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Pride and Prejudice - Episodes 52-53

Lydia and Mr Wickham's marriage is set - but why the change of heart?

Season 1, episode 17
35 min / Published

Mrs. Gardiner sends a long reply detailing how Darcy went to London, tracked down Wickham and stopped him from abandoning Lydia and escaping to Europe, and then negotiated a deal with Wickham and presented it to Mr. Gardiner. Darcy would pay and Mr. Gardiner would take all the credit. 

The newlyweds move to the North to the dismay of Mrs Bennett.

  • pride and prejudice
  • jane austen
  • classic
Show notes

Wickham is ready to abandon Lydia. Darcy realizes that this would wreck the Bennets' reputation and totally prevent any future association he could have with them. As Mrs. Gardiner realizes, Darcy bribes Wickham in order to preserve Elizabeth's reputation, not Lydia's. He then refuses the credit out of pride and respect for Elizabeth.

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