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Written by Mandy N
(10/6/2006 5:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "Discovering" them to be relations, penned by Barbara
After Edward left, Lucy would feel anxious to meet the Dashwoods-- and she did single out Elinor.
If Exeter is only 4 miles from Barton, quite likely the gregarious Sir John and Mrs Jennings often visited there.
Lucy may've stacked up a series of engagements to stay in Exeter till she met Mrs Jennings and Sir John, and contrived some relationship.
I can imagine the kindly Mrs Jennings, anxious to matchmake for others, feeling an obligation to help young, less well-off relations; even as she soon recognizes Lucy for a 'sly little thing.'
If Lucy and Anne visited friends or a relation in Exeter before, it wouldn't be beyond Lucy's capacity to plan for obstacles like money and chaperone. The Steeles likely jouneyed on stagecoach.
The calculated meeting really is an interesting idea I'd never thought of before.
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