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|Gossip in P&P: Ch.57-61
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(5/19/2010 10:50 a.m.)
- ...from what the report of (her and Darcy's) engagement could originate, Elizabeth was at a loss to imagine; till she recollected that his being the intimate friend of Bingley, and her being the sister of Jane, was enough, at a time when the expectation of one wedding made everybody eager for another, to supply the idea. She had not herself forgotten to feel that the marriage of her sister must bring them more frequently together. And her neighbours at Lucas Lodge, therefore (for through their communication with the Collinses the report, she concluded, had reached Lady Catherine), had only set that down as almost certain and immediate, which she had looked forward to as possible, at some future time.
- (the next morning, Mr. Bennet tells Elizabeth about Mr. Collins' letter):
"He begins with congratulations on the approaching nuptials of my eldest daughter, of which, it seems, he has been told by some of the good-natured, gossiping Lucases... What relates to yourself is as follows: 'Having thus offered you the sincere congratulations of Mrs. Collins and myself on this happy event, let me now add a short hint on the subject of another; of which we have been advertised by the same authority. Your daughter Elizabeth, it is presumed, will not long bear the name of Bennet after her elder sister has resigned it, and the chosen partner of her fate may be reasonably looked up to as one of the most illustrious personages in this land.'"
- Mr. Collins: "We have reason to imagine that his aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, does not look on the match with a friendly eye. (snip) After mentioning the likelihood of this marriage to her ladyship last night, she immediately, with her usual condescension, expressed what she felt on the occasion; when it became apparent that, on the score of some family objections on the part of my cousin, she would never give her consent to what she termed so disgraceful a match. I thought it my duty to give the speediest intelligence of this to my cousin.
- Mr. Collins: 'I am truly rejoiced that my cousin Lydia's sad business has been so well hushed up, and am only concerned that their living together before the marriage took place should be so generally known.' (Who did his share to spread the story around? )-:
- Mr. Bennet about Mr. Collins: "The rest of his letter is only about his dear Charlotte's situation, and his expectation of a young olive-branch."
- Elizabeth tells Darcy that it was Lydia who betrayed his involvement in her marriage, not Mrs. Gardiner.
- (Elizabeth) soon learnt that they were indebted for their present good understanding to the efforts of (Darcy's) aunt, who did call on him in her return through London, and there relate her journey to Longbourn, its motive, and the substance of her conversation with Elizabeth.
- Jane to Elizabeth: "How little did you tell me of what passed at Pemberley and Lambton! I owe all that I know of it to another, not to you."
- Darcy: "My aunt's intelligence had given me hope, and I was determined at once to know everything."
- Mr. Bennet confirms the rumour of Elizabeth's engagement to Darcy in his letter to Mr. Collins.
- Before any answer could arrive from Mr. Collins, or any congratulations to Elizabeth from his wife, the Longbourn family heard that the Collinses were come themselves to Lucas Lodge. The reason of this sudden removal was soon evident. Lady Catherine had been rendered so exceedingly angry by the contents of her nephew's letter, that Charlotte, really rejoicing in the match, was anxious to get away till the storm was blown over.
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