I am not particularly speaking of such a case as you have supposed about Mr. Bingley.
After amusing himself some time with their curiosity, he thus explained: “About a month ago I received this letter; and about a fortnight ago I answered it, for I thought it a case of some delicacy, and requiring early attention.
But perhaps you have been too pleasantly engaged to think of any third person; in which case you may be sure of my pardon.”
Pardon me for neglecting to profit by your advice, which on every other subject shall be my constant guide, though in the case before us I consider myself more fitted by education and habitual study to decide on what is right than a young lady like yourself.”
But the case is this: We are not rich enough or grand enough for them; and she is the more anxious to get Miss Darcy for her brother, from the notion that when there has been one intermarriage, she may have less trouble in achieving a second; in which there is certainly some ingenuity, and I dare say it would succeed, if Miss de Bourgh were out of the way.
Caroline is incapable of wilfully deceiving anyone; and all that I can hope in this case is that she is deceiving herself.”
The sudden acquisition of ten thousand pounds was the most remarkable charm of the young lady to whom he was now rendering himself agreeable; but Elizabeth, less clear-sighted perhaps in this case than in Charlotte’s, did not quarrel with him for his wish of independence.
But that is not the case here.
In that case he would return no more.
Her first idea was that she had somehow fallen into the sea, ‘and in that case I can go back by railway,’ she said to herself.