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He'd been good for over a year

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Lydia turns up, distraught, at the gates of Pemberley, begging for help for Wickham.

“He fell from his horse in the rain, and has a fever.”

Elizabeth doesn’t need to look at her husband, they expected something like this.

They drop Lydia at Longbourne and continue on alone.

They find George smug but bruised in a shabby cottage near Coventry. Very little sign of fever.

“Come on, Darcy,” George cajoles, “I’ve been good for over a year. And it was a very painful fall.”

“George.”

“We’ve come all this way,” Elizabeth puts in.

“A good tupping cures so many ills.”