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|Mary makes an impact
Written by Robbin
(10/25/2005 4:19 a.m.)
In Chapter 22, Mary manages keep Charles from going to Bath without her and gets them both invited to Bath by his parents, admires Elizabeth’s elegant arrangements and china, keeps Anne busy helping her, and then embarrasses Anne two times in front of FW, first about Mr. Elliot and then about Elizabeth’s card. Oh, and her consequence was just enough increased by their handsome drawing rooms at Camden Place!
“and by way of doing something, as shooting was over, Charles had proposed coming with him, and Mrs. Harville had seemed to like the idea of it very much, as an advantage to her husband; but Mary could not bear to be left, and had made herself so unhappy about it, that for a day or two everything seemed to be in suspense, or at an end…and he and Mary were included in it by way of general convenience.”
“The visit passed off altogether in high good-humour. Mary was in excellent spirits, enjoying the gaiety and the change, and so well satisfied with the journey in her mother-in-law's carriage with four horses, and with her own complete independence of Camden Place, that she was exactly in a temper to admire everything as she ought, and enter most readily into all the superiorities of the house, as they were detailed to her. She had no demands on her father or sister, and her consequence was just enough increased by their handsome drawing-rooms.”
“with intervals of every help which Mary required, from altering her ribbon to settling her accounts, from finding her keys, and assorting her trinkets, to trying to convince her that she was not ill-used by anybody; which Mary, well amused as she generally was, in her station at a window overlooking the entrance to the Pump Room, could not but have her moments of imagining.”
“Mary, resenting that she should be supposed not to know her own cousin, began talking very warmly about the family features, and protesting still more positively that it was Mr. Elliot, calling again upon Anne to come and look herself…To pacify Mary, and perhaps screen her own embarrassment, Anne did move quietly to the window.”
"Only think of Elizabeth's including everybody!" whispered Mary very audibly. "I do not wonder Captain Wentworth is delighted! You see he cannot put the card out of his hand."
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