You must be happy that she settled so well.
Indeed! One matter of joy in this is that I made the match myself. People
said Mr Weston would never marry again, and what a triumph!
Triumph! You made a lucky guess!
Have you never known a triumph from a lucky guess? Had I not promoted Mr
Weston's visits, and given encouragement where encouragement was needed, we
might not have had a wedding today.
Then please, my dear, encourage nowhere else. Marriage is so disrupting to
one's social circle.
Only one more, papa. When Mr Elton joined their hands today, he looked very
much like he would like the same kind of office performed for him.
Invite him for dinner. That is kindness enough.
Mr Elton is a man of twenty-six. He knows how to take care of himself.
One does not like to generalize about so many people all at once, Mr
Knightley, but you may be sure that men know nothing of their hearts,
whether they be six and twenty, or six and eighty. Except you, of course,
father. No, Mr Elton will be the next person to benefit from my help.
Poor Miss Taylor indeed! 'Tis Mr Elton which deserves our pity.
SCENE 3-PARTY AT HARTFIELD
Mr Elton! Welcome to our party!
Yes, Miss Woodhouse, thank you indeed for including me. A party is a party,
but a party on a summers eve...
It relieves my mind very much that you are here, for there is someone new
in our group. Her name is Harriet Smith, and she is a former pupil of Mrs
Goddard. I had never met Miss Smith before this evening, and am already
struck by her charm. I wonder if I might ask you to make certain she is at
ease throughout the evening.
If helping Miss Smith would help Miss Woodhouse, then I am happy to be of