In Pride and Prejudice, what is Mr. Wickham's motivation, especially toward Lizzy, and how does it change through the story, if at all?

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Mr. Wickham is a greedy soldier attempting to secure his financial future through marriage. In the story, he initially pursued Elizabeth, and while she finds his company pleasant, she politely declines his advances, at which point he moves his interest to another potential spouse. He eventually runs off with Lydia, Elizabeth (Lizzy)’s much younger sister, causing a scandal.

While Lizzy thought he was relatively charming and even defended him because she believed his tale about how Mr. Darcy forced him into poverty, the scandal revealed his true colors. When a mysterious benefactor swoops in to finance the marriage and Mr. Wickham’s future, the family is saved from an extended drama, but it doesn’t undo his transgressions. Mr. Wickham was only ever interested in securing his own financial future, even when he courted...

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