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|Chap 50: small town gossips -- nasty!
Written by kathleen (elder)
(5/5/2013 11:10 a.m.)
Lydia marries Wickham, and the news spreads quickly. I think this paragraph is perfect at describing how small towns react to news -- spiteful old ladies, indeed!
The good news quickly spread through the house, and with proportionate speed through the neighbourhood. It was borne in the latter with decent philosophy. To be sure, it would have been more for the advantage of conversation had Miss Lydia Bennet come upon the town; or, as the happiest alternative, been secluded from the world, in some distant farm house. But there was much to be talked of in marrying her; and the good-natured wishes of her well-doing which had proceeded before from all the spiteful old ladies in Meryton, lost but little of their spirit in this change of circumstances, because with such an husband her misery was considered certain.
Good-natured wishes of Lydia's well-doing depend on her being miserable, huh? Sounds like JA knew the basics of the town gossips pretty well!
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