Pride and Prejudice

by: Jane Austen

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

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.