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|Lucy does seem like the elder sister
Written by Barbara
(9/19/2009 9:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Steele sisters vs. the Dashwood sisters, penned by kathleen (elder)
Although Elinor would not like to be likened to Lucy, I found a lot of similarity among these exchanges:
"Norland is a prodigious beautiful place, is not it?" added Miss Steele.
"We have heard Sir John admire it excessively," said Lucy, who seemed to think some apology necessary for the freedom of her sister.
"How can you say so Anne?" cried Lucy, who generally made an amendment to all her sister's assertions.
and (Ch.23) Marianne informs Lady Middleton she detests playing cards and is going to play the pianoforte instead.
' "Marianne can never keep long from that instrument you know, ma'am," said Elinor, endeavouring to smooth away the offence;'
Of course, there's more going on with Lucy and Anne than just one sister having a better idea of proper behaviour in company. I think Anne was carefully coached by Lucy as to what she must not say, and Lucy, knowing her sister was probably not sensible enough to keep her tongue checked, listens carefully and amends the remarks to conceal how well they know Edward and how they have learned so much about the Dashwoods.
Lady Middleton and Charlotte Palmer seem to have a somewhat similar sisterly dynamic in their relationship. Charlotte says things she probably shouldn't say in company, and her sister tries to smooth it over. One example is when Charlotte and her mother are laughing about Charlotte's pregnancy and how she should stay home and rest but Charlotte won't hear of it. Lady Middleton immediately tries to change the subject.
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