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Mrs. Gardiner had seen Pemberley, and known the late Mr. Darcy
by character perfectly well. Here consequently was an
inexhaustible subject of discourse.
In comparing her recollection of Pemberley with the minute
description which Wickham could give, and in bestowing her
tribute of praise on the character of its late possessor, she was
delighting both him and herself. On being made acquainted with
the present Mr. Darcy’s treatment of him, she tried to remember
something of that gentleman’s reputed disposition when quite a
lad which might agree with it, and was confident at last that she
recollected having heard Mr.
Fitzwilliam Darcy formerly spoken of as a very proud, ill-natured