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Human nature is so well disposed towards those who
are in interesting situations, that a young person, who
either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.
A week had not passed since Miss Hawkins's name was
first mentioned in Highbury, before she was, by some
means or other, discovered to have every recommendation
of person and mind; to be handsome, elegant, highly
accomplished, and perfectly amiable: and when Mr. Elton
himself arrived to triumph in his happy prospects, and
circulate the fame of her merits, there was very little more
for him to do, than to tell her Christian name, and say
whose music she principally played.
Mr. Elton returned, a very happy man. He had gone
away rejected and mortified--disappointed in a very
sanguine hope, after a series of what appeared to him
strong encouragement; and not only losing the right lady,
but finding himself debased to the level of a very wrong
one. He had gone away deeply offended--he came back
engaged to another--and to another as superior, of course,
to the first, as under such circumstances what is gained
always is to what is lost. He came back gay and self-
Emma 272 of 745 Chapter IV Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of.