You affect surprise. "I am sorry to hear that; but why did not you tell me so before? If I had known as much this morning, I certainly would not have called on him. It is very unlucky; but as I have actually paid the visit, we cannot escape the acquaintance now."
You are gratified by the astonishment this provokes, especially from Mrs Bennet; though, when the first tumult of joy is over, she begins to declare that it was what she expected all the while.
"How good it was in you, my dear Mr Bennet! But I knew I should persuade you at last. I was sure you loved our girls too well to neglect such an acquaintance. Well, how pleased I am! and it is such a good joke, too, that you should have gone this morning, and never said a word about it till now."
"Now, Kitty, you may cough as much as you chuse," you say; and you make to leave the room, fatigued with the raptures of your wife.
But Lydia, your youngest and largest daughter, gallops up to you. "Is he fit for one of us to marry, papa?" says she, full of impertinence.
You decide to give a less-than-honest reply OR pretend to become mute to cause your wife great inconvenience - just for the fun of it.
Which would Mr Bennet choose? Click on the link above and see if you're right.