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ELIZABETH had settled it that Mr. Darcy would bring his sister to
visit her the very day after her reaching Pemberley; and was
consequently resolved not to be out of sight of the inn the whole of
that morning. But her conclusion was false; for on the very
morning after their own arrival at Lambton, these visitors came.
They had been walking about the place with some of their new
friends, and were just returning to the inn to dress themselves for
dining with the same family, when the sound of a carriage drew
them to a window, and they saw a gentleman and lady in a curricle
driving up the street. Elizabeth immediately recognizing the livery,
guessed what it meant, and imparted no small degree of surprise
to her relations by acquainting them with the honor which she
expected. Her uncle and aunt were all amazement; and the
embarrassment of her manner as she spoke, joined to the
circumstance itself, and many of the circumstances of the preceding
day, opened to them a new idea on the business. Nothing had ever
suggested it before, but they now felt that there was no other way
of accounting for such attentions from such a quarter than by
supposing a partiality for their niece. While these newly-born
notions were passing in their heads, the perturbation of Elizabeth’s
feelings was every moment increasing. She was quite amazed at
her own discomposure; but amongst other causes of disquiet, she
dreaded lest the partiality of the brother should have said too
much in her favor; and, more than commonly anxious to please,
she naturally suspected that every power of pleasing would fail

She retreated from the window, fearful of being seen; and as she
walked up and down the room, endeavoring to compose herself,
saw such looks of inquiring surprise in her uncle and aunt as made
everything worse.

Miss Darcy and her brother appeared, and this formidable
introduction took place. With astonishment did Elizabeth see that
her new acquaintance was at least as much embarrassed as herself.
Since her being at Lambton, she had heard that Miss Darcy was
exceedingly proud; but the observation of a very few minutes
convinced her that she was only exceedingly shy. She found it
difficult to obtain even a word from her beyond a monosyllable.
Miss Darcy was tall, and on a larger scale than Elizabeth; and,
though little more than sixteen, her figure was formed, and her
appearance womanly and graceful. She was less handsome than
her brother; but there was sense and good humor in her face, and
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