"Pride and Prejudice"
by Jane Austen

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     "It certainly is a most iniquitous affair," said Mr. Bennet, "and nothing can clear Mr. Collins from the guilt of inheriting Longbourn. But if you will listen to his letter, you may perhaps be a little softened by his manner of expressing himself."

     "No, that I am sure I shall not; and I think it is very impertinent of him to write to you at all, and very hypocritical. I hate such false friends. Why could he not keep on quarreling with you, as his father did before him?"

     "Why, indeed; he does seem to have had some filial scruples on that head, as you will hear."

     "Hunsford, near Westerham, Kent, 15th October.


     "Dear Sir,--

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