"Certainly," replied Elizabeth--"there are such people, but I
hope I am not one of them. I hope I never ridicule what is
wise and good. Follies and nonsense, whims and
inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them
whenever I can. But these, I suppose, are precisely what you
"Perhaps that is not possible for anyone. But it has been the
study of my life to avoid those weaknesses which often expose a
strong understanding to ridicule."
"Such as vanity and pride."
"Yes, vanity is a weakness indeed. But pride--where there is a
real superiority of mind, pride will be always under good
Elizabeth turned away to hide a smile.
"Your examination of Mr. Darcy is over, I presume," said Miss
Bingley; "and pray what is the result?"
"I am perfectly convinced by it that Mr. Darcy has no defect.
He owns it himself without disguise."