1 Mrs. Gardiner abused her stupidity.
2 Mrs. Gardiner had seen Pemberley, and known the late Mr. Darcy by character perfectly well.
3 To Mrs. Gardiner, Wickham had one means of affording pleasure, unconnected with his general powers.
4 I hope," added Mrs. Gardiner, "that no consideration with regard to this young man will influence her.
5 Mrs. Gardiner then rallied her niece on Wickham's desertion, and complimented her on bearing it so well.
6 In talking over their route the evening before, Mrs. Gardiner expressed an inclination to see the place again.
7 But they did pass away, and Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, with their four children, did at length appear at Longbourn.
8 The first part of Mrs. Gardiner's business on her arrival was to distribute her presents and describe the newest fashions.
9 In that county there was enough to be seen to occupy the chief of their three weeks; and to Mrs. Gardiner it had a peculiarly strong attraction.
10 Mrs. Gardiner, who was several years younger than Mrs. Bennet and Mrs. Phillips, was an amiable, intelligent, elegant woman, and a great favourite with all her Longbourn nieces.
11 Mrs. Gardiner about this time reminded Elizabeth of her promise concerning that gentleman, and required information; and Elizabeth had such to send as might rather give contentment to her aunt than to herself.
12 Mrs. Gardiner, to whom the chief of this news had been given before, in the course of Jane and Elizabeth's correspondence with her, made her sister a slight answer, and, in compassion to her nieces, turned the conversation.
13 The time fixed for the beginning of their northern tour was now fast approaching, and a fortnight only was wanting of it, when a letter arrived from Mrs. Gardiner, which at once delayed its commencement and curtailed its extent.
14 Mrs. Gardiner gave her the particulars also of Miss Bingley's visit in Gracechurch Street, and repeated conversations occurring at different times between Jane and herself, which proved that the former had, from her heart, given up the acquaintance.
15 All this was acknowledged to Mrs. Gardiner; and after relating the circumstances, she thus went on: "I am now convinced, my dear aunt, that I have never been much in love; for had I really experienced that pure and elevating passion, I should at present detest his very name, and wish him all manner of evil."
16 To the little town of Lambton, the scene of Mrs. Gardiner's former residence, and where she had lately learned some acquaintance still remained, they bent their steps, after having seen all the principal wonders of the country; and within five miles of Lambton, Elizabeth found from her aunt that Pemberley was situated.
17 After an affectionate parting between the friends, Elizabeth was attended to the carriage by Mr. Collins, and as they walked down the garden he was commissioning her with his best respects to all her family, not forgetting his thanks for the kindness he had received at Longbourn in the winter, and his compliments to Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, though unknown.
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