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Written by Barbara
(9/22/2009 10:54 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, But wasn't there a risk in that?, penned by Anselm
Lucy would realize that there would be no advantage to Elinor to go and tell Mrs. Ferrars about the engagement. Note that Lucy made sure that Elinor has absolutely no knowledge of Mrs. Ferrars before she tells her secret.
"Indeed!" replied Lucy; "I wonder at that, for I thought you must have seen her at Norland sometimes. Then perhaps you cannot tell me what sort of a woman she is?"
Perhaps she would have acted quite differently if Elinor's response to her questioning about Edward's mother had been something like "Mrs. Ferrars? Why yes, I know her extremely well. She is a very fine lady..." etc. indicating that Elinor had her good opinion.
If Edward has told Lucy that his mother will never allow him to marry a woman without rank or fortune, then Elinor telling on Lucy could produce no results in Elinor's favour.
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