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she was the only creature in the room that he asked a second time.
First of all, he asked Miss Lucas. I was so
vexed to see him stand up with her! but, however, he did not
admire her at all; indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed
quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance. So he
inquired who she was, and got introduced, and asked her for the
two next. Then the two third he danced with Miss King, and the
two fourth with Maria Lucas, and the two fifth with Jane again,
and the two sixth with Lizzie and the Boulanger.” “If he had had
any compassion for me,” cried her husband impatiently, “he
would not have danced half so much! For God’s sake, say no more
of his partners. O that he had sprained his ankle in the first dance!”
“Oh! my dear,” continued Mrs. Bennet, “I am quite delighted with
him. He is so excessively handsome! and his sisters are charming
women. I never in my life saw anything more elegant than their
dresses. I dare say the lace upon Mrs.

Hurst’s gown-” Here she was interrupted again. Mr. Bennet
protested against any description of finery. She was therefore
obliged to seek another branch of the subject, and related, with
much bitterness of spirit and some exaggeration, the shocking
rudeness of Mr. Darcy.

“But I can assure you,” she added, “that Lizzie does not lose much
by not suiting his fancy; for he is a most disagreeable, horrid man,
not at all worth pleasing.

So high and so conceited that there was no enduring him! He
walked here, and he walked there, fancying himself so very great!
Not handsome enough to dance
with! I wish you had been there, my dear, to have given him one of
your setdowns. I quite detest the man.”


WHEN Jane and Elizabeth were alone, the former, who had been
cautious in her praise of Mr. Bingley before, expressed to her sister
how very much she admired him.

“He is just what a young man ought to be,” said she, “sensible,
good-humored, lively; and I never saw such happy manners!- so
much ease, with such perfect good-breeding!” “He is also
handsome,” replied Elizabeth; “which a young man ought likewise
to be, if he possibly can. His character is thereby complete.” “I was
very much flattered by his asking me to dance a second time. I did
not expect such a compliment.” “Did not you? I did for you. But
that is one great difference between us. Compliments always take
you by surprise, and me never. What could be more natural than
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