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Written by Katy B
(6/11/2007 2:05 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Lydia and Wickham's elopment is a puzzle to me..., penned by Lila
I agree with what Tracy W says. Wickham makes poor, short-term decisions, based on immediate gratification. He wants to have sex with Lydia and it is very clear that he won't have much trouble succeeding, especially if he gives her a line - how many men do this, telling a girl they love her just to get her into bed?? It's a timeless habit, and one that often succeeds even today. He could have told her he loved her, even if he didn't specifically ask her to marry him - alluding to it would be enough for her. (Remember that Willoughby never proposed to Marianne in S&S either, but she assumed there was more to their relationship - excuse the reference to another novel).
Some have speculated that Wickham realizes Darcy is in love with Elizabeth and he seduces Lydia to get back at him as well as to blackmail him, but I don't think so. I think it was just a typical case of an irresponsible guy wanting to have sex with any girl who would throw herself at him. And we know he was a smooth talker! ;-)
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