BMHS AP Literature: Lydia and Wickham
She doesn't learn her lesson about Wickham, returning to Longbourn with the Yes, Lydia is impulsive and kind of moronic and generally a big drain on her family. "come out," meaning show themselves off in public as eligible for marriage. Pride and Prejudice is an romantic novel by Jane Austen. It charts the emotional development of protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, who Mr. Collins proposes to Elizabeth, who rejects him, to the fury of her mother and the relief of her father. .. The Bennets' marriage is one such example that the youngest Bennet, Lydia. Pride and Prejudice discussion I know that Lydia and Georgiana were about the same age when Wickham tried his eloping thing .. Lydia's company would likely get old quick. .. He also could have heard rumors about their relationship.
Bennet did not take it upon himself to properly raise her, so she was allowed into society far earlier than what would be deemed appropriate—as usually the younger sisters don't have their come-out before the elder are married.
Bingley's arrival in Hertfordshire does not excite Lydia as it does for other female members of her family; her excitement lying more toward officers than gentlemen. She became acquainted with Mr. Wickham while he stayed in Hertfordshire, but didn't show any particular interest in him. She somehow managed to browbeat Mr. Bingley into hosting a private ball at Netherfield Park and was ecstatic that it would include officers. Travels and elopement Mr.
Bennet allows Lydia to travel to Brighton with Colonel and Mrs.
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Forstermuch to Elizabeth's disapproval and dismay. However, Colonel Forster later finds out that Wickham was running away to avoid his gambling debts, and led Lydia to believe they were going to Gretna. It is obvious to the rest of her family that Wickham never intends to marry her, but she is always under the impression that he does intend to do so. They're shocked later when Mrs. Gardinerwrites back and says he has found Lydia and Wickham, and they will marry soon. Bennet and Elizabeth are shocked that Wickham is marrying her for so little, and deduce that Mr.
Gardiner paid Wickham's debts and bribed him to marry Lydia. Marriage "Well, mamma, what do you think of my husband? Is not he a charming man? I am sure my sisters all envy me. I only hope they may have half my good luck. They must all go to Brighton. That is the place to get husbands.
What a pity it is, mamma, that we did not all go. Bennet, with her sisters within hearing  Lydia returned home, as insufferable as before. She gloated incessantly about her status as a married woman, and even told her eldest sister that she was more important due to her marriage.
She wished to visit the ladies in town, including Lady Lucas and Mrs. Phillipsto gloat about her marriage. In such behavior, she is like her mother, who only ever obsesses about marrying her daughters off, regardless of the circumstances under which it happens. While gloating to Elizabeth about her marriage, she carelessly mentioned that Mr. Darcy was at her wedding, even though she was supposed to keep it a secret.
Elizabeth later found out that Darcy was the one who found the couple, and offered to take Lydia home without creating a scandal. Lydia, unapologetic, refused to leave Wickham, so Darcy instead bribed Wickham by paying off his debts and getting him a commission in a northern regiment so he would marry Lydia. The move saved the Bennet family from disgrace. Their relationship begins quite abruptly and with little forethought, very similar to Lydia's personality.
She is a flirtatious and outgoing young girl who does not have much foresight to the consequences of her actions. Running away with Wickham is one of the worst ideas she has ever had, due to it ruining her family's reputation but she sees it all as a good joke. It is also indicated to Elizabeth, that "W. Wickham never intended to go there, or to marry Lydia at all. Most of the events surrounding this relationship are passed via gossip of other characters.
By doing this, Austen gives this marriage an air of mystery, as well as allowing the reader to feel the same stressful unknowing felt by the Bennets. After Wickham and Lydia are found, they end up marrying even though it never seemed possible. Wickham was not a wealthy man and he was only promised five thousand a year when he married Lydia. Elizabeth knows that this is not enough but cannot deduce what changed Wickham's mind. Throughout all of the issues of marriage, Lydia remains blissfully ignorant to all of the trouble she has caused for her family and friends.
When she arrives home, she declares that "I am sure my sisters must all envy me.
I hope they may have half my good luck. Due to this being one of the only times the opinion of this marriage is given by Lydia herself, it confirms her flirtatious, ignorant, and simple-minded nature. This relationship is resolved in the book without indication of how it was done.
At this point, the reader is seeing from Elizabeth's point of view, and are therefore just as ignorant as she as to how Wickham was persuaded to marry Lydia. After their wedding, Lydia lets it slip that Mr.