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Written by Cathy Allen
(4/21/2013 11:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mrs G's recollections, penned by Nikki N
"...she tried to remember something of that gentleman's reputed disposition when quite a lad which might agree with it..." I think Mrs. Gardiner simply wanted to agree with the personable Mr. Wickham, whom her niece admired, so she came up with a false memory. I've done that myself. After all, Wickham himself said Mr. Darcy, Sr., was the "best of men." Darcy, Sr. must have had a good reputation among the local people. How could his son have been such a "very proud, ill-natured boy" having been raised by such a man? Remember, I'm writing about the past here, not what Darcy, Jr. may, or may not have become in the "ten or a dozen years" since.
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