Miss Hawkins is was spending the February in Bath. Although there
much society to be had that time of year, it was better than her home
in Birmingham and the retired society of Maple Grove. "If a young woman
does not find a husband at home, she must venture farther
afield; fortunate it was for Augusta, that in her eight or nine years
young ladyhood, she had contrived a network of friends and
acquaintances who were all alive with eagerness to welcome her as
the most desirable guest there could possibly be."
As it turns out, February was also the time that Mr. Elton, spurned
by Miss Woodhouse had taken himself to Bath. He had gone there with the
determined intent of finding a suitable wife.
"If our lovers were in fact a venial pair, marrying only in a spirit of self-seeking, how much worse were they than half the world? It was such a perfect case of like marrying like, that the most elevated love between two pure soul could be no more perfectly matched."