He carved, and ate, and praised with delighted alacrity; and every dish was commended, first by him and then by Sir William, who was now enough recovered to echo whatever his son-in-law said, in a manner which Elizabeth wondered Lady Catherine could bear.
When the ladies returned to the drawing-room, there was little to be done but to hear Lady Catherine talk, which she did without any intermission till coffee came in, delivering her opinion on every subject in so decisive a manner, as proved that she was not used to have her judgement controverted.
#Lady Catherine,' said she, #you * have given me a treasure.' Are any of your younger sisters out, * Miss Bennet?"
Lady Catherine seemed quite astonished at not receiving a direct answer; and Elizabeth suspected herself to be the first creature who had ever dared to trifle with so much dignified impertinence.
When Lady Catherine and her daughter had played as long as they chose, the tables were broken up, the carriage was offered to Mrs.
Catherine did as he told her, and thought to herself by the way,
They were in truth great rascals, and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost; they were tired; so they sat down and made a fire under the very tree where Frederick and Catherine were.
Catherine, who had the door on her shoulder, began to be very tired; but she thought it was the nuts upon it that were so heavy: so she said softly, 'Frederick, I must let the nuts go.' 'No,' answered he,
A little while after, Catherine thought the door was still very heavy: so she whispered to Frederick, 'I must throw the vinegar down.' 'Pray don't,' answered he, 'it will discover us.' 'I can't help that,' said she, 'go it must.' So she poured all the vinegar down; and the thieves said, 'What a heavy dew there is!'
At last it popped into Catherine's head that it was the door itself that was so heavy all the time: so she whispered, 'Frederick, I must throw the door down soon.' But he begged and prayed her not to do so, for he was sure it would betray them.
'That they what?' cried Catherine, gazing at him with a troubled countenance.
'Yes - very foolish: as if I took notice!' replied Catherine, in a peevish tone.
Doubtless Catherine marked the difference between her friends, as one came in and the other went out.
'No,' answered Catherine. 'What are you doing there, Nelly?'
'I'm sorry for it, Miss Catherine,' was my response; and I proceeded assiduously with my occupation.