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Written by Barbara
(9/26/2009 12:58 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I was about to call you out, penned by Anselm
The first encounter, where Lucy tells her secret as they walk to the cottage from Barton Park, seems casual because we were not in on Lucy's thought process as she contrived it all. She had to get Elinor alone, where no one could hear them, where they would have uninterrupted time, and then she needed to have her 'props' with her--Edward's picture and his letter (maybe she always carries them, maybe not).
The next time, we are in on the planning process as Elinor tries to set up another meeting at a place where secrecy, and intimate one-on-one conversation are next to impossible.
Also, in terms of the effect on the reader, when Lucy drops her bombshell like that, the reader may be taken as unaware as Elinor was. We can see that Lucy is up to something, but it's probably only on a reread that you can see that the hints were dropped that it has something to do with Edward.
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