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his asking you again? He could not help seeing that you were
about five times as pretty as every other woman in the room. No
thanks to his gallantry for that. Well, he certainly is very agreeable,
and I give you leave to like him. You have liked many a stupider
person.” “Dear Lizzy!”

“Oh! you are a great deal too apt, you know, to like people in
general. You never see a fault in anybody. All the world are good
and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human
being in my life.” “I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any
one; but I always speak what I think.” “I know you do; and it is
that which makes the wonder. With your good sense, to be so
honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others! Affectation of
candor is common enough-one meets it everywhere. But to be
candid without ostentation or design-to take the good of
everybody’s character and make it still better, and say nothing of
the bad-belongs to you alone. And so you like this man’s sisters,
too, do you? Their manners are not equal to his.” “Certainly not-at
first. But they are very pleasing women when you converse with
them. Miss Bingley is to live with her brother, and keep his house;
and I am much mistaken if we shall not find a very charming
neighbor in her.” Elizabeth listened in silence, but was not
convinced, their behavior at the assembly had not been calculated
to please in general; and with more quickness of observation and
less pliancy of temper than her sister, and with a judgment too
unassailed by any attention to herself, she was very little disposed
to approve them.

They were in fact very fine ladies; not deficient in good humor
when they were pleased, nor in the power of being agreeable when
they chose it, but proud and conceited. They were rather
handsome, had been educated in one of the first private seminaries
in town, had a fortune of twenty thousand pounds, were in the
habit of spending more than they ought, and of associating with
people of rank, and were therefore in every respect entitled to
think well of themselves, and meanly of others. They were of a
respectable family in the north of England; a circumstance more
deeply impressed on their memories than that their brother’s
fortune and their own had been acquired by trade.

Mr. Bingley inherited property to the amount of nearly an hundred
thousand pounds from his father, who had intended to purchase
an estate, but did not live to do it. Mr. Bingley intended it likewise,
and sometimes made choice of his county; but as he was now
provided with a good house and the liberty of a manor, it was
doubtful to many of those who best knew the easiness of his
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