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Written by Carolyn
(6/23/2007 11:58 p.m.)
She soon learnt that they were indebted for their present good understanding to the efforts of his 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; dwelling emphatically on every expression of the latter which, in her ladyship's apprehension, peculiarly denoted her perverseness and assurance, in the belief that such a relation must assist her endeavours to obtain that promise from her nephew which she had refused to give. But, unluckily for her ladyship, its effect had been exactly contrariwise.
"It taught me to hope," said he, "as I had scarcely ever allowed myself to hope before. I knew enough of your disposition to be certain, that had you been absolutely, irrevocably decided against me, you would have acknowledged it to Lady Catherine, frankly and openly."
I think Lady Catherine would be most seriously displeased to know she was actually the facilitator to the engagement. No doubt E&D would have gotten together eventually without Lady C, but she proved to be the catalyst for the matched. Very nice bit of irony that the one person who adamantly opposes the match is actually the one to bring it about.
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