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You have done all this! and yet you can treat the mention of his
misfortunes with contempt and ridicule.” “And this,” cried Darcy,
as he walked with quick steps across the room, “is your opinion of
me! This is the estimation in which you hold me! I thank you for
explaining it so fully. My faults, according to this calculation, are
heavy indeed! But perhaps,” added he, stopping in his walk, and
turning towards her, “these offenses might have been overlooked,
had not your pride been hurt by my honest confession of the
scruples that had long prevented my forming any serious design.
These bitter accusations might have been suppressed, had I, with
greater policy, concealed my struggles, and flattered you into the
belief of my being impelled by unqualified, unalloyed inclination;
by reason, by reflection, by everything. But disguise of every sort is
my abhorrence. Nor am I ashamed of the feelings I related. They
were natural and just. Could you expect me to rejoice in the
inferiority of your connections?- to congratulate myself on the hope
of relations, whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my
own?” Elizabeth felt herself growing more angry every moment;
yet she tried to the utmost to speak with composure when she
said“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of
your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared me
the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you
behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.” She saw him start at
this, but he said nothing, and she continued“You could not have
made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that would
have tempted me to accept it.” Again his astonishment was
obvious; and he looked at her with an expression of mingled
incredulity and mortification. She went on“From the very
beginning-from the first moment, I may almost say-of my
acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the
fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish
disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form that
groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have
built so immoveable a dislike; and I had not known you a month
before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could
ever be prevailed on to marry.” “You have said quite enough,
madam. I perfectly comprehend your feelings, and have now only
to be ashamed of what my own have been. Forgive me for
having taken up so much of your time, and accept my best wishes
for your health and happiness.” And with these words he hastily
left the room, and Elizabeth heard him the next moment open the
front door and quit the house.

The tumult of her mind was now painfully great. She knew not
how to support herself, and from actual weakness sat down and
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