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Written by Carolyn
(6/19/2007 9:55 p.m.)
But on returning to the drawing-room when her letter was finished, she saw, to her infinite surprise, there was reason to fear that her mother had been too ingenious for her. On opening the door she perceived her sister and Bingley standing together over the hearth, as if engaged in earnest conversation; and had this led to no suspicion, the faces of both, as they hastily turned round and moved away from each other, would have told it all. Their situation was awkward enough; but hers, she thought, was still worse. Not a syllable was uttered by either; and Elizabeth was on the point of going away again, when Bingley, who as well as the other had sat down, suddenly rose, and whispering a few words to her sister, ran out of the room.
Jane gets her happiness at last. I think this must be one of the happiest chapters in the book.
He should be particularly happy at any time, etc. etc., and if she would give him leave, would take an early opportunity of waiting on them.
but Elizabeth went to bed in the happy belief that all must speedily be concluded,
"'Tis too much!" she added -- "by far too much. I do not deserve it. Oh! why is not everybody as happy!"
Elizabeth's congratulations were given with a sincerity, a warmth, a delight, which words could but poorly express. Every sentence of kindness was a fresh source of happiness to Jane.
Oh! Lizzy, to know that what I have to relate will give such pleasure to all my dear family! how shall I bear so much happiness "
"And this," said she, "is the end of all his friend's anxious circumspection! of all his sister's falsehood and contrivance! -- the happiest, wisest, most reasonable end!"
and then, till her sister came down, she had to listen to all he had to say of his own happiness, and of Jane's perfections; and in spite of his being a lover, Elizabeth really believed all his expectations of felicity to be rationally founded,
It was an evening of no common delight to them all. The satisfaction of Miss Bennet's mind gave a glow of such sweet animation to her face, as made her look handsomer than ever. Kitty simpered and smiled, and hoped her turn was coming soon. Mrs. Bennet could not give her consent or speak her approbation in terms warm enough to satisfy her feelings, though she talked to Bingley of nothing else for half an hour; and when Mr. Bennet joined them at supper, his voice and manner plainly shewed how really happy he was.
"Jane, I congratulate you. You will be a very happy woman."
"You are a good girl," he replied, "and I have great pleasure in thinking you will be so happily settled.
"Oh! my dear, dear Jane, I am so happy, I am sure I sha'nt get a wink of sleep all night.
In the absence of Jane, he always attached himself to Elizabeth for the pleasure of talking of her;
"He has made me so happy," said she one evening, "by telling me, that he was totally ignorant of my being in town last spring! I had not believed it possible."
But when they see, as I trust they will, that their brother is happy with me, they will learn to be contented, and we shall be on good terms again
Elizabeth was pleased to find that he had not betrayed the interference of his friend
If I could but see you as happy! If there were but such another man for you!"
"If you were to give me forty such men, I never could be sohappy as you. Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness.
The Bennets were speedily pronounced to be the luckiest family in the world,
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