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Written by Nikki N
(10/18/2011 8:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not selfish, but biased., penned by Rachel G
I believe that even if Lady R had liked FW, as Mrs G had liked Wickham when she mistakenly thought he was a good person, Lady R would still have given similar advice --
I think too much is made of Lady R having some regard for rank and consequence. If Frederick had some independent means, Lady R could have found him acceptable, even if she would have liked something better for her dear Anne. The reason that FW had no independent means at all is his onw fault -- he had been extravagantly spending freely all his earlier prize money. Chap 4 does not say that lady R wanted Anne to marry a man of wealth and status (I don't think Lady R would have wanted Anne to marry a conceited, silly man of status like her father, as Anne's mother had done!) -- it says that Lady R wants Anne to marry a man of "talents and independence".
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