The consensus of opinion
Posted by Mark on December 12, 1997 at 17:57:04:
In response to Why? (a little ahead of the schedule), written by Constanza on December 12, 1997 at 16:44:55
] I have always wonder why Wickham took Lydia with him.
This question keeps popping up here at Pemberley. The usual answer is the Wickham needed to skip town and she was stupid enough to go. Since Wickham has no moral scruples whatsoever, he wasn't above having a "companion" to take along.
There is also a continguent that feels that Wickham was also doing this to get back at Elizabeth, and/or Darcy. I am not so sure of that, myself, but many people believe it is the case.
I, myself, think that Wickham saw two tempations placed before him -- skip town, and take advantage of an extremely foolish girl. He probably took steps to combine the two into one. So he is culpable for initiating it, but Lydia is by no means innocent for stupidly going along.
I hope this helps.
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