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|The Steele sisters' own brand of sense and sensibility
Written by TimLee
(10/5/2009 12:34 p.m.)
Barbara's post below (41243) mentioned Lucy Steele's sense, as noted by Elinor in chapter 37. In contrast, we have Miss Steele who has shown a lack of common sense. I am wondering if Miss Steele's conduct can be said to reflect a type of sensibility, though, so that we have a comparison to the Dashwood sisters. (Kind of like Superman and Bizarro Superman in the comics).
In particular, I wonder if this exchange in chapter 32 displays a type of crude sensibility in Miss Steele:
"There now," said Miss Steele, affectedly simpering, "everybody laughs at me so about the Doctor, and I cannot think why. My cousins say they are sure I have made a conquest; but for my part I declare I never think about him from one hour's end to another. 'Lord! here comes your beau, Nancy,' my cousin said t'other day, when she saw him crossing the street to the house. 'My beau, indeed!' said I, 'I cannot think who you mean. The Doctor is no beau of mine.'"
"Aye, aye, that is very pretty talking -- but it won't do -- the Doctor is the man, I see."
"No, indeed!" replied her cousin, with affected earnestness, "and I beg you will contradict it, if you ever hear it talked of."
Mrs. Jennings directly gave her the gratifying assurance that she certainly would not , and Miss Steele was made completely happy.
She affects to want to take no notice of the Doctor, and puts on airs as she thinks would be proper, but we know her real desire. It is a kind of false sensibility, I suppose. It is an interesting counterpoint to Lucy's sense, which may be said to be a false sense in that it is not like Elinor's; Elinor's sense is governed by her responsibility to those around her (family and friends), while Lucy's is focused on her own advancement.
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