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Falsehood as a vibration in life has its own consequences. The general atmosphere of society in this story is one of frankness, truthfulness and a lack of organized negativity. It is one in which truthfulness as a value is honored and maintained. That is the basis for the society’s prosperity, culture, and harmony. Wickham is the main exception. He comes from the lowest rung of society depicted in the story.

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  1. Darcy’s concealment of Jane’s presence in London
  2. Wickham and Darcy both consciously employ falsehood, though of very different degrees. Darcy conceals Jane’s presence in London from Bingley. Wickham deceives Eliza about Darcy. Darcy kept Bingley apart from the woman he wanted by false means. Darcy is abused by Eliza for that ruse and is kept apart from Eliza by Wickham’s falsehood. Darcy’s concealment from Bingley of Jane’s presence in London is in his own mind a falsehood. Even after he learned from Eliza that Jane really does love Bingley, he conceals the fact from Bingley until after Lydia has been married. Wickham is a false character, so his falsehood can go undetected for a long time before it is exposed. But Darcy is one whose ideal is truthfulness. Therefore, his falsehood is exposed by Fitzwilliam. Bingley wants Jane, and Darcy uses a false concealment to separate Jane and Bingley. Darcy wants Elizabeth, but Fitzwilliam reveals to her the truth about Darcy’s act, which has the result of separating Darcy from Elizabeth. The force of his falsehood comes back as a truth against him.

  3. Wickham lures Lydia to London on false pretenses
  4. Wickham ends up getting his debts paid and marrying Lydia. If he had been honest with Lydia, his debts may not have been paid! Wickham may be one who can still progress by false means.

    How might life have been different for Wickham had he been honest with Eliza about Darcy? If she had known the truth, Eliza would have admired Darcy and may have accepted his initial marriage proposal. Both Eliza and Darcy would have admired Wickham’s frankness and reformed character, felt grateful to him for helping bring them together, and welcomed him to Pemberley after their marriage as they did the Gardiners. They would have welcomed and supported Wickham’s marriage to Lydia and elevated him to status of a true brother-in-law.

  5. Consequences of Elizabeth’s small falsehoods
  6. The capacity to believe false information from life is an external reflection of the vibration of falsehood inside, whether it expresses as a capacity to deceive others or a capacity for self-deception. After Lady Catherine departs from Longbourn in a huff, Eliza resorts to a small falsehood in concealing the purpose of her visit from Mrs. Bennet. Her capacity for small falsehood leads her on the long, painful path to accomplishment. Because she has the inner capacity, she is fooled by the falsehood of Wickham into rejecting the very person she will later marry. Falsehood makes us so vulnerable. Suppose Eliza had been incapable of lying, invulnerable to falsehood. She would not have responded to Wickham. She would not have rudely accused and abused Darcy. Her marriage to Darcy, which occurred after much time and suffering, could have been quickly arranged after his letter to her at Rosings clarifying his actions.

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