“It could not be otherwise.
«Do you dare say this?» cried Mr. Knightley. «Do you dare to suppose me so great a blockhead, as not to know what a man is talking of?—What do you deserve?»
«Oh! I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other; and, therefore, you must give me a plain, direct answer.
Are you quite sure that you understand the terms on which Mr. Martin and Harriet now are?»
«I am quite sure,» he replied, speaking very distinctly, «that he told me she had accepted him; and that there was no obscurity, nothing doubtful, in the words he used; and I think I can give you a proof that it must be so.”