Image from page 138 of "The novels and letters of Jane Austen" (1906)
Publisher: New York : F.S. Holby
Contributing Library: Harold B. Lee Library
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logies in quitting the room, andwas assured with unwearying civility that theywere perfectly needless. As they walked home, Elizabeth related toJane what she had seen pass between the two  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE gentlemen; but though Jane would have de-fended either or both, had they appeared to bewrong, she could no more explain such behaviourthan her sister. Mr Collins on his return highly gratified MrsBennet by admiring Mrs Philipss manners andpoliteness. He protested that, except LadyCatherine and her daughter, he had never seen amore elegant woman; for she had not only re-ceived him with the utmost civility, but had evenpointedly included him in her invitation for thenext evening, although utterly unknown to herbefore. Something, he supposed, might be at-tributed to his connection with them, but yet hehad never met with so much attention in thewhole course of his life.  • ^ ^ > Mr Denny entreated |^)erDiission to mtrcxiure his frieiK^Mr. Wickham ♦/ fniirf>l)iW iM
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PRIDE AND PREJUDICE CHAPTER XVI AS no objection was made to the youngA\ peoples engagement with their aunt,and all Mr CoUinss scruples of leavingMr. and Mrs Bennett for a single evening dur-ing his visit were most steadily resisted, the coachconveyed him and his five cousins at a suitablehour to Meryton; and the girls had the pleasureof hearing, as they entered the drawing-room,that Mr Wickham had accepted their uncles in-vitation, and was then in the house. When this information was given, and theyhad all taken their seats, Mr Collins was at leis-ure to look around him and admire, and he wasso much struck with the size and furniture of theapartment, that he declared he might almost havesupposed himself in the small summer breakfastparlour at R osings; a comparison that did not atfirst convey much gratification; but when MrsPhilips understood from him what Rosings was,and who was its proprietor—when she had lis-tened to the description of only one of LadyCatherines drawing-rooms, an
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