Why does Mrs. Gardiner think Wickham is an unsuitable match for her niece?

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Mrs. Gardiner, the aunt of Elizabeth, does not see Wickham as being a suitable match for her niece. This is mostly because of the times that they lived in. As much as Elizabeth saw love as a desirable part of marriage, Mrs. Gardiner saw marriage as many of that time did; as a practical institution. Therefore, because she knew that Wickham could not afford to marry Elizabeth, Mrs. Gardiner suggested to Elizabeth that it might be best if she were to discourage him from coming to visit so often.