After Lizzy Bennet orders Lady Catherine de Bourgh to leave, Darcy hopes as he had scarcely ever allowed himself to hope before. Admitting to being heartily ashamed of his first proposal, he takes a chance that Elizabeth Bennet has changed her mind and will accept him now. "..."You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject for ever.'' Elizabeth, a wise woman, accepts his proposal.
Captain Wentworth hastily writes Anne Elliot a letter after overhearing her conversation with Captain Harville : "I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own, than when you almost broke it eight years and a half ago." Anne, who has never stopped loving her captain, cannot wait to tell him he is not too late.