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Written by Maisy
(10/18/2006 4:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The part that troubles me, penned by Amanda McG
I believe that Edward mentioned Elinor to Lucy. While I agree that he is reserved, and not the type of young man who would talk a lot about any young lady, I think he simply couldn't help mentioning Elinor to Lucy because of the feelings that were brewing inside of him. (Actually, I can't even picture Edward mentioning any young lady to Lucy, except Elinor. ) He wouldn't have had to speak of Elinor a lot; just mentioning her at all would have been enough to raise the suspicions of an intelligent girl like Lucy.
I also believe that Edward's behavior toward her Lucy had altered, after he began to develop feelings for Elinor (perhaps his feelings for Lucy had changed before that, even). His changed demeanor toward Lucy, paired with Elinor's name, would have been enough to set Lucy's survival instincts in motion. Once she was tipped off, I imagine that she began investigating the situation thoroughly.
I can easily picture Lucy questioning Edward in a scene not unlike those in which she questioned Elinor: asking leading questions, carefully wording each query, glancing up slyly to guage Edward's reactions. She knows Edward well enough to realize that their relationship has altered. This would be enough to make her very concerned for her future with him--otherwise, why would she make the trip to Exeter, and plan the visit to London?
While at Barton, Lucy reveals her suspicion that Elinor will be in London during the winter, staying with John and Fanny. Coincidentally, prior to her trip to Exeter, Lucy had already made arrangements to visit her London relatives. She could have visited London long before this time; her London relatives have been wanting her and Anne to come to them for several years. Why all of the sudden, after learning that Edward has become acquainted with Elinor, and while believing that Elinor will be in London over the winter, does Lucy decide to finally accept the invitation to visit her relatives in London? It's because she is very concerned about Edward's feelings for Elinor.
I posted earlier in the GR that I believe Lucy's sudden plans to finally visit her London relatives at this particular time supports the theory that Lucy visited Exeter with the express purpose of making inroads to Barton, in order to meet Elinor.
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