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Written by Maisy
(10/16/2006 10:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Proof of conscious…, penned by Robbin
Lucy is shrewd. She behaves differently with different people. She knows on whom her flattery is effective, and on whom it isn't. When there is something for her to gain from a situation, she tells people what they want to hear.
I can just imagine how she got Edward to propose. :-p
Is it that LM and Lucy understand their faults and both could improve themselves if they wished?
Yes, but they do not wish it. Instead of improving their characters, they simply modify their behavior when they are around people who won't approve.
Does it mean they secretly desire the good opinion of the Miss Dashwoods?
I think that don't desire Elinor's bad opinion. Elinor and Marianne are sisters to John and Fanny Dashwood. Therefore Lucy would not want them thinking ill of her--especially at this particular time. And I think Lady Middleton feels the same. And I think that Lady Middleton is the type that worries about what everyone thinks, as we saw when she was displeased when her mother openly discussed Charlotte's pregnancy in front of their guests.
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