"You are over-scrupulous surely.
"Pride and Prejudice," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-8
June 18, 2013
"You are over-scrupulous surely.
Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that the experience of three-and-twenty years had been insufficient to make his wife understand his character.
The business of her life was to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news.
Mrs. Bennet deigned not to make any reply, but, unable to contain herself, began scolding one of her daughters.
They attacked him in various ways--with barefaced questions, ingenious suppositions, and distant surmises;
but he eluded the skill of them all, and they were at last obliged to accept the second-hand intelligence of their neighbour, Lady Lucas.
The ladies were somewhat more fortunate, for they had the advantage of ascertaining from an upper window that he wore a blue coat, and rode a black horse.
His brother-in-law, Mr. Hurst, merely looked the gentleman; but his friend Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien, and the report, which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year.
Mr. Darcy walked off; and Elizabeth remained with no very cordial feelings towards him.
Jane was as much gratified by this as her mother could be, though in a quieter way.
I was so vexed to see him stand up with her! but, however, he did not admire her at all: indeed, nobody can, you know; and he seemed quite struck with Jane as she was going down the dance.
"I would wish not to be hasty in censuring any one; but I always speak what I think."
Affectation of candour is common enough;--one meets it everywhere.
For, though elated by his rank, it did not render him supercilious; on the contrary, he was all attention to everybody.
"That is very true," replied Elizabeth, "and I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine."
"Pride," observed Mary, who piqued herself upon the solidity of her reflections, "is a very common failing, I believe.
If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or ever so similar before-hand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.
He has a very satirical eye, and if I do not begin by being impertinent myself, I shall soon grow afraid of him."
Mary had neither genius nor taste; and though vanity had given her application, it had given her likewise a pedantic air and conceited manner, which would have injured a higher degree of excellence than she had reached.
"Certainly, sir; and it has the advantage also of being in vogue amongst the less polished societies of the world.
Mr. Darcy, with grave propriety, requested to be allowed the honour of her hand, but in vain.
"My dearest Lizzy,--I find myself very unwell this morning, which, I suppose, is to be imputed to my getting wet through yesterday.
People do not die of little trifling colds.
Miss Bingley was engrossed by Mr. Darcy, her sister scarcely less so; and as for Mr. Hurst, by whom Elizabeth sat, he was an indolent man, who lived only to eat, drink, and play at cards; who, when he found her prefer a plain dish to a ragout, had nothing to say to her.
But, in my opinion, it is a paltry device, a very mean art."
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