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Chapter 5

  • No sooner was her answer dispatched, than Mrs. Dashwood indulged herself i_he pleasure of announcing to her son-in-law and his wife that she wa_rovided with a house, and should incommode them no longer than till ever_hing were ready for her inhabiting it. They heard her with surprise. Mrs.
  • John Dashwood said nothing; but her husband civilly hoped that she would no_e settled far from Norland. She had great satisfaction in replying that sh_as going into Devonshire.—Edward turned hastily towards her, on hearing this,
  • and, in a voice of surprise and concern, which required no explanation to her,
  • repeated, "Devonshire! Are you, indeed, going there? So far from hence! And t_hat part of it?" She explained the situation. It was within four mile_orthward of Exeter.
  • "It is but a cottage," she continued, "but I hope to see many of my friends i_t. A room or two can easily be added; and if my friends find no difficulty i_ravelling so far to see me, I am sure I will find none in accommodatin_hem."
  • She concluded with a very kind invitation to Mr. and Mrs. John Dashwood t_isit her at Barton; and to Edward she gave one with still greater affection.
  • Though her late conversation with her daughter-in-law had made her resolve o_emaining at Norland no longer than was unavoidable, it had not produced th_mallest effect on her in that point to which it principally tended. T_eparate Edward and Elinor was as far from being her object as ever; and sh_ished to show Mrs. John Dashwood, by this pointed invitation to her brother,
  • how totally she disregarded her disapprobation of the match.
  • Mr. John Dashwood told his mother again and again how exceedingly sorry he wa_hat she had taken a house at such a distance from Norland as to prevent hi_eing of any service to her in removing her furniture. He really fel_onscientiously vexed on the occasion; for the very exertion to which he ha_imited the performance of his promise to his father was by this arrangemen_endered impracticable.— The furniture was all sent around by water. I_hiefly consisted of household linen, plate, china, and books, with a handsom_ianoforte of Marianne's. Mrs. John Dashwood saw the packages depart with _igh: she could not help feeling it hard that as Mrs. Dashwood's income woul_e so trifling in comparison with their own, she should have any handsom_rticle of furniture.
  • Mrs. Dashwood took the house for a twelvemonth; it was ready furnished, an_he might have immediate possession. No difficulty arose on either side in th_greement; and she waited only for the disposal of her effects at Norland, an_o determine her future household, before she set off for the west; and this,
  • as she was exceedingly rapid in the performance of everything that intereste_er, was soon done.—The horses which were left her by her husband had bee_old soon after his death, and an opportunity now offering of disposing of he_arriage, she agreed to sell that likewise at the earnest advice of her eldes_aughter. For the comfort of her children, had she consulted only her ow_ishes, she would have kept it; but the discretion of Elinor prevailed. HE_isdom too limited the number of their servants to three; two maids and a man,
  • with whom they were speedily provided from amongst those who had formed thei_stablishment at Norland.
  • The man and one of the maids were sent off immediately into Devonshire, t_repare the house for their mistress's arrival; for as Lady Middleton wa_ntirely unknown to Mrs. Dashwood, she preferred going directly to the cottag_o being a visitor at Barton Park; and she relied so undoubtingly on Si_ohn's description of the house, as to feel no curiosity to examine it hersel_ill she entered it as her own. Her eagerness to be gone from Norland wa_reserved from diminution by the evident satisfaction of her daughter-in-la_n the prospect of her removal; a satisfaction which was but feebly attempte_o be concealed under a cold invitation to her to defer her departure. Now wa_he time when her son-in-law's promise to his father might with particula_ropriety be fulfilled. Since he had neglected to do it on first coming to th_state, their quitting his house might be looked on as the most suitabl_eriod for its accomplishment. But Mrs. Dashwood began shortly to give ove_very hope of the kind, and to be convinced, from the general drift of hi_iscourse, that his assistance extended no farther than their maintenance fo_ix months at Norland. He so frequently talked of the increasing expenses o_ousekeeping, and of the perpetual demands upon his purse, which a man of an_onsequence in the world was beyond calculation exposed to, that he seeme_ather to stand in need of more money himself than to have any design o_iving money away.
  • In a very few weeks from the day which brought Sir John Middleton's firs_etter to Norland, every thing was so far settled in their future abode as t_nable Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters to begin their journey.
  • Many were the tears shed by them in their last adieus to a place so muc_eloved. "Dear, dear Norland!" said Marianne, as she wandered alone before th_ouse, on the last evening of their being there; "when shall I cease to regre_ou!—when learn to feel a home elsewhere!—Oh! happy house, could you know wha_ suffer in now viewing you from this spot, from whence perhaps I may view yo_o more!—And you, ye well-known trees!—but you will continue the same.—No lea_ill decay because we are removed, nor any branch become motionless althoug_e can observe you no longer!—No; you will continue the same; unconscious o_he pleasure or the regret you occasion, and insensible of any change in thos_ho walk under your shade!—But who will remain to enjoy you?"