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|Darcy with Wickham and Lydia
Written by Nikki N
(5/11/2013 11:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Love at second sight, penned by Jasmine D
"Darcy redeems himself by humbling himself to negotiate with Wickham to ensure Lydia’s respectability."
But Eliz fell in love with Darcy after Pemberley but BEFORE she found out about his negotiations with Wickham for Lydia. And I would describe his negotiations as very generous rather than humble. And he's described at Pemberley as always having been a liberal i.e. a generous man. His own reason given to the Gardiners for his great generosity was that he felt responsible about Wickham. When Eliz thanked him after she found out, he said "That the wish of giving happiness to you might add force to the other inducements which led me on, I shall not attempt to deny." (chap 58) -- not that he did it only for her. I like to think that, even if Wickham had run away with a girl who was not the sister of the women he loved, he would have done something to help as a matter of principle, though not as much as he did e.g. he would have assisted her family in finding her since he knew about Wickham's intimacy with mrs Younge, and advised them on how to deal with W.
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