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had, whether they were older or younger than herself, whether any
of them were likely to be married, whether they were handsome,
where they had been educated, what carriage her father kept, and
what had been her mother’s maiden name?- Elizabeth
felt all the impertinence of her questions, but answered them very
composedly.Lady Catherine then observed, “Your father’s estate is
entailed on Mr. Collins, I think. For your sake,” turning to
Charlotte, “I am glad of it; but otherwise I see no occasion for
entailing estates from the female line.- It was not thought necessary
in Sir Lewis de Bourgh’s family. Do you play and sing, Miss
Bennet?” “A little.” “Oh! then-some time or other we shall be
happy to hear you. Our instrument is a capital one, probably
superior to-You shall try it some day. Do your sisters play and
sing?” “One of them does.” “Why did not you all learn?- You
ought all to have learned. The Miss Webbs all play, and their father
has not so good an income as yours.- Do you draw?” “No, not at
all.” “What, none of you?” “Not one.” “That is very strange. But I
suppose you had no opportunity. Your mother should have taken
you to town every spring for the benefit of masters.” “My mother
would have had no objection, but my father hates London.” “Has
your governess left you?”

“We never had any governess.” “No governess! How was that
possible? Five daughters brought up at home without a governess!
I never heard of such a thing. Your mother must have been quite a
slave to your education.” Elizabeth could hardly help smiling as
she assured her that had not been the case.

“Then, who taught you? who attended to you? Without a
governess, you must have been neglected.” “Compared with some
families, I believe we were; but such of us as wished to learn never
wanted the means. We were always encouraged to read, and had
all the masters that were necessary. Those who chose to be idle,
certainly might.” “Aye, no doubt; but that is what a governess will
prevent, and if I had known your mother, I should have advised
her most strenuously to engage one. I always say that nothing is to
be done in education without steady and regular instruction, and
nobody but a governess can give it. It is wonderful how many
families I have been the means of supplying in that way. I am
always glad to get a young person well placed out. Four nieces of
Mrs. Jenkinson are most delightfully situated through my means;
and it was but the other day that I recommended another young
person, who was merely accidentally mentioned to me, and the
family are quite delighted with her. Mrs. Collins, did I tell you of
Lady Metcalf’s calling yesterday to thank me? She finds Miss Pope
a treasure. ‘Lady Catherine,’ said she,
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