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|Wicham's wildness and gossip
Written by Bridget D
(5/16/2010 7:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, First, ..., penned by gianni
I think that it is quite clear from the tone of what Austen as ON says that the gossip was wildly exaggerated - that Wickham from being an "angel of light" was now suddenly in the opinion of Meryton's gossips a "bad guy" and a real monster - it is a clear indication of how silly gossipy people are often inclined to change their opinions wildly.. and ELizabeth clearly indicates that she does not beleive half of what is said....
Problaby Wickham left town owing some money to tradesmen, but they had problably originally written it off as not abnormal gentry behavour from young and wild men of that class... and Meryton's genty would problaby have not seen it as all that extraordinary either....not admirable but common enough...
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