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What does the following converstation between Elizabeth and Wickham suggest to the...

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rosey-girl | Student, Grade 12 | Valedictorian

Posted October 3, 2013 at 1:58 AM via web

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What does the following converstation between Elizabeth and Wickham suggest to the reader about Wickham's true feelings on meeting Darcy again?

"I wonder,' said he..."whether he is likely to be in this country much longer." "I do not at all know; but I heard nothing of his going away....I hope your plans...will not be affected by his being in the neighborhood."

    "Oh no-it is not for me to be driven away by Mr. Darcy."

(Page 77 of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice)

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM (Answer #1)

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The conversation in question, from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, illuminates Wickham's true feelings about Darcy. Examining Wickham's words support the fact that he is not looking forward to meeting Darcy again. 

Many of Wickham's words are negative: not (used twice) and nothing. Through this interpretation, it does not sound like Wickham is happy about Darcy staying in the country. In fact, one can almost hear Wickham's desire for Darcy to move on. 

His concern regarding Elizabeth's plans illustrate his negative feelings towards Darcy as well. If he was fine with Darcy's presence, he would not be concerned with Elizabeth's plans being affected. This, too, illustrates that Wickham is not happy with Darcy's plans to stay. 

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