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But not long was the interval of tranquillity; for when supper was over, singing was talked of, and she had the mortification of seeing Mary, after very little entreaty, preparing to oblige the company.

Pride and Prejudiced

Chapter 18

What do talked of and oblige mean in the context? talked of means 'to speak about' but the meaning is not clear in the context. Would somebody explain? Does oblige mean 'to join' in the sentence?

Thanks in advance.

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sundarnazPride and Prejudiced

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sundarnazsinging was talked of

The people present talked of (= about) singing, i.e. it was suggested that there should be singing (as an entertainment).

sundarnazoblige the company

oblige = to do a service or favour

the company = the people present

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sundarnaz... singing was talked of, and she had the mortification of seeing Mary, after very little entreaty, preparing to oblige the company.

The idea that someone should sing [came up in the conversation](~was talked of), and she had to endure the embarrassment of seeing that, although those present had asked her to sing, but had hardly insisted on it, Mary was already about [to consent to their request](~to oblige the company).

CJ

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Thanks CJ, now I understood it completely. It makes sense now.