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that any other people could be meant than those with whom she
was connected. There could not exist in the world two men over
whom Mr. Darcy could have such boundless influence. That he
had been concerned in the measures taken to separate Mr. Bingley
and Jane she had never doubted; but she had always attributed to
Miss Bingley the principal design and arrangement of them. If his
own vanity, however, did not mislead him, he was the cause, his
pride and caprice were the cause, of all that Jane had suffered, and
still continued to suffer. He had
ruined for a while every hope of happiness for the most
affectionate, generous heart in the world; and no one could say
how lasting an evil he might have inflicted.
“There were some very strong objections against the lady,” were
Colonel Fitzwilliam’s words; and these strong objections probably
were, her having one uncle who was a country attorney, and
another who was in business in London.
“To Jane herself,” she exclaimed, “there could be no possibility of
objection; all loveliness and goodness as she is! her understanding
excellent, her mind improved, and her manners captivating.
Neither could anything be urged against my father, who, though
with some peculiarities, has abilities which Mr. Darcy himself need
not disdain, and respectability which he will probably never
reach.” When she thought of her mother, indeed, her confidence
gave way a little; but she would not allow that any objections there
had material weight with Mr. Darcy, whose pride, she was
convinced, would receive a deeper wound from the want of
importance in his friend’s connections, than from their want of
sense; and she was quite decided at last, that he had been partly
governed by this worst kind of pride, and partly by the wish of
retaining Mr. Bingley for his sister.
The agitation and tears which the subject occasioned, brought on a
headache; and it grew so much worse towards the evening, that,
added to her unwillingness to see Mr. Darcy, it determined her not
to attend her cousins to Rosings, where they were engaged to drink
tea. Mrs. Collins, seeing that she was really unwell, did not press
her to go, and as much as possible prevented her husband from
pressing her; but Mr. Collins could not conceal his apprehension of
Lady Catherine’s being rather displeased by her staying at home.