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Written by Nina RG
(9/20/2009 10:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I wondered about that as well, penned by kathleen (elder)
given this much thought before, but now that you mention it it all does seem very suspicious - the timing, the family connection, the other engagements giving way immediately etc. I think Edward knew that Lucy was coming and that is the reason for his leaving Barton. Either because he didn't want to meet her (who can blame him?) or because he was afraid that she might get suspicious that something was going on between him and Elinor. Even though his behaviour towards Elinor is more reserved than it was at Norland, Lucy might still detect a something there.
But Lucy is probably already aware of that "something". Edward must have talked/written to her about the Dashwood girls, unable to hide his love and regard for them, and now Lucy wants to see her rival and judge how deep the attachment is - if it is there at all. Luckily for her, meeting Sir John and Mrs Jennings and inventing a story about their being third cousins gave her the desired ticket to Barton Park and an opportunity to see her rival.
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