fellow's debts, and got him his commission! So much the
better. It will save me a world of trouble and economy.
Had it been your uncle's doing, I must and _would_ have paid
him; but these violent young lovers carry every thing their
own way. I shall offer to pay him to-morrow; he will rant
and storm about his love for you, and there will be an end
of the matter."
He then recollected her embarrassment a few days before, on his
reading Mr. Collins's letter; and after laughing at her some
time, allowed her at last to go -- saying, as she quitted IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница the
room, "If any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in,
for I am quite at leisure."
Elizabeth's mind was now relieved from a very heavy weight;
and, after half an hour's quiet reflection in her own room,
she was able to join the others with tolerable composure.
Every thing was too recent for gaiety, but the evening passed
tranquilly away; there was no longer any thing material to
be dreaded, and the comfort of ease and familiarity would
come in time.
When her mother went up to her dressing-room at night, she
followed her, and made the IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница important communication. Its effect
was most extraordinary; for on first hearing it, Mrs. Bennet
sat quite still, and unable to utter a syllable. Nor was it
under many, many minutes that she could comprehend what she
heard; though not in general backward to credit what was for
the advantage of her family, or that came in the shape of a
lover to any of them. She began at length to recover, to
fidget about in her chair, get up, sit down again, wonder,
and bless herself.
"Good gracious! Lord bless me! only think! dear me!
Mr. Darcy! Who would have thought it! And is it IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница really true?
Oh! my sweetest Lizzy! how rich and how great you will be!
What pin-money, what jewels, what carriages you will have!
Jane's is nothing to it -- nothing at all. I am so pleased --
so happy. Such a charming man! -- so handsome! so tall! --
Oh, my dear Lizzy! pray apologise for my having disliked him
so much before. I hope he will overlook it. Dear, dear Lizzy.
A house in town! Every thing that is charming! Three
daughters married! Ten thousand a year! Oh, Lord! What will
become of me. I shall go distracted."
This was enough to prove that her IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница approbation need not be
doubted: and Elizabeth, rejoicing that such an effusion was
heard only by herself, soon went away. But before she had
been three minutes in her own room, her mother followed her.
"My dearest child," she cried, "I can think of nothing else!
Ten thousand a year, and very likely more! 'Tis as good as a
Lord! And a special licence. You must and shall be married
by a special licence. But my dearest love, tell me what dish
Mr. Darcy is particularly fond of, that I may have it
This was a sad omen of what her mother's behaviour IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница to the
gentleman himself might be; and Elizabeth found that, though in
the certain possession of his warmest affection, and secure of
her relations' consent, there was still something to be wished
for. But the morrow passed off much better than she expected;
for Mrs. Bennet luckily stood in such awe of her intended
son-in-law that she ventured not to speak to him, unless it was
in her power to offer him any attention, or mark her deference
for his opinion.
Elizabeth had the satisfaction of seeing her father taking
pains to get acquainted with him; and Mr. Bennet soon assured
her that he was rising every IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница hour in his esteem.
"I admire all my three sons-in-law highly," said he.
"Wickham, perhaps, is my favourite; but I think I shall
like _your_ husband quite as well as Jane's."
ELIZABETH'S spirits soon rising to playfulness again, she
wanted Mr. Darcy to account for his having ever fallen in love
with her. "How could you begin?" said she. "I can comprehend
your going on charmingly, when you had once made a beginning;
but what could set you off in the first place?"
"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the
words, which laid IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница the foundation. It is too long ago. I was
in the middle before I knew that I _had_ begun."
"My beauty you had early withstood, and as for my manners --
my behaviour to _you_ was at least always bordering on the
uncivil, and I never spoke to you without rather wishing to
give you pain than not. Now be sincere; did you admire me for
"For the liveliness of your mind, I did."
"You may as well call it impertinence at once. It was very
little less. The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of
deference, of officious attention. You were IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница disgusted with the
women who were always speaking, and looking, and thinking for
_your_ approbation alone. I roused, and interested you,
because I was so unlike _them_. Had you not been really
amiable, you would have hated me for it; but in spite of the
pains you took to disguise yourself, your feelings were always
noble and just; and in your heart, you thoroughly despised the
persons who so assiduously courted you. There -- I have saved
you the trouble of accounting for it; and really, all things
considered, I begin to think it perfectly reasonable. To be
sure, you knew no actual good of me -- but IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница nobody thinks of
_that_ when they fall in love."
"Was there no good in your affectionate behaviour to Jane while
she was ill at Netherfield?"
"Dearest Jane! who could have done less for her? But make a
virtue of it by all means. My good qualities are under your
protection, and you are to exaggerate them as much as possible;
and, in return, it belongs to me to find occasions for teazing
and quarrelling with you as often as may be; and I shall begin
directly by asking you what made you so unwilling to come to
the point at last. What made you so shy of me IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница, when you first
called, and afterwards dined here? Why, especially, when you
called, did you look as if you did not care about me?"
"Because you were grave and silent, and gave me no
"But I was embarrassed."
"And so was I."
"You might have talked to me more when you came to dinner."
"A man who had felt less, might."
"How unlucky that you should have a reasonable answer to give,
and that I should be so reasonable as to admit it! But I
wonder how long you _would_ have gone on, if you had been left
to yourself. I wonder when you IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница _would_ have spoken, if I had
not asked you! My resolution of thanking you for your kindness
to Lydia had certainly great effect. _Too_ _much_, I am
afraid; for what becomes of the moral, if our comfort springs
from a breach of promise? for I ought not to have mentioned
the subject. This will never do."
"You need not distress yourself. The moral will be perfectly
fair. Lady Catherine's unjustifiable endeavours to separate us
were the means of removing all my doubts. I am not indebted
for my present happiness to your eager desire of expressing
your gratitude. I was not in a humour to IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница wait for any opening
of your's. My aunt's intelligence had given me hope, and I was
determined at once to know every thing."
"Lady Catherine has been of infinite use, which ought to make
her happy, for she loves to be of use. But tell me, what did
you come down to Netherfield for? Was it merely to ride to
Longbourn and be embarrassed? or had you intended any more
"My real purpose was to see _you_, and to judge, if I could,
whether I might ever hope to make you love me. My avowed one,
or what I avowed to myself IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница, was to see whether your sister were
still partial to Bingley, and if she were, to make the
confession to him which I have since made."
"Shall you ever have courage to announce to Lady Catherine
what is to befall her?"
"I am more likely to want more time than courage, Elizabeth.
But it ought to done, and if you will give me a sheet of paper,
it shall be done directly."
"And if I had not a letter to write myself, I might sit by you
and admire the eveness of your writing, as another young lady
once did. But I IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница have an aunt, too, who must not be longer
From an unwillingness to confess how much her intimacy with
Mr. Darcy had been over-rated, Elizabeth had never yet
answered Mrs. Gardiner's long letter; but now, having _that_
to communicate which she knew would be most welcome, she was
almost ashamed to find that her uncle and aunt had already lost
three days of happiness, and immediately wrote as follows:
"I would have thanked you before, my dear aunt, as I ought
to have done, for your long, kind, satisfactory, detail of
particulars; but to say the truth, I was too cross to write.
You supposed more IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница than really existed. But _now_ suppose as
much as you chuse; give a loose to your fancy, indulge your
imagination in every possible flight which the subject will
afford, and unless you believe me actually married, you cannot
greatly err. You must write again very soon, and praise him a
great deal more than you did in your last. I thank you, again
and again, for not going to the Lakes. How could I be so silly
as to wish it! Your idea of the ponies is delightful. We will
go round the Park every day. I am the happiest creature in the
world. Perhaps other people have IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница said so before, but not one
with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only
smiles, I laugh. Mr. Darcy sends you all the love in the world
that he can spare from me. You are all to come to Pemberley at
Christmas. Your's, &c."
Mr. Darcy's letter to Lady Catherine was in a different style;
and still different from either was what Mr. Bennet sent to
Mr. Collins, in reply to his last.
I must trouble you once more for congratulations. Elizabeth
will soon be the wife of Mr. Darcy. Console Lady Catherine
as well as you IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница can. But, if I were you, I would stand by the
nephew. He has more to give.
Your's sincerely, &c."
Miss Bingley's congratulations to her brother, on his
approaching marriage, were all that was affectionate and
insincere. She wrote even to Jane on the occasion, to express
her delight, and repeat all her former professions of regard.
Jane was not deceived, but she was affected; and though feeling
no reliance on her, could not help writing her a much kinder
answer than she knew was deserved.
The joy which Miss Darcy expressed on receiving similar
information, was as sincere as her brother's IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница in sending it.
Four sides of paper were insufficient to contain all her
delight, and all her earnest desire of being loved by her
Before any answer could arrive from Mr. Collins, or any
congratulations to Elizabeth from his wife, the Longbourn
family heard that the Collinses were come themselves to Lucas
lodge. The reason of this sudden removal was soon evident.
Lady Catherine had been rendered so exceedingly angry by
the contents of her nephew's letter, that Charlotte, really
rejoicing in the match, was anxious to get away till the
storm was blown over. At such a moment, the arrival of
her friend was a sincere pleasure IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница to Elizabeth, though in
the course of their meetings she must sometimes think the
pleasure dearly bought, when she saw Mr. Darcy exposed to all
the parading and obsequious civility of her husband. He bore
it, however, with admirable calmness. He could even listen to
Sir William Lucas, when he complimented him on carrying away
the brightest jewel of the country, and expressed his hopes of
their all meeting frequently at St. James's, with very decent
composure. If he did shrug his shoulders, it was not till Sir
William was out of sight.
Mrs. Philips's vulgarity was another, and perhaps a greater,
tax on his IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница forbearance; and though Mrs. Philips, as well as
her sister, stood in too much awe of him to speak with the
familiarity which Bingley's good humour encouraged, yet,
whenever she _did_ speak, she must be vulgar. Nor was her
respect for him, though it made her more quiet, at all likely
to make her more elegant. Elizabeth did all she could to
shield him from the frequent notice of either, and was ever
anxious to keep him to herself, and to those of her family with
whom he might converse without mortification; and though the
uncomfortable feelings arising from all this took from the
season of courtship IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница much of its pleasure, it added to the hope
of the future; and she looked forward with delight to the time
when they should be removed from society so little pleasing to
either, to all the comfort and elegance of their family party
HAPPY for all her maternal feelings was the day on which
Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters.
With what delighted pride she afterwards visited Mrs. Bingley,
and talked of Mrs. Darcy, may be guessed. I wish I could say,
for the sake of her family, that the accomplishment of her
earnest desire in the establishment of so many IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница of her children
produced so happy an effect as to make her a sensible, amiable,
well-informed woman for the rest of her life; though perhaps it
was lucky for her husband, who might not have relished domestic
felicity in so unusual a form, that she still was occasionally
nervous and invariably silly.
Mr. Bennet missed his second daughter exceedingly; his
affection for her drew him oftener from home than any thing
else could do. He delighted in going to Pemberley, especially
when he was least expected.
Mr. Bingley and Jane remained at Netherfield only a
twelvemonth. So near a vicinity to her mother and Meryton
relations was IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница not desirable even to _his_ easy temper, or _her_
affectionate heart. The darling wish of his sisters was then
gratified; he bought an estate in a neighbouring county to
Derbyshire, and Jane and Elizabeth, in addition to every other
source of happiness, were within thirty miles of each other.
Kitty, to her very material advantage, spent the chief of her
time with her two elder sisters. In society so superior to
what she had generally known, her improvement was great. She
was not of so ungovernable a temper as Lydia; and, removed from
the influence of Lydia's example, she became, by proper
attention and management IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница, less irritable, less ignorant, and
less insipid. From the farther disadvantage of Lydia's society
she was of course carefully kept, and though Mrs. Wickham
frequently invited her to come and stay with her, with the
promise of balls and young men, her father would never consent
to her going.
Mary was the only daughter who remained at home; and she was
necessarily drawn from the pursuit of accomplishments by
Mrs. Bennet's being quite unable to sit alone. Mary was
obliged to mix more with the world, but she could still
moralize over every morning visit; and as she was no longer
mortified by comparisons between IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница her sisters' beauty and her
own, it was suspected by her father that she submitted to
the change without much reluctance.
As for Wickham and Lydia, their characters suffered no
revolution from the marriage of her sisters. He bore with
philosophy the conviction that Elizabeth must now become
acquainted with whatever of his ingratitude and falsehood
had before been unknown to her; and in spite of every thing,
was not wholly without hope that Darcy might yet be prevailed
on to make his fortune. The congratulatory letter which
Elizabeth received from Lydia on her marriage, explained to
her that, by his wife at least, if not by himself, such a
hope was IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница cherished. The letter was to this effect:
"MY DEAR LlZZY,
I wish you joy. If you love Mr. Darcy half as well as I do my
dear Wickham, you must be very happy. It is a great comfort to
have you so rich, and when you have nothing else to do, I hope
you will think of us. I am sure Wickham would like a place at
court very much, and I do not think we shall have quite money
enough to live upon without some help. Any place would do, of
about three or four hundred a year; but however, do not IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница speak
to Mr. Darcy about it, if you had rather not.
As it happened that Elizabeth had _much_ rather not, she
endeavoured in her answer to put an end to every intreaty
and expectation of the kind. 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 frequently
sent them. It had always been evident to her that such an
income as theirs, under the direction of two persons so
extravagant in their wants, and heedless of the future, must
be very insufficient to their support; and whenever they
changed their quarters IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница, either Jane or herself were sure of
being applied to for some little assistance towards discharging
their bills. Their manner of living, even when the restoration
of peace dismissed them to a home, was unsettled in the
extreme. They were always moving from place to place in quest
of a cheap situation, and always spending more than they ought.
His affection for her soon sunk into indifference; her's lasted
a little longer; and in spite of her youth and her manners, she
retained all the claims to reputation which her marriage had
Though Darcy could never receive _him_ at Pemberley, yet, for
Elizabeth's sake IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница, he assisted him farther in his profession.
Lydia was occasionally a visitor there, when her husband was
gone to enjoy himself in London or Bath; and with the Bingleys
they both of them frequently 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.
Miss Bingley was very deeply mortified by Darcy's marriage; but
as she thought it advisable to retain the right of visiting at
Pemberley, she dropt all her resentment; was fonder than ever
of Georgiana, almost as attentive to Darcy as heretofore, and
paid off IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница every arrear of civility to Elizabeth.
Pemberley was now Georgiana's home; and the attachment of the
sisters was exactly what Darcy had hoped to see. They were
able to love each other even as well as they intended.
Georgiana had the highest opinion in the world of Elizabeth;
though at first she often listened with an astonishment
bordering on alarm at her lively, sportive, manner of talking
to her brother. He, who had always inspired in herself a
respect which almost overcame her affection, she now saw the
object of open pleasantry. Her mind received knowledge which
had never before fallen in her IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница way. By Elizabeth's
instructions, she began to comprehend that a woman may take
liberties with her husband which a brother will not always
allow in a sister more than ten years younger than himself.
Lady Catherine was extremely indignant on the marriage of her
nephew; and as she gave way to all the genuine frankness of her
character in her reply to the letter which announced its
arrangement, she sent him language so very abusive, especially
of Elizabeth, that for some time all intercourse was at an end.
But at length, by Elizabeth's persuasion, he was prevailed on
to overlook the offence, and seek a reconciliation IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница; and, after
a little farther resistance on the part of his aunt, her
resentment gave way, either to her affection for him, or her
curiosity to see how his wife conducted herself; and she
condescended to wait on them at Pemberley, in spite of that
pollution which its woods had received, not merely from the
presence of such a mistress, but the visits of her uncle and
aunt from the city.
With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate
terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and
they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards
the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница, had been the
means of uniting them.
Chronology of _Pride_and_Prejudice_,
according to MacKinnon and Chapman
Before Michaelmas (Sept. 29): Bingley takes possession of
Tues 15 Oct. Mr. Collins's letter.
Tues 12 Nov. Jane is invited to dine at Netherfield
Wed 13 Nov. Her illness.
Thurs 14 Nov. Mrs. Bennet at Netherfield. Elizabeth
Fri 15 Nov. Darcy begins to feel his danger.
Sat 16 Nov. Darcy adheres to his book.
Sun 17 Nov. The sisters leave Netherfield.
Mon 18 Nov. Arrival of Mr. Collins
Tues 19 Nov. First appearance of Wickham.
Wed 20 Nov. Supper with the Philipses.
Thurs 21 Nov. The Bingleys visit Longbourn.
Fri 22 Nov-
Mon 25 Nov. A succession of rain.
Tues IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница 26 Nov. The ball at Netherfield.
Wed 27 Nov. Mr. Collins proposes; Bingley goes to London.
Thurs 28 Nov. The Bingleys leave Netherfield.
Fri 29 Nov. Mr. Collins at Lucas Lodge.
Sat 30 Nov. Mr. Collins returns to Hunsford.
Tues 3 Dec. His promised letter of thanks arrives.
Mon 16 Dec. His return to Longbourn.
Sat 21 Dec. His departure.
Mon 23 Dec. The Gardiners come for Christmas.
Mon 30 Dec. They leave, taking Jane.
Early in Jan. Mr. Collins at Lucas Lodge.
Mon 6 Jan. Jane has been a week in town.
Tues 7 Jan. She calls in Grosvenor-street.
Wed 8 Jan. Charlotte says good-bye.
Thurs 9 Jan. The wedding IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница.
Late in Jan. Four weeks pass away without Jane's seeing
Early in March Elizabeth goes to London.
?Thurs 5 March Arrival at Hunsford
?Fri 6 March Miss de Bourgh at the Parsonage.
?Sat 7 March They dine at Rosings.
?Thurs 12 March Sir William leaves.
?Thurs 19 March End of Elizabeth's first fortnight.
Mon 23 March Darcy and Fitzwilliam arrive.
Tues 24 March They call at the Parsonage.
Jane has been in town (almost) three months.
Fri 25 March It was doubtless on Good Friday that Darcy
was `seen at church'.
Sun 29 March,
Easter Day The evening is spent at Rosings.
Thurs 9 April Elizabeth IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница's conversation with Colonel
Fitzwilliam. Darcy proposes.
Fri 10 April Darcy's letter. Elizabeth has spent five
weeks in Kent.
Sat 11 April Fitzwilliam and Darcy leave Kent, after a stay
of `nearly three weeks'
Fri 17 April The evening spent at Rosings.
Sat 18 April Elizabeth goes to town, after a visit of six
weeks (and a few days).
Early in May Jane, Elizabeth, and Maria Lucas return to
Late in May The ----shire regiment, with Lydia, removes to
June Lydia's sixteenth birthday.
Mid-June Northern tour is postponed to mid-July.
Sat 1 Aug. Lydia's elopement.
Sun 2 Aug. Colonel Forster sends an express to Longbourn.
Mon 3 Aug IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница. Colonel Forster comes to Longbourn. The
Gardiners and Elizabeth at Lambton.
Tues 4 Aug. Mr. Bennet goes to town. The Gardiners and
Elizabeth tour Pemberley.
Wed 5 Aug. Colonel Forster back at Brighton. Mr. Bennet
writes to Jane. Darcy and his sister
visit Elizabeth. Bingley says it is
`above eight months' since 26 Nov.
Thurs 6 Aug. The Gardiners and Elizabeth at Pemberley.
Fri 7 Aug. Elizabeth hears from Jane. The dinner at
Pemberley is cancelled, and the Gardiners
and Elizabeth leave Lambton.
Sat 8 Aug. They arrive at Longbourn. Darcy leaves
Derbyshire for London.
Sat 9 Aug. Mr. Gardiner leaves Longbourn.
Tues 11 Aug. Mrs. Gardiner hears from her husband.
Fri 14 Aug IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница. Darcy calls in Gracechurch-street.
Sat 15 Aug. Mr. Bennet returns. Mr. Gardiner goes back to
town. Darcy calls again, having
ascertained that Mr. Bennet is gone.
Sun 16 Aug. Darcy sees Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner.
Mon 17 Aug. Mr. Gardiner's express (misdated _August_2_).
Matters `all settled' between Gardiner
and Darcy. Lydia goes to Gracechurch-
street, where she remains for a
fortnight. Mrs. Bennet comes down stairs
for the first time in a Fortnight (since
Mon 31 Aug. Wedding of Lydia and Wickham; they come to
Longbourn; Lydia is sure Wickham will
`kill more birds on the first of September
than any body else in the country'.
Tues 1 Sept. Darcy dines IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница with the Gardiners.
Wed 2 Sept. Jane writes to Mrs. Gardiner.
2 or 3 Sept. Darcy leaves town.
?Fri 4 Sept. Elizabeth asks Mrs. Gardiner for an
explanation of Lydia's disclosures.
Sun 6 Sept. Mrs. Gardiner replies.
?Thurs 10 Sept. The Wickhams leave.
16 or 17 Sept. Bingley expected at Netherfield. It is now
`about a twelvemonth' since Mr. Bennet's
waiting upon him had been first
?Sat 19 Sept. Bingley and Darcy call.
Tues 22 Sept. They dine at Longbourn.
?Wed 23 Sept. Darcy's confession to Bingley.
?Thurs 24 Sept. Darcy leaves for town, to return in ten days'
time. Bingley calls alone.
Fri 25 Sept. He comes to dine, and IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница stays supper.
Sat 25 Sept. Bingley comes to shoot. He and Jane are
?Sat 3 Oct. Lady Catherine's visit, about a week after the
engagement, and two days after the
`report of a most alarming nature' had
Sun 4 Oct. Mr. Bennet hears from Mr. Collins, who,
writing no doubt on Friday 2 Oct., says
he mentioned the rumour of Elizabeth's
engagement to Darcy `to her Ladyship last
?Tues 6 Oct. Bingley brings Darcy. The proposal.
?Wed 7 Oct. They walk to Oakham Mount. Parental
?Thurs 8 Oct. Darcy dines at Longbourn.
Before Christmas The double wedding. The Gardiners are
`to come to Pemberley at Christmas'.
[E IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in 28 страница-text editor's note: The novel _Shirley_ by Charlotte Bronte"
is set during almost the same time-period. The double wedding
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