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|There is an old Scottish saying
Written by Kathleen Glancy
(4/14/2013 10:48 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, This Wickham fellow, penned by Jim Morris
which may have spread to other parts of the UK, "One side of his mouth makes a liar out of the other." That is exactly what I thought about Wickham 50 years ago when I first read P&P, that is what I still think. He says in reply to Elizabeth's saying Darcy deserves to be publicly disgraced. "Some time or other he will be -- but it shall not be by me. Till I can forget his father, I can never defy or expose him." But he is as he says it "exposing" Darcy to a lady he met earlier that day and who might for all he knows be the biggest gossip in Meryton. And as you pointed out, he first sounded out how the local people fwlt about Darcy, though you are too kind to him by suggesting he confined his enquiries to Elizabeth's own opinion. After it emerges that she does not like Darcy Wickham says that he shares her dislike but "I believe your opinion of him would in general astonish -- and perhaps you would not express it quite so strongly anywhere else." And she helpfully tells him "I say no more here than I might say in any house in the neighbourhood, except Netherfield. He is not at all liked in Hertfordshire. Everybody is disgusted with his pride. You will not find him more favourably spoken of by any one."
And what is our clever Elizabeth's reaction to the "till I forget his father" speech. Does she notice the inconsistency, I might even call it hypocrisy, in what he says? No she doesn't. Instead "Elizabeth honoured him for such feelings, and thought him handsomer than ever as he expressed them".
I am disappointed in her.
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