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BEGINNING OF EXTRACT And so ended his affection said Elizabeth impatiently There has been many a one I fancy overcome in the same way I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love said Darcy Of a fine stout healthy love it may Every thing nourishes what is strong already But if it be only a slight thin sort of inclination I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away Darcy only smiled and the general pause which ensued made Elizabeth tremble lest her mother should be exposing herself again She longed to speak but could think of nothing to say and after a short silence Mrs Bennet began repeating her thanks to Mr Bingley for his kindness to Jane with an apology for troubling him also with Lizzy Mr Bingley was unaffectedly civil in his answer and forced his younger sister to be civil also and say what the occasion required She performed her part indeed without much graciousness but Mrs Bennet was satisfied and soon afterwards ordered her carriage Upon this signal the youngest of her daughters put herself forward The two girls had been whispering to each other during the whole visit and the result of it was that the youngest should tax Mr Bingley with having promised on his first coming into the country to give a ball at Netherfield Lydia was a stout well-grown girl of fifteen with a fine complexion and good-humoured countenance a favourite with her mother whose affection had brought her into public at an early age She had high animal spirits and a sort of natural self-consequence which the attentions of the officers to whom her uncles good dinners and her own easy manners recommended her had increased into assurance She was very equal therefore to address Mr Bingley on the subject of the ball and abruptly
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