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COLONEL FITZWILLIAM’S manners were very much admired at
the Parsonage, and the ladies all felt that he must add considerably
to the pleasure of their engagements at Rosings. It was some days,
however, before they received any invitation thither-for while
there were visitors in the house, they could not be necessary; and it
was not till Easter-day, almost a week after the gentlemen’s arrival,
that they were honored by such an attention, and then they were
merely asked on leaving church to come there in the evening. For
the last week they had seen very little of either Lady Catherine or
her daughter. Colonel Fitzwilliam had called at the Parsonage
more than once during the time, but Mr. Darcy they had only seen
at church.

The invitation was accepted of course, and at a proper hour they
joined the party in Lady Catherine’s drawing-room. Her ladyship
received them civilly, but it was plain that their company was by
no means so acceptable as when she could get nobody else; and she
was, in fact, almost engrossed by her nephews, speaking to them,
especially to Darcy, much more than to any other person in the

Colonel Fitzwilliam seemed really glad to see them; anything was
a welcome relief to him at Rosings; and Mrs. Collins’s pretty friend
had moreover caught his fancy very much. He now seated himself
by her, and talked so agreeably of Kent and Hertfordshire, of
traveling and staying at home, of new books and music, that
Elizabeth had never been half so well entertained in that room
before; and they
conversed with so much spirit and flow, as to draw the attention of
Lady Catherine herself, as well as of Mr. Darcy. His eyes had been
soon and repeatedly turned towards them with a look of curiosity;
and that her ladyship, after a while, shared the feeling, was more
openly acknowledged, for she did not scruple to call out“What is
that you are saying, Fitzwilliam? What is it you are talking of?
What are you telling Miss Bennet? Let me hear what it is.” “We are
speaking of music, madam,” said he, when no longer able to avoid
a reply.

“Of music! Then pray speak aloud. It is of all subjects my delight. I
must have my share in the conversation if you are speaking of
music. There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more
true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste. If I
had ever learnt, I should have been a great proficient. And so
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