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|Is Wickham a compulsive liar?
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(5/13/2010 3:33 p.m.)
In Chapter 52 he comes up to Elizabeth, whose 16-year old sister he ran away with and seduced into living with him unmarried. And he has to know that she is aware that he did that, though he thinks she does not know about Darcy's role in bringing about his and Lydia's marriage. Yet still he tries to tell her that he wanted nothing so much as to be a clergyman, it would have been no trouble to write sermons (and I have to say that his sermons would possibly have been more entertaining than those of Mr Collins)and the quiet and retirement of the life would have suited him. The mind boggles. He does not appear to grasp that his hehaviour has not been that of a man who ought to be a clergyman, or that the person he is addressing knows that. Clearly he is trying to find out how much she now knows about his past, but why bring up this quite unnecessary story about his alleged longing for a clerical career at Kympton? Can he not help himself?
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