These two spoiled and hoydenish women acted on impulse, defying society's strictures, but neither fared well in the end. This week's throwdown asks you to decide: which lady received just punishment for her unconventional actions? Maria Rushworth (née Bertram) or Lydia Wickham (née Bennet)?
Maria Rushworth (née Bertram), Mansfield Park
Even married she could not leave well enough alone, craving Henry Crawford's affections. While he merely dallied with her, Maria gambled all - her reputation, marriage, and standing in the family - to be with him. As a reward for a few moments of dubious bliss, she was condemned to a lifetime of living with Mrs. Norris and exile from her family.
Lydia Wickham (née Bennet), Pride and Prejudice
Lydia's silly brain could not fathom that Mr.Wickham never intended to marry her. Her self-delusion went so far as to behave as if nothing was amiss when she visited her family shortly after her shotgun wedding. One knows that neither character will elevate the other, that they will always spend beyond their means, and that the unhappy course of their marriage will reflect its sordid start.