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the same circumstances were to happen again, I am sure I should
be deceived again. Caroline did not return my visit till yesterday;
and not a note, not a line, did I receive in the meantime. When she
did come, it was very evident that she had no pleasure in it; she
made a slight, formal apology, for not calling before, said not a
word of wishing to see me again, and was in every respect so
altered a creature, that when she went away I was perfectly
resolved to continue the acquaintance no longer. I pity, though I
cannot help blaming her. She was very wrong in singling me out as
she did; I can safely say that every advance to intimacy began on
her side. But I pity her, because she must feel that she has
been acting wrong, and because I am very sure that anxiety for her
brother is the cause of it. I need not explain myself farther; and
though we know this anxiety to be quite needless, yet if she feels it,
it will easily account for her behavior to me; and so deservedly
dear as he is to his sister, whatever anxiety she may feel on his
behalf is natural and amiable. I cannot but wonder, however, at her
having any such fears now, because, if he had at all cared about
me, we must have met long, long ago. He knows of my being in
town, I am certain, from something she said herself; and yet it
would seem, by her manner of talking, as if she wanted to
persuade herself that he is really partial to Miss Darcy. I cannot
understand it. If I were not afraid of judging harshly, I should be
almost tempted to say that there is a strong appearance of duplicity
in all this. But I will endeavor to banish every painful thought, and
think only of what will make me happy-your affection, and the
invariable kindness of my dear uncle and aunt. Let me hear from
you very soon. Miss Bingley said something of his never returning
to Netherfield again, of giving up the house, but not with any
certainty. We had better not mention it. I am extremely glad that
you have such pleasant accounts from our friends at Hunsford.
Pray go to see them, with Sir William and Maria. I am sure you
will be very comfortable there.

Yours, &c.” -
This letter gave Elizabeth some pain; but her spirits returned as she
considered that Jane would no longer be duped, by the sister at
least. All expectation from the brother was now absolutely over.
She would not even wish for any renewal of his attentions. His
character sunk on every review of it; and as a punishment for him,
as well as a possible advantage to Jane, she seriously hoped he
might really soon marry Mr. Darcy’s sister, as by Wickham’s
account, she would make him abundantly regret what he had
thrown away.
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