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|Yes, both Nancy and Lucy are Super Snoopers…
Written by Robbin
(10/21/2006 1:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Do you think Lucy really confided in Nancy, penned by Kara M
LOL…you could be right that Lucy never told Nancy about her engagement since it appears they made a habit of snooping on each other. However, the habit of eavesdropping does not prohibit sisterly confidences—even the Big One—both Lucy and Nancy are able to tune an ear without the shelter of a chimney-board or a closet. Four years would be a long time for Lucy to keep a secret on her own with no one to talk about it with and Nancy is obviously in her confidence now, regardless of how she got there, since she knows of the engagement.
Not so the Miss Steeles. They came from Exeter, well provided with admiration for the use of Sir John Middleton, his family, and all his relations, and no niggardly proportion was now dealt out to his fair cousins, whom they declared to be the most beautiful, elegant, accomplished and agreeable girls they had ever beheld, and with whom they were particularly anxious to be better acquainted. (Chapter 21)
In Chapter 21 I think it is obvious that both sisters are in cahoots to be better acquainted with Sir John’s fair cousins—I think to be in cahoots together you must be somewhat in each others confidence. Further in the chapter Nancy twice quizzes Elinor on a Favorite she may have left behind in Exeter; I do see this as Nancy helping Lucy to carry out their agenda of finding out what happened between Elinor and Edward at Norland, certainly Nancy could not have overheard Lucy planning it with someone else! Nancy’s helpful bumbling in Chapter 21:
"Nay, my dear, I'm sure I don't pretend to say that there an't. I'm sure there's a vast many smart beaux in Exeter; but you know, how could I tell what smart beaux there might be about Norland? and I was only afraid the Miss Dashwoods might find it dull at Barton, if they had not so many as they used to have. "
"'Twill be a fine thing to have her married so young, to be sure," said she, "and I hear he is quite a beau, and prodigious handsome. And I hope you may have as good luck yourself soon, -- but perhaps you may have a friend in the corner already."
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