Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

3) Why does Darcy dislike Wickham?

Darcy has long seen Wickham to be selfish and unscrupulous, characterized by “vicious propensities.” In particular, Darcy detests Wickham because after Darcy refused to give Wickham money, Wickham seduced Darcy’s fifteen-year-old sister and planned to elope with her in order to get his hands on her fortune. Although Darcy has never made this story public in order to protect his sister’s reputation, he knows that Wickham has a history of predatory behavior.