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meetings. At Christmas every body invites their friends
about them, and people think little of even the worst
weather. I was snowed up at a friend's house once for a
week. Nothing could be pleasanter. I went for only one
night, and could not get away till that very day se'nnight.'
Mr. John Knightley looked as if he did not
comprehend the pleasure, but said only, coolly,
`I cannot wish to be snowed up a week at Randalls.'
At another time Emma might have been amused, but
she was too much astonished now at Mr. Elton's spirits for
other feelings. Harriet seemed quite forgotten in the
expectation of a pleasant party.
`We are sure of excellent fires,' continued he, `and
every thing in the greatest comfort. Charming people, Mr.
and Mrs. Weston;-- Mrs. Weston indeed is much beyond
praise, and he is exactly what one values, so hospitable,
and so fond of society;-- it will be a small party, but
where small parties are select, they are perhaps the most
agreeable of any. Mr. Weston's dining-room does not
accommodate more than ten comfortably; and for my part,
I would rather, under such circumstances, fall short by two
than exceed by two. I think you will agree with me,
(turning with a soft air to Emma,) I think I shall certainly
have your approbation, though Mr. Knightley perhaps,
Charming people, Mr. and Mrs. Weston;-- Mrs. Weston indeed is much beyond praise, and he is exactly what one values, so hospitable, and so fond of society;-- it will be a small party, but where small parties are select, they are perhaps the most agreeable of any.