Miss Elizabeth. I have struggled in vain and I can bear it no longer. These past months have been a torment. I came to Rosings with the single object of seeing you… I had to see you. I have fought against my better judgment, my family’s expectations, the inferiority of your birth by rank and circumstance. All these things I am willing to put aside and ask you to end my agony.
You must know… surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too
generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night,
and it has taught me to hope as I’d scarcely allowed myself before. If
your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once.
My affections and wishes have not changed, but one word from you will
silence me forever. If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have
to tell you: you have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I
love you. I never wish to be parted from you from this day on.