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|Indeed! Lydia is provoking in the extreme...
Written by Emmy
(6/16/2007 9:45 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Quote Chapter 51, penned by Carolyn
I find it shocking, absolutely shocking that Lydia could be sooooo selfish and self-centered. Of course, this brazen behavior has only been reinforced (and essentially encouraged)her whole life by Mrs. Bennet, so she has little reason to change, but it would seem as if she should have some proper feeling, but she apparently has none!
I think Elizabeth, who is the most provoked - believing she has lost Darcy - shows what a well-bred young lady she is. She lets Wickham know she is on to him, but she doesn't ruin his reputation with either of her parents or the neighborhood (I know the latter would end up reflecting on the whole family, but STILL!) and still ends it with as much grace as possible. I would slap him in the face!!! I find it interesting how W backpedals ("there was something to that, perhaps you remember I told you from the first"...) - I suppose he knows she knows some of the truth - if not all. Yet having just received a tidy sum from Darcy, he still doesn't hesitate to bring up Kymptom --- and had she not set him to right --- and would have disparaged Darcy all over again. He really is a piece of work. There truly is no limit to his impudence!
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