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Pride and Prejudice Chapter 61 Quotes

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"I wish you joy. If you love Mr. Darcy half as well as I do my dear Wickham, you must be very happy. It is a great comfort to have you so rich, and when you have nothing else to do, I hope you will think of us. I am sure Wickham would like a place at court very much, and I do not think we shall have quite money enough to live upon without some help. Any place would do, of about three or four hundred a year; but however, do not speak to Mr. Darcy about it, if you had rather not.

"Yours, etc." (61.7)

Here's one reason to care about the family of the person you're marrying: they might constantly be asking for money. But here we see how important marriage is to maintaining your class status. Elizabeth is still a gentlewoman; Lydia, not so much. (If she ever was.)

Quote 2

Pemberley was now Georgiana's home; and the attachment of the sisters was exactly what Darcy had hoped to see. They were able to love each other even as well as they intended … By Elizabeth's instructions, she began to comprehend that a woman may take liberties with her husband which a brother will not always allow in a sister more than ten years younger than himself. (61.15)

This is sweet: at the end, we get a nice model of female friendship. Lizzy and Georgiana end up best friends, and Lizzy even shows Georgiana that it's okay to, you know, tease your husband a little. It turns out that women need role models just as much as men do. (Also, can we point out here that Lizzy and Georgiana are basically the same age? Georgiana is about 18 here, and Lizzy is probably 21.)

Quote 3

Kitty, to her very material advantage, spent the chief of her time with her two elder sisters. In society so superior to what she had generally known, her improvement was great. She was not of so ungovernable a temper as Lydia; and, removed from the influence of Lydia's example, she became, by proper attention and management, less irritable, less ignorant, and less insipid. From the further disadvantage of Lydia's society she was of course carefully kept, and though Mrs. Wickham frequently invited her to come and stay with her, with the promise of balls and young men, her father would never consent to her going. (61.4)

Family can drag you down, so here's a nice example of it actually lifting someone up. By spending time with the right sisters (Jane and Lizzy), Kitty becomes a little more tolerable. (But notice that she doesn't actually gain any positive character trains—just becomes "less" annoying.)

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