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ELIZABETH, as they drove along, watched for the first appearance
of Pemberley Woods with some perturbation; and when at length
they turned in at the lodge, her spirits were in a high flutter.

The park was very large, and contained great variety of ground.
They entered it in one of its lowest points, and drove for some time
through a beautiful wood stretching over a wide extent.
Elizabeth’s mind was too full for conversation, but she saw and
admired every remarkable spot and point of view. They gradually
ascended for half-a-mile, and then found themselves at the top of a
considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was
instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side
of a valley, into which the road with some abruptness wound. It
was a large, handsome stone building, standing well on rising
ground, and backed by a ridge of high woody hills; and in front, a
stream of some natural importance was swelled into greater, but
without any artificial appearance. Its banks were neither formal
nor falsely adorned. Elizabeth was delighted. She had never seen a
place for which nature had done more, or where natural beauty
had been so little counteracted by an awkward taste. They were all
of them warm in their admiration; and at that moment she felt that
to be mistress of Pemberley might be something!

They descended the hill, crossed the bridge, and drove to the door;
and, while examining the nearer aspect of the house, all her
apprehension of meeting its
owner returned. She dreaded lest the chambermaid had been
mistaken. On applying to see the place, they were admitted into
the hall; and Elizabeth, as they waited for the housekeeper, had
leisure to wonder at her being where she was.

The housekeeper came; a respectable-looking elderly woman,
much less fine, and more civil, than she had any notion of finding
her. They followed her into the dining-parlor. It was a large, well-
proportioned room, handsomely fitted up. Elizabeth, after slightly
surveying it, went to a window to enjoy its prospect. The hill,
crowned with wood, from which they had descended, receiving
increased abruptness from the distance, was a beautiful object.
Every disposition of the ground was good; and she looked on the
whole scene, the river, the trees scattered on its banks, and the
winding of the valley, as far as she could trace it, with delight. As
they passed into other rooms these objects were taking different
positions; but from every window there were beauties to be seen.
The rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable
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