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MR WILLIAM stayed only a week at Hunsford, but his visit was
long enough to convince him of his daughterís being most
comfortably settled, and of her possessing such a husband and
such a neighbor as were not often met with. While Sir William was
with them, Mr. Collins devoted his morning to driving him out in
his gig, and showing him the country; but when he went away, the
whole family returned to their usual employments, and Elizabeth
was thankful to find that they did not see more of her cousin by the
alteration, for the chief of the time between breakfast and dinner
was now passed by him either at work in the garden, or in reading
and writing, and looking out of the window in his own book-room,
which fronted the road. The room in which the ladies sat was
backwards. Elizabeth at first had rather wondered that Charlotte
should not prefer the dining-parlor for common use; it was a better
sized room, and had a pleasanter aspect; but she soon saw that her
friend had an excellent reason for what she did, for Mr. Collins
would undoubtedly have been much less in his own apartment
had they sat in one equally lively; and she gave Charlotte credit for
the arrangement.

From the drawing-room they could distinguish nothing in the lane,
and were indebted to Mr. Collins for the knowledge of what
carriages went along, and how often especially Miss de Bourgh
drove by in her phaeton, which he never failed coming to inform
them of, though it happened almost every day. She not
unfrequently stopped at the Parsonage, and had a few minutesí
conversation with Charlotte, but was scarcely ever prevailed on to
get out.

Very few days passed in which Mr. Collins did not walk to
Rosings, and not many in which his wife did not think it necessary
to go likewise; and till Elizabeth recollected that there might be
other family livings to be disposed of, she could not understand
the sacrifice of so many hours. Now and then they were honored
with a call from her ladyship, and nothing escaped her observation
that was passing in the room during these visits. She examined into
their employments, looked at their work, and advised them to do it
differently; found fault with the arrangement of the furniture; or
detected the housemaid in negligence; and if she accepted any
refreshment, seemed to do it only for the sake of finding out that

Collinsís joints of meat were too large for her family.
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