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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #85084: Pride and Prejudice : Mr Darcy
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    Pride and Prejudice : Mr Darcy

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    -Mr. Darcy: […] but I must be allowed to myself against the charges laid at my door. In particular, those relating to Mr. Wickham, which, if true would indeed be grievous but are wholly without and which I can only refute by laying before you his connection with my family. Mr. Wickham is the son of a very respectable man who had the management of our family estates and my own father was fond of him and held him in high . We played together as boys. After his father's early death, my father him at school and afterwards at Cambridge and hoped he would make the Church his profession. But by then, George Wickham's habits were as dissolute as his were engaging. My own excellent father died five years ago and his attachment to Mr. Wickham was, to the last, so steady that he that a valuable family living might be his as soon as it was vacant. Mr. Wickham declined any interest in the Church as a career but requested and was granted the of three thousand pounds instead of the living. He expressed an intention of studying the law. I wished rather than believed him to be .

    -Mr. Wickham: Thank you. I'm most exceedingly .

    -Mr. Darcy: All connection between us seemed now dissolved.

    -Mr. Wickham: Georgiana.

    -Mr. Darcy: Being now free from all , his life was one of idleness and dissipation. How he lived I know not but last summer our paths again under the most painful circumstances which I, myself, would wish to forget. My sister, Georgiana, who is more than ten years my , was left to the guardianship of Colonel Fitzwilliam and myself. About a year ago she was taken from school to Ramsgate and placed in the of a Mrs Young in whose character we were most unhappily deceived. And thither also went Mr Wickham, undoubtedly by . She was persuaded to believe herself in and to consent to an elopement. She was then but fifteen years old. A day or two before the intended elopement I them unexpectedly. Unable to support the idea of grieving a whom she looked up to almost as a father, she acknowledged the whole plan to me at once. You may imagine what I felt and how I . Mr Wickham left the place immediately. Come. Mr Wickham relinquished his object, which was, of course my sister's fortune of 30 000 pounds. The secondary must have been to revenge himself of me. Had he succeeded, his would have been complete indeed. This, madame, is a faithful narrative of all my dealings with Mr Wickham.

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