1 The comfort to her of the regiment's approaching removal was indeed beyond expression.
2 I am sure," said she, "I cried for two days together when Colonel Miller's regiment went away.
3 This was exactly as it should be; for the young man wanted only regimentals to make him completely charming.
4 Lydia does not leave me because she is married, but only because her husband's regiment happens to be so far off.
5 It was the last of the regiment's stay in Meryton, and all the young ladies in the neighbourhood were drooping apace.
6 Mr. Wickham had received his commission before he left London, and he was to join his regiment at the end of a fortnight.
7 When Elizabeth had rejoiced over Wickham's departure she found little other cause for satisfaction in the loss of the regiment.
8 But the gloom of Lydia's prospect was shortly cleared away; for she received an invitation from Mrs. Forster, the wife of the colonel of the regiment, to accompany her to Brighton.
9 They will then join his regiment, unless they are first invited to Longbourn; and I understand from Mrs. Gardiner, that my niece is very desirous of seeing you all before she leaves the South.
10 She had never perceived, while the regiment was in Hertfordshire, that Lydia had any partiality for him; but she was convinced that Lydia wanted only encouragement to attach herself to anybody.
11 They could talk of nothing but officers; and Mr. Bingley's large fortune, the mention of which gave animation to their mother, was worthless in their eyes when opposed to the regimentals of an ensign.
12 He confessed himself obliged to leave the regiment, on account of some debts of honour, which were very pressing; and scrupled not to lay all the ill-consequences of Lydia's flight on her own folly alone.
13 At present, indeed, they were well supplied both with news and happiness by the recent arrival of a militia regiment in the neighbourhood; it was to remain the whole winter, and Meryton was the headquarters.
14 Much had been done and much had been said in the regiment since the preceding Wednesday; several of the officers had dined lately with their uncle, a private had been flogged, and it had actually been hinted that Colonel Forster was going to be married.
15 I have written to Colonel Forster to desire him to find out, if possible, from some of the young man's intimates in the regiment, whether Wickham has any relations or connections who would be likely to know in what part of town he has now concealed himself.
16 Lydia's being settled in the North, just when she had expected most pleasure and pride in her company, for she had by no means given up her plan of their residing in Hertfordshire, was a severe disappointment; and, besides, it was such a pity that Lydia should be taken from a regiment where she was acquainted with everybody, and had so many favourites.