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|Lucy as an opposite of Marianne
Written by Tracy W
(10/27/2006 7:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Steele Sisters (Chapter 42 to 50), penned by Robbin
Your post made me think that Lucy is almost an opposite of Marianne as Marianne was at the start of the novel. Lucy is all 'sense' and no sensibility, no feeling. Given the hand of a penniless girl of good birth, she plays it as rationally and shrewdly as she can. She takes Elinor's social manipulations (eg back when Elinor was getting some time alone from Lady Middleton to talk to Lucy) to extremes, always displaying the feelings that suit her best. She has Edward right to the end convinced that she cares for him (see chapter 49), so I think we can be confident she does not care for Robert apart from his income.
Where Marianne prided herself on her truthfulness and never saying what she didn't feel, Lucy appears to always say what she does not feel, or lie in other ways. Is there a speech in the whole novel where she speaks the truth in both words and tone? If so I cannot bring it to mind now.
But, unlike Marianne, there is no sign of Lucy growing to a more mature balance between sense and sensibility. There is one ounce of happiness for her - we are told that she quarrels with Fanny and Robert - this must be a great relaxation after all those years of flattery. Meanwhile Marianne, having grown into a balance, can live in harmony even though in the same village as her sister.
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