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|Elinor is persecuted by Lucy
Written by Robbin
(10/23/2006 9:53 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, "the persecution of Lucy's friendship,", penned by Reeba
I think JA is very clear how Lucy’s hostility towards Elinor shows through the thin veil of false friendship she pretends to. Chapter 32 has these two good examples but I would classify Lucy’s attitude at Barton as often mean with her deceitful stories and sly looks to see if they hit the mark—Lucy wanted to insure that she sunk any hope Elinor might have had for Edward. There was no sincerity in Lucy’s dramatized sentiments or overtures at friendship. Insinuating that Elinor lied about her plans, although cloaked as always in false sentiments of affection, is not actually trying to maintain friendly terms IMO—Lucy just relies on Elinor’s good manners to prevent her from branding Lucy the harpy she is.
"I should have been quite disappointed if I had not found you here still ," said she repeatedly, with a strong emphasis on the word. "But I always thought I should . I was almost sure you would not leave London yet awhile; though you told me, you know, at Barton, that you should not stay above a month . But I thought, at the time, that you would most likely change your mind when it came to the point. It would have been such a great pity to have went away before your brother and sister came. And now, to be sure, you will be in no hurry to be gone. I am amazingly glad you did not keep to your word."
Elinor perfectly understood her, and was forced to use all her self-command to make it appear that she did not. (Chapter 32)
You raise the fact that Elinor arranges some private time to talk with Lucy in Chapter 23 and try to find out more information from her on a subject she forced on Elinor in the first place as if this excuses Lucy’s false, callus and hostile behavior towards Elinor. Elinor does not actually do the same thing as Lucy however because she does not tell deceitful stories or lie about her feelings like Lucy does over and over again. You also do not mention that Lucy welcomed Elinor’s efforts to give them privacy to talk about her engagement while from the beginning Lucy has pursued a relationship against Elinor’s wishes just to pick at Elinor’s most intimate feelings and private thoughts. (:D)
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