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Written by Heather Leigh
(4/27/2010 4:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How so? how can it affect them?, penned by Stephanie
I think Lizzie indulges in a bit of a double standard here - you're right that she's being inconsistent when she judges Charlotte harshly for marrying for $$, then defends Wickham's efforts to do the same.
She seems to hold Charlotte to a higher standard of delicacy and judgment -that a woman should marry a man who's not just financially sound but ALSO attractive, sensible, and personable. A woman who doesn't adhere to this higher standard "cannot have a proper way of thinking" (Ch 24).
While it's acceptable for Wickham, as a man, to court an undistinguished, plain, or bad-tempered girl just for her fortune. And other girls will even feel sorry for him, instead of criticizing him for it. (This male behavior is excused in most of the other novels, too - Persuasion, S&S, Emma)
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