You retire to the marital bed but find Mrs Bennet already there, prostrate with grief, The Poor Nerves her constant bedfellows. You beat a hasty retreat to the guest chamber. The servants bring you every thing you need - food, drink and a pile of books. Bliss!

Even better - Lydia becomes known as a fallen woman, a cloud of shame settles over Longbourn and your neighbours leave you in peace for ever more. 

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