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ON Saturday morning Elizabeth and Mr. Collins met for breakfast
a few minutes before the others appeared; and he took the
opportunity of paying the parting civilities which he deemed
indispensably necessary.

“I know not, Miss Elizabeth,” said he, “whether Mrs. Collins has
yet expressed her sense of your kindness in coming to us; but I am
very certain you will not leave the house without receiving her
thanks for it. The favor of your company has been much felt, I
assure you. We know how little there is to tempt any one to our
humble abode. Our plain manner of living, our small rooms and
few domestics, and the little we see of the world, must make
Hunsford extremely dull to a young lady like yourself; but I hope
you will believe us grateful for the condescension, and that we
have done everything in our power to prevent your spending your
time unpleasantly.” Elizabeth was eager with her thanks and
assurances of happiness. She had spent six weeks with great
enjoyment; and the pleasure of being with Charlotte, and the kind
attentions she had received, must make her feel the obliged. Mr.
Collins was gratified, and with a more smiling solemnity replied“It
gives me the greatest pleasure to hear that you have passed your
time not disagreeably. We have certainly done our best; and most
fortunately having it in our power to introduce you to very
superior society, and, from our connection with Rosings, the
frequent means of varying the humble home scene, I think we
may flatter ourselves that your Hunsford visit cannot have been
entirely irksome.

Our situation with regard to Lady Catherine’s family is indeed the
sort of extraordinary advantage and blessing which few can boast.
You see on what a footing we are. You see how continually we are
engaged there. In truth I must acknowledge that, with all the
disadvantages of this humble parsonage, I should not think any
one abiding in it an object of compassion, while they are sharers of
our intimacy at Rosings.” Words were insufficient for the elevation
of his feelings; and he was obliged to walk about the room, while
Elizabeth tried to unite civility and truth in a few short sentences.
“You may, in fact, carry a very favorable report of us into
Hertfordshire, my dear cousin. I flatter myself at least that you will
be able to do so. Lady Catherine’s great attentions to Mrs. Collins
you have been a daily witness of; and altogether I trust it does not
appear that your friend has drawn an unfortunate-But on this
point it will be as well to be silent. Only let me assure you, my dear
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