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|But wasn't there a risk in that?
Written by Anselm
(9/22/2009 10:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Her purpose in coming to Barton was to warn Elinor, penned by Barbara
1. I'm gonna get hitched to my uncle Pratt’s pupil Eddie 'coz I've just discovered that he's gonna inherit lotsa spondoolies from his super-rich mum.
2. We'll have to keep our engagement secret in case Eddie's super-rich mum finds out - she won't approve of poor little ol’ me, that's for sure! We’ll have to wait as long as it takes for the old bat to pop off, but hey - it's worth it for all that lolly!
3. Eddie keeps ranting on about this “Elinor”. I’m gonna go warn her off, so she doesn’t get her dirty mitts on the readies. I’ll do it by telling her about Eddie an' me in confidence, so that she has to keep stumm. That way the old cow won’t find out.
However, isn’t it characteristic of someone of Lucy’s way of thinking that they think everyone else is of the same mind? In this case, the integrity involved in actually keeping a promise is way outside Lucy's frame of reference. "Rectitude, and integrity of mind" (Ch.22) are two of the things we're specifically told she's missing. So, if she tells Elinor something "in confidence", how can she be sure that Elinor isn’t going to spill the beans to Mrs Ferrars, whatever she might promise Lucy? After all, she is the person who has the most interest in doing so: they're both rivals for Mrs Ferrars’ loot.
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