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Pride and Prejudice

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Distress of circumstance

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"And she would have wondered why, without violently caring for her, he chose to elope with her at all, had she not felt certain that his flight was rendered necessary by distress of circumstances."

The phrase "distress of circumstances" most likely refers to

A

Lydia's age.

B

the Bennet family's low income.

C

Elizabeth's rejection of Wickham.

D

Wickham's loss of fortune as a result of Mr. Darcy.

E

Wickham's gambling debts.