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, 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.
At each stop, I’ll share a new bit of detail from Pride & Prejudice that touches upon Lydia’s story.
What is this special license Lydia intends to get?
A special license enabled a couple to marry anyplace at any time. This could only be obtained from the archbishop of Canterbury and cost a fortune (28 guineas in mid-1800).
“Lydia was Lydia still; untamed, unabashed, wild, noisy and fearless.”
—quote by Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Wickham realized the young lady he had used to make his escape was not at all the mindless twit he had first thought. In fact, Lydia Bennet seemed more like a female version of himself. Just as he used charm and good manners to obtain what he wanted, Lydia used giggles and childish behavior.
Yet, her revelations of lock picking and the planned manipulation of her mother to better her position in the family made him realize this young, beautiful girl would grow into a woman of use.
Shame she didn’t have any money. Wickham could use a wife like her. However, his improved understanding of Lydia did change his plan. He would never get her true worth selling her into the slave trade. He would be better off keeping her as his partner. She could bring him a pretty penny.
Lydia tugged on his arm. “What are you thinking?”
He leaned down and kissed her briefly. “How fortunate I am to have won your hand.”
She wiggled her fingers before him. “Which is in need of a ring.”
“In due time, my love.” Actually, a ring would be a worthy investment. Otherwise, certain gentlemen might try to steal his valuable asset away from him.
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, 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.
Here are additional Historical Novels by Liza O’Connor
A Humorous Sleuth Series: The Adventures of Xavier & Vic
The brilliant English Sleuth, Xavier Thorn, takes on a cheeky apprentice who turns out to be a young woman. Vic prefers to dress as a young man so she can live a more interesting life in the Late Victorian era. Overtime, Xavier makes her his partner in all ways.
The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.
The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.
A Right to Love — A Romantic spin off from the Adventures of Xavier & Vic. The gypsy pirate Jacko falls in love with a compromised lady of high society.
The Mesmerist — The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.
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