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Mr. Bingley, and takes a prodigious deal of care of him.” “Care of
him!- Yes, I really believe Darcy does take care of him in those
points where he most wants care. From something that he told me
in our journey hither, I have reason to think Bingley very much
indebted to him. But I ought to
beg his pardon, for I have no right to suppose that Bingley was the
person meant.

It was all conjecture.” “What is it you mean?” “It is a circumstance
which Darcy of course could not wish to be generally known,
because if it were to get round to the lady’s family, it would be an
unpleasant thing.” “You may depend upon my not mentioning it.”
“And remember that I have not much reason for supposing it to be

What he told me was merely this: that he congratulated himself on
having lately saved a friend from the inconveniences of a most
imprudent marriage, but without mentioning names or any other
particulars, and I only suspected it to be Bingley from believing
him the kind of young man to get into a scrape of that sort, and
from knowing them to have been together the whole of last
summer.” “Did Mr. Darcy give you his reasons for this
interference?” “I understood that there were some very strong
objections against the lady.” “And what arts did he use to separate
them?” “He did not talk to me of his own arts,” said Fitzwilliam,
smiling. “He only told me what I have now told you.” Elizabeth
made no answer, and walked on, her heart swelling with
indignation. After watching her a little, Fitzwilliam asked her why
she was so thoughtful.

“I am thinking of what you have been telling me,” said she. “Your
cousin’s conduct does not suit my feelings. Why was he to be the
judge?” “You are rather disposed to call his interference officious?”
“I do not see what right Mr. Darcy had to decide on the propriety
of his friend’s inclination, or why, upon his own judgment alone,
he was to determine and direct in what manner that friend was to
be happy. But,” she continued, recollecting herself, “as we know
none of the particulars, it is not fair to condemn him.

It is not to be supposed that there was much affection in the case.”
“That is not an unnatural surmise,” said Fitzwilliam, “but it is
lessening the honor of my cousin’s triumph very sadly.” This was
spoken jestingly; but it appeared to her so just a picture of Mr.
Darcy, that she would not trust herself with an answer, and
therefore, abruptly changing the conversation, talked on indifferent
matters till they reached the Parsonage. There, shut into her own
room, as soon as their visitor left them, she could think without
interruption of all that she had heard. It was not to be supposed
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