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together; and as they always see each other in large mixed parties,
it is impossible that every moment should be employed in
conversing together. Jane should therefore make the most of every
half-hour in which she can command his attention. When she is
secure of him, there will be leisure for falling in love as much as
she chooses.” “Your plan is a good one,” replied Elizabeth, “where
nothing is in question but the desire of being well married; and if I
were determined to get a rich husband, or any husband, I dare say
I should adopt it. But these are not Jane’s feelings; she is not acting
by design. As yet, she cannot even be certain of the degree
of her own regard nor of its reasonableness. She has known him
only a fortnight.

She danced four dances with him at Meryton; she saw him one
morning at his own house, and has since dined in company with
him four times. This is not quite enough to make her understand
his character.” “Not as you represent it. Had she merely dined
with him, she might only have discovered whether he had a good
appetite; but you must remember that four evenings have been also
spent together-and four evenings may do a great deal.” “Yes; these
four evenings have enabled them to ascertain that they both like
Vingt-un better than Commerce; but with respect to any other
leading characteristic, I do not imagine that much has been
unfolded.” “Well,” said Charlotte, “I wish Jane success with all my
heart; and if she were married to him to-morrow, I should think
she had as good a chance of happiness as if she were to be studying
his character for a twelvemonth. Happiness in marriage is entirely
a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well
known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not
advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow
sufficiently unlike afterwards to have their share of vexation; and it
is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person
with whom you are to pass your life.” “You make me laugh,
Charlotte; but it is not sound. You know it is not sound, and that
you would never act in this way yourself.”

Occupied in observing Mr. Bingley’s attentions to her sister,
Elizabeth was far from suspecting that she was herself becoming
an object of some interest in the eyes of his friend. Mr. Darcy had at
first scarcely allowed her to be pretty; he had looked at her without
admiration at the ball; and when they next met, he looked at her
only to criticize. But no sooner had he made it clear to himself and
his friends that she had hardly a good feature in her face, than he
began to find it was rendered uncommonly intelligent by the
beautiful expression of her dark eyes. To this discovery succeeded
some others equally mortifying. Though he had detected with a
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