____________1___________, Mr. Bennet coolly observed:
"___________2____________. I have suspected it some time, but I am now convinced. "
"My dear! ___________3____________." said Mrs. Bennet, "I remember the time when I liked a red coat myself very well--and, indeed, so I do still at my heart. "
Mr. Bennet ____________4____________; it came from Netherfield.
"It is from Miss Bingley, " said Jane, and then read it aloud.
"MY DEAR FRIEND, --
"Please be so compassionate as to dine today with Louisa and me. Come as soon as you can on the receipt of this. My brother and the gentlemen are to dine with the officers. --Yours ever,
"Dining out, " said Mrs. Bennet, "that is very unlucky. "
"Can I have the carriage?" said Jane.
"No, my dear, you had better go on horseback, ___________5____________. "
"I'd much rather go in the coach. "
"But, my dear, your father cannot spare the horses, I am sure."
Jane did at last extort from her father an acknowledgment that the horses were engaged. _____________6______________, and her mother attended her to the door with many cheerful prognostics of a bad day. Her hopes were answered; ____________7____________; Jane certainly could not come back.
"This was a lucky idea of mine, indeed!" said Mrs. Bennet more than once, ____________8_____________.