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After lunch, they were perusing the theatre offerings, when the footman announced Mrs. Foxwell. The lady followed the servant into the room, the brown silk of her gown billowing out with the briskness of her step. Darcy crossed the room and greeted her warmly. “You will excuse me, I hope, Mr. ” She was not a pretty woman, somewhat mannish in feature, but she smiled up at him warmly and Elizabeth noted a hint of sardonic humour in her small brown eyes. After being introduced and getting the usual compliments and congratulations out of the way, Mrs.
Lizzy, you will make me weep. ” At the bottom of the stairs, they turned to each other. As the footman moved to open the doors of the drawing room, Jane gestured to Elizabeth to precede her. ” Elizabeth hesitated. All her life she had paid due courtesy to her elder sister and to upset this pattern seemed disrespectful. She would accustom herself to precedence, due to her because of her husband’s greater consequence. Yet it seemed too soon. She linked arms with Jane; the doorway was wide enough for them both.
Turner’s carriage carry their guests away in the moonlight. Elizabeth put her arm around Kitty’s waist as they went back indoors. “You seemed to enjoy talking to Mr. ” “Lord, no, Lizzy. I never met so hideous a man in my life. ” “Lizzy, why are there no handsome young officers in your circle? ” “I thought our family had its fill of officers, Kitty. ” “What can you mean, Lizzy? ” In front of the mirror Kitty sat gazing at herself. She picked up a glass, imagining it a wine glass, put it to her lips and looked over the rim, surveying the effect.