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|Chap 52: Lydia is Lydia still redux :-)
Written by kathleen (elder)
(5/6/2013 9:28 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Chap 51: Lydia was Lydia still, penned by kathleen (elder)
Mrs Gardiner's letter to Elizabeth reveals that Lydia was no different just prior to the wedding than she was when she arrived at Longbourn afterwards.
Lydia came to us; and Wickham had constant admission to the house. He was exactly what he had been when I knew him in Hertfordshire; but I would not tell you how little I was satisfied with her behaviour while she staid with us, if I had not perceived, by Jane's letter last Wednesday, that her conduct on coming home was exactly of a piece with it, and therefore what I now tell you can give you no fresh pain. I talked to her repeatedly in the most serious manner, representing to her all the wickedness of what she had done and all the unhappiness she had brought on her family. If she heard me, it was by good luck, for I am sure she did not listen. I was sometimes quite provoked, but then I recollected my dear Elizabeth and Jane, and for their sakes had patience with her.
I often think of Lydia as a very small child (or possibly a puppy!), someone who only thinks of her own pleasures w/o paying any heed to anybody else. I shudder to think of what might become of her children, a passle of little Lydias & Georges!
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