Discussion Questions for Group 3: AC, KG, and AT
1. When Elizabeth gets the letter from Jane revealing that Lydia has run away with Wickham, she is very distraught and unexpectedly lets herself get upset in front of Darcy. Darcy takes the blame for it, stating, “What I consider…is that I might have prevented it! I who knew what he was…But it is all, all too late now” (Vol. III CH 4).
What might this confrontation reveal about Darcy and Elizabeth’s relationship now compared to what it was before his marriage proposal?
2. In Volume III Chapter 6, Mr. Collins has wrote Mr. Bennet a letter after hearing news about Lydia and Wickham running away. In the letter he states, “The death of your daughter would have been a blessing in comparison to this” (Vol. III CH 6).
Why does Mr. Collins firmly believe that if Lydia were to die, it would be better than her running away with a military man and eloping? What might Mr. Collins be saying about the Bennet family’s reputation, as well as his own?
3. At the beginning of Chapter 10, Elizabeth receives a letter back from her aunt, Mrs. Gardiner, explaining why and how Darcy was involved in Lydia and Wickham’s wedding. She reveals to Elizabeth that Darcy left Pemberley only one day after she and her husband did and had intentions of finding Wickham and Lydia himself. Mrs. Gardiner states, “He called it , therefore, his duty to step forward, and endeavour to remedy an evil which had been brought on by himself” (Vol. III CH 10).
Why do you think Darcy has stepped up and taken Elizabeth’s personal family matters upon himself?