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|Quote Chapter 17
Written by Carolyn
(5/12/2007 10:21 p.m.)
The prospect of the Netherfield ball was extremely agreeable to every female of the family. Mrs. Bennet chose to consider it as given in compliment to her eldest daughter, and was particularly flattered by receiving the invitation from Mr. Bingley himself, instead of a ceremonious card. Jane pictured to herself a happy evening in the society of her two friends, and the attentions of their brother; and Elizabeth thought with pleasure of dancing a great deal with Mr. Wickham, and of seeing a confirmation of everything in Mr. Darcy's looks and behaviour. The happiness anticipated by Catherine and Lydia depended less on any single event, or any particular person; for though they each, like Elizabeth, meant to dance half the evening with Mr. Wickham, he was by no means the only partner who could satisfy them, and a ball was, at any rate, a ball. And even Mary could assure her family that she had no disinclination for it.
Elizabeth, despite her hopes for certain pleasures on the dance floor also has a mission to complete at the ball. She is eager to see the reaction of Darcy to Wickham.
What does she expects to see? What looks and behaviour would confirm Wickham's account of Darcy? Darcy having Wickham tossed from the ball? An arguement?
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