Gap In The Text From "Pride And Prejudice" By Jane Austen

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Imaginative TextGAP: Mr. Darcy and Miss Bingley convince Bingley to remain in London for the winter. The text fits best between chapters 21 and 22.After lamenting it however at some length, she had the consolation of thinking that Mr. Bingley would be soon down again and soon dining at Longbourn, and the conclusion of all was the comfortable declaration that, though he had been invited only to a family dinner, she would take care to have tow full courses.119 VOLUME I CHAPTER XXI.5CHAPTER XX1.5The meeting of which Miss Bingley alluded to in the opening sentence of her letter, addressed to the eldest Miss Bennet, was taking place as planned at Mr. Hurst's house in Grosvenor Street. The home was all that a home of persons in the position of the Hurst's should be, and the dining room made a very pleasing place to have a dinner party. The group of two, Mr. Darcy and Miss. Bingley, was welcomed heartily by the Hursts and by application of the guests, Mr. Bingley was also called for, to join them in having dinner that evening. Such a sudden removal from Hertfordshire the previous day by Mr. Darcy and Miss Bingley was the focus of many questions which were quickly ended by the curt response they were met with. The only real explanation was a desire to converse with Mr. Bingley on a matter with so serious a nature to prompt them quitting Netherfield and joining with him in London as quickly as possible.Mr. Bingley soon arrived and was to be the object of the pair's attention for the greater part of the evening. Out of all present Mr. Bingley was perhaps the most surprised at the unplanned arrival of his friend and sister as he had only arranged to stay in London for a few days on business which could not warrant a visit from so far away. The fact that he had only been gone one day also added to his puzzlement.Despite the wonder felt by those seated around the table the matter was dropped and pleasing conversation took its place. The many acquaintances staying in London was remarked upon as well as the prospects a winter in London would bring.Dinner was followed by a round of cards. The guests were not particularly in the mood for a game, however, the host's renown fondness for cards left them with no choice. Luckily enough Mr. Hurst also draws great contentment from sleeping so the three guests were left in the sitting room to the conversation which was the purpose of their coming."My dear sister and closest friend, for what do I owe the honour of your unexpected arrival?" Bingley began."We have come to talk to you about an important topic," Mr. Darcy answered in a somewhat agitated voice. The things he needed to tell his friend would not be easy and he did not look forward to revealing them, however, in the long run Mr. Darcy knew he was saving his companion from an imprudent marriage."Your sister and I need to bring some matters to your attention.""Oh fire away, my good friend, but I must say I have no idea what could be so important." Mr. Bingley...

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