In Pride and Prejudice, how do we know that Lydia and Wickham's marriage is not working out?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think there is a direct statement that this marriage is failing, but when we recollect the moral and intellectual character of Lydia and Wickham, we don't have much to hope for.  Lydia is silly, flirtatious and boy crazy.  Her "eloping" with Wickham was not to get married, even though she may have foolishly thought so.  It is only for a substantial financial settlement from Darcy that Wickham agrees to make the situation right and save Lydia's reputation.  Darcy not only gives Wickham money, he also purchases Wickham a commission in the army to provide for their future.  We know that Wickham always intended to make his fortune through marriage.  He tried to pull the same tactic with Georgianna!  He lost interest in Elizabeth, and shifted his

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