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we?” “Her not objecting does not justify him. It only shows her
being deficient in something herself-sense or feeling.” “Well,”
cried Elizabeth, “have it as you choose. He shall be mercenary, and
she shall be foolish.” “No, Lizzy, that is what I do not choose. I
should be sorry, you know, to think ill of a young man who has
lived so long in Derbyshire.”

“Oh! if that is all, I have a very poor opinion of young men who
live in Derbyshire; and their intimate friends who live in
Hertfordshire are not much better. I am sick of them all. Thank
Heaven! I am going to-morrow where I shall find a man who has
not one agreeable quality, who has neither manner nor sense to
recommend him. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing,
after all.” “Take care, Lizzy; that speech savors strongly of
disappointment.” Before they were separated by the conclusion of
the play, she had the unexpected happiness of an invitation to
accompany her uncle and aunt in a tour of pleasure which they
proposed taking in the summer.

“We have not quite determined how far it shall carry us,” said Mrs.
Gardiner, “but, perhaps, to the Lakes.” No scheme could have been
more agreeable to Elizabeth, and her acceptance of the invitation
was most ready and grateful. “My dear, dear aunt,” she
rapturously cried, “what delight! what felicity! You give me fresh
life and vigor. Adieu to disappointment and spleen. What are men
to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall
spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other travelers,
without being able to give one accurate idea of anything. We will
know where we have gone-we will recollect what we have seen.
Lakes, mountains, and rivers shall not be jumbled together in our
imaginations; nor when we attempt to describe any particular
scene, will we begin quarreling about its relative situation. Let our
first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of
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