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complete, it will be in my power to take one of you as far as
London, for I am going there early in June, for a week; and as
Dawson does not object to the barouche-box, there will be very
good room for one of you-and indeed, if the weather should
happen to be cool, I should not object to taking you both, as you
are neither of you large.”

“You are all kindness, madam; but I believe we must abide by our
original plan.” Lady Catherine seemed resigned. “Mrs. Collins,
you must send a servant with them. You know I always speak my
mind, and I cannot bear the idea of two young women traveling
post by themselves. It is highly improper. You must contrive to
send somebody. I have the greatest dislike in the world to that sort
of thing. Young women should always be properly guarded and
attended, according to their situation in life. When my niece
Georgiana went to Ramsgate last summer, I made a point of her
having two men-servants go with her. Miss Darcy, the daughter of
Mr. Darcy, of Pemberley, and Lady Anne, could not have appeared
with propriety in a different manner. I am excessively attentive to
all those things.

You must send John with the young ladies, Mrs. Collins. I am glad
it occurred to me to mention it; for it would really be discreditable
to you to let them go alone.” “My uncle is to send a servant for us.”
“Oh!- Your uncle!- He keeps a man-servant, does he?- I am very
glad you have somebody who thinks of those things. Where shall
you change horses?- Oh! Bromley, of course.- If you mention my
name at the Bell, you will be attended to.” Lady Catherine had
many other questions to ask respecting their journey, and as she
did not answer them all herself, attention was necessary, which
Elizabeth believed to be lucky for her; or, with a mind so occupied,
she might have forgotten where she was. Reflection must be
reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way
to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without
a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of
unpleasant recollections.

Mr. Darcy’s letter she was in a fair way of soon knowing by heart.
She studied every sentence; and her feelings towards its writer
were at times widely different.

When she remembered the style of his address, she was still full of
indignation; but when she considered how unjustly she had
condemned and upbraided him, her anger was turned against
herself; and his disappointed feelings became the object of
compassion. His attachment excited gratitude, his general character
respect; but she could not approve him; nor could she for a
moment repent her refusal, or feel the slightest inclination ever to
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