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|Was Darcy careless then of Georgiana's honor?
Written by Adrian
(5/11/2010 1:03 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What amazes me is that Austen had Mr Bennet so careless of, penned by AnnetteJ
After all, only a lucky chance prevented Georgiana from running off with Wickham thinking he loved her; and I doubt he would have married her until after he had wrung financial concessions from Darcy.
Lady Catherine obviously missed an item at Rosings in her advice to Lizzy about child-rearing: "What? Your father has not had you all locked into chastity belts? How remiss!"
After all, Wickham didn't invite Lydia to accompany him; she insisted in coming along when he fled. I still refuse to see how a gentleman would have thought throwing away her virginity possible in his daughter. Certainly Lizzy did not, nor did Mrs. Gardiner.
"But can you think that Lydia is so lost to everything but love of him as to consent to live with him on any other terms than marriage?"Only when her aunt asks her after the fact does Lizzy suppose Lydia capable of doing what she has done. Her explanations are all after the fact. Lizzy did not predict it any more than her father did.
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