You urge Elizabeth to rally again; you observe that it is her business to be satisfied -- and certainly her temper to be happy. You wonder aloud if she needs permission from Mr Darcy to enter Derbyshire.

This appears to do the trick. "But surely," says she, "I may enter his county with impunity, and rob it of a few petrified spars without his perceiving me."

Mr and Mrs Gardiner, with their four children, duly appear at Longbourn. The children are to be left under the particular care of their cousin Jane, who is the general favourite.

You wave Lizzy off once more with a heavy heart, consoled by the thought that this time she will at least have more suitable companions on her travels than Sir William ‘Have-we-ever-met-at-St James’s?’ Lucas and his dolt of a daughter, Maria.

End of Chapter 9. 

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