Pride and Prejudice Notes on Elopement and its Aftermath

These are notes I did for my Pride and Prejudice controlled assessment but I thought they'd be useful for the summer exams as well. I wrote these just when I had started the GCSE course so they're not my best. But they can't be too bad as I did get 29/30 for my essay :) 

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Lydia and Wickham's elopement and its aftermath

Before the elopement

The build-up before the elopement contains the gradual improvement in the relationship of Elizabeth
and Darcy. When Elizabeth rejected Darcy, she was blinded by prejudice but soon after, when she
was given the letter which explained his actions; she went…

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Jane's second letter

The second letter tells the deterioration of the situation since the last one. Denny, one of the officers
informs Colonel Forster that Wickham has no intention of marrying. The couple are presumably
staying in London. A marriage between the eloped couple now seems unlikely which would create…

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"He seemed to scarcely hear her, walking up and down the room in earnest
meditation."
Elizabeth misunderstood this gesture and thought it was a sign that her power was
sinking, that he must not love her anymore but it could be argued that he was
actually thinking of ways the…

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After failing as a father to Lydia, it seemed as if he would right his faults because he would
be moved by such a tremendous event. However, this doesn't happen as he easily gives up
and lazily hands over the tedious task to his brother. He is impatient and can't…

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previous letter. Mr Bennet had caught on to this earlier on as soon as the second letter
arrived and the happy news of the soon-to-be-married couple adds further suspicion.
Colonel Forster and his wife may contribute to the payment because they may be feeling
guilty for not looking after Lydia…

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Lydia's wedding

The reactions on Lydia's marriage:

Mrs Bennet: "How I long to see her! And to see dear Wickham too! But the clothes, the
wedding clothes!"
Mrs Bennet is completely insensitive to the fact that the Lydia had caused everyone so many
problems due to her disgraceful behaviour. She…

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Lydia talks about her wedding to Elizabeth which reinforces her stupidity:
"I was so afraid you know that something would happen to put it off, and then I
should have gone quite distracted."
"My aunt, all the time I was dressing, preaching and talking away just as if she
was…

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