Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: g CHAPTER IV. With more than usual eagerness did Catherine hasten to the Pump-room the next day, secure within herself of seeing Mr. Tilney there before the morning was over, and ready to meet him with a smile: but no smile was demanded?Mr. Tilney did not appear. Every creature in Bath, except himself, was to be seen in the room at different periods of the fashionable hours; crowds of people were every moment passing in and out, up the steps and down; people whom nobody cared about, and nobody wanted to see; and he only was absent 'What a delightful place Bath is, ' said Mrs. Allen, as they sat down near the great clock, after parading the room till they were tired; ' and how pleasant it would be if we had any acquaintance here.' This sentiment had been uttered so often in vain, that Mrs. Allen had no particular reason to hope it would be followed with more advantage now; but we are told to ' despair of nothing we would attain, ' as ' unwearied diligence our point would gam;' and the unwearied diligence with which she had every day wished for the same thing was at length to have its just reward; for hardly had she been seated ten minutes, before a lady of about her own age, who was sitting by her, and had been looking at her attentively for several minutes, addressed her with great complaisance in these words: ?'I think, madam, I cannot be mistaken; it is a long time since I had the pleasure of seeing you, but is not your name Allen ?' This question answered, as it readily was, the stranger pronounced hers to be Thorpe; and Mrs. Allen immediately recognised the features of her former schoolfellow and intimate, whom she had seen only once since their respective marriages, and that many years ago. Their joy on this meeting was very great, as well it might, since they had bee..