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and mentioned nothing which she could not praise. The house,
furniture, neighborhood, and roads, were all to her taste and Lady
Catherine’s behavior was most friendly and obliging. It was Mr.
Collins’s picture of Hunsford and Rosings rationally softened; and
Elizabeth perceived that she must wait for her own visit there, to
know the rest.

Jane had already written a few lines to her sister to announce their
safe arrival in London; and when she wrote again, Elizabeth hoped
it would be in her power to say something of the Bingleys.

Her impatience for this second letter was as well rewarded as
impatience generally is. Jane had been a week in town without
either seeing or hearing from Caroline. She accounted for it,
however, by supposing that her last letter to her friend from
Longbourn had by some accident been lost.

“My aunt,” she continued, “is going to-morrow into that part of the
town, and I shall take the opportunity of calling in Grosvenor
Street.” She wrote again when the visit was paid, and she had seen
Miss Bingley. “I did not think Caroline in spirits,” were her words,
“but she was very glad to see me, and reproached me for giving
her no notice of my coming to London. I was right, therefore; my
last letter had never reached her. I inquired after their brother, of
course. He was well, but so much engaged with Mr. Darcy that
they scarcely ever saw him. I found that Miss Darcy was expected
to dinner. I wish I could see her. My visit was not long, as Caroline
and Mrs. Hurst were going out. I dare say I shall soon see them
here.” Elizabeth shook her head over this letter. It convinced her
that accident only could discover to Mr. Bingley her sister’s being
in town.

Four weeks passed away, and Jane saw nothing of him. She
endeavored to persuade herself that she did not regret it; but she
could no longer be blind to Miss
Bingley’s inattention. After waiting at home every morning for a
fortnight, and inventing every evening a fresh excuse for her, the
visitor did at last appear; but the shortness of her stay, and yet
more, the alteration of her manner, would allow Jane to deceive
herself no longer. The letter which she wrote on this occasion to her
sister will prove what she felt.

“My dearest Lizzy will, I am sure, be incapable of triumphing in
her better judgment, at my expense, when I confess myself to have
been entirely deceived in Miss Bingley’s regard for me. But, my
dear sister, though the event has proved you right, do not think me
obstinate if I still assert, that, considering what her behavior was,
my confidence was as natural as your suspicion. I do not at all
comprehend her reason for wishing to be intimate with me; but if
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