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Written by Helen B
(6/15/2007 7:27 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Darcy as the former friend, penned by Susan L
The letter from Mr Gardiner doesn't go into specific details about any financial arrangement on his side, it just talks about what is expected of Mr Bennet. Mr Benney guesses some financial dealings must have gone on that he isn't privvy to. At the start of Chapter 50, Mr Bennet is determined to find out exactly how much money was spent to buy his daughter a husband. I think his comment about Wickham being a fool to marry Lydia for less than £10,000 is IMO speculation on his part as to how much was offered.
The comment is also IMO rather insulting to Lydia herself. It could be taken to mean that she's so lacking in other attractions that only a large sum of money could make her an attractive marriage prospect.
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