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a disappointment! and with the knowledge of your ill opinion too!
and having to relate such a thing of his sister! It is really too
distressing. I am sure you must feel it so.”

“Oh! no, my regret and compassion are all done away by seeing
you so full of both. I know you will do him such ample justice, that
I am growing every moment more unconcerned and indifferent.
Your profusion makes me saving; and if you lament over him
much longer, my heart will be as light as a feather.” “Poor
Wickham! there is such an expression of goodness in his
countenance! such an openness and gentleness in his manner!”
“There certainly was some great mismanagement in the education
of those two young men. One has got all the goodness, and the
other all the appearance of it.” “I never thought Mr. Darcy so
deficient in the appearance of it as you used to do.” “And yet I
meant to be uncommonly clever in taking so decided a dislike to
him, without any reason. It is such a spur to one’s genius, such an
opening for wit, to have a dislike of that kind. One may be
continually abusive without saying anything just; but one cannot
be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on
something witty.” “Lizzy, when you first read that letter, I am sure
you could not treat the matter as you do now.” “Indeed, I could
not. I was uncomfortable enough. I was very uncomfortable, I may
say unhappy. And with no one to speak to of what I felt, no Jane to
me and say that I had not been so very weak and vain and
nonsensical as I knew I had! Oh! how I wanted you!” “How
unfortunate that you should have used such very strong
expressions in speaking of Wickham to Mr. Darcy, for now they do
appear wholly undeserved.” “Certainly. But the misfortune of
speaking with bitterness is a most natural consequence of the
prejudices I had been encouraging. There is one point on which I
want your advice. I want to be told whether I ought, or ought not,
to make our acquaintance in general understand Wickham’s
character.” Miss Bennet paused a little, and then replied, “Surely
there can be no occasion for exposing him so dreadfully. What is
your own opinion?” “That it ought not to be attempted. Mr. Darcy
has not authorized me to make his communication public. On the
contrary, every particular relative to his sister was meant to be kept
as much as possible to myself; and if I endeavor to undeceive
people as to the rest of his conduct, who will believe me? The
general prejudice against Mr. Darcy is so violent, that it would be
the death of half the good people in Meryton to attempt to place
him in an amiable light. I am not equal to it. Wickham will soon be
gone; and therefore it will not signify to anybody here what he
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