“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
”(…)My mind was more agreeable engaged. I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in a face of a pretty woman can bestow. [Mr Darcy]”
” ‘I admire the activity of your benevolence’, observed Mary, ‘but every impulse of feeling should be guided by reason; and, in my opinion, exertion should always be in proportion to what is required.’ “
” ‘I certainly have not the talent which some people possess’ said Darcy, ‘of conversing easily with those I have never seen before. I cannot catch their tone of conversation, or appear interested in their concerns, as I often see done.’ “
” ‘In vain have I struggled myself. It will not do. My feelings will not be represed.
You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.’ “
(…) that he should have been in love with her for so many months! So much in love as to wish to marry her in spite of all the objections which had made him prevent his friend´s marrying her sister, and which must appear at least with equal force in his own case, was almost incredible! It was gratifying to have inspired unconsciously so strong an affection.’
“Upon the whole, therefore, she found what has sometimes found before, that an event to which she had looked foward with impatient and desire, did not in taking place, bring all the satisfation she had promised herself”
“ ´If your master would marry, you might see more of him.’
‘Yes, Sir. But I do not know when that will be. I do not know who is good enough for him.’
Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner smiled. Elizabeth could not help saying,
‘It is very much to his credit, I am sure, that you should think so.’”
“She longed to know what at that moment was passing his mind, in what manner he thought of her, and wheter, in despite of everything, she was still dear to him.”
“(…)could he know that the proposals which she had proudly spurned only four months ago, would now have been gladly and gratefully received! He was as generous, she doubted not, as the most generous of his sex. But while he was mortal, there must be a triumph.”
Pride and Prejudice.