Lydia and Wickham’s love was romantic love. Lydia loved to flirt with charming, handsome men. Wickham was both these things, but beauty is only skin deep, and underneath that handsome face was a heart made of stone. Wickham had no respect for Lydia; he knew she was a flirt and that she would be an easy target for him.
By the end of the book you find that Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are living in Pemberley. Mr. and Mrs. Bingley live nearby in another large mansion. Lydia, in contrast, constantly needs to borrow money from her two eldest sisters. The Wickham couple ended up so that, "His affection for her soon sunk into indifference; hers lasted a little longer; and in spite of her youth and her manners, she retained all the claims to reputation which her marriage had given her."
The second theme of this book is that even if you believe you are one hundred percent sure about someone’s character, you can still be wrong. Elizabeth was sure that Darcy was an arrogant, pompous, proud man. She discovered, quite to the contrary, that he had a good heart. Also, Darcy’s pride, although too overpowering, kept him in line to always act like a gentleman. Concerning Wickham, Elizabeth thought he was a charming young man who had been done a terrible injustice by Mr. Darcy. She found that Wickham [was], on the contrary, a liar, cheater, gambler, and fornicator. Elizabeth found that her first impression of both men were completely false.
One character in this novel that the author used to make a point with was Elizabeth. Jane Austin wanted to prove that women were not just empty-headed dolls who were only in search of rich husbands. Elizabeth wanted to get married for love, not money. She was smart, and did not approve of women who portrayed themselves falsely, or who flaunted themselves before the men. Lydia is the prime example of the kind of girl that Elizabeth disliked.
Another example is that pride or prejudice is only good to a certain point. Mr. Darcy’s pride made him do the right things, for he did not want to be talked bad about. However, in most cases, he let his pride make him think that he was better than everyone else. Elizabeth’s prejudice allowed her to see past outward show, and in to people’s true personalities. She was decieved, though, when it came to Wickham and Darcy. Elizabeth’s first encounter with Darcy, when he said that she was not pretty, left her with hurt pride. She believed herself to be an indifferent judge of character, but that incident left her prejudiced against Darcy. Wickham was young and attractive, which made her more prejudiced against Darcy, and to take Wickham’s side.