"Well, what a pleasure to meet Alexander the Great on my morning ramble!" Lizzy exclaimed, clearly demonstrating that she had indeed been within earshot. Idiom: within earshot - close enough to be overheard. This pic - Elizabeth Bennet
Pride and Prejudice, by dokinana on deviantART. Lizzie and Mr. Darcy, from "Pride and Prejudice" - anime style! the "thinking bubble" for each character is so very accurate regarding their first impressions of each other.