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|Wickham, Darcy and Lady Catherine-
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(4/19/2010 8:05 a.m.)
Why does Elizabeth fail to notice the many inconsistencies in Wickham's story? Yes, he is a very attractive man, but she prides herself in being a studier of character and she has not until now been blind to the faults even of people she loves. To name only a few of these inconsistencies, Wickham:
- Says nothing until he has ascertained that Darcy is not popular in Meryton
- Alleges that the late Mr Darcy's will was imprecise, highly unlikely for a man who can afford the best lawyers
- Claims that he can never expose Darcy while he remembers his father, when he is in the middle of exposing Darcy to a girl who he met on the previous day and who may for all he knows spread the story all over Meryton
- Comes up with the statement, in connection with Georgiana, that it gives him pain to speak ill of a Darcy, which means he has been subjecting himself to unnecessary pain for much of the conversation.
- Says about Lady Catherine (but again only after Elizabeth has expressed reservations about her character, based on information Mr Collins has given inadvertently - which we may share because though we have not met her we have met Mr Collins and she chose to favour him) "She has the reputation of being remarkably sensible and clever; but I rather believe she derives part of her abilities from her rank and fortune, part from her authoritative manner, and the rest from the pride of her nephew, who chuses that every one connected with him should have an understanding of the first class." This would be a bit more convincing if we, or Elizabeth, had ever heard Darcy sing the praises of his aunt's intelligence, but he has not done any such thing.
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