was endured by the rest, by the right of a disposition18 which not even innocence19 could keep from suffering. She was nearly fainting: all her former habitual20 dread21 of her uncle was returning, and with it compassion22 for him and for almost every one of the party on the development before him, with solicitude23 on Edmund’s account indescribable. She had found a seat, where in excessive trembling she was enduring all these fearful thoughts, while the other three, no longer under any restraint, were giving vent24 to their feelings of vexation, lamenting25 over such an unlooked-for premature26 arrival as a most untoward27 event, and without mercy wishing poor Sir Thomas had been twice as long on his passage, or were still in Antigua.
The Crawfords were more warm on the subject than Mr. Yates, from better understanding the family, and judging more clearly of the mischief28 that must ensue. The ruin of the play was to them a certainty: they felt the total destruction of the scheme to be inevitably29 at hand; while Mr. Yates considered it only as a temporary interruption, a disaster for the evening, and could even suggest the possibility of the rehearsal30 being renewed after tea, when the bustle31 of receiving Sir Thomas were over, and he might be at leisure to be amused by it. The Crawfords laughed at the idea; and having soon agreed on the propriety32 of their walking quietly home and leaving the family to themselves, proposed Mr. Yates’s accompanying them and spending the evening at the Parsonage. But Mr. Yates, having never been with those who thought much of parental33 claims, or family confidence, could not perceive that anything of the kind was necessary; and therefore, thanking them, said, “he preferred remaining where he was, that he might pay his respects to the old gentleman handsomely since he was come; and besides, he did not think it would be fair by the others to have everybody run away.”