It is a truth universally acknowledge that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife. A single man of large fortune, what a fine thing for our girls! You have no compassion for my poor nerves. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these last twenty years at least. I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine. There are very few of us who have heart enough to be really in love without encouragement. In nine cases out of ten a women had better show more affection than she feels. He may never do more than like her, if she does not help him on. Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. It is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life. The distance is nothing when one has a motive. A woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages; she must posses a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions; the improvement of her mind by extensive reading. Everything nourishes what is strong already. The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.