`Do come with me,' said Mrs. Weston, `if it be not very disagreeable to you. It need not detain us long. We will go to Hartfield afterwards. We will follow them to Hartfield. I really wish you to call with me. It will be felt so great an attention! and I always thought you meant it.'

He could say no more; and with the hope of Hartfield to reward him, returned with Mrs. Weston to Mrs. Bates's door. Emma watched them in, and then joined Harriet at the interesting counter, - trying, with all the force of her own mind, to convince her that if she wanted plain muslin it was of no use to look at figured; and that a blue ribbon, be it ever so beautiful, would still never match her yellow pattern. At last it was all settled, even to the destination of the parcel.

`Should I send it to Mrs. Goddard's, ma'am?' asked Mrs. Ford. - `Yes - no - yes, to Mrs. Goddard's. Only my pattern gown is at Hartfield. No, you shall send it to Hartfield, if you please. But then, Mrs. Goddard will want to see it. - And I could take the pattern gown home any day. But I shall want the ribbon directly - so it had better go to Hartfield - at least the ribbon. You could make it into two parcels, Mrs. Ford, could not you?'

`It is not worth while, Harriet, to give Mrs. Ford the trouble of two parcels.'

`No more it is.'

`No trouble in the world, ma'am,' said the obliging Mrs. Ford.

`Oh! but indeed I would much rather have it only in one. Then, if you please, you shall send it all to Mrs. Goddard's - I do not know - No, I think, Miss Woodhouse, I may just as well have it sent to Hartfield, and take it home with me at night. What do you advise?'

`That you do not give another half-second to the subject. To Hartfield, if you please, Mrs. Ford.'

`Aye, that will be much best,' said Harriet, quite satisfied, `I should not at all like to have it sent to Mrs. Goddard's.'

Voices approached the shop - or rather one voice and two ladies: Mrs. Weston and Miss Bates met them at the door.

`My dear Miss Woodhouse,' said the latter, `I am just run across to entreat the favour of you to come and sit down with us a little while, and give us your opinion of our new instrument; you and Miss Smith. How do you do, Miss Smith? - Very well I thank you. - And I begged Mrs. Weston to come with me, that I might be sure of succeeding.'

`I hope Mrs. Bates and Miss Fairfax are - '

`Very well, I am much obliged to you. My mother is delightfully well; and Jane caught no cold last night. How is Mr. Woodhouse? - I am so glad to hear such a good account. Mrs. Weston told me you were here. - Oh! then, said I, I must run across, I am sure Miss Woodhouse will allow me just to run across and entreat her to come in; my mother will be so very happy to see her - and now we are such a nice party, she cannot refuse. - ``Aye, pray do,'' said Mr. Frank Churchill, ``Miss Woodhouse's opinion of the instrument will be worth having.'' - But, said I, I shall be more sure of succeeding if one of you will go with me. - ``Oh,'' said he, ``wait half a minute, till I have finished my job;'' - For, would you believe it, Miss Woodhouse, there he is, in the most obliging manner in the world, fastening in the rivet of my mother's spectacles. - The rivet came out, you know, this morning. - So very obliging! - For my mother had no use of her spectacles - could not put them on. And, by the bye, every body ought to have two pair of spectacles; they should indeed. Jane said so. I meant to take them over to John Saunders the first thing I did, but something or other hindered me all the morning; first one thing, then another, there is no saying what, you know. At one time Patty came to say she thought the kitchen chimney wanted sweeping. Oh, said I, Patty do not come with your bad news to me. Here is the rivet of your mistress's spectacles

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