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|CH. 35 Letter & Elopement...
Written by Moni
(5/29/2007 6:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Ramsgate (long), penned by JulieW
"...About a year ago she was taken from school, and an establishment formed for her in London; and last summer she went with the lady who presided over it to Ramsgate; and thither also went Mr. Wickham, undoubtedly by design;..."
The post on Ramsgate was so interesting! This would have been a summer holiday kind of stay, wouldn't it? Then Wickham met them there, specifically with an intent to be with Georgiana?
"...for there proved to have been a prior acquaintance between him and Mrs. Younge, in whose character we were most unhappily deceived; and by her connivance and aid, he so far recommended himself to Georgiana,..."
Is it right to think Wickham knew this older woman well, and visited her and found out about Georgiana (outside Georgiana's knowledge), and sought to be with them both, for the reasons he must have discussed previously with the older woman? Would Georgiana have seen Wickham in London, or just have seen him for the first time at Ramsgate as an "interesting co-incidence"? Is that what the conniving part refers to? Did Wickham and Mrs Younge plan this over a time period, or would it have just sprung out of the holiday?
"...whose affectionate heart retained a strong impression of his kindness to her as a child, that she was persuaded to believe herself in love, and to consent to an elopement..."
If Georgiana was "persuaded" to believe herself in love, that time in Ramsgate would have been overwhelming for a girl of her age, with her supposedly trustworthy caretaker. And Darcy did have every reason to believe she was safe, now that it can be seen what Ramsgate was like. It says in the notes on Ramsgate that it was handy to France -- would this have been where Wickham planned to take Georgiana, by boat?
"...She was then but fifteen, which must be her excuse; and after stating her imprudence, I am happy to add that I owed the knowledge of it to herself..."
I have always liked it that Darcy doesn't blame Georgiana for this occurence! Good form, indeed!
"...I joined them unexpectedly a day or two before the intended elopement, and then Georgiana, unable to support the idea of grieving and offending a brother whom she almost looked up to as a father, acknowledged the whole to me..."
Darcy would not have known before he arrived at Ramsgate, would he? It was just co-incidence he happened to be going there to see her on holiday, wasn't it?
"...You may imagine what I felt and how I acted. Regard for my sister's credit and feelings prevented any public exposure; but I wrote to Mr. Wickham, who left the place immediately, and Mrs. Younge was of course removed from her charge..."
If Darcy wrote to Mr Wickham, this would have been a short message sent to his lodgings within the town of Ramsgate, wouldn't it? And after discharging Mrs Younge, Darcy would have taken Georgiana home, wouldn't he?
"...Mr. Wickham's chief object was unquestionably my sister's fortune, which is thirty thousand pounds; but I cannot help supposing that the hope of revenging himself on me was a strong inducement. His revenge would have been complete indeed..."
Finally, (sorry for sounding clueless), if Wickham had taken her to France (?) and they had in effect been married/successfully eloped, does anyone know if Darcy could have stopped Wickham/Georgiana at that point, as he and Col. are her legal guardians? Or would all have been lost?
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