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|Gossip and Wickham...
Written by Bridget D
(5/15/2010 9:10 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, What did "everyone" actually know about W.?, penned by Kathi
because Austen is satirising small town gossip and how unreliable it is. Meryton gossip at the beginning of teh novel made out that Bingley had 5 sisters... he only had 2. Wickham was held to be a charming angelic young man - he wasn't... but when it was revealed that he had behaved so badly and seduced a young lady, suddenly everyone changed their minds and they were all talking about how bad he was, and how he had apparently seduced every tradesman's daughter in the town...
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