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establishment it would be for one of them. Sir William and Lady
Lucas are determined to go, merely on that account, for in general,
you know, they visit no new-comers. Indeed you must go, for it
will be impossible for us to visit him if you do not.” “You are over-
scrupulous, surely. I dare say Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see
you; and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty
consent to his marrying whichever he chooses of the girls: though I
must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy.” “I desire you will
do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others; and I am
sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good-humored
as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.” “They
have none of them much to recommend them,” replied he; “they
are all silly and ignorant, like other girls: but Lizzy has something
more of quickness than her sisters.” “Mr. Bennet, how can you
abuse your own children in such a way! You take delight in vexing
me. You have no compassion on my poor nerves.”

“You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves.
They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with
consideration these twenty years at least.” “Ah! you do not know
what I suffer.” “But I hope you will get over it, and live to see
many young men of four thousand a-year come into the
neighborhood.” “It will be no use to us, if twenty such should
come, since you will not visit them.” “Depend upon it, my dear,
that when there are twenty, I will visit them all.” Mr. Bennet was
so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humor, reserve, and
caprice, that the experience of three-and-twenty years had been
insufficient to make his wife understand his character. Her mind
was less difficult to develop.

She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and
uncertain temper. When she was discontented, she fancied herself
nervous. The business of her life was to get her daughters married;
its solace was visiting and news.


MR BENNET was among the earliest of those who waited on Mr.

He had always intended to visit him, though to the last always
assuring his wife that he should not go; and till the evening after
the visit was paid she had no knowledge of it. It was then disclosed
in the following manner:- Observing his second daughter
employed in trimming a hat, he suddenly addressed her with, “I
hope Mr. Bingley will like it, Lizzy.” “We are not in a way to know
what Mr. Bingley likes,” said her mother resentfully, “since we are
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