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Lydia's elopement with Wickham is a cause for concern especially as no trace can be found of them once they arrive in London

Season 1, episode 15
37 min / Published

Elizabeth knows from Darcy's story that Wickham has no morals and is therefore capable of anything. Only marriage can save Lydia's reputation, and that of her entire family.

However Mrs. Bennet, who always tries to keep herself in the right, places the blame firmly on Colonel Foster rather than herself. She is just as superficial and frivolous as ever: how can she worry about dresses at a time like this?


  • pride and prejudice
  • jane austen
  • novel
  • classic
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Poor Lydia, unaware of the faults of Mr Wickham she has allowed herself to be taken in by his charms. He proposes marriage and eloping to Gretna Green. However their trail goes cold once they reach London. Mr bennet tries in vain to find them. The Bennet family are beside themselves with worry both for Lydia but also for the reputation of the family. Mrs Bennett is adamant that once Lydia is found that she consult with her immediately about what style of wedding dress Lydia should wear!

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