In Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, when Wickham and Elizabeth first meet, what report does Wickham give Elizabeth about Darcy?

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When Elizabeth conversed with Wickham while dining at her aunt and uncle's house in Meryton, the Philipses, Wickham informed Elizabeth that he and Darcy had grown up together, that Wickham's father had been a legal consultant and confidential friend of Darcy's father. When Wickham's father died, Darcy's father promised to provide for Wickham. Hence, he became Wickham's godfather. Now deceased himself, the late Mr. Darcy intended Wickham to be the clergyman of the church, a valuable living, on the Pemberley estate. Wickham reported that Darcy gave the living to another man, saying that Wickham was extravagant and imprudent. He further argues that Darcy did it because he felt jealous of his father's fondness of Wickham.


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