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|Whose authority ??
Written by Penelope
(2/6/2004 2:20 p.m.)
"This fine account of him," whispered her aunt as they walked, "is not quite consistent with his behaviour to our poor friend."
I cannot make up my mind whether Lizzy means they were deceived by the housekeeper, or deceived by Wickham. I am favouring that she means deceived by Wickham, as she knows by this stage that he has deceived people, though her aunt is unaware of this. Also, her aunt says our authority WAS too good - I would guess if she meant the housekeeper she would say our authority IS too good i.e. present tense. I cannot recall what she says in P&P2 - i.e, 'is' or 'was'.
I guess I am confused by Mrs Gardiner ascribing Mr Wickham to be a good authority, when in fact she hardly knows him or to what extent his information can be relied upon.
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