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|Different relationships...Steele sisters - Dashwood sisters.
Written by Mandy N
(10/19/2006 10:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Steele Sisters (Chapter 37 to 41), penned by Robbin
] I think Nancy's conversation in Kensington Gardens and Lucy's letter to Elinor in chapter 38 sheds some light on their relationship...
Nancy gossips to Elinor that Edward suggested to Lucy she be released from their engagement due to his lack of prospects. But Lucy would not give ear to such talking.
Lucy in her letter to Elinor says she tried to persuade Edward to give her up yet he wouldn't hear of it- Elinor is shocked by Nancy's eavesdropping but knows Lucy's letter as a falsehood.
Nancy is garralous and tactless. She's somewhat of an embarrassement to Lucy.
At least, the Dashwood sisters can begin to re-new their close bond.
'Marieanne was quite subdued.
Marieanne's confession shows she is deeply moved by Elinor's account- she is divided from Edward forever and deeply unhappy.
In this matter, Elinor may also take some comfort that Edward made a tactful attempt to end his engagement to Lucy, even though it was not successful.
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