motto to the chapter; and will soon be followed by matter-of-fact-prose.”
It is a sort of thing which nobody could have expected. I am sure, a month ago, I had no more idea myself!–The strangest things to take place!”
–“When Miss Smiths and Mr. Eltons get acquainted–they do indeed– and really it is strange; it is out of the common course that what is so evidently, so palpably desirable–what courts the pre-arrangement of other people, should so immediately shape itself into the proper form. You and Mr. Elton are by situation called together; you belong to one another by every circumstance of your respective homes. Your marrying will be equal to the match at Randalls. There does seem to be a something in the air of Hartfield which gives love exactly the right direction, and sends it into the very channel where it ought to flow.
The course of true love never did run smooth–
A Hartfield edition of Shakepseare would have a long note on that passage.”
That Mr. Elton should really be in love with me,–me, of all people, who did not know him, to speak to him, at Michaelmas! And he, the very handsomest man that ever was, and a man that every body looks up to, quite like Mr. Knightley! His company so sought after, that every body says he need not eat a single meal by himself if he does not chuse it; that he has more invitations than there are days in the week. And so excellent in the Church! Miss Nash has put down all the texts he has ever preached from since he came to Highbury. Dear me! When I looked back to the first time I saw him! How little did I think!–The two Abbots and I ran into the front room and peeped through the blind when we heard he was going by, and Miss Nash came and