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Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/13/2004 3:57 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I always thought that too. NFM, penned by Kristi
It depends on how you read Mr Bennet's comment about Wickham: "Wickham's a fool if he takes her with a farthing less than ten thousand pounds." Mr Bennet could mean that Wickham is a fool if he marries Lydia for less than £10,000 free & clear, OR he could mean that the total paid to and on behalf of Wickham is £10,000 -- which would include paying off his debts.
It is entirely Mr Bennet's conjecture. I don't think it's clear which of these alternatives Mr Bennet actually means, and I can read it either way. Since we don't have more information about Lydia & Wickham's financial situation at this point in our reading, we don't really know how much money is actually involved anyway. :-)
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