What brave modern times!
When you can run off with cad
Without shit marriage!
I think Lydia would have appreciated modern divorce laws when she turned 21, her brain function had developed a bit more, and it dawned on her that she was five years into a shit-tier marriage. A youthful indiscretion is usually not the end of the world these days. Progress!
I mean, while re-reading Pride and Prejudice, she doesn’t come across as any less of a twit, but lots of us were more twitty than we’d like to cop to at 15/16.