infer from incomplete evidence
This part of his intelligence, though unheard by Lydia, was caught by Elizabeth, and as it assured her that Darcy was not less answerable for Wickham's absence than if her first
surmise had been just, every feeling of displeasure against the former was so sharpened by immediate disappointment, that she could hardly reply with tolerable civility to the polite inquiries which he directly afterwards approached to make.
good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
forbearance, patience with Darcy, was injury to Wickham.
habitually reserved and uncommunicative
We are each of an unsocial,
taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the éclat of a proverb."
overbearing pride with a superior manner toward inferiors
A deeper shade of
hauteur overspread his features, but he said not a word, and Elizabeth, though blaming herself for her own weakness, could not go on.
lacking wise self-restraint
I am afraid he has been very
imprudent, and has deserved to lose Mr. Darcy's regard."
members of a religious community who are not clergy
Mr. Collins listened to her with the determined air of following his own inclination, and, when she ceased speaking, replied thus:--"My dear Miss Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world of your excellent judgment in all matters within the scope of your understanding; but permit me to say that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the
laity and those which regulate the clergy;
give over to another for care or safekeeping
It was, moreover, such a promising thing for her younger daughters, as Jane's marrying so greatly must throw them in the way of other rich men; and lastly, it was so pleasant at her time of life to be able to
consign her single daughters to the care of their sister, that she might not be obliged to go into company more than she liked.
intended to placate
And I do not think it of light importance that he should have attentive and
conciliatory manners towards everybody, especially towards those to whom he owes his preferment.
the intended meaning of a communication
You can hardly doubt the
purport of my discourse, however your natural delicacy may lead you to dissemble; my attentions have been too marked to be mistaken.
high spirits and animation
You will find her manners beyond anything I can describe; and your wit and
vivacity, I think, must be acceptable to her, especially when tempered with the silence and respect which her rank will inevitably excite.
a mild rebuke or criticism
On that head, therefore, I shall be uniformly silent; and you may assure youself that no ungenerous
reproach shall ever pass my lips when we are married."
marked by care and persistent effort
He scarcely ever spoke to her, and the
assiduous attentions which he had been so sensible of himself were transferred for the rest of the day to Miss Lucas, whose civility in listening to him, was a seasonable relief to them all, and especially to her friend.
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
The morrow produced no
abatement of Mrs. Bennet's ill-humour or ill-health.
a message expressing a favorable opinion
She highly approved his forbearance, and they had leisure for a full discussion of it, and for all the
commendation which they civilly bestowed on each other, as Wickham and another officer walked back with them to Longbourn, and during the walk he particularly attended to her.
They agreed that Mrs. Bennet should only hear of the departure of the family, without being alarmed on the score of the gentleman's conduct; but even this partial communication gave her a great deal of concern, and she
bewailed it as exceedingly unlucky that the ladies should happen to go away just as they were all getting so intimate together.
agreement of results or opinions
"My dear sir," replied Mr. Collins, "I am particularly obliged to you for this friendly caution, and you may depend upon my not taking so material a step without her ladyship's
righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
Her disappointment in Charlotte made her turn with fonder regard to her sister, of whose
rectitude and delicacy she was sure her opinion could never be shaken, and for whose happiness she grew daily more anxious, as Bingley had now been gone a week, and nothing was heard of his return.
Mrs. Bennet still continued to wonder and
repine at his returning no more, and though a day seldom passed in which Elizabeth did not account for it clearly, there seemed little chance of her ever considering it with less perplexity.
the quality of being honest and straightforward
Miss Bennet was the only creature who could suppose there might be any extenuating circumstances in the case, unknown to the society of Hertfordshire; her mild and steady candour always pleaded for allowances, and urged the possibility of mistakes--but by everybody else Mr. Darcy was condemned as the worst of men.
provide physical relief, as from pain
The pain of separation, however, might be
alleviated on his side, by preparations for the reception of his bride; as he had reason to hope that, shortly after his next return into Hertfordshire, the day would be fixed that was to make him the happiest of men.
unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous
A young man, such as you describe Mr. Bingley, so easily falls in love with a pretty girl for a few weeks, and when accident separates them, so easily forgets her, that these sort of
inconstancies are very frequent."
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
"But that expression of 'violently in love' is so
hackneyed, so doubtful, so indefinite, that it gives me very little idea.
agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
Elizabeth was exceedingly pleased with this proposal, and felt persuaded of her sister's ready
a fraudulent representation
If I were not afraid of judging harshly, I should be almost tempted to say that there is a strong appearance of
duplicity in all this.
turn away from; give up
Nothing, on the contrary, could be more natural; and while able to suppose that it cost him a few struggles to
relinquish her, she was ready to allow it a wise and desirable measure for both, and could very sincerely wish him happy.