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It should not be said that the Miss Bennets could not be at home
half a day before they were in pursuit of the officers. There was
another reason too for her opposition. She dreaded seeing
Wickham again, and was resolved to avoid it as long as possible.
The comfort to her of the regimentís approaching removal was
indeed beyond expression. In a fortnight they were to go-and once
gone, she hoped there could be nothing more to plague her on his
She had not been many hours at home before she found that the
Brighton scheme, of which Lydia had given them a hint at the inn,
was under frequent discussion between her parents. Elizabeth saw
directly that her father had not the smallest intention of yielding;
but his answers were at the same time so vague and equivocal, that
her mother, though often disheartened, had never yet despaired of
succeeding at last.