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receives a letter about how Lydia and Wickham have ran away together not long after she went to Brighton and she exclaims to Mr. Darcy, “my youngest sister has left all her friends- has eloped; – has thrown herself into the power of- of Mr. Wickham. … You know him too well to doubt the rest. She has no money, no connections, nothing that can tempt him to- she is lost forever” (Austen 224). Austen has Elizabeth make a point that she has no connections or money. Good family connections and families of high status could give Wickham incentive to marry Lydia, but since the Bennet family wasn’t in that category, Lizzy not only worries for Lydia, but for herself. She barely is able to finish her thought since she is agitated by the thought of Lydia ruining the family name. Since Lydia was to spend unchaperoned time with Mr. Wickham, Lydia ruins her reputation in the eyes of society since she was alone with him and she was not yet married. Regency England had strict societal views on relationships that between two people who were not married. With the idea of Lydia ruining her own reputation by running away with Wickham, if she didn’t marry him any man with high status will ever marry her because of her tarnished reputation. If Lydia will never marry, she will have to learn to work since her father was to leave nothing for her after his death. The only hope for the Bennet sisters was to marry affluent men. With Lydia’s name being tarnished, this also ruins the Bennet name for her sisters. Their own prospects for marriage were already low, due to their relative poverty, and now since they have a sister of low moral standard seen with a man that also has low moral standards since he’s running from the regime. If the sisters were to marry once of will have to support her if she was no longer able to marry. This creates more financial burden on the Bennet household. 

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