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every article of furniture in the room, from the sideboard to the
fender, to give an account of their journey, and of all that had
happened in London, Mr. Collins invited them to take a stroll in
the garden, which was large and well laid out, and to the
cultivation of which he attended himself. To work in his garden
was one of his most respectable pleasures; and Elizabeth admired
the command of countenance with which Charlotte talked of the
healthfulness of the exercise, and owned she encouraged it as
much as possible. Here, leading the way through every walk and
cross walk, and scarcely allowing them an interval to utter the
praises he asked for, every view was pointed out with a
minuteness which left beauty entirely behind. He could number
fields in every direction, and could tell how many trees there were
in the most distant clump. But of all the views which his garden, or
which the country or the kingdom could boast, none were to be
compared with the prospect of Rosings, afforded by an opening in
the trees that bordered the park nearly opposite the front of his
house. It was a handsome modern building, well situated on rising

From his garden, Mr. Collins would have led them round his two
meadows; but the ladies, not having shoes to encounter the
remains of a white frost, turned back; and while Sir William
accompanied him, Charlotte took her sister and friend over the
house, extremely well pleased, probably, to have the opportunity
of showing it without her husband’s help. It was rather small, but
well built and convenient; and everything was fitted up and
arranged with a neatness and consistency of which Elizabeth gave
Charlotte all the credit. When Mr. Collins could be forgotten, there
was really a great air of comfort throughout, and by Charlotte’s
evident enjoyment of it, Elizabeth supposed he must be often

She had already learnt that Lady Catherine was still in the country.
It was spoken of again while they were at dinner, when Mr. Collins
joining in, observed“Yes, Miss Elizabeth, you will have the honor
of seeing Lady Catherine de Bourgh on the ensuing Sunday at
Church, and I need not say you will be delighted with her. She is
all affability and condescension, and I doubt not but you will be
honored with some portion of her notice when service is over. I
have scarcely any hesitation in saying that she will include you and
my sister Maria in every invitation with which she honors us
during your stay here. Her behavior to
my dear Charlotte is charming. We dine at Rosings twice every
week, and are never allowed to walk home. Her ladyship’s
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