A long dispute follows this declaration, but you stand firm; it soon leads to another, when you refuse to advance a guinea to buy wedding clothes for your daughter. You protest that she should receive from you no mark of affection whatever on the occasion. Mrs Bennet shrieks repeatedly, as if she can hardly comprehend it. She is, of course, more concerned about the disgrace which the want of new clothes must reflect on her daughter's nuptials, than to any sense of shame at her eloping and living with Wickham a fortnight before they took place.
You then receive a reply from Mr Gardiner, informing you that Mr Wickham has resolved on quitting the Militia and intends to go into the regulars. He has the promise of an ensigncy in General ----'s regiment, now quartered in the North, and will be travelling there shortly. Apparently Lydia is very desirous of seeing you all, before she leaves the South.
At first you refuse this impertinent request outright. But Jane and Elizabeth urge you so earnestly, yet so rationally and so mildly, to receive Lydia and her husband at Longbourn as soon as they are married, that you are prevailed on to think as they think, and act as they wish. And their mother has the satisfaction of knowing that she should be able to shew her married daughter in the neighbourhood, before she is banished to the North.
You therefore give permission for them to come; and it is settled that, as soon as the ceremony is over, they should proceed to Longbourn.
End of Chapter 11.
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