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â€œIt is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.â€
â€œYou mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least.â€
â€œShe is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.â€
â€œI could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.â€
â€œI have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.â€
â€œI am no longer surprised at your knowing only six accomplished women. I rather wonder now at your knowing any.â€
â€œFrom all that I can collect by your manner of talking, you must be two of the silliest girls in the country. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced.â€
"You either chose this method of passing the evening because you are in each other's confidence, and have secret affairs to discuss, or because you are conscious that your figures appear to the greatest advantage in walking; -- if the first, I should be completely in your way; -- and if the second, I can admire you much better as I sit by the fire.''
â€œMy good opinion once lost, is lost forever.â€
â€œIt is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?â€
â€œThey were within twenty yards of each other, and so abrupt was his appearance, that it was impossible to avoid his sight. Their eyes instantly met, and the cheeks of each were overspread with the deepest blush. He absolutely started, and for a moment seemed immoveable from surprise; but shortly recovering himself, advanced towards the party, and spoke to Elizabeth, if not in terms of perfect composure, at least of perfect civility.â€
â€œDo you talk by rule, then, while you are dancing?"
â€œMr. Wickham is blessed with such happy manners as may ensure his making friends - whether he may be equally capable of retaining them is less certain.â€
â€œThat will do extremely well, child. You have delighted us long enough. Let the other young ladies have time to exhibit.â€
" And now nothing remains for me but to assure you in the most animated language of the violence of my affection. To fortune I am perfectly indifferent, and shall make no demand of that nature on your father, since I am well aware that it could not be complied with; and that one thousand pounds in the four per cents., which will not be yours till after your mother's decease, is all that you may ever be entitled to. On that head, therefore, I shall be uniformly silent; and you may assure yourself that no ungenerous reproach shall ever pass my lips when we are married."
"An unhappy alternative is before you, Elizabeth. From this day you must be a stranger to one of your parents. Your mother will never see you again if you do not marry Mr. Collins, and I will never see you again if you do."
â€œA girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then.â€
â€œUpon my word, you give your opinion very decidedly for so young a person. Pray, what is your age?â€
â€œYou mean to frighten me, Mr. Darcy, by coming in all this state to hear me?â€
"You have employed your time much better. No one admitted to the privilege of hearing you can think anything wanting. We neither of us perform to strangers."
â€œIn vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.â€
â€œFrom the very beginningâ€” from the first moment, I may almost sayâ€” of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry.â€
â€œWill you do me the honour of reading that letter?"
â€œHad I been in love, I could not have been more wretchedly blind. But vanity, not love, has been my folly.â€
â€œWell, my comfort is, I am sure Jane will die of a broken heart, and then he will be sorry for what he has done.â€
"Lydia will never be easy till she has exposed herself in some public place or other, and we can never expect her to do it with so little expense or inconvenience to her family as under the present circumstances."
â€œYes, but that was when I first knew her; for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.â€
"I have just had a letter from Jane, with such dreadful news. It cannot be concealed from any one.â€
"This is a most unfortunate affair; and will probably be much talked of. But we must stem the tide of malice, and pour into the wounded bosoms of each other the balm of sisterly consolation."
"Ah, Jane, I take your place now, and you must go lower, because I am a married woman!"
â€œOh how heartily did she grieve over every ungracious sensation she had ever encouraged every saucy speech she had ever directed towards him.â€
"He is as fine a fellow," said Mr. Bennet, as soon as they were out of the house, "as ever I saw. He simpers, and smirks, and makes love to us all. I am prodigiously proud of him. I defy even Sir William Lucas himself to produce a more valuable son-in-law."
"I think you are in very great danger of making him as much in love with you as ever."
â€œI have not a doubt of your doing very well together. Your tempers are by no means unlike. You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income.â€
"If you were to give me forty such men, I never could be so happy as you. Till I have your disposition, your goodness, I never can have your happiness.â€
â€œHe is a gentleman, and I am a gentleman's daughter. So far we are equal.â€
â€œObstinate, headstrong girl!â€
â€œAre the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?â€
â€œFor what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?â€
â€œIf you will thank me '' he replied let it be for yourself alone. That the wish of giving happiness to you might
add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny. But your family owes me nothing. Much as I respect them I believe I thought only of you.â€
â€œYou are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged; but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.â€
â€œWe all know him to be a proud, unpleasant sort of man; but this would be nothing if you really liked him.â€
â€œIf any young men come for Mary or Kitty, send them in, for I am quite as leisure.â€
â€œI cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.â€
â€œNow be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?"
"For the liveliness of your mind, I did.â€
â€œI am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.â€