Mr. Bennet was one of the first to introduce himself to Mr. Bingley, and soon became acquainted wth him. He had always intended to visit him, but kept telling is wife that he would not. Mrs. Bennet didn't know about the visit until the evening after it had been paid. This was how he told her.
Mr. Bennet watched his second daughter Elizabeth trim a hat, and said to her "I hope Mr. Bingley will like the hat you're making Lizzy"
"We have no way of knowing what Mr. Bingley likes" said Mrs. Bennet resentfully "Since we won't get to know him."
"But you forget that we will meet him at the assemblies, Mrs. Long said she would introduce us." Said Elizabeth to her mother.
"I doubt it, Mrs. Long has two nieces of her own; she is a selfish, hypocritical women!" Replied her mother
"I am glad to say that you will not need her to introduce you." said Mr. Bennet.
Mrs. Bennet said nothing but unable to contain herself she began to scold her daughter, Kitty. "Stop coughing so, Kitty, for heavens sake! Have some compassion on my nerves, you'll tear them to pieces!"
"Kitty does not choose when to cough, she does so unintentionally, and at bad times." Her father noted
"I do not cough for my own amusement" Kitty defended fretfully, then asked "When is the next ball to be Lizzy?"
Lizzy answered "In two weeks."
"Ah ha!" cried her mother " and Mrs.Long does come home until the day before! So it will be impossible for her to introduce you to him, because she doesn't know him herself!"
"Well my dear, then you have the advantage over your friend, and you can introduce Mr. Bingley to her!" said Mr. Bennet to his wife.
"Impossible! Impossible! How could I when I am not acquainted with him myself! Oh how you tease me so!"
"It is true that you do not know him well enough, but Mrs.Long and her nieces must have their fair chance, and if you do not introduce them than I will myself."
The girls stared at their father. Mr.Bennet said only "Nonsense, nonsense!"
"What can be the meaning of such an exclamation!" cried Mr. Bennet, "Do you find the delicate matter of an introduction as nonsense! I cannot agree with there. What do you say Mary?" he asked one of his daughters, "I know you have read a great many books, and are very smart indeed, what do you say on the subject?"
Mary wished to say something sensable, but didn't know how.
"While Mary is Collecting her thoughts," he continued "Let us return to Mr. Bingley."
"I am sick of Mr. Bingley!" cried his wife, "Let us speak of him no more!"
"I am sorry to hear that; but why didn't you tell me before! If I had known that this morning I certainly wouldn't have introduced myself to him. That is very unfortunate indeed, we cannot escape the acquaintance now."
The astonishment of the ladies was just as he wished, Mr. Bennet was of course the most surprised at the news. When the first wave of joy was over, she began to declare that she had expected it all the while.
"How good it was of you my dear Mr. Bennet! I knew I would persuade you! I was sure you loved our girls too much to not go and meet him! Well how pleased I am! And it is very funny to that you went this morning and didn't tell us till now!"
"Now Kitty, you may cough as much as you choose." allowed Mr. Bennet, then he left the room, tired from the exclamations of his wife.
"What an amazing father you girls have," said their mother, "when the door was shut. "I don't know how you will ever make it up to him, or how I will for that matter. At our age it is not very fun to be meeting new people every day; but for your sakes we would do anything. Lydia my daughter, though you are the youngest I daresay that Mr. Bingley will dance with you at the next ball."
"Oh" said Lydia, "I am not afraid, for though I am the youngest, I'm the tallest."
The rest of the day was spent predicting how soon Mr. Bingley would return the visit, and determining when they should invite him to dinner.
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