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take which had occasioned his intruding on Miss Bennet, and after
sitting a few minutes longer without saying much to anybody,
went away.

“What can be the meaning of this?” said Charlotte, as soon as he
was gone.

“My dear Eliza, he must be in love with you, or he would never
have called on us in this familiar way.” But when Elizabeth told of
his silence, it did not seem very likely, even to Charlotte’s wishes,
to be the case; and after various conjectures, they could at last only
suppose his visit to proceed from the difficulty of finding anything
to do, which was the more probable from the time of year. All field
sports were over.

Within doors there was Lady Catherine, books, and a billiard-table,
but gentlemen cannot be always within doors; and in the nearness
of the Parsonage, or the pleasantness of the walk to it, or of the
people who lived in it, the two cousins found a temptation from
this period of walking thither almost every day. They called at
various times of the morning, sometimes separately, sometimes
together, and now and then accompanied by their aunt. It was
plain to them all that Colonel Fitzwilliam came because he had
pleasure in their society, a persuasion which of course
recommended him still more; and Elizabeth was reminded by her
own satisfaction in being with him, as well as by his evident
admiration of her, of her former favorite George Wickham; and
though, in comparing them, she saw there was less captivating
softness in Colonel Fitzwilliam’s manners, she believed he might
have the best informed mind.

But why Mr. Darcy came so often to the Parsonage, it was more
difficult to understand. It could not be for society, as he frequently
sat there ten minutes together without opening his lips; and when
he did speak, it seemed the effect of necessity rather than of choice-
a sacrifice to propriety, not a pleasure to himself. He seldom
appeared really animated. Mrs. Collins knew not what to make of

Colonel Fitzwilliam’s occasionally laughing at his stupidity,
proved that he was generally different, which her own knowledge
of him could not have told her; and as she would have liked to
believe this change the effect of love, and the object of that love her
friend Eliza, she set herself seriously to work to find it out. She
watched him whenever they were at Rosings, and whenever he
came to Hunsford; but without much success. He certainly looked
at her friend a great deal, but the expression of that look was
disputable. It was an earnest, steadfast gaze, but she often doubted
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