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|Lydia and Wickham's elopment is a puzzle to me...
Written by Lila
(6/9/2007 11:44 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think you're right..., penned by Rose G
Robbin's recap of Lydia's feelings for Wickham is excellent. Following the various passages, it becomes clear that Lydia, in her immature and silly way, likes Wickham. And indeed he ultimately becomes her favorite. But I don't understand why Wickham would want to elope with Lydia. In her letter to Harriet, Lydia truly believes that Wickham intends to marry her... But for the life of me I can't figure out why he would even entertain the idea. She is silly, flighty and poor... This leads me to believe that he has told her he would marry her just to go to bed with her.
On the other hand, Wickham is young, handsome and charming. Why would he need to trick a 15 year old into going to bed with him. He could certainly go about using his charms to find the next Miss King. And if it is a one night stand he wants, why not go about it the old fashioned way?...
So I am torn between thinking Wickham did not care for Lydia and thinking that somewhere in the back of his mind, he did care for her...
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