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Re: Lydia and Kitty at the Netherfield Ball

April 27, 2022 02:42AM
Late to the party on this one but I don't believe Austen mentions a specific infraction on the party of Kitty and Lydia at this event (a quick perusal of the chapter confirms it, aside from Lydia loudly yawning and exclaiming at the end of the night). Instead, I believe we are supposed to infer what their behavior was from how they've behaved up to that point: boldly, rashly, and without thought or concern for others.

Lydia, after all, practically initiated the ball with her nearly inviting the family over at the close of their visit to Netherfield in Chapter 9, and openly talks of convincing another man to do so. She and Kitty both chase after the officers in Chapter 6 at the Lucas' party, or at least get them dancing. We actually do see in Chapter 18 that Lydia makes a beeline for the officers as she approaches Denny to learn about Mr. Wickham's absence: he doesn't go to her first, she goes to him.

So in everything she does, there's a certain willfulness and desire to do as she pleases/get what she wants regardless of whose house she is in or what the situation dictates. We know Kitty tends to follow her sister in this behavior (if not so rash herself, happy to go along with it). Honestly, Darcy probably thinks neither of them should be "out" yet (and he may be right) and that if they are, they should at least be chaperoned better, sticking to their party more and obeying more etiquette.
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