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|Lucy's voice is, perhaps, just a teeny bit strident?
Written by Delories
(10/8/2006 11:55 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Anne & Lucy Steele (chapters 17 to 25), penned by Robbin
It struck me in MP that Mrs Norris almost ALWAYS "cries", and the relentless repetition of this verb gives the idea that her voice is most unagreeable.
Do you think that the ON means for us to think of Lucy's voice as also being less than easy on the ears? Some more examples:
"Thank you," CRIED Lucy warmly, "for breaking the ice; you have set my heart at ease by it; for I was somehow or other afraid I had offended you by what...
In any case, as a percentage of the times that Lucy speaks directly in the novel, the verb "cried" is used a lot (yes, yes, I know, Marianne does her share of "crying", but it doesn't strike me as being proportionally as often, and does so in moments of stress, exaltation, grief, etc.).
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