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|Wickham has a tendency to make short-term decisions
Written by Tracy W
(6/10/2007 5:46 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lydia and Wickham's elopment is a puzzle to me..., penned by Lila
For example, we know from Darcy's letter says that Wickham spent 4,000 pounds in about three years without acquiring a law degree in return, which doesn't indicate long-term thinking. He's also run up debts in Lambton (which Darcy paid). When Darcy refused to give Wickham the living Wickham apparently abused Darcy, while a more calculating man would consider that Darcy might have been persuaded to assist his late father's favourite in some other way.
So it's not surprising that Wickham runs off with Lydia at the cost of harming his long-term interests. He's made similar bad decisions before.
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