By Helen Halstead
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Jane is the eldest. ” “Oh, yes, everyone says so. She married in the same ceremony as Lizzy. ” “So they are perfectly matched? ” “Lizzy, who married Mr. ” “Well-matched, you say? ” She looked into his grey eyes. She lowered her voice to say, “Unless you mean that Mr. ” He laughed again, and Kitty blushed at her blunder. ” “Lizzy? Mr. ” she whispered. ” “Do I? ” “I am, Miss Catherine Bennet,” she said, with an unconsciously flirtatious air. ” He laughed again, and Kitty could not help laughing too, at her own success, although she tried not to.
Elizabeth continued: “While I regard Wickham’s actions with abhorrence, think you: what was there in Lydia’s behaviour to put such a thought in his evil head? ” Kitty’s eyes swam with tears. “I would not have run away, Lizzy. ” She burst into loud sobs, and buried her head in her sister’s lap. “Kitty, dearest, do you see that I had to do this? If I seem a hard substitute for Mama, I am sorry. ” “Hate you? What nonsense is this? Now dry your eyes. Drink this water. I wish you to enjoy your stay here.
She felt half in love with Elizabeth herself. She was excited and in awe and happy, all at once. Yet beneath the happiness was a tiny sensation of unease. ’ she thought. ’ In Kitty’s head there was, as usual, nothing akin to anxiety, indeed, not a great deal of anything at all. She wrote her last letter from Pemberley to her mama. From Miss Catherine Bennet to Mrs. Bennet Pemberley Dearest Mama, My time at Pemberley is all but gone and I have so much to tell you. Just as I thought, the tenants were vastly amused at their party.