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|Ch. 26: Why does Mrs. Gardiner discourage the attachment?
Written by Jasmine D
(4/23/2013 11:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chap 25: Mrs Gardiner is uneasy :-), penned by kathleen (elder)
Why does Mrs. Gardiner discourage the attachment between Elizabeth and Wickham?
She has nothing against him personally. She calls him "a most interesting young man". I think she finds him amiable and agreeable. However, she cautions Elizabeth against becoming to attached to Wickham. She says, "Do not involve yourself or endeavour to involve him in an affection which the want of fortune would make so very imprudent."
Is it just because both Elizabeth and Wickham lack fortune? Or does something about Wickham make her uneasy? In a previous chapter, Mr. Bennet told Elizabeth that Wickham would most likely jilt her. He meant it in jest, but is there something in Wickham's easy-going manner that makes him seem like that sort of man?
On a side note, Elizabeth's reception of her aunt's warning and advice is very commendable. She does not take offense, and instead watches her heart and affection.
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