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|Lady Anne selecting Darcy's bride?
Written by Kristi
(2/16/2004 12:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The engagement between them is of a peculiar kind, penned by Allison Jo
I think it's very reasonable to think that two sisters, sitting and gazing at their infants, might say "Wouldn't it be wonderful if they were to marry?" I have no problem believing this part of Lady Catherine's statement. However, we have no idea of whether this thought or idle wish carried on as the children grew up. It could have been just idle talk, which grew into a certainty for Lady Catherine after Lady Anne became ill and/or died.
Kathi has mentioned that as Wickham knew about the supposed engagement, and that he had no connection to Lady Catherine's family, he must have heard it from Lady Anne's. My speculation is that it could easily have been Darcy himself who informed Wickham. It seems very much in character for a young man of 10 or 12 to "complain" to a peer about something that his mother, or his aunt, wants him to do, especially if it involves marrying his sickly cousin!
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