A Small Fly
Posted by Ken on June 16, 1998 at 15:36:35:
In response to Wickham's Further Treachery, written by Roger V on June 16, 1998 at 00:18:23
] The details of Wickham's military service are rather sketchy (possibly on purpose), but if we consider possible locations at the time P&P was published, two come to mind-- the first is of course the Continent, but the second is North America, where the War of 1812 was being fought.
Well, he wouldn't have been involved in either in the militia, obviously, and the only hint we get about the Regulars as a postword is that Lydia has to apply to Lizzy for assistance whenever they move. Doesn't really suggest overseas service to me, I confess.
] By what had to be one of the most monumental blunders in American military history, cities like Baltimore were well-defended, but the capital, Washington, DC had virtually no defenses at all.
Not at all. DC was little more than L'Enfant's map & a few buildings carved out of swamp & woods, while Baltimore was one of the major ports of the country, easily a more valuable target than DC. The burning of DC was simple frustration released as vandalism. It was embarassing, but essentially meaningless over the course of the war.
] As I said in the beginning, this all is a bit of a "stretch" to be included in the RoP, but at least in American eyes, having Wickham involved in burning the Executive Mansion brings him to a new low!
I wouldn't put anything past Wickham, but this is not really his M.O. Now, if instead you had him seducing Dolley. . . (-:
- Dolley (again) Roger V 19:13:38 6/16/98 (2)
- LOL, Ken ! (nfm) Erin L 16:30:28 6/16/98 (0)
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