Written by Mandy N
(10/19/2006 12:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My quick thoughts..., penned by Elizabeth Sycamore
Lucy is shrewd enough to hold on to Edward as her social and marriage insurance.
Edward's stuck by his promise to marry her, and he may find a living as a clergyman. Importantly, he's still got £2,000 so Lucy wouldn't want to throw that away. ;)
And as you point out, the formidable Mrs Ferras who holds the pursestrings of the Ferras family may relent somewhat. Unless a better finacial proposal comes by- Lucy is willing to marry Edward. She'd be a gentleman's wife.
In ch. 39, Col. Brandon asks Elinor to tell Edward he wants to offer him the modest living at Delaford worth £200 a-year, though considered a sum barely sufficent for a single professional man.
Lucy is prepared to wait. She has nothing to lose-she and Anne likely have less money than the Dashwood girls; little education or refinement.
Lucy realizes Edward no longer loves her, but her rival Elinor- yet it is not a practical consideration for her.