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|re Mrs Gardiner's letter
Written by Nikki N
(5/9/2013 12:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, How did Darcy keep Wickham from leaving London?, penned by Stacey GC
The explanation in Mrs G's letter -- chap 52 --
"Mr. Darcy asked him why he had not married your sister at once? Though Mr. Bennet was not imagined to be very rich, he would have been able to do something for him, and his situation must have been benefited by marriage. But he found, in reply to this question, that Wickham still cherished the hope of more effectually making his fortune by marriage in some other country. Under such circumstances, however, he was not likely to be proof against the temptation of immediate relief. ....
......His debts are to be paid, amounting, I believe, to considerably more than a thousand pounds, another thousand in addition to her own settled upon her, and his commission purchased."(altogether about 3,000 pounds). Mr Bennet was also asked -- re Mr G's letter in chap 49 --
"to assure to your daughter, by settlement, her equal share of the five thousand pounds secured among your children after the decease of yourself and my sister; and, moreover, to enter into an engagement of allowing her, during your life, one hundred pounds per annum."
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