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Written by Maisy
(10/6/2006 4:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne & Lucy Steele (chapters 17 to 25), penned by Robbin
I agree, Lucy's desperation really comes through in several of her speeches. As sly as she is, her motives and jealousy are quite obvious. When she mentions Edward's being "cast down" while he was visiting them at Longstaple, it's pretty obvious that Edward isn't cast down because he cannot marry Lucy yet, but because he has to marry her at all!
...poor Edward is so cast down about it! Did not you think him dreadful low-spirited when he was at Barton? He was so miserable when he left us at Longstaple, to go to you, that I was afraid you would think him quite ill" (ch. 22).He was probably in low spirits because he felt so trapped, being stuck with Lucy and not being free to pursue his feelings for Elinor.
"...it made him so melancholy, not being able to stay more than a fortnight with us, and seeing me so much affected" (ch. 22)More like it made him so melancholy to be stuck with an uneducated and inferior girl like Lucy, when he'd rather be with Elinor, who is much more suited to him, as well as being the woman he loves.
"Edward's love for me," said Lucy, "has been pretty well put to the test, by our long, very long absence since we were first engaged, and it has stood the trial so well, that I should be unpardonable to doubt it now. I can safely say that he has never gave me one moment's alarm on that account from the first" (ch. 24).Lucy's desperation really shows in this speech. It's so obvious that Edward has alarmed her -- to the point of compelling her to visit Exeter and then Barton in order to warn Elinor off. Lucy even admits her jealousy here:
"I am rather of a jealous temper, too, by nature, and from our different situations in life, from his being so much more in the world than me, and our continual separation, I was enough inclined for suspicion, to have found out the truth in an instant, if there had been the slightest alteration in his behaviour to me when we met, or any lowness of spirits that I could not account for, or if he had talked more of one lady than another, or seemed in any respect less happy at Longstaple than he used to be. I do not mean to say that I am particularly observant or quick-sighted in general, but in such a case I am sure I could not be deceived" (ch. 24)Obviously, Edward's behavior to Lucy has changed (he probably can't help it!); he has talked of one lady more than another and this is what brings Lucy into Barton.
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