Untamed & Unabashed
Welcome to Lydia’s Bennet’s story.
If you’ve read Pride & Prejudice, you know Lydia is the youngest of the five Bennet sisters. Like her siblings she has little chance of making a good marriage. Still, Lydia is not your typical heroine. She doesn’t cry over her hopeless future. She sets about to change it, without concern to propriety or decorum. Lydia falls to the charms of Wickham when she’s sixteen. She’s certain a marriage to the handsome fellow is the beginning of her fabulous life. Wickham’s many failings reveal themselves in short order and Lydia realizes she’ll have to secure a better future for them both.
Here’s a new bit of detail from Pride & Prejudice that touches upon Lydia’s story.
In Pride and Prejudice Wickham’s father was the steward of Darcy’s father. While Wickham and Darcy never got along, the old Mr. Darcy thought well of Wickham. When Wickham’s father died, the old Darcy promised to provide for Wickham when he became of age. There was mention of a ‘living’ at the local parish when it became available. According to Darcy, Wickham declared he had no interest in becoming a clergyman and asked for $3,000 pounds to study law. Darcy hoped rather than believed Wickham to be sincere, but gave him the money all the same.
After the money was spent, Wickham tells everyone that Darcy denied him the living promised to him by Darcy’s father. Thus, he is forced to make his way in the world with barely a pence to his name.
Wickham might really believe what he says. Our memories are unreliable. If he told the same story over and over, he’s probably grown to believe it was the truth.
Elizabeth Bennet told her story in Pride and Prejudice. Now Lydia Bennet tells her side of her whirlwind marriage to Lieutenant Wickham. The youngest of five daughters with a pittance of a dowry and no hope for a good marriage, Lydia feared her life was doomed from the start. She learns how to set herself apart from her sisters and gain the attention of young men. She hones charm and flirtation to an art. Willing to take risks, she manages to acquire a substantial dowry and marries her beloved Wickham. Yet, her life remains on the brink until she gains the patronage of a wealthy Duke trapped in a loveless marriage.
“Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy and fearless.”
—quote by Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lydia could not believe the turn of her fortune. She had been trying to catch Lieutenant Wickham’s eye ever since Eliza invited him to dinner several months ago in Longbourn. While he had always been genial, his treatment of her had been that of an adult to an amusing child. Tonight, however, he finally saw her as a woman.
She was so glad she’d had spent all her dress allowance, and then some, on the newest fashion, an off-the-shoulder gown. It displayed her ample breasts sufficiently so no man could think her a child.
She laughed at her cleverness when Lieutenant Wickham’s hands rested upon her bare shoulders.
His eyes sparkled in the moonlight. “You are so breathtaking. Try as I have, I can deny my affection for you no longer.”
She opened her mouth to inquire why on earth he had ever resisted, but she lost the moment when his lips pressed upon hers calling forth passions she had hereto never known. She forgot her question, neigh, reason entirely, when his tongue parted her lips and drove inside her mouth.
More About the Author
Liza O’Connor’s favorite books are Pride & Prejudice and Douglas Adams’ four book trilogy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Go figure…
Raised in the southern mid-section of the U.S., Liza escaped to the East Coast once out of college. She’s worked as a journalist, a radio DJ, a security guard, a stock broker, a strategist, and a business solutions consultant to name a few of her many occupations. Again…go figure.
She learned to fly planes, jump out of planes, hang-glide, kayak and scuba dive, to name of few of her ‘let’s kill Liza’ moments. However, her favorite activity is to hike with her dog Jess among the shaved mountains of NJ.
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