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First Impressions, Second Thoughts : Elizabeth Bennet began to wonder if being Mr Darcy’s wife might have had its compensations.
First Impressions, Second Thoughts

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1813) by Jane Austen.

Elizabeth Bennet has recently turned down a proposal of marriage from Mr Darcy; now, having recently visited his snobbish aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, she is on a guided tour round Mr Darcy’s own magnificent country house in Derbyshire, ‘Pemberley’.

THE rooms were lofty and handsome, and their furniture suitable to the fortune of their proprietor; but Elizabeth saw, with admiration of his taste, that it was neither gaudy nor uselessly fine; with less of splendour, and more real elegance, than the furniture of Rosings.

“And of this place” thought she, “I might have been mistress! With these rooms I might now have been familiarly acquainted! Instead of viewing them as a stranger, I might have rejoiced in them as my own, and welcomed to them as visitors my uncle and aunt.”

“But no” recollecting herself “that could never be; my uncle and aunt would have been lost to me; I should not have been allowed to invite them.”

This was a lucky recollection — it saved her from something like regret.

From ‘Pride and Prejudice’ (1813) by Jane Austen.

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