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Written by Karen Marija
(2/15/2004 8:09 p.m.)
I have a question about Lydia that has always troubled me. Of course, her elopement was scandalous, but she does end up married with, one hopes, only a minimum of people knowing that she had run off in the first place.
So, is she now considered a "respectable" married woman? (Despite her behavior, of course.) Is the fact that she eloped first just forgotten and she's now just considered to be like every other married lady?
I realize that none of the Bennets would like to be reminded of all the circumstances of Lydia's marriage, but it seems that there's not much "punishment" (for lack of a better word) for Lydia's behavior. I know it could've turned out much worse, but it does seem strange that Lydia (and everyone) is ruined one day, and she's a respectable married woman the next.
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