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Written by Heather Leigh
(4/27/2010 4:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't think physical attractiveness was much of a factor, penned by Connie
"Kitty and Lydia take his defection much more to heart than I do. They are young in the ways of the world, and not yet open to the mortifying conviction that handsome young men must have something to live on as well as the plain."
I think Wickham's handsome looks are very important, maybe the most important thing about him; his looks are one of his main social assets and also as we see here they shape how others judge his actions.
The younger girls seem to think that Wickham, as a handsome young man, should be romantic and follow his heart regardless of financial considerations; Lizzie striking a more worldly tone seems to say that handsome young men should not be held to a standard higher than the pragmatic one expected of plain men.
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