Pride and Prejudice

Describe the contrasting reactions of Mr and Mrs Bennet to the news that Lydia is to be married in Chapter 49.

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Mr. Bennet is mortified (as are his daughters) that it has likely been Mr. Gardiner's money that repaid Wickham's debts in an effort to coerce him to marry Lydia.

Mrs. Bennet is ecstatic and instantly jumps out of bed to make plans to order fabric for Lydia's dress and share the news with her neighbors.

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