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Written by Carolyn
(6/13/2007 11:54 p.m.)
All Meryton seemed striving to blacken the man who, but three months before, had been almost an angel of light. He was declared to be in debt to every tradesman in the place, and his intrigues, all honoured with the title of seduction, had been extended into every tradesman's family. Everybody declared that he was the wickedest young man in the world; and everybody began to find out, that they had always distrusted the appearance of his goodness.
Meryton gossip at its best (or should it be worst?). From the moment Lydia's elopement is known, it is the subject of discussion in the house and from there the village.
"Oh! Jane," cried Elizabeth, "was there a servant belonging to it who did not know the whole story before the end of the day?" Chapter 47
JA lets us know how fast the gossip gets around the neighborhood.
The good news quickly spread through the house, and with proportionate speed through the neighbourhood. It was borne in the latter with decent philosophy. To be sure, it would have been more for the advantage of conversation had Miss Lydia Bennet come upon the town; or, as the happiest alternative, been secluded from the world, in some distant farm house. But there was much to be talked of in marrying her; and the good-natured wishes of her well-doing which had proceeded before from all the spiteful old ladies in Meryton, lost but little of their spirit in this change of circumstances, because with such an husband her misery was considered certain. Chapter 50
Of course, the more titilating ending would have been preferred. Scandal that could be talk of for years is preferred by outsiders to the actual situation. Some things never change, do they?
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