P&P: Behind the Scenes – Lydia Goes to Brighton — 13 Comments

  1. Well! It is hardly surprising that Lyd[a was able to run away with Wickham. She was positively encouraged. But how her parents could consider a 17 year old a sufficient guardian is beyond me. However I think that Lydia would have found a way to do as she pleased regardless. I would say that she was lucky that Darcy thought so much of Elizabeth that he was determined to solve the problem although I would not envy her being married to such a man. Thanks for the post – it is nice to have these extra chapters.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Glynis. I think Mr. Bennet trusted to Colonel Forster’s good sense to keep Lydia in line, rather than his young wife – but we know that was poor judgement on his part!

  3. I was in Brighton this summer and the descriptions in the story are fascinating. It is nice to be able to envision the setting with a bit of knowledge of the area.

    • Kristine, how lucky! It would be fun to look around at buildings Lydia would have seen. The Pavilion hadn’t been built yet in its present “Indian” form, I know.

  4. Lydia is turning into a replica of her mother. Very unfortunate. Somehow, Brighton is not the place for Lydia, especially in the company of Harriet. Unfortunately, Harriet is as bad as Lydia and with her married to the Colonel, she’s worse. What a disaster! Two twits in a town filled with soldiers.

    • “Two twits in a town filled with soldiers.”

      Exactly!! Well phrased, Carol!! 🙂

      Lydia is just…so…Lydia. I wasn’t sure that there was anyone as vacuous as she, but Harriet Forster may indeed win the prize.

      Susanne 🙂

  5. The most dangerous thing about Harriet Forster is that she has the freedom of a married woman, with no more sense than Lydia. What a friend for Lydia to have – like gunpowder!

  6. I believe Mr. Bennet said “…she (Lydia) is luckily too poor to be an object of prey to anybody.” What a naïve and thoroughly lazy man! Not to consider (and all fathers must KNOW this) that there is more than one reason a man might pay attention to a girl, much less to one who throws herself at any man who looks her way.

    I was always wondering how Harriet “captured” the attentions of Col. Foster. Did she have a dowry to significance? Or did he truly love her? That is another story out there. She certainly was not to be trusted to chaperon any girl of only 15/16 years of age.

  7. Well, Lydia and Harriett Foster are two peas in a pod. No wonder Lydia found it so easy to run off with Wickham. Mr. Bennet put his trust in the wrong person, but we already knew that. The man positively had his head in the sand. How could anyone trust a married child of 17 to chaperone a child of 16. And doesn’t Bennet realize there are things other than a dowry that will attract a man….a girl who throws herself at one and is loose? So true to character and so believable.

  8. I agree with Sheila – the story of the Forsters’ courtship and marriage would make an interesting challenge for a writer. The fact that Colonel Forster chose to marry such an airhead shows his own lack of good judgment. After the war ended and the militia disbanded, who knows what the Forsters’ marriage would be like.

    Diana, you do such a brilliant job of describing Lydia’s thinking – please tell me you do not have an inner Lydia!! XD

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