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Written by Mary Anne
(10/23/2006 8:23 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "the persecution of Lucy's friendship,", penned by Reeba
If it had been the "irritation" of Lucy's friendship or a similar term, I might think differently. After all, a grain of sand doesn't really mean to irritate an oyster; it simply happens. But for me, "persecution" has a more active sense. It seems to imply a persecutor, and considering some of the connotations associated with the word, it's a pretty strong term for how Elinor regards the situation.
Heaven forbid I should imitate Willoughby in anything, but this once, I think I shall have to allow myself the privilege of disliking Lucy as much as ever. ;-)
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