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Written by Maisy
(10/7/2006 11:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Exeter excursion...invitation., penned by Mandy N
"Shall you be in town this winter, Miss Dashwood?" said she with all her accustomary complacency.Lucy's fishing; she wants to know if Elinor is going to be staying at her brother's house in London, where she could run into Edward. Lucy's worried that if Elinor spends time with Edward, she (Lucy) might lose control of the situation. IMO, Lucy has suspected for some time that Elinor will be in London during the winter, which is why she has already made arrangements to visit her relations there -- relations that she could have visited before now, as they have been wanting her and Anne to come to them for several years. Why now, all of the sudden, does Lucy decide to finally take them up on their invitation? Obviously she's worried about Edward's feelings for Elinor.
IMO, the fact that Lucy is planning this winter trip to London supports the theory that Lucy contrived the trip to Exeter as a means to end up in Barton (and coyly confront Elinor).
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