Pride and Prejudice

Describe the irony revealed in the discussion which Elizabeth shares with her aunt and which relates to Wickham

Chapter 27 pages 112-113

what point is the author trying to make

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It is interesting that while Mrs. Collins calls Wickham a "mercenary" for seeking out a wealthy Ms. King, Elizabeth defends him calling him "prudent". This is coming from Elizabeth who swears to love not because of wealth and status.