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critical eye more than one failure of perfect symmetry in her form,
he was forced to acknowledge her figure to be light and pleasing;
and in spite of his asserting that her manners were not those of the
fashionable world, he was caught by their easy playfulness. Of this
she was perfectly unaware;- to her he was only the man who made
himself agreeable nowhere, and who had not thought her
handsome enough to, dance with.

He began to wish to know more of her, and as a step towards
conversing with her himself, attended to her conversation with
others. His doing so drew her notice. It was at Sir William Lucas’s,
where a large party were assembled.

“What does Mr. Darcy mean,” said she to Charlotte, “by listening
to my conversation with Colonel Forster?” “That is a question
which Mr. Darcy only can answer.”

“But if he does it any more I shall certainly let him know that I see
what he is about. He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin
by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him.” On
his approaching them soon afterwards, though without seeming to
have any intention of speaking, Miss Lucas defied her friend to
mention such a subject to him; which immediately provoking
Elizabeth to do it, she turned to him and said“Did not you think,
Mr. Darcy, that I expressed myself uncommonly well just now,
when I was teasing Colonel Forster to give us a ball at Meryton?”
“With great energy;- but it is a subject which always makes a lady
energetic.” “You are severe on us.” “It will be her turn soon to be
teased,” said Miss Lucas. “I am going to open the instrument,
Eliza, and you know what follows.” “You are a very strange
creature by way of a friend!- always wanting me to play and sing
before anybody and everybody! If my vanity had taken a musical
turn, you would have been invaluable; but as it is, I would really
rather not sit down before those who must be in the habit of
hearing the very best performers.” On Miss Lucas’s persevering,
however, she added, “Very well; if it must be so, it must.” And
gravely glancing at Mr. Darcy, “There is a fine old saying, which
everybody here is of course familiar with-‘Keep your breath to
cool your porridge,’and I shall keep mine to swell my song.”

Her performance was pleasing, though by no means capital. After
a song or two, and before she could reply to the entreaties of
several that she would sing again, she was eagerly succeeded at the
instrument by her sister Mary, who having, in consequence of
being the only plain one in the family, worked hard for knowledge
and accomplishments, was always impatient for display.

Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given
her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and
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