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affection and intelligence, which might supply it among
themselves if there were disappointments abroad.

It is not the object of this work to give a description of Derbyshire,
nor of any of the remarkable places through which their route
thither lay; Oxford, Blenheim, Warwick, Kenilworth, Birmingham,
&c., are sufficiently known. A small part of
Derbyshire is all the present concern. To the little town of Lambton,
the scene of Mrs. Gardiner’s former residence, and where she had
lately learned that some acquaintance still remained, they bent
their steps, after having seen all the principal wonders of the
country; and within five miles of Lambton, Elizabeth found from
her aunt that Pemberley was situated. It was not in their direct
road, nor more than a mile or two out of it. In talking over their
route the evening before, Mrs.

Gardiner expressed an inclination to see the place again. Mr.
Gardiner declared his willingness, and Elizabeth was applied to
for her approbation.

“My love, should not you like to see a place of which you have
heard so much?” said her aunt; “a place, too, with which so many
of your acquaintance are connected. Wickham passed all his youth
there, you know.” Elizabeth was distressed. She felt that she had
no business at Pemberley, and was obliged to assume a
disinclination for seeing it. She must own that she was tired of
great houses; after going over so many, she really had no pleasure
in fine carpets or satin curtains.

Mrs. Gardiner abused her stupidity. “If it were merely a fine house
richly furnished,” said she, “I should not care about it myself; but
the grounds are delightful. They have some of the finest woods in
the country.” Elizabeth said no more-but her mind could not
acquiesce. The possibility of meeting Mr. Darcy, while viewing the
place, instantly occurred. It would be dreadful! She blushed at the
very idea, and thought it would be better to speak openly to her
aunt than to run such a risk. But against this there were objections;
and she
finally resolved that it could be the last resource, if her private
inquiries as to the absence of the family were unfavorably

Accordingly, when she retired at night, she asked the
chambermaid whether Pemberley were not a very fine place, what
was the name of its proprietor, and, with no little alarm, whether
the family were down for the summer. A most welcome negative
followed the last question-and her alarms being now removed, she
was at leisure to feel a great deal of curiosity to see the house
herself; and when the subject was revived the next morning, and
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