Posted by LauraN on November 23, 1997 at 19:16:15:
In response to Wickham on Darcy and Lady C (1940 P&P0 spoiler), written by Carolyn B on November 23, 1997 at 11:45:24
] Also why does Wickham make a point of noting that Darcy does do good things (charity, hospitality, etc.) even if he goes on to say that Darcy is only motivated by pride?
I could be wrong (I often am :-), but my interpretation is that Wickham is "covering his bases," so that if Lizzie sees or hears about Mr. Darcy doing good things, she won't think Wickham has lied (which she might if he told her that Mr. Darcy never does good) - she'll just attribute it to Mr. Darcy's pride, which is exactly what Wickham wants her to think. That way, Lizzie wouldn't have second thoughts about Wickham, and think that perhaps he has lied about other things too...
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