was singing gaily under the
---------------
influence of both. A small tray of tea-things was arranged on the table;
---------------
a plate of hot buttered toast was gently simmering before the fire; and
---------------
the red-nosed man himself was busily engaged in converting a large slice
---------------
* Sam was so lost in the contemplation of this comfortable scene, that he
---------------
* 'No, he isn't,' replied Mrs. Weller; for the rather stout lady was no
---------------
The red-nosed man did as he was desired, and instantly commenced on the
---------------
to more than half suspect that he was the deputy-shepherd of whom his
---------------
the subject was removed, and he perceived at once that if he purposed
---------------
'Why, I do believe he is a Weller!' said Mrs. W., raising her eyes to
---------------
here reverend gen'l'm'n 'll excuse me saying that I wish I was THE
---------------
This was a double-barrelled compliment. It implied that Mrs. Weller
---------------
it ain't the right sort o' thing, ven mothers-in-law is young and
---------------
good-looking, is it, Sir?'
---------------
inconvenience. However, there he was; and as he couldn't be decently
---------------
as if the subject were too painful to be alluded to. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Oh, he is, is he?' said Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'He is a dreadful reprobate,' said Mrs. Weller. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
not the least effect upon him.' 'Well, that is odd,' said Sam; 'it 'ud
---------------
wouldn't be persuaded by the ladies, wouldn't he?' said Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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you've managed to get over your mother-in-law, is a mystery to me. I
---------------
your mother-in-law! I werily believe there was change for a couple o'
---------------
mortal plate as ever was baked, could ha' stood the wear and tear. What
---------------
d'ye think it was all for?'
---------------
* 'Ay,' replied Mr. Weller, 'there was three quarters owin', and the
---------------
shepherd hadn't paid a farden, not he--perhaps it might be on account
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'll be softened, and turned in the right vay, but he rayther thinks
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aggrawates me, Samivel, is to see 'em a-wastin' all their time and
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* He was engaged in this operation, when a shrill voice was heard in the
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* Mr. Stiggins was easily prevailed on to take another glass of the hot
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* The major part of the conversation was confined to Mrs. Weller and the
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* Sam was up betimes next day, and having partaken of a hasty breakfast,
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alphabet, is a matter o' taste. I rayther think it isn't.' 'Well,' said
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'I would,' said Sam. 'I wouldn't be too hard upon him at first. I'd
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the consolatory reflection that time alone would show; and this is the
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adventures, were undertaken and accomplished. Christmas was close
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at hand, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was the season
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away. Gay and merry was the time; and right gay and merry were at least
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companionship and mutual goodwill, which is a source of such pure and
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countenance is most intense, as Mr. Weller and the guard try to squeeze
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thing it is to drive four-in-hand, when you have had as much practice as
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Mr. Pickwick of the name of the town, and tells him it was market-day
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edge, with one leg dangling in the air, is nearly precipitated into the
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thrown on the pavement the saddle which was brought from London on the
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and he and Mr. Weller are all right behind, and the coachman is all
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missing gentlemen as loud as they can bawl. A distant response is heard
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* Such was the progress of Mr. Pickwick and his friends by the Muggleton
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network upon the trees and hedges. Mr. Pickwick was busily engaged in
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to this mode of catching his attention was no other than Mr. Wardle's
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chuckled joyously. He was fatter than ever. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'I should rayther ha' thought, to look at you, that you was a-labourin'
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cold, with all them elastic fixtures, was you?'
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The Blue Lion tap was soon gained, and the fat boy swallowed a glass of
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young gen'l'm'n is the coolest. Come, wake up, young dropsy!'
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grass was crisp and frosty; the air had a fine, dry, bracing coldness;
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and the rapid approach of the gray twilight (slate-coloured is a
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entertainer's. It was the sort of afternoon that might induce a couple
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arrival--a fact which was first notified to the Pickwickians, by the
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* First, there was Wardle himself, looking, if that were possible, more
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come down to the wedding, which was to take place next day, and who were
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* The ceremony of introduction, under such circumstances, was very soon
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performed, or we should rather say that the introduction was soon over,
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or constraint, as if he had known them for life. It is worthy of remark,
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absolute terrors of the stile (although it was full three feet high, and
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the top, was observed to scream very loudly, when Mr. Winkle offered to
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* All this was very snug and pleasant. And when the difficulties of the
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who was as modest as all great geniuses usually are, felt the crimson
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* But if they were social and happy outside the house, what was the warmth
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recognition, on Mr. Tupman, which was enough to make the statue of
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* The old lady was seated with customary state in the front parlour, but
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she was rather cross, and, by consequence, most particularly deaf. She
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same stamp, she was apt to consider it an act of domestic treason, if
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looked as fierce as might be--and that was benevolent after all. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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The old lady was rapidly giving way, but she did not like to do it all
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'Nonsense, mother,' said Wardle. 'Come, come, don't be cross, there's
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But age has its little infirmities of temper, and she was not quite
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was very different, when I was a girl.'
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or whether the old lady was touched by Mr. Pickwick's affectionate
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good-nature, or whatever was the cause, she was fairly melted; so she
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uproarious was the mirth of the round table. Long after the ladies had
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go round, and round, and round again; and sound was the sleep and
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pleasant were the dreams that followed. It is a remarkable fact that
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the principal figure in Mr. Winkle's visions was a young lady with black
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* Mr. Pickwick was awakened early in the morning, by a hum of voices and
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of excitement and agitation which it would be impossible to describe.
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The old lady was dressed out in a brocaded gown, which had not seen the
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during the whole time. Mr. Trundle was in high feather and spirits, but
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a little nervous withal. The hearty old landlord was trying to look very
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mighty popular already, and was as much at home as if he had been born
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* A wedding is a licensed subject to joke upon, but there really is no
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and beg it to be distinctly understood that we indulge in no hidden
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and which we should be still more unwilling to be supposed to ridicule. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Let us briefly say, then, that the ceremony was performed by the old
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name is attached to the register, still preserved in the vestry thereof;
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bridesmaid, is nearly illegible; that it all went off in very admirable
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arch smile informed Mr. Wardle that she was sure she could never submit
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was mistaken. To all this, we may add, that Mr. Pickwick was the first
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'I shall be delighted, my boy,' said Wardle. 'Joe--damn that boy, he's
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of the company, with a kind of dark and gloomy joy that was most
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The old lady was in a state of great grandeur just then, for she
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wondering among themselves what on earth grandma was talking about. When
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Then the cake was cut, and passed through the ring; the young ladies
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husbands on; and a great deal of blushing and merriment was thereby
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Here Mr. Pickwick was interrupted by immense applause from the ladies,
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Whereupon Mr. Winkle gallantly inquired if it couldn't be done by
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My young friend, Trundle, I believe to be a very excellent and manly
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fellow; and his wife I know to be a very amiable and lovely girl, well
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Pickwick--'I wish I was young enough to be her sister's husband
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(cheers), but, failing that, I am happy to be old enough to be her
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father; for, being so, I shall not be suspected of any latent designs
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The bride's father, our good friend there, is a noble person, and I
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am proud to know him (great uproar). He is a kind, excellent,
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all was happiness and festivity, until the mysterious disappearance of
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* The dinner was as hearty an affair as the breakfast, and was quite as
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* The best sitting-room at Manor Farm was a good, long, dark-panelled room
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candlesticks with four branches each. The carpet was up, the candles
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old English yeomen had turned into fairies when they died, it was just
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him. 'Oh, of course there is no reason why you shouldn't wear them,'
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* Mr. Tupman had contemplated a laugh, but he found it was a serious
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* 'We are all ready, I believe,' said Mr. Pickwick, who was stationed with
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into hands across, when there was a general clapping of hands, and a cry
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'What's the matter?' said Mr. Pickwick, who was only brought to, by
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which was the redder in the face, he or the young lady with the black
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rested on Arabella, 'well, I don't know that it WAS extraordinary,
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However, there was no time to think more about the matter, for the
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the next again--never was such going; at last, after they had reached
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substituted in her stead, did that gentleman, when there was no demand
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* Long before Mr. Pickwick was weary of dancing, the newly-married couple
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had retired from the scene. There was a glorious supper downstairs,
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more, wen you comes to be a man you'll lay yourself open to the same
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sort of personal inconwenience as was inflicted on the old gen'l'm'n as
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* 'I'm a-going to tell you,' replied Mr. Weller; 'he was one o' the
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largest patterns as was ever turned out--reg'lar fat man, as hadn't
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watch in his fob pocket as was worth--I'm afraid to say how much, but as
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a watch, as he was for a man, and with a big face in proportion. "You'd
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"you'll be robbed on it," says they. "Shall I?" says he. "Yes, you
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as hearty as if he was a-goin' to pieces, and out he walks agin with
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day the old gen'l'm'n was a-rollin' along, and he sees a pickpocket as
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the watch and chain was gone, and what's worse than that, the old
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gen'l'm'n's digestion was all wrong ever afterwards, to the wery last
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once found it useless to resist any longer, and submitted to be kissed
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mistletoe, as soon as it was hung up, without knowing it! Wardle stood
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mentioned, was standing under the mistletoe, looking with a very pleased
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countenance on all that was passing around him, when the young lady with
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Pickwick distinctly knew what was the matter, he was surrounded by the
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* It was a pleasant thing to see Mr. Pickwick in the centre of the group,
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of laughter which were raised on every side; but it was a still more
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When they all tired of blind-man's buff, there was a great game at
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* 'Fill up,' cried Wardle. 'It will be two hours, good, before you see the
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Let the blossoms and buds be borne;
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He shall never be sought by me;
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For his darling child is the madness wild
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And when love is too strong, it don't last long,
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So let Autumn air be never so fair,
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This song was tumultuously applauded--for friends and dependents make
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ecstasies of rapture. Again was the fire replenished, and again went the
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matter, is there?'
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'Ah!' said the old lady, 'there was just such a wind, and just such
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before your poor father died. It was a Christmas Eve, too; and I
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that he WAS carried away by the goblins, and don't you know he was?'
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Wardle smiled, as every head was bent forward to hear, and filling out
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while ago--so long, that the story must be a true one, because our
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follows that because a man is a sexton, and constantly surrounded by
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the emblems of mortality, therefore he should be a morose and melancholy
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life, and off duty, was as comical and jocose a little fellow as ever
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notwithstanding these precedents to the contrary, Gabriel Grub was an
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ill-humour, as it was difficult to meet without feeling something the
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this was gall and wormwood to the heart of Gabriel Grub; and when groups
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broad daylight, and when the sun was shining; consequently, he was not
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found it proceeded from a small boy, who was hurrying along, to join one
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company, and partly to prepare himself for the occasion, was shouting
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But the earth was hardened with the frost, and it was no very easy
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matter to break it up, and shovel it out; and although there was a moon,
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it was a very young one, and shed little light upon the grave, which was
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have made Gabriel Grub very moody and miserable, but he was so well
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A few feet of cold earth, when life is done;
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tombstone which was a favourite resting-place of his, and drew forth his
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appeared to be frozen up, all was so cold and still. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* '"It was the echoes," said Gabriel Grub, raising the bottle to his lips
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* '"It was NOT," said a deep voice. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Seated on an upright tombstone, close to him, was a strange, unearthly
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figure, whom Gabriel felt at once, was no being of this world. His long,
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his back; the collar was cut into curious peaks, which served the goblin
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garnished with a single feather. The hat was covered with the white
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comfortably, for two or three hundred years. He was sitting perfectly
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still; his tongue was put out, as if in derision; and he was grinning at
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* '"It was NOT the echoes," said the goblin. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Gabriel Grub was paralysed, and could make no reply. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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was to be seen. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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questioner might be in the excise department of the goblins. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'"And who, then, is our fair and lawful prize?"
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reply was still the same, "Gabriel Grub! Gabriel Grub!"
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heart, because the boy could be merry, and he could not. We know him, we
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marvellous dexterity. The first goblin was a most astonishing leaper,
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appeared to be a large cavern, surrounded on all sides by crowds of
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upon their faces, whom Gabriel Grub imagined to be courtiers, on that
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'It was in vain for the unfortunate sexton to protest that he was not in
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look for some expected object; a frugal meal was ready spread upon the
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table; and an elbow chair was placed near the fire. A knock was heard at
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clapped their hands for joy, as their father entered. He was wet and
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beautiful child seemed to be, they saw that he was dead, and they knew
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that he was an angel looking down upon, and blessing them, from a bright
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of those about them was diminished more than half; but content and
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* 'At these words, the cloud was dispelled, and a rich and beautiful
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landscape was disclosed to view--there is just such another, to this
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Yes, it was morning; the bright, balmy morning of summer; the minutest
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leaf, the smallest blade of grass, was instinct with life. The ant crept
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with the scene; and all was brightness and splendour. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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happy; and that to the most ignorant, the sweet face of Nature was a
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sorrow, adversity, and distress; and he saw that it was because they
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the evil, he came to the conclusion that it was a very decent and
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him that the kicking of the goblins was certainly not ideal. He was
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* 'But he was an altered man, and he could not bear the thought of
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returning to a place where his repentance would be scoffed at, and his
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fate, at first, but it was speedily determined that he had been carried
---------------
lion, and the tail of a bear. At length all this was devoutly believed;
---------------
and grown wiser. But this opinion, which was by no means a popular
---------------
one at any time, gradually died off; and be the matter how it may, as
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Gabriel Grub was afflicted with rheumatism to the end of his days, this
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make up his mind to be not a bit the better for it: let the spirits
---------------
be never so good, or let them be even as many degrees beyond proof, as
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* 'Fine time for them as is well wropped up, as the Polar bear said to
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himself, ven he was practising his skating,' replied Mr. Weller. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'I shall be down in a quarter of an hour, Sam,' said Mr. Pickwick,
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thought everybody know'd as a sawbones was a surgeon.'
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* 'Just that, sir,' replied Sam. 'These here ones as is below, though,
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his legs on the table, and is a-drinking brandy neat, vile the t'other
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* 'Here he is at last!' said old Mr. Wardle. 'Pickwick, this is Miss
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you like. This gentleman is his very particular friend, Mr.--'
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* Mr. Benjamin Allen was a coarse, stout, thick-set young man, with
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single-breasted black surtout, which was buttoned up to his chin,
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in a pair of imperfectly polished boots. Although his coat was short in
---------------
there was quite enough of his face to admit of the encroachment of
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a shirt collar, it was not graced by the smallest approach to that
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* Mr. Bob Sawyer, who was habited in a coarse, blue coat, which, without
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swaggering gait, which is peculiar to young gentlemen who smoke in the
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* Such were the two worthies to whom Mr. Pickwick was introduced, as he
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* 'So we should,' replied Bob Sawyer, 'but the brandy was too good to
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clubbing for a subject, and the list is nearly full, only we can't get
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'I have not been, but I shall be very happy to be, Arabella,' replied
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'Oh, it is SO graceful,' said another young lady. A third young lady
---------------
said it was elegant, and a fourth expressed her opinion that it was
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'I should be very happy, I'm sure,' said Mr. Winkle, reddening; 'but I
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This objection was at once overruled. Trundle had a couple of pair,
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a dexterity which to Mr. Winkle was perfectly marvellous, and described
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screwed and buckled on, and Mr. Winkle was raised to his feet. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Mr. Winkle, stooping forward, with his body half doubled up, was being
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Mr. Bob Sawyer was performing a flourish of unparalleled beauty. Mr.
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feet, but Mr. Winkle was far too wise to do anything of the kind, in
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skates. He was seated on the ice, making spasmodic efforts to smile; but
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anguish was depicted on every lineament of his countenance. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Mr. Pickwick was excited and indignant. He beckoned to Mr. Weller, and
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* The command was not to be resisted. Mr. Winkle allowed Sam to obey it,
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* While Mr. Pickwick was delivering himself of the sentiment just
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masterly and brilliant manner. Sam Weller, in particular, was displaying
---------------
that beautiful feat of fancy-sliding which is currently denominated
---------------
'knocking at the cobbler's door,' and which is achieved by skimming over
---------------
with the other. It was a good long slide, and there was something in the
---------------
motion which Mr. Pickwick, who was very cold with standing still, could
---------------
when that gentleman was thoroughly out of breath, by reason of the
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'I used to do so, on the gutters, when I was a boy,' replied Mr.
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* 'I should be very happy to afford you any amusement,' replied Mr.
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* It was the most intensely interesting thing, to observe the manner in
---------------
and gladness through his spectacles. And when he was knocked down
---------------
(which happened upon the average every third round), it was the most
---------------
invigorating sight that can possibly be imagined, to behold him gather
---------------
* The sport was at its height, the sliding was at the quickest, the
---------------
laughter was at the loudest, when a sharp smart crack was heard. There
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floating on the surface; and this was all of Mr. Pickwick that anybody
---------------
who might be within hearing, the clearest possible notion of the
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* It was at this moment, when old Wardle and Sam Weller were approaching
---------------
the hole with cautious steps, and Mr. Benjamin Allen was holding a
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practice--it was at this very moment, that a face, head, and shoulders,
---------------
affected. The adjuration was rather unnecessary; the probability being,
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The clay upon so much of Mr. Pickwick's coat as was yet visible, bore
---------------
recollecting that the water was nowhere more than five feet deep,
---------------
of splashing, and cracking, and struggling, Mr. Pickwick was at length
---------------
of the thickest having been selected, Mr. Pickwick was wrapped up, and
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chimney was on fire--a calamity which always presented itself in glowing
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* Mr. Pickwick paused not an instant until he was snug in bed. Sam Weller
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punch was carried up afterwards, and a grand carouse held in honour of
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ordered in; and when Mr. Pickwick awoke next morning, there was not a
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justly observed, that there is nothing like hot punch in such cases; and
---------------
that if ever hot punch did fail to act as a preventive, it was merely
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never come back again. We do not mean to say that it was exactly the
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to be very cosy, and that his friend Ben was to be one of the party,
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Mr. Winkle was whispering, during this brief conversation, to Arabella
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CHAPTER XXXI. WHICH IS ALL ABOUT THE LAW, AND SUNDRY GREAT AUTHORITIES
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is the articled clerk, who has paid a premium, and is an attorney in
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There is the salaried clerk--out of door, or in door, as the case may
---------------
cider cellars afterwards, and is a dirty caricature of the fashion which
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expired six months ago. There is the middle-aged copying clerk, with a
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large family, who is always shabby, and often drunk. And there are the
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may be, they are all to be seen, at certain regulated business hours,
---------------
agreeable odour, which is mingled by day with the scent of the dry-rot,
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brass buttons, whose long hair was scrupulously twisted round the rim of
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whether one Mr. Pickwick was within. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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start, that no further reply was needed. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Yes, my name is Tupman, Sir.'
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* There was a painful pause, which was at length broken by the innocent
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while he spoke--'I suppose, Sir, that it is the intention of your
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his nose, to intimate that he was not there to disclose the secrets of
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head. 'But it won't do. No harm in trying, but there's little to be got
---------------
* 'Oh, that's the 'rig'nal, is it?' said Sam. 'Well, I'm wery glad I've
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everybody, when the latter, who was always especially anxious to impart
---------------
until he was close at Mr. Pickwick's heels; and, pointing up at a house
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'You don't mean to say he was burked, Sam?' said Mr. Pickwick, looking
---------------
than that. He was the master o' that 'ere shop, sir, and the inwentor
---------------
as if it was a tender young babby. Wery proud o' that machine he was, as
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it was nat'ral he should be, and he'd stand down in the celler a-lookin'
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at it wen it was in full play, till he got quite melancholy with joy. A
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who was a most owdacious wixin. She was always a-follerin' him about,
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little parlour behind the shop, sets to a-screamin', says he'll be the
---------------
o' them fits wich is all screamin' and kickin'. Well, next mornin', the
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husband was missin'. He hadn't taken nothin' from the till--hadn't even
---------------
put on his greatcoat--so it was quite clear he warn't gone to 'Merriker.
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bills printed, sayin' that, if he'd come back, he should be forgiven
---------------
everythin' (which was very liberal, seein' that he hadn't done nothin'
---------------
at all); the canals was dragged, and for two months arterwards, wenever
---------------
a body turned up, it was carried, as a reg'lar thing, straight off to
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my family ain't a-goin' to be choked for nothin'; and more than that,
---------------
for sassages, is trousers' buttons, ma'am." "They're my husband's
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the shop in a wild state, and was never heerd on arterwards!'
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'When do you think he'll be back?' inquired the stranger. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'You don't think it would be of any use my waiting for him?' said the
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into the centre of the doorway. 'He's certain not to be back this week,
---------------
and it's a chance whether he will be next; for when Perker once gets out
---------------
exquisite piece of humour was going forward, though what it was Mr.
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'Ask him to be so kind as to leave out word what has been done in my
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* 'There never was such a pestering bankrupt as that since the world
---------------
way, Mr. Pickwick. Perker IS in, and he'll see you, I know. Devilish
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Serjeant Snubbin is at the very top of his profession. Gets treble the
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'And suppose the verdict is against me?' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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pockets of Dodson and Fogg. That is my deliberate and irrevocable
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Bless you, my dear Sir, such a thing was never heard of, without a
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couldn't be done, my dear Sir; it couldn't be done.'
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done, but that it should be done; and the consequence was, that within
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impossible, he was conducted by his solicitor into the outer office of
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* It was an uncarpeted room of tolerable dimensions, with a large
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* 'Yes, he is,' was the reply, 'but he's very busy. Look here; not an
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pinch of snuff with a zest which seemed to be compounded of a fondness
---------------
a man bleeds inwardly, it is a dangerous thing for himself; but when he
---------------
however, the clerk allowed himself to be gently drawn beyond the hearing
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* Mr. Serjeant Snubbins was a lantern-faced, sallow-complexioned man, of
---------------
about five-and-forty, or--as the novels say--he might be fifty. He had
---------------
that dull-looking, boiled eye which is often to be seen in the heads
---------------
his neck, to warn a stranger that he was very near-sighted. His hair was
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thin and weak, which was partly attributable to his having never
---------------
arrangement; the furniture of the room was old and rickety; the doors of
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not to be mistaken, that Mr. Serjeant Snubbin was far too much occupied
---------------
* The Serjeant was writing when his clients entered; he bowed abstractedly
---------------
when Mr. Pickwick was introduced by his solicitor; and then, motioning
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leg, and waited to be spoken to. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Mr. Pickwick is the defendant in Bardell and Pickwick, Serjeant
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* 'Mr. Pickwick was anxious to call upon you, Serjeant Snubbin,' said
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without the most conscientious conviction that he was right in resisting
---------------
the plaintiff's demand, he would not be there at all. I believe I state
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circumstance may be attributed the vulgar but very general notion of
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add, that unless you sincerely believe this, I would rather be deprived
---------------
Long before the close of this address, which we are bound to say was of
---------------
reassumed his pen, he appeared to be again aware of the presence of his
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'Who is with me in this case?'
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must be a very young man.'
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'Yes, he is a very young man,' replied the attorney. 'He was only called
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Inn,' interposed Perker. (Holborn Court, by the bye, is South Square
---------------
now.) 'Mr. Phunky, and say I should be glad if he'd step here, a
---------------
relapsed into abstraction until Mr. Phunky himself was introduced. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* Although an infant barrister, he was a full-grown man. He had a very
---------------
appear to be a natural defect, but seemed rather the result of timidity,
---------------
not; but as he was neither rich nor wise (in this sense, at all events)
---------------
* 'This is Mr. Pickwick,' said the Serjeant, waving his pen in the
---------------
direction in which that gentleman was standing. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
eyes for an instant, bowed slightly round, and was once more deeply
---------------
and his solicitor had passed through before him, so it was some time
---------------
it was a very difficult matter to say how the verdict would go; that
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* Mr. Weller was then roused by his master from a sweet sleep of an hour's
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There is a repose about Lant Street, in the Borough, which sheds a
---------------
let in the street: it is a by-street too, and its dulness is soothing.
---------------
the muffin youth, and the baked-potato man. The population is migratory,
---------------
the rents are dubious; and the water communication is very frequently
---------------
appeared to be completed. The umbrellas in the passage had been heaped
---------------
the wrong house. The punch was ready-made in a red pan in the bedroom;
---------------
public-house, were all drawn up in a tray, which was deposited on the
---------------
arrangements, there was a cloud on the countenance of Mr. Bob Sawyer, as
---------------
he sat by the fireside. There was a sympathising expression, too, in the
---------------
ought to be able to pay her confounded "little bill."' 'How long has it
---------------
been running?' inquired Mr. Ben Allen. A bill, by the bye, is the most
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* 'It'll be a deuced unpleasant thing if she takes it into her head to
---------------
* 'Horrible,' replied Bob Sawyer, 'horrible.' A low tap was heard at the
---------------
behind; this mysterious exit was no sooner accomplished, than there
---------------
The permission was not at all necessary, for, before Mr. Bob Sawyer had
---------------
it has to go to my landlord directly, it was as well for you to keep it
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than ever. It was plain to see, as Mr. Bob Sawyer remarked in a style
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of Eastern allegory on a subsequent occasion, that she was 'getting the
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question, 'that before the middle of next week we shall be able to set
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This was all Mrs. Raddle wanted. She had bustled up to the apartment of
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She was in excellent order for a little relaxation of the kind, having
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there may be some persons here as will make you, Sir.'
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sits sleeping downstairs, and taking no more notice than if I was a
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dog in the streets. He ought to be ashamed of himself (here Mrs. Raddle
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sobbed) to allow his wife to be treated in this way by a parcel of young
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fit of weeping, accompanied with dismal moans, which was prolonged until
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possibly be required of her under the circumstances. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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afraid to go down, lest he should be waylaid by Mrs. Raddle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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of the glasses.' This caution was addressed to Mr. Pickwick, who had put
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there was another double knock. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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A heavy footstep was heard upon the stairs, and Jack Hopkins presented
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'What was that, sir?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Do you mean that the patient is in a fair way to recover?' inquired Mr.
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say he wouldn't. There must be a splendid operation, though,
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after it was all over, boy said he wouldn't lie there to be made game
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child was brought in, who had swallowed a necklace.'
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Jack Hopkins. 'Not all at once, you know, that would be too much--you
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continued--'No, the way was this. Child's parents were poor people
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the necklace--five-and-twenty beads in all. The sister, who was an
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child, who wasn't hungry, was playing about the room, when suddenly
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there was heard a devil of a noise, like a small hailstorm. "Don't do
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child. "Well, don't do it again," said the father. There was a short
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* 'So I should be disposed to imagine,' replied Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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comer was a gentleman in a shirt emblazoned with pink anchors, who was
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complete. The little table with the green baize cover was wheeled out;
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the first instalment of punch was brought in, in a white jug; and the
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dozen, which was only once interrupted by a slight dispute between the
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scorbutic countenance, or any other person who was ornamented with a
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themselves into corners while it was getting ready. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* it was not so easily got ready as some people may imagine. First of all,
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it was necessary to awaken the girl, who had fallen asleep with her face
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answer the bell, another quarter of an hour was consumed in fruitless
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told to open them; it is a very difficult thing to open an oyster with a
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limp knife and a two-pronged fork; and very little was done in this way.
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Very little of the beef was done either; and the ham (which was
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also from the German-sausage shop round the corner) was in a similar
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predicament. However, there was plenty of porter in a tin can; and the
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cheese went a great way, for it was very strong. So upon the whole,
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perhaps, the supper was quite as good as such matters usually are. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* After supper, another jug of punch was put upon the table, together with
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an awful pause; and this awful pause was occasioned by a very
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* The fact is, the girl was washing the glasses. The establishment boasted
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Raddle, for there never was a lodging-house yet, that was not short of
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winks and interruptions of Mr. Bob Sawyer, that it was to be conveyed
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* It is a very ill wind that blows nobody any good. The prim man in the
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* 'Dear me,' said the prim man in the cloth boots, 'it is a very
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* 'My landlady is subject to some slight attacks of mental derangement,'
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* 'I should be very sorry, Sawyer,' said Mr. Noddy, 'to create any
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that he is no gentleman.'
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'And I should be very sorry, Sawyer, to create any disturbance in the
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Noddy begged to state that his father was quite as respectable as Mr.
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Gunter's father; to which Mr. Gunter replied that his father was to the
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seemed the prelude to a recommencement of the dispute, there was another
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dispute had been conducted in a manner which was highly honourable to
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'A Frog he would.' The chorus was the essence of the song; and, as each
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gentleman sang it to the tune he knew best, the effect was very striking
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* It was at the end of the chorus to the first verse, that Mr. Pickwick
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A profound silence immediately ensued; and Mr. Bob Sawyer was observed
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The door was no sooner opened than all doubt on the subject was removed. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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shrillness and rapidity of utterance. 'Ain't it enough to be swindled
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'You ought to be ashamed of yourselves,' said the voice of Mr. Raddle,
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knock 'em every one downstairs? You would if you was a man.' 'I should
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if I was a dozen men, my dear,' replied Mr. Raddle pacifically, 'but
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getting so comfortable too!' The prim man was just beginning to have a
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* 'It's hardly to be borne,' said the prim man, looking round. 'Hardly to
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be borne, is it?'
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'Not to be endured,' replied Jack Hopkins; 'let's have the other verse,
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to avoid any further dispute is for us to break up at once.'
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withdrawing the nightcap. 'Old enough to be his grandfather, you willin!
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downstairs into the street, whither he was closely followed by Mr.
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Tupman, Mr. Winkle, and Mr. Snodgrass. Mr. Ben Allen, who was dismally
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request of Mrs. Raddle, the luckless Mr. Bob Sawyer was left alone, to
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immediately preceding that which was appointed for the trial of Mrs.
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Bardell's action, was a busy time for Mr. Samuel Weller, who was
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that there was anything whatever to be done, for the consultation
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had taken place, and the course of proceeding to be adopted, had been
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attorney, merely containing the inquiry, 'Dear Perker. Is all going
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hinted, that there was nothing whatever to go on, either well or ill,
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the first time, may be allowed to labour under some temporary irritation
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the said commission might be directed to the tea or table spoons of the
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show that wery fine edge too much, if I was you, in case anybody took it
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'Why then,' said the boy, 'you was to come to him at six o'clock to our
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his then state of excitement and worry, was by no means displeased at
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courts. As he was sauntering away his spare time, and stopped to look at
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almost every object that met his gaze, it is by no means surprising
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till it was too late!'
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this, was a highly-coloured representation of a couple of human hearts
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young gentleman, in a pair of wings and nothing else, was depicted as
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testified, there was a large assortment within, which the shopkeeper
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to be served with a sheet of the best gilt-edged letter-paper, and a
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hard-nibbed pen which could be warranted not to splutter. These articles
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that this was the Blue Boar himself, he stepped into the house, and
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* 'He won't be here this three-quarters of an hour or more,' said the
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down the table, so that there might be no crumbs of bread under the
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practically to the science of penmanship, writing a letter is no very
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sideways at the letters he is constructing, to form with his
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the old blots, when he was roused by the opening of the door and the
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'Mrs. Veller passed a very good night, but is uncommon perwerse, and
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the last vun as was issued, Sammy,' replied Mr. Weller, untying his
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* 'Nev'r mind, Sammy,' replied Mr. Weller, 'it'll be a wery agonisin'
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afeerd he should be obliged to kill him for the London market.'
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'Wot'll be a trial?' inquired Sam. 'To see you married, Sammy--to see
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We cannot distinctly say whether it was the prospect of the pipe, or the
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the family, and couldn't be helped, which calmed Mr. Weller's feelings,
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and caused his grief to subside. We should be rather disposed to
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say that the result was attained by combining the two sources of
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Sam dipped his pen into the ink to be ready for any corrections, and
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* ''Tain't in poetry, is it?' interposed his father. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Yes, I think it is rayther good,' observed Sam, highly flattered. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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arms at once, which is wery well known to be a collection o' fabulous
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which was particularly edifying. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* '"Afore I see you, I thought all women was alike."'
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first and only time I see you, your likeness was took on my hart in much
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quicker time and brighter colours than ever a likeness was took by the
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copy o' werses the night afore he was hung for a highway robbery; and he
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But Sam was not to be dissuaded from the poetical idea that had occurred
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'He's a-goin' to be tried to-morrow, ain't he?'
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'ud be this here--never mind the character, and stick to the alleybi.
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mean?' said Sam; 'you don't think he's a-goin' to be tried at the Old
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Weller. 'Verever he's a-goin' to be tried, my boy, a alleybi's the thing
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alleybi, he'll be what the Italians call reg'larly flummoxed, and that's
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that the Old Bailey was the supreme court of judicature in this country,
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that the alibi was inadmissible; and vehemently protested that Mr.
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Pickwick was being 'wictimised.' Finding that it was of no use to
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from us, he can't be comfortable unless he has somethin' to remember us
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Here Mr. Weller was seized with a paroxysm of chuckles, which gradually
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the Oxford Road, and is up to all kinds o' games, has got the
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shove him in, if necessary), he'll be as far gone in rum-and-water, as
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ladder. The president was the straight-walking Mr. Anthony Humm, a
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preacher; and the secretary was Mr. Jonas Mudge, chandler's shopkeeper,
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and a large wooden money-box was conspicuously placed upon the green
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Why, this here old lady next me is a-drowndin' herself in tea.' 'Be
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There is little doubt that Mr. Weller would have carried his benevolent
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the tea-drinking was over. The crockery having been removed, the table
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with the green baize cover was carried out into the centre of the room,
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and the business of the evening was commenced by a little emphatic man,
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The waving of handkerchiefs was renewed; and Mr. Humm, who was a sleek,
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admiration of the females, and formally took his seat. Silence was then
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the Brick Lane Branch committee; a proposition which was again received
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which always seizes an assembly, when anything particular is going to be
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done, having been duly performed, the following document was read:
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and beer; says he is not certain whether he did not twice a week,
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inquiry, to be compounded of warm porter, moist sugar, gin, and nutmeg
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(a groan, and 'So it is!' from an elderly female). Is now out of work
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and penniless; thinks it must be the porter (cheers) or the loss of the
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use of his right hand; is not certain which, but thinks it very likely
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(the announcement of this most interesting fact was received with
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* 'Henry Beller was for many years toast-master at various corporation
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sometimes have carried a bottle or two home with him; is not quite
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certain of that, but is sure if he did, that he drank the contents.
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Feels very low and melancholy, is very feverish, and has a constant
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thirst upon him; thinks it must be the wine he used to drink (cheers).
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* 'Thomas Burton is purveyor of cat's meat to the Lord Mayor and Sheriffs,
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gentleman's name was received with breathless interest). Has a wooden
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wooden legs split and rot very quickly; is firmly persuaded that their
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constitution was undermined by the gin-and-water (prolonged cheering).
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of abstinence. It was a temperance song (whirlwinds of cheers). The
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him along the stream of duty and of temperance. But, was it the maidens
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'He was always first oars with the fine city ladies.'
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watermen (cheers and laughter). That room was their boat; that audience
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* 'He ain't far out there, Sammy,' replied Mr. Weller; 'they MUST be a
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soft sex--a wery soft sex, indeed--if they let themselves be gammoned by
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unacquainted with the legend. While it was being sung, the little
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Mr. Stiggins was excessively popular among the female constituency of
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Tadger, bustled down the ladder with great speed, and was immediately
---------------
entered, than there was a great clapping of hands, and stamping of feet,
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speaking very loudly--'it's my opinion, sir, that this meeting is drunk,
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nearly proved fatal to Humm, who, being extremely popular, was all but
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time of life was a perfect marvel to behold. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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CHAPTER XXXIV. IS WHOLLY DEVOTED TO A FULL AND FAITHFUL REPORT OF THE
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good, contented, well-breakfasted juryman is a capital thing to get hold
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promise trial-court is generally full in such cases. You had better ring
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for a coach, my dear sir, or we shall be rather late.'
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beneath the desks of the King's Counsel, which is constructed for the
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the leading counsel in the case, any instructions that may be necessary
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his right, 'that's where the jurymen sit, is it not?'
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and that under-done-pie-crust-coloured cover, which is technically known
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manner to Mr. Serjeant Snubbin, and said it was a fine morning. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Who's that red-faced man, who said it was a fine morning, and nodded to
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the other side. That gentleman behind him is Mr. Skimpin, his junior.'
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Mr. Pickwick was on the point of inquiring, with great abhorrence of the
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man's cold-blooded villainy, how Mr. Serjeant Buzfuz, who was counsel
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who was counsel for him, that it was a fine morning, when he was
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this was caused by the entrance of the judge. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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occasioned by indisposition) was a most particularly short man, and
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this, all you could see of him was two queer little eyes, one broad pink
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deal of bawling, it was discovered that only ten special jurymen were
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* 'Answer to your names, gentlemen, that you may be sworn,' said the
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'I beg this court's pardon,' said the chemist, who was a tall, thin,
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* 'Then you ought to be able to afford it, Sir,' said the judge,
---------------
when he was again interrupted by the chemist. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'I am to be sworn, my Lord, am I?' said the chemist. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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there'll be murder before this trial's over; that's all. Swear me, if
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my shop. He is a very nice boy, my Lord, but he is not acquainted with
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* Mr. Pickwick was regarding the chemist with feelings of the deepest
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horror, when a slight sensation was perceptible in the body of the
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Cluppins, was led in, and placed, in a drooping state, at the other end
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of the seat on which Mr. Pickwick sat. An extra-sized umbrella was then
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imbecility, the good lady requested to be informed where she was. In
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the judge was visibly affected, and several of the beholders tried to
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both judge and jury. This was not done without considerable opposition,
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of the judge's eye was only a formal prelude to his being immediately
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* 'Who is with you, Brother Buzfuz?' said the judge. Mr. Skimpin bowed, to
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they must be. A visible effect was produced immediately, several jurymen
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from my learned friend, gentlemen, that this is an action for a breach
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melancholy voice, 'the plaintiff is a widow; yes, gentlemen, a widow.
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* 'There is no date to that, is there?' inquired a juror. 'There is no
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that it was put in the plaintiff's parlour window just this time three
---------------
no fear, she had no distrust, she had no suspicion; all was confidence
---------------
and reliance. "Mr. Bardell," said the widow--"Mr. Bardell was a man of
---------------
honour, Mr. Bardell was a man of his word, Mr. Bardell was no deceiver,
---------------
Mr. Bardell was once a single gentleman himself; to single gentlemen I
---------------
what Mr. Bardell was when he first won my young and untried affections;
---------------
to a single gentleman, then, shall my lodgings be let." Actuated by this
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long? No. The serpent was on the watch, the train was laid, the mine was
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preparing, the sapper and miner was at work. Before the bill had been
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possession of them. This man was Pickwick--Pickwick, the defendant.'
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villainy, let me tell the defendant Pickwick, if he be in court, as I
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a counsel, in the discharge of his duty to his client, is neither to be
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head of the attempter, be he plaintiff or be he defendant, be his name
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it will be impossible for my learned friend to weaken or controvert,
---------------
I understand to be a particular species of marbles much prized by the
---------------
however, taking special care that there would be no witness to their
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A visible impression was produced upon the auditors by this part of
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have passed between these parties, letters which are admitted to be in
---------------
must be viewed with a cautious and suspicious eye--letters that were
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is the happiness of a sensitive and confiding female to be trifled away,
---------------
is in itself suspicious. "Dear Mrs. B., I shall not be at home
---------------
warming-pan? When was the peace of mind of man or woman broken or
---------------
disturbed by a warming-pan, which is in itself a harmless, a useful, and
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warming-pan, unless (as is no doubt the case) it is a mere cover for
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coach mean? For aught I know, it may be a reference to Pickwick himself,
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whole of this transaction, but whose speed will now be very unexpectedly
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will very soon be greased by you!'
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sensitiveness on the subject was very probably occasioned by his having
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difficult to smile with an aching heart; it is ill jesting when our
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ruined, and it is no figure of speech to say that her occupation is
---------------
gone indeed. The bill is down--but there is no tenant. Eligible single
---------------
gentlemen pass and repass-but there is no invitation for to inquire
---------------
within or without. All is gloom and silence in the house; even the
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voice of the child is hushed; his infant sports are disregarded when his
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or odd and even, his hand is out. But Pickwick, gentlemen, Pickwick,
---------------
gentlemen--heavy damages is the only punishment with which you can
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till he was hoarse. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Bardell, Mrs. Sanders, Mr. Dodson, and Mr. Fogg, was hoisted into the
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witness-box; and when she was safely perched on the top step, Mrs.
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Of course, directly Mrs. Cluppins was desired to compose herself, she
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* 'Mr. Pickwick's sitting-room was the first-floor front, I believe?'
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* 'I was there,' resumed Mrs. Cluppins, 'unbeknown to Mrs. Bardell; I
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kidney pertaties, which was three pound tuppence ha'penny, when I see
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'I would scorn the haction. The voices was very loud, Sir, and forced
---------------
be distinctly stated that it was due to her to say, that her account was
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state of intellectual complication was wholly out of the question. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Mr. Winkle was then examined by Mr. Skimpin, who, being a promising
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young man of two or three-and-forty, was of course anxious to confuse a
---------------
witness who was notoriously predisposed in favour of the other side, as
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'What did you tell me it was Daniel for, then, sir?' inquired the judge. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'You had better be careful, Sir,' said the little judge, with a sinister
---------------
Lordship's injunctions to be careful. I believe you are a particular
---------------
'I was just about to say, that--'
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answer the question, you'll be committed, Sir,' interposed the little
---------------
such points. First of all, Mr. Winkle said it was quite impossible for
---------------
him to say how many times he had seen Mrs. Bardell. Then he was asked if
---------------
than that.' Then he was asked whether he hadn't seen her a hundred
---------------
times, and so forth; the satisfactory conclusion which was arrived at,
---------------
he was about. The witness having been by these means reduced to the
---------------
requisite ebb of nervous perplexity, the examination was continued as
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'The defendant, Mr. Pickwick, was holding the plaintiff in his arms,
---------------
on this ingenious dove-tailing of the few words he had heard. 'I was on
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mind, Mr. Winkle, which I fear would be of little service to honest,
---------------
suspicion cast upon it. But as it could afford to be placed in a rather
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* 'I believe, Mr. Winkle,' said Mr. Phunky, 'that Mr. Pickwick is not a
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'Oh, no,' replied Mr. Winkle; 'old enough to be my father.'
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time. Had you ever any reason to suppose or believe that he was about to
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witnesses--a reluctant witness, and a too-willing witness; it was Mr.
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preparing to sit down; for Serjeant Snubbin was winking at him. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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have no doubt, might be easily explained.'
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towards females on the part of this gentleman, who is old enough to be
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that the trifling circumstance of suspicion was Mr. Pickwick's being
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Vulture, where he was discovered some hours after, by the waiter,
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Susannah Sanders was then called, and examined by Serjeant Buzfuz, and
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engaged to Pickwick was the current topic of conversation in the
---------------
Did not know that Mrs. Bardell was at that time keeping company with
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the baker, but did know that the baker was then a single man and is
---------------
now married. Couldn't swear that Mrs. Bardell was not very fond of
---------------
the baker, but should think that the baker was not very fond of Mrs.
---------------
but never 'chops,' nor yet 'tomato sauce.' He was particularly fond
---------------
It was quite unnecessary to call Samuel Weller; for Samuel Weller
---------------
stepped briskly into the box the instant his name was pronounced;
---------------
'I rayther suspect it was my father, my lord,' replied Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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the jury,' said Sam, 'and that was a wery partickler and uncommon
---------------
Hereupon there was a general laugh; and the little judge, looking with
---------------
an angry countenance over his desk, said, 'You had better be careful,
---------------
by the witnesses?' 'Certainly not,' replied Sam; 'I was in the passage
---------------
till they called me up, and then the old lady was not there.'
---------------
nothing of what was going forward. Have you a pair of eyes, Mr. Weller?'
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power, p'raps I might be able to see through a flight o' stairs and a
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At this answer, which was delivered without the slightest appearance
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gen'l'men as is settin' near you now.' This, of course, drew general
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'Yes,' said Sam, 'they said what a wery gen'rous thing it was o' them to
---------------
little respecting Mr. Pickwick as might be, which was precisely the
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retired from business, and is a gentleman of considerable independent
---------------
apartments on his return from some country excursion. It is sufficient
---------------
as he went along. If Mrs. Bardell were right, it was perfectly clear
---------------
that Mr. Pickwick was wrong, and if they thought the evidence of Mrs.
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judge was fetched in. Mr. Pickwick put on his spectacles, and gazed at
---------------
here, Mr. Pickwick was joined by his friends. Here, too, he encountered
---------------
* Speechless with indignation, Mr. Pickwick allowed himself to be led
---------------
* Sam had put up the steps, and was preparing to jump upon the box, when
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renew the bill,' observed Mr. Weller, who was clearing away the
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Nobody had; and as the proposition was warmly seconded by Perker, who
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change and gaiety he would be inclined to think better of his
---------------
determination, and worse of a debtor's prison, it was carried
---------------
unanimously; and Sam was at once despatched to the White Horse Cellar,
---------------
* There were just two places to be had inside, and just three to be had
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half-crown which was tendered him as a portion of his 'change,' walked
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back to the George and Vulture, where he was pretty busily employed
---------------
* The next was a very unpropitious morning for a journey--muggy, damp,
---------------
* The travellers' room at the White Horse Cellar is of course
---------------
uncomfortable; it would be no travellers' room if it were not. It is the
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article is kept in a small kennel for washing glasses, in a corner of
---------------
* One of these boxes was occupied, on this particular occasion, by a
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head, and large black whiskers. He was buttoned up to the chin in a
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Mr. Pickwick entered, with a fierce and peremptory air, which was very
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* 'Not inside--I'll be damned if you're going inside,' said the strange
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every day; but I never was done, and I never will be. Those who know me
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this is a very unnecessary display of excitement. I have only taken
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Dowler; that he was going to Bath on pleasure; that he was formerly in
---------------
place was taken, was a personage no less illustrious than Mrs. Dowler,
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* 'I wrote him a note, I said it was a painful thing. And so it was.'
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service, I was bound to skin him. I regretted the necessity, but it must
---------------
be done. He was open to conviction. He saw that the rules of the service
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bonnet was looking among the crowd on the pavement, most probably for
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Mr. Pickwick was preparing to follow him, when Sam Weller came up to his
---------------
properiator o' this here coach is a playin' some imperence vith us.'
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'How is that, Sam?' said Mr. Pickwick; 'aren't the names down on the
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'The names is not only down on the vay-bill, Sir,' replied Sam, 'but
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size, was the magic name of PICKWICK!
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'Wot, ain't nothin' to be done in consequence, sir?' exclaimed Sam,
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* 'Done!' said Mr. Pickwick. 'What should be done?' 'Ain't nobody to be
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coach reached the Kensington turnpike. Which was so long a time for
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him to remain taciturn, that the fact may be considered wholly
---------------
addenda in every instance went to show that Mr. Dowler was even a more
---------------
Mrs. Dowler, who was a very agreeable and fascinating person. So,
---------------
contrived to be very companionable all the way. The outsides did
---------------
and very bright and wakeful again towards the end. There was one young
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them away when he thought nobody was looking at him. There was a third
---------------
young man on the box who wished to be learned in cattle; and an old one
---------------
behind, who was familiar with farming. There was a constant succession
---------------
road and off it; and there was a dinner which would have been cheap at
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Bath, where the waiters, from their costume, might be mistaken for
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* The friend was a charming young man of not much more than fifty, dressed
---------------
snuff-box was lightly clasped in his left hand; gold rings innumerable
---------------
His linen was of the very whitest, finest, and stiffest; his wig of the
---------------
glossiest, blackest, and curliest. His snuff was princes' mixture; his
---------------
smile; and his teeth were in such perfect order that it was difficult at
---------------
'Welcome to Ba-ath, Sir. This is indeed an acquisition. Most welcome to
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Ba-ath, sir. It is long--very long, Mr. Pickwick, since you drank the
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* 'It is a very long time since I drank the waters, certainly,' replied
---------------
Mr. Pickwick; 'for, to the best of my knowledge, I was never here
---------------
Pickwick. 'I really never was here before.'
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'The register of the distinguished visitors in Ba-ath will be at the
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'I will,' rejoined Dowler. 'This is a long call. It's time to go. I
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shall be here again in an hour. Come.'
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'This is a ball-night,' said the M.C., again taking Mr. Pickwick's hand,
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that he was most satisfied, and most delighted, and most overpowered,
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book--an instance of condescension at which Angelo Bantam was even more
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Park Street was very much like the perpendicular streets a man sees in a
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whistling and gave a cheerful knock, which was instantaneously answered
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* 'Why, young man?' was the haughty inquiry of the powdered-headed
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would be ready directly. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Why, it IS difficult, sir, I confess,' said the tall footman. 'It may
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be done by degrees, Sir. Coffee is the best practice. I carried coffee,
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'There is the answer, sir,' said the powdered-headed footman. 'I'm
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you owe to society, and don't let yourself be injured by too much work.
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that he was greatly amused with something or other, walked merrily away. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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waved, lights shone, and jewels sparkled. There was the music--not of
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glided gracefully through the throng, and was no sooner lost, than it
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mammas, appearing to be wholly absorbed by the conversation in which
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but which may be turned to surprisingly good account by expert
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partners for them, and not playing cards lest they should be set down as
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abuse everybody, because everybody was there. It was a scene of gaiety,
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* 'My dear Sir, I am highly honoured. Ba-ath is favoured. Mrs. Dowler, you
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moustache, is the Honourable Mr. Crushton, his bosom friend. How do you
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* 'It IS very warm, my Lord,' replied the M.C. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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glances with each other, seeing that he was precisely the very person
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Mr. Pickwick happened to be looking another way at the moment, so her
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* 'My friend Mr. Pickwick, my Lady, will be most happy, I am sure,
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and Mrs. Colonel Wugsby. As the trump card was turned up, at the
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where they waited patiently until the hand was over. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'what is it?' 'I came to ask, ma, whether I might dance with the
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'Ma,' whispered the other, who was much older than her sister, and very
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her daughter's cheek with her fan, 'and are always to be trusted. He's
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armoury of daggers; if he stopped to consider which was the right one,
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made Mr. Pickwick nervous. Besides all this, there was a great deal of
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CHAPTER XXXVI. THE CHIEF FEATURES OF WHICH WILL BE FOUND TO BE
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which was larger than they required, Mr. and Mrs. Dowler offered to
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relieve them of a bedroom and sitting-room. This proposition was at once
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there was anything the matter with him. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* The Great Pump Room is a spacious saloon, ornamented with Corinthian
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for it appeals to them in the cause of a deserving charity. There is a
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company get it; and it is a most edifying and satisfactory sight to
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having done so. There is another pump room, into which infirm ladies
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number of toes, is in imminent danger of coming out without them; and
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there is a third, into which the quiet people go, for it is less noisy
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than either. There is an immensity of promenading, on crutches and
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* Mr. Pickwick was sitting up by himself, after a day spent in this
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bed, when he was roused by a gentle tap at the room door. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'My young girl is gone to bed, Sir,' said Mrs. Craddock; 'and Mr. Dowler
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isn't expected to be over till late; so I was thinking that if you
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drawer, and they were folded so, that the title, which was in a good
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round hand, was fully disclosed to him. Seeing from this, that it was
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no private document; and as it seemed to relate to Bath, and was very
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renowned Prince Bladud. That inscription is now erased. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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legend) was a pig of grave and solemn countenance, with whom the prince
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had a fellow-feeling--for he too was wise--a pig of thoughtful and
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terrible, and whose bite was sharp. The young prince sighed deeply as
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* 'This sagacious pig was fond of bathing in rich, moist mud. Not in
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those distant ages (which is a proof that the light of civilisation had
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winter. His coat was ever so sleek, and his complexion so clear, that
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bubbled the hot springs of Bath. He washed, and was cured. Hastening
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too high a temperature, and the natural philosopher was no more! He was
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'This was the legend. Listen to the true one. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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famous and renowned Lud Hudibras, king of Britain. He was a mighty
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monarch. The earth shook when he walked--he was so very stout. His
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people basked in the light of his countenance--it was so red and
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many inches of him, too, for although he was not very tall, he was a
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who was called Bladud. He was sent to a preparatory seminary in his
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father's dominions until he was ten years old, and was then despatched,
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as there was no extra charge for remaining during the holidays, and no
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him home; which, the lord chamberlain doing, was received with shouts,
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fine young man, he perceived what a grand thing it would be to have
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him married without delay, so that his children might be the means of
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marriage for his son; stating at the same time that he was anxious to be
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they couldn't agree in arranging this marriage, he should be under the
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To this, the other king (who was the weaker of the two) replied that he
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and magnanimity, and that his daughter was quite ready to be married,
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transported with joy. Nothing was heard, on all sides, but the sounds of
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feasting and revelry--except the chinking of money as it was paid in
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expenses of the happy ceremony. It was upon this occasion that King Lud,
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King Cole, in those celebrated lines in which his Majesty is represented
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* Which is an obvious injustice to the memory of King Lud, and a dishonest
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* 'But, in the midst of all this festivity and rejoicing, there was one
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forth, and who danced not, when the minstrels played. This was no other
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* 'it is an old prerogative of kings to govern everything but their
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a family) should be considered privy to his flight, and punished
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* 'The monarch was frantic at the loss of his son. He knew not on whom to
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hardships by sweet thoughts of the Athenian maid, who was the innocent
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* '"Know you not, O stranger," was the reply, "of the recent proclamation
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to wed, is married to a foreign noble of her own country, and the king
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chose, who they say is as beautiful as the noonday sun. Your health,
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morn, and the red glare of eve. So heedless was he of time or object,
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* 'There was no city where Bath stands, then. There was no vestige of
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'The wish was heard. It was in the time of the heathen deities, who used
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* 'It is observable that, to this day, large numbers of elderly ladies and
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comfort. This is most complimentary to the virtue of Prince Bladud's
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especially if that somebody be at a party. You cannot help thinking how
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rub it off--as there is no doubt you would, if you could. Eyes, too, are
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* This was just Mr. Dowler's opinion, as he sat before the fire, and felt
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keeping him up. He was not put into better humour either, by the
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* Just as the clock struck three, there was blown into the crescent a
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going to tear the paving stones up, its fury was tremendous. They were
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* 'Servants is in the arms o' Porpus, I think,' said the short chairman,
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The short man was quite willing to get the job over, as soon as
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* Nobody came. It was all as silent and dark as ever. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'There ain't a bell, is there, ma'am?' said the short chairman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* At length Mr. Winkle began to dream that he was at a club, and that the
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members being very refractory, the chairman was obliged to hammer the
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auction room where there were no bidders, and the auctioneer was buying
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bounds of possibility that somebody might be knocking at the street
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that was burning in the fireplace, and hurried downstairs. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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with great disgust, taking it for granted that the inquirer was a
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the door a little, and peeped out. The first thing he saw, was the red
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house might be on fire, he hastily threw the door wide open, and holding
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whether what he saw was a sedan-chair or a fire-engine. At this instant
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there came a violent gust of wind; the light was blown out; Mr. Winkle
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All this time he was shivering with cold; and every time he raised
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ran down into the front drawing-room to make sure that it was the right
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party. Throwing up the window-sash as Mr. Winkle was rushing into the
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chair, she no sooner caught sight of what was going forward below, than
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up directly, for his wife was running away with another gentleman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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both, was Mr. Winkle bolting into the sedan-chair. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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watchman. He kept ahead; the door was open as he came round the second
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that of Mr. Pickwick was distinctly heard endeavouring to make peace,
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the inmates dispersed to their several bed-chambers, and all was quiet
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* It is not unlikely that the inquiry may be made, where Mr. Weller was,
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DESCRIBING A SOIREE TO WHICH HE WAS INVITED AND WENT; ALSO RELATES HOW
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HE WAS ENTRUSTED BY Mr. PICKWICK WITH A PRIVATE MISSION OF DELICACY AND
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'Wery odd that,' said Sam; 'I'm afeerd there must be somethin' the
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as is capable o' writin' one.'
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* 'It must be somethin' wery uncommon indeed, as could perduce a letter
---------------
ven he wos took with fits. It can't be from the gov'ner,' said Sam,
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usual trimmings. The swarry to be on table at half-past nine o'clock
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This was inclosed in another note, which ran thus--
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The envelope was directed to blank Weller, Esq., at Mr. Pickwick's; and
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* 'Vell,' said Sam, 'this is comin' it rayther powerful, this is. I never
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that evening, which was readily granted. With this permission and the
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* 'Ah, you've been a-workin' too hard,' observed Sam. 'I was fearful
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'Oh! that's it, is it?' said Sam; 'that's a wery bad complaint, that.'
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* 'Ah, to be sure,' said Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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subjected to temptations which other people is free from, Mr. Weller.'
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the deceased gentleman in question; but, as Sam's face was in the most
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again. 'Perhaps we had better be walking,' said Mr. Smauker, consulting
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'I thought they was particklery unpleasant,' replied Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'That IS the killibeate, Mr. Weller,' observed Mr. John Smauker
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down a by-street; 'we shall soon be there.'
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* 'Yes,' said Mr. John Smauker. 'Don't be alarmed, Mr. Weller.'
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stranger, perhaps, they'll be rather hard upon you at first.'
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'They won't be wery cruel, though, will they?' inquired Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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it: the chief and most important of whom appeared to be a stoutish
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breeches, and a cocked hat, who was standing with his back to the fire,
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into that of the gentleman with the cocked hat, and said he was charmed
---------------
a neighbour in green-foil smalls, that Tuckle was in spirits to-night. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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the sentence was forwarded into Mr. John Smauker's ear, by whisper. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Not by no means, Blazes,' replied Sam. 'It 'ud be a wery chilly subject
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At this point the conversation was interrupted by the arrival of a
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be ordered in, which was carried unanimously. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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took the chair, and was supported at the other end of the board by the
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The greengrocer did as he was told, with a show of great humility, and
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mean to do it, Sir; I was up very late last night, Sir.'
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'I hope, gentlemen,' said Harris, 'that you won't be severe with me,
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additional assistance in waiting is required. I hope, gentlemen, I give
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door was thrown briskly open, and another gentleman in a light-blue
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to fetch our youngest daughter at half-past ten, and she is such an
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Sir, is irrevokeable.'
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he liked, but was bound in honour to suppress. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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At this the man in blue smiled, as if it were a compliment he was well
---------------
hoped he should be better acquainted with him, for without any flattery
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and to be just the man after his own heart. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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in a manner which was highly gratifying to the personal vanity of the
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'I should think she couldn't wery well be off o' that,' said Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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but with the others, gin-and-water, sweet, appeared to be the favourite
---------------
Here there was a loud cry of 'Order,' and Mr. John Smauker, as the
---------------
inform him that the word he had just made use of, was unparliamentary. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Which word was that 'ere, Sir?' inquired Sam. 'Mississes, Sir,' replied
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green-foil smalls, whether the chairman could be legally appealed to,
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their own rights than his, the question was not raised. The man with
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in the cocked hat had no doubt that the company would be very happy to
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the long coat, 'having the misforchune to be a coachman, and being only
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* 'You may well be sapparised, gentlemen,' said the coachman. 'I will not
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he had just resigned. The uniform was extremely rich and expensive,
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the females of the family was most agreeable, and the duties of the
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situation was not, he was bound to say, too heavy; the principal service
---------------
that was required of him, being, that he should look out of the hall
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painful and disgusting detail on which he was about to enter, but as
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* It is impossible to conceive the disgust which this avowal awakened in
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* Mr. Whiffers's address was responded to, with a shout of admiration, and
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the health of the interesting martyr was drunk in a most enthusiastic
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intimate acquaintance with, but who was the friend of Mr. John Smauker,
---------------
which was a sufficient letter of recommendation to any society of
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of a change, and as it might be inconvenient to empty a tumbler at every
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toast, he should propose that the honours be understood. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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compliment; which, comin' from sich a quarter, is wery overvelmin'.
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thought you was sich uncommon nice men as I find you air. I only hope
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dignity, which is a wery charmin' thing to see, when one's out
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I was a boy about half as high as the brass-headed stick o' my wery
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swarry as ever he'll be troubled with agin.'
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Mr. Tuckle was not proof against this invitation. He laid aside the
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prevailed upon to stop too. When the punch was about half gone, Sam
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both was so extremely exhilarating, that Mr. Tuckle, dressed out with
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last, when the punch was all gone, and the night nearly so, they sallied
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air, than he was seized with a sudden desire to lie on the curbstone;
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Sam thought it would be a pity to contradict him, and so let him have
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* 'There was an unfortunate occurrence here, last night, Sam,' said Mr.
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communication with me,' replied Mr. Pickwick. 'And is gone, I know not
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gone. He must be found, Sam. Found and brought back to me.' 'And s'pose
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* 'He must be made, Sam,' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'I'll be wery careful, sir,' rejoined Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Sam put a few necessaries in a carpet-bag, and was ready for starting.
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* 'It's reg'larly understood about the knockin' down, is it, Sir?'
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never be too highly appreciated or too warmly extolled. 'If,' reasoned
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myself, it will be incumbent on me to call him out. He has a wife; that
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wife is attached to, and dependent on him. Heavens! If I should kill
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him in the blindness of my wrath, what would be my feelings ever
---------------
again, twice a day or more, could be reasonably supposed to arrive
---------------
any communication by letter with Mr. Pickwick until it was probable that
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thither, took the route which was pointed out to him. But as the
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anybody who might happen to be in the back parlour, which he judged to
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There was, without doubt; for Mr. Winkle was so very much astonished
---------------
* 'Upon my word I was not,' replied Mr. Winkle, returning his pressure. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'I did, indeed,' responded Bob Sawyer, 'and I was just going to say that
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I wasn't at home, but if you'd leave a message I'd be sure to give it
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* 'Well!' said Mr. Winkle. 'This is indeed a pleasure I did not expect.
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and the conversation was becoming general, when it was interrupted
---------------
and the pills to be taken four times a day at the ill-tempered old
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bad as you would have me believe, either. There is SOME medicine to be
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Mr. Bob Sawyer peeped into the shop to see that no stranger was within
---------------
it, and reads the label: "Draught to be taken at bedtime--pills as
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topics in which Mr. Winkle was more immediately interested. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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becoming sentimental after brandy. The case is not a peculiar one, as
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of which malady was briefly this. He had been staying nearly three weeks
---------------
with Mr. Bob Sawyer; Mr. Bob Sawyer was not remarkable for temperance,
---------------
nor was Mr. Benjamin Allen for the ownership of a very strong head; the
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consequence was that, during the whole space of time just mentioned,
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and it was rather fortunate he did not, for the features of her brother
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trusted she was in good health. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Our friend Bob is a delightful fellow, Winkle,' was the only reply of
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Mr. Winkle was too anxious to hear what was to follow to express much
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that was all. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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resolution to inquire whether Miss Allen was in Kent. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Oh, the aunt's is in Bristol, is it?' faltered Mr. Winkle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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in his heart. Could he be the object of it? Could it be for him that the
---------------
Sawyer's return was the immediate precursor of the arrival of a meat-pie
---------------
partake. The cloth was laid by an occasional charwoman, who officiated
---------------
tumbler in the house, which was assigned to Mr. Winkle as a compliment
---------------
Bob Sawyer and Ben Allen should be considered at liberty to fill twice
---------------
* There was no singing, because Mr. Bob Sawyer said it wouldn't look
---------------
professional; but to make amends for this deprivation there was so much
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* The mirth of Mr. Bob Sawyer was rapidly ripening into the furious, Mr.
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Ben Allen was fast relapsing into the sentimental, and the punch had
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Nockemorf was wanted directly, a couple of streets off. This broke up
---------------
room. It was rather a cool evening for the season of the year, and the
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Mr. Winkle's first impulse was to give a violent pull at the nearest
---------------
bell-handle, but that unfortunately happened to be immediately behind
---------------
* 'Mr. Winkle, Sir. Be calm. Don't strike me. I won't bear it. A blow!
---------------
must be secured by some further understanding. You used a threat against
---------------
I respect your bravery. Your feeling is upright. Conscious innocence.
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not, and almost fearing that it was demanded in order that he might be
---------------
natural. So should I. I was wrong. I beg your pardon. Be friendly.
---------------
and shaking it with the utmost vehemence, declared he was a fellow of
---------------
did you follow? Be frank. Tell me.'
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* 'To Mrs. Dowler. "You made a vow," said she. "I did," said I. "It was a
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rash one," said she. "It was," said I. "I'll apologise. Where is he?"'
---------------
* 'You,' replied Dowler. 'I went downstairs. You were not to be found.
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* 'I left a note for you,' resumed Dowler. 'I said I was sorry. So I was.
---------------
business is finished. I go back to-morrow. Join me.'
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their conversation was explained; Mr. Dowler had as great an objection
---------------
very terrible, and said he was perfectly satisfied; but at the same
---------------
must inevitably have occurred. Mr. Dowler appeared to be impressed with
---------------
twenty minutes in the full luxury of his first sleep, he was suddenly
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'What do I mean,' retorted Sam; 'come, Sir, this is rayther too rich,
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of his shell by means of a pin, and he conseqvently began to be afeered
---------------
that he should be obliged to crack him in the parlour door.' At the end
---------------
of this address, which was unusually lengthy for him, Mr. Weller planted
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* 'No,' said Sam, shaking his head. 'Can't be done.'
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firmness, and energetically replied, 'It can't be done.'
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the door should be instantly unlocked. That a letter should be written
---------------
thereof. And, lastly, that Mr. Winkle should be understood as distinctly
---------------
'The governor distinctly said it was to be done. Amazin' stupid o' me,
---------------
stairs without any fresh visitations of conscience, was soon, in common
---------------
Weller more than once strongly hinted was the line of conduct that a
---------------
strict sense of duty prompted him to pursue. There is little reason to
---------------
had done quite right, and it was unnecessary for him to mount guard any
---------------
excellent and hospitable friend's, Winkle. It would be an ill return to
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happiness is bound up in her.'
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which was the best ones wen he heerd 'em mentioned.'
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Allen, relative to Arabella; stated that his object was to gain an
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and mutterings of the aforesaid Ben, that, wherever she was at present
---------------
immured, it was somewhere near the Downs. And this was his whole stock
---------------
* With this very slight clue to guide him, it was determined that Mr.
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shrewdly suspected by the male and female domestics to be deeply
---------------
afforded. But as none among these young ladies was Miss Arabella Allen,
---------------
whether it was always necessary to hold your hat on with both hands in
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thoroughfare, a groom in undress was idling about, apparently persuading
---------------
himself that he was doing something with a spade and a wheel-barrow. We
---------------
especially as he was very tired with walking, and there was a good large
---------------
freedom for which he was remarkable. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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countenance of great anxiety, whether his master's name was not Walker. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'ud be worth a life's board wages at least, to you, and 'ud be cheap at
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and say they needn't mind puttin' any by, for it'll be cold afore I come
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* Sam continued to sit on the large stone, meditating upon what was best
---------------
to be done, and revolving in his mind a plan for knocking at all the
---------------
* Sam was so very busy with his own thoughts, that it is probable he would
---------------
for her single strength. Mr. Weller was a gentleman of great gallantry
---------------
gentleman was so near, turned round as Sam spoke--no doubt (indeed she
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scream. Sam was scarcely less staggered, for in the countenance of
---------------
moments before--from both of which tokens we should be disposed to infer
---------------
this interruption had been offered, was resumed. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
* 'And how did you know I was here?' inquired Mary. 'Who could have told
---------------
'Ah, to be sure,' said Sam, with a cunning look, 'that's the pint. Who
---------------
'It wasn't Mr. Muzzle, was it?' inquired Mary. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
as is wery pressin'. There's one o' my governor's friends--Mr. Winkle,
---------------
the family was out of bed, one mornin'.'
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* Mr. Weller was so deeply overcome on receiving this intelligence that
---------------
he was sufficiently collected to return to the subject. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* It is not half as innocent a thing as it looks, that shaking little
---------------
pieces of carpet--at least, there may be no great harm in the shaking,
---------------
but the folding is a very insidious process. So long as the shaking
---------------
as innocent an amusement as can well be devised; but when the folding
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a sixteenth, and then to a thirty-second, if the carpet be long enough,
---------------
until it was nearly dusk, and then returned to the lane without the
---------------
he began to think it was not going to take place at all, when he heard
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garden seat, which happened by good luck to be near at hand. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Whether it was the magic of Mr. Winkle's name, or the coolness of the
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* 'I don't rightly know which is your brother, miss,' replied Sam. 'Is it
---------------
* 'It's the suspicion of a priory 'tachment as is the cause of it all,'
---------------
My brother is so unkind, so unreasonable! I know how strange my talking
---------------
when the conversation threatened to be interrupted by the unwelcome
---------------
many professions of gratitude, that it was barely possible she might be
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* 'We must be careful,' said Mr. Pickwick, after listening attentively to
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step. If I am present at the meeting--a mutual friend, who is old enough
---------------
to be the father of both parties--the voice of calumny can never be
---------------
foresight, as he spoke thus. Mr. Winkle was touched by this little trait
---------------
and order a conveyance to be at the door to-morrow evening, rather
---------------
earlier than is absolutely necessary, in order that we may be in good
---------------
* The coach was punctual to the time appointed; and Mr. Weller, after duly
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* It was at this stage of the undertaking that Mr. Pickwick, with many
---------------
good-humouredly round at his follower, who was trudging behind. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Weller; 'but wen you don't want to be seen, I think they're more useful
---------------
* 'Down here, Sir,' said Sam. 'Let me lead the way. This is the lane,
---------------
foot in diameter. It was very pretty to look at, but seemed to have the
---------------
ascertained whether Mary was yet in waiting. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
gate was opened, and all quiet. Following him with stealthy tread,
---------------
seemed to have any very distinct apprehension of what was to be done
---------------
done, sir, will be for Mr. Weller to give you a hoist up into the tree,
---------------
'That 'ere blessed lantern 'ull be the death on us all,' exclaimed Sam
---------------
* 'Now, it's in the stable, and they'll think the place is afire,' said
---------------
'It'll be vun too powerful for us, if you keep blazin' avay in that
---------------
of Arabella, on the other side, 'don't be frightened, my dear, it's only
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'There is not the least cause for fear, I assure you. Stand firm, Sam,'
---------------
* 'All right, sir,' replied Mr. Weller. 'Don't be longer than you can
---------------
may be a satisfaction to you, to know that I am present. That's all, my
---------------
He was up again in an instant however; and bidding Mr. Winkle make haste
---------------
occasion, was on the wall in a moment, merely pausing to request Sam to
---------------
'Where is he? What's he doing, Sam?' inquired Mr. Winkle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
time was pleading the sincerity of his passion with an eloquence worthy
---------------
of scientific attainments was seated in his library, two or three houses
---------------
gazing abstractedly on the thick darkness outside, when he was very much
---------------
After a short time the phenomenon was repeated, not once or twice, but
---------------
* The scientific gentleman was a bachelor. He had no wife to call in and
---------------
* 'Pruffle,' said the scientific gentleman, 'there is something very
---------------
'Yes. You have been bred up in this country. What should you say was the
---------------
* 'I should say it was thieves, Sir,' said Pruffle at length. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
inevitably be the case if the speculation of the ingenious Mr. Pruffle
---------------
false alarm that somebody was coming that way; occasionally drawing back
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Arabella ran into the house; the garden gate was shut, and the three
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Mr. Pickwick did as he was desired, and Sam, seeing a man's head peeping
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carried, was perfectly astonishing. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* The coach was waiting, the horses were fresh, the roads were good, and
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the driver was willing. The whole party arrived in safety at the Bush
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to be considered a light of science ever afterwards. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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and ninety-nine collectively, Sam was taking the air in George Yard,
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* The vehicle was not exactly a gig, neither was it a stanhope. It was not
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what is currently denominated a dog-cart, neither was it a taxed cart,
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of the character of each and every of these machines. It was painted a
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feet above the rail. The horse was a bay, a well-looking animal
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* The master himself was a man of about forty, with black hair, and
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carefully combed whiskers. He was dressed in a particularly gorgeous
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* This last push had the effect which it was intended by the experienced
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* The waiter led the way upstairs as he was desired, and the man in the
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lookers-on. Mr. Smouch, who was troubled with a hoarse cough, remained
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* Mr. Pickwick was fast asleep in bed, when his early visitor, followed by
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the capture was made, and that he was to wait for the prisoner until he
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Smouch, requesting Mr. Pickwick in a surly manner 'to be as alive as
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he could, for it was a busy time,' drew up a chair by the door and sat
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there, until he had finished dressing. Sam was then despatched for a
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was fortunate the distance was short; for Mr. Smouch, besides possessing
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no very enchanting conversational powers, was rendered a decidedly
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who was endowed with a large key for the purpose, Mr. Pickwick was shown
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This coffee-room was a front parlour, the principal features of which
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* One of these was a mere boy of nineteen or twenty, who, though it
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was yet barely ten o'clock, was drinking gin-and-water, and smoking a
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right boot, was a coarse, vulgar young man of about thirty, with a
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the world, and captivating freedom of manner, which is to be acquired in
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the apartment was a middle-aged man in a very old suit of black, who
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said the man who was stirring the fire, tipping the wink to his friend
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* 'Thank you, no, I shan't want it; I expect I shall be out, in the course
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offered the razor, whose name appeared to be Price. 'Never!' Mr. Price
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'Chances be d--d,' replied Price; 'he hasn't half the ghost of one. I
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and I must have a stimulant, or I shan't be able to pitch it strong
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almost needless to say, was fairly convulsed. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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on, was about to inquire whether he could not be accommodated with a
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* It would appear, however, that matters were not going to be made all
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bell, and was shown, at his own request, into a private room furnished
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breakfast was getting ready; when it came, Mr. Perker came too. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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damages for which the ca-sa was issued, and we had better settle at once
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and lose no time. Namby is come home by this time, I dare say. What say
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habeas-corpus. There'll be no judge at chambers till four o'clock this
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of Perker, the chops appeared and disappeared in due course; he was then
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and could on no account be disturbed before. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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the change; and Mr. Pickwick, stepping to one side to be out of the way
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fellows. One was a slim and rather lame man in rusty black, and a white
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neckerchief; another was a stout, burly person, dressed in the same
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been walking past; and his curiosity was quite excited to know to what
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* He was about to propound the question to Namby, who kept close beside
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up, and observing that there was no time to lose, led the way into
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This last question was addressed to the lame man, who, unobserved by Mr.
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wish it--in fact I had some curiosity to look at it when I should be at
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to the lame man, informing him it was all a mistake, whispered to Mr.
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Pickwick as the man turned away in dudgeon, that he was only a bail. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* This was a room of specially dirty appearance, with a very low ceiling
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and old panelled walls; and so badly lighted, that although it was broad
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file. Every time this door was opened to let a party out, the next
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of those who had seen him, there was as much noise as could well be
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the room was a clerk in spectacles who was 'taking the affidavits';
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large number of attorneys' clerks to be sworn, and it being a moral
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their employers had taken out, which it was optional to the attorney on
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he was not in attendance without their knowledge. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Pickwick had taken, was an office-lad of fourteen, with a tenor voice;
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* Nobody answered; the next man who came in, was bailed by the whole
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* All this time, the man in the spectacles was hard at work, swearing the
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'Take the book in your right hand this is your name and hand-writing you
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was soon afterwards confided to the custody of the tipstaff, to be by
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Pickwick was fully paid and satisfied. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'And that,' said Mr. Pickwick, laughing, 'will be a very long time. Sam,
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* 'What a bankrupt he'd make, Sir,' observed Mr. Lowten, who was standing
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there was nothing), and so the vehicle kept behind a cart; when the cart
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they had entered, and which was guarded by a stout turnkey with the key
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Pickwick was apprised that he would remain, until he had undergone the
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that the sitting was merely another term for undergoing an inspection
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This is rather a public place.'
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'They von't be long, Sir, I des-say,' replied Sam. 'There's a Dutch
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As Mr. Weller made this philosophical remark, Mr. Pickwick was aware
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been disturbed at his tea, for he was disposing of the last remnant of
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made no remark to anybody while it was being performed, not even to
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* At length the likeness was completed, and Mr. Pickwick was informed that
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'You'll be chummed on somebody to-morrow, and then you'll be all snug
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you'll be set all squares to-morrow.'
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After some discussion, it was discovered that one of the turnkeys had
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steps. The key was turned after them; and Mr. Pickwick found himself,
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looking carelessly over his shoulder to Mr. Pickwick--'this here is the
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'Yes, I shouldn't wonder if they was convenient,' replied the gentleman,
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there! Yes, and a wery good place it is to live in, ain't it?'
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ascent he was closely followed by Mr. Pickwick and Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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another gallery of the same dimensions as the one below, 'this is the
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the top; and the room where you're a-going to sleep to-night is the
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top. This area, it appeared from Mr. Roker's statement, was the
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gentleman, that there was a smaller area in that portion of the prison
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which was nearest Farringdon Street, denominated and called 'the Painted
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eye; which might be considered to mean, either that he would have
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proceeded to inquire which was the individual bedstead that Mr. Roker
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with a look of excessive disgust--'I should think poppies was nothing to
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'He must be a first-rater,' said Sam. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* It was getting dark; that is to say, a few gas jets were kindled in this
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place which was never light, by way of compliment to the evening, which
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had set in outside. As it was rather warm, some of the tenants of the
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room, some solitary tenant might be seen poring, by the light of a
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crowd of children, might be seen making up a scanty bed on the ground,
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swagger, a vagabondish who's-afraid sort of bearing, which is wholly
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boxed up. I'll tell you wot it is, sir; them as is always a-idlin' in
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public-houses it don't damage at all, and them as is alvays a-workin'
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that was force of habit.'
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'And who was he?' inquired Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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afore I die; and if I ain't struck with apoplexy, I'll be back in five
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run over by a hackney-coach that he warn't used to it; and he was blowed
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an hour afore the gate shut, which was all wery snug and comfortable. At
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little man was seized vith a wiolent fit o' tremblin', and never vent
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After a few thoughtful turns in the Painted Ground, which, as it was now
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dark, was nearly deserted, he intimated to Mr. Weller that he thought
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* There is no disguising the fact that Mr. Pickwick felt very low-spirited
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and uncomfortable--not for lack of society, for the prison was very
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ceremony of introduction; but he was alone in the coarse, vulgar crowd,
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consequent on the reflection that he was cooped and caged up, without
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walked slowly to and fro. The place was intolerably dirty, and the smell
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of tobacco smoke perfectly suffocating. There was a perpetual slamming
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able to crawl, from emaciation and misery, was walking up and down the
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* Mr. Pickwick's heart was really too full to bear it, and he went
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* Now, although the warder's room was a very uncomfortable one (being,
---------------
himself, by mathematical calculation, that the apartment was about equal
---------------
a dingy-looking fly that was crawling over his pantaloons, to come into
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that the insect was insane. After settling this point, he began to be
---------------
conscious that he was getting sleepy; whereupon he took his nightcap
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* The voice had no sooner ceased than the room was shaken with such
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corduroy knee-smalls and gray cotton stockings, was performing the most
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of his costume, was inexpressibly absurd. Another man, evidently very
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* This last man was an admirable specimen of a class of gentry which never
---------------
can be seen in full perfection but in such places--they may be met
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hot-beds, which would almost seem to be considerately provided by the
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He was a tall fellow, with an olive complexion, long dark hair, and very
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of very soiled white stockings. There was a rakish, vagabond smartness,
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and a kind of boastful rascality, about the whole man, that was worth a
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* This figure was the first to perceive that Mr. Pickwick was looking
---------------
extremity of surprise; 'the gentleman is awake. Hem, Shakespeare! How do
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you do, Sir? How is Mary and Sarah, sir? and the dear old lady at home,
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sent 'em before, only I was afraid they might be broken in the wagon,
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who, firmly impressed with the belief that he was delighting a numerous
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ingenious a witticism in itself, is unquestionably one of those which
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the excitement was over, he began to feel rather cool about the legs. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'My name is Smangle, sir,' said the man with the whiskers. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* 'Mine is Mivins,' said the man in the stockings. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* All this was very genteel and pleasant; and, to make matters still more
---------------
which sentiment, indeed, did him infinite credit, as he could be in no
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'Not a bit,' replied Mr. Mivins. And he was quite right; for, so far
---------------
from Mr. Smangle being any the worse for it, he was something the
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* 'Well; but come,' said Mr. Smangle; 'this is dry work. Let's rinse
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* 'You don't think there is any probability of his appropriating the money
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came upstairs, it would be as well. Here, you sir, just run downstairs,
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This request was addressed to a little timid-looking, nervous man, whose
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thought. Run and tell him that; d'ye hear? They shan't be wasted,'
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This manoeuvring was so exceedingly ingenious and, withal, performed
---------------
to himself, that a gentleman must not be particular under such
---------------
circumstances, and that, for his part, he was not too proud to drink out
---------------
his audience was not musically disposed. Mr. Pickwick then once again
---------------
appeared to be that, on some occasion particularly stated and set forth,
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upon which they rested was Samuel Weller, seated upon a small black
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Smangle himself, who was already partially dressed, was seated on his
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* 'Don't be impertinent to a gentleman, Sir,' said Mr. Smangle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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remote tendency to imply that Mr. Smangle was no gentleman, kindled his
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* 'Who the devil is this fellow?'
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sangvinary natur; but vith that 'ere exception things is quiet enough.'
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eccentric personage to overhear, was a regular thoroughbred original,
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* 'Now is there anything I can do for you, my dear Sir?' said Smangle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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Jove!--how devilish lucky!--this is the day she calls. Shall I put
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trouble. Confound and curse it! if one gentleman under a cloud is not to
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creature, is there?' resumed Smangle. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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man, it 'ud be more agreeable for all parties, as the schoolmaster said
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This speech was accompanied with such a very expressive look at that
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the skill of laundresses in getting up gentlemen's linen is generally
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tested, that he was fain to turn upon his heel, and, for the present at
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purchased on the previous night. Mr. Mivins, who was no smoker, and
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'Plenty of that, Mr. Pickwick. Your chummage ticket will be on
---------------
chummage ticket upon twenty-seven in the third, and them as is in the
---------------
room will be your chums.'
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goer he used to be sure-ly! You remember Tom Martin, Neddy?' said Roker,
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appealing to another man in the lodge, who was paring the mud off his
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* 'What is that Simpson, Neddy?' said Mr. Roker, turning to his companion. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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'Oh, him!' replied Neddy; 'he's nothing exactly. He WAS a horse
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would be advisable to see, and hold personal converse with, the three
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gentlemen with whom it was proposed to quarter him, he made the best of
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length appealed to a pot-boy, who happened to be pursuing his morning
---------------
* 'Which is twenty-seven, my good fellow?' said Mr. Pickwick. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* There was only one man in the room, and he was leaning out of window as
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(for it was the leg), after a very discontented sort of a pause. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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considered it a matter of sound policy to be silent. Mr. Simpson mused
---------------
rather inferred that it must be some nickname which distinguished Mr.
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the one expressed his opinion that it was 'a rig,' and the other his
---------------
conviction that it was 'a go.' Having recorded their feelings in these
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* While this was going on, Mr. Pickwick had been eyeing the room, which
---------------
was filthily dirty, and smelt intolerably close. There was no vestige
---------------
of either carpet, curtain, or blind. There was not even a closet in it.
---------------
the floor of a small apartment, which is the common sitting and sleeping
---------------
* 'I suppose this can be managed somehow,' said the butcher, after
---------------
'What will you take to be paid out?' said the butcher. 'The regular
---------------
chummage is two-and-six. Will you take three bob?'
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a very graceful and airy effect; its expression is one of light and
---------------
in a breath, that money was, in the Fleet, just what money was out of
---------------
say at first that you was willing to come down handsome?'
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The matter was soon arranged, as the turnkey had foretold. The Chancery
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interest. He was a tall, gaunt, cadaverous man, in an old greatcoat and
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prison; I could not be more forgotten or unheeded than I am here. I am
---------------
from the prime of life into old age, in this place, and there is not one
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a blessing he is gone!"'
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* 'Now, is there anything more we can do for you?' inquired Mr. Roker,
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remember, that, until within a very few years past, there was a kind of
---------------
iron cage in the wall of the Fleet Prison, within which was posted some
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* Although this custom has been abolished, and the cage is now boarded up,
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sturdy felon shall be fed and clothed, and that the penniless debtor
---------------
shall be left to die of starvation and nakedness. This is no fiction.
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himself to the boiling-over point; and so excited was he with his
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had no sooner cast his eye on the figure of a man who was brooding
---------------
Horses, dogs, and drink had brought him there, pell-mell. There was a
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* On the opposite side of the room an old man was seated on a small wooden
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knot, and noiselessly talking among themselves. There was a lean and
---------------
haggard woman, too--a prisoner's wife--who was watering, with great
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* Mr. Pickwick was affected; the two men looked so very miserable. The
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recklessness was assumed, and looking him full, but not unkindly, in the
---------------
what can be done, when I know all about the matter. Here, Job; where is
---------------
destitute outcast who was now wholly in his power. Must we tell the
---------------
truth? It was something from Mr. Pickwick's waistcoat pocket, which
---------------
chinked as it was given into Job's hand, and the giving of which,
---------------
kind of grim satisfaction which was very pleasant to look upon. Having
---------------
with anything that was done, said, suggested, or proposed. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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solemnity, 'that this is not the place to bring a young man to.'
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brought here by the selfishness of those they serve. It is better for
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wish that you should not be idling about a place like this, for years
---------------
to come, I feel that for a debtor in the Fleet to be attended by his
---------------
manservant is a monstrous absurdity. Sam,' said Mr. Pickwick, 'for a
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shall continue to pay. Any one of my three friends will be happy to
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Weller was gone. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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a box of barristers on their right hand; there is an enclosure of
---------------
insolvent debtors on their left; and there is an inclined plane of
---------------
resort, and place of daily refuge. It is always full. The steams of beer
---------------
of clothes in it at one time, than will be offered for sale in all
---------------
* It must not be supposed that any of these people have the least shadow
---------------
indefatigably attend. If they had, it would be no matter of surprise,
---------------
first moment to the last. When it is heavy, rainy weather, they all come
---------------
* A casual visitor might suppose this place to be a temple dedicated to
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the Genius of Seediness. There is not a messenger or process-server
---------------
attached to it, who wears a coat that was made for him; not a tolerably
---------------
and if they can be said to have any vices at all, perhaps drinking
---------------
* Mr. Solomon Pell, one of this learned body, was a fat, flabby, pale man,
---------------
velvet collar of the same chameleon tints. His forehead was narrow, his
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* 'Are you, though?' replied the person to whom the assurance was pledged. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
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* Now, the place where this discourse occurred was the public-house just
---------------
opposite to the Insolvent Court; and the person with whom it was held
---------------
and console a friend, whose petition to be discharged under the act,
---------------
was to be that day heard, and whose attorney he was at that moment
---------------
* 'And vere is George?' inquired the old gentleman. ( Dickens The Pickwick papers )
---------------
Mr. Weller at once repairing, was immediately greeted in the warmest and
---------------
well, and was soothing the excitement of his feelings with shrimps and
---------------
* The salutation between Mr. Weller and his friends was strictly confined
---------------
and seating himself with his accustomed gravity. 'How is it? All right
---------------
go downhill. Is the vay-bill all clear and straight for'erd?'
---------------
schedule is as plain and satisfactory as pen and ink can make it.'
---------------
should think it would be his turn in about half an hour. I told my clerk
---------------
to come over and tell us when there was a chance.'
---------------
to fall into hands that--But I won't say what I was going to say.
---------------
* 'Let me see,' said the legal authority. 'What was I a-saying,
---------------
'I think you was remarkin' as you wouldn't have no objection to another
---------------
time of the morning, it would be rather too good a--Well, I don't know,
---------------
This last sound was a solemn and dignified cough, in which Mr. Pell,
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* 'The late Lord Chancellor, gentlemen, was very fond of me,' said Mr.
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occasion; there was only us two, but everything as splendid as if twenty
---------------
a drawn sword and silk stockings--which is perpetually done, gentlemen,
---------------
Pell; and your country should be proud of you." Those were his very
---------------
'But, my dear friend,' argued Mr. Pell, 'it was in confidence.'
---------------
damned hisself in confidence, o' course that was another thing.'
---------------
reminded me, Sir, that this conversation was private--private and
---------------
that I am a good deal looked up to, in my profession--it may be that I
---------------
will excuse me, gentlemen; I was imprudent. I feel that I have no right <