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|Depends on what Wickham intended re: Lydia
Written by kathleen (elder)
(2/14/2004 10:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Wickham's flight, penned by Captain Everett
It seems that Wickham didn't actually intend to marry Lydia (according to Mr Gardiner's letter in Chapter 49). If that is true, then Wickham might not have cared what the Bennet's financial situation was -- he took Lydia along for companionship and a good time, only, and didn't expect anything else.
Based on his previous "desertion" of Elizabeth for Miss King, I think Wickham had learned that the Bennet family didn't have much fortune. He might even have learned about the entail while Mr Collins was staying at Longbourn -- certainly Mr Collins wasn't close-mouthed about it, and the Lucases may have also talked about it when Charlotte & Mr Collins became engaged.
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