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|Wickham's motives for running off with Lydia?
Written by jeffrey
(5/14/2010 8:34 a.m.)
1) Why would Wickham, who is in desperate need of money, run off with Lydia, who is never likely to have any?
2) Would Wickham run off with Lydia for the sole purpose of sexual gratification? Darcy's intervention notwithstanding, do you think he ever meant to marry Lydia, but intended to abandon her at a later date? (This is close to my current opinion)
3) Could there be ulterior motives imputed to Wickham's decision besides the above two? (revenge? strategic? extorting a living?)
4) Does Wickham have a plan at all or did he just act on impulse, of course, with the encouragement of Lydia?
You, dear readers, have satisfied practically every question I have raised during the group read except THIS one. Be so good as to give it a go. Once I get some clarification on this single question, I'll pronounce the P&P group read supremely gratifying.
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