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Written by Nina RG
(10/5/2009 9:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: The Sequel, penned by BarbaraB
Ch. 38: "He could not bear to think of her doing no better, and so he begged, if she had the least mind for it, to put an end to the matter directly.."
Maybe Edward hoped that one of the side-effects of standing his ground and doing his duty was to get Lucy to drop the engagement. It sounds to me as if he is saying "I have no money, no connections, no prosects - do you really want to marry me? Really? Still? But you deserve better so please just go if you want to. I won't hold you back"
I am not saying that was the reason he chose to do the right thing - but perhaps he hoped that Lucy wouldn't want him if he couldn't offer her anything? Did the thought cross his mind or is he too honourable for that?
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