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|Possibly Wickham was totally without funds ??
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/13/2004 8:15 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Why take Lydia to London?, penned by Mandy N
I believe Wickham had to leave the regiment over debts (especially the gambling debts, I imagine). He needed to go somewhere where he could hide out, and London was a good place for that -- he came to the regiment originally from London, so he might know people there who can help him hide.
He may have taken Lydia along for a couple of reasons: (1) she was a companion who would tell him how wonderful he was (a boost to his bruised ego); (2) she was an energetic young female who didn't seem to have high moral standards, and he could have some fun while he was running & hiding; (3) she had some spending money, and she could provide the funds for the trip.
If his financial straits were as dire as it seems, he might not have been able to afford the trip to London without "borrowing" from some kind friend. By this time all the other officers have probably loaned him as much money as they care to, and he then decided to ask Lydia. He figured that the only way to get the money from her would be to promise her an adventure (including marriage).
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