Mr Wickham returns with a tale of bigamy and a chance to win a book; read on and find out how!
Friends, it is no secret to anyone that I am a romantic sort of fellow. Why, what is more pleasurable than a shared glance, a turn about the floor, the whispered words of affection that blossom into love.
Now, my own heart belongs to the fragrant Lydia and from the day I saw her, I had eyes for no other, but not all gentlemen are as decent as yours truly.
One need only look through the newspapers to see that that most heartless crime, bigamy, is still committed in our land. Why, I find that one wife is certainly enough wife – however would a fellow cope with the cost of ribbons for two, let alone three?
Whilst relaxing in my club lately with the newspapers, my eye was caught by a report of that most heinous offence against romance. In Portsmouth, it seems, a fellow named London was sentenced to two years in jail for the crime. Yet if the judge had had his way, prison would be the least of the punishment:
“A man, named London, at Coventry, was lately sentenced to two years solitary confinement for Bigamy. They certainly have allowed him time for repentance; but as this is an offence and growing magnitude, might it not have been wise to render the punishment proportionable terrible, and locked up his three wives with him?”
As a rogue rather than a villain, I look very darkly on such conduct. However, I would be most intrigued to know who your favourite villain or villainess might be from amongst Miss Austen’s canon, so do let me know by leaving a comment. My erstwhile chronicler, Catherine Curzon, is offering an ebook of your choice from her tales of Georgian royalty, Life in the Georgian Court, Kings of Georgian Britain or Queens of Georgian Britain, to one commentator chosen at random from my lightly creased redcoat.
As a gentleman and a husband of good morals, I shall refrain from any further comment and wish you a very happy new year!