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|Why does JA "reward" Lucy in the end?
Written by MarianneR
(10/22/2009 4:38 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Active malice., penned by Rachel G
Thanks Robbin and Rachel G for throwing some light on Lucy´s behaviour again. You are right, she is even more malicious than Willoughby in that she deliberately hurts Elinor again and again. But although Willoughby has to live with that pang that the most perfect woman (in his POV) was lost to him, Lucy seems to be rewarded by JA in that she gets her money and her attraction from Mrs. Ferrars - so everything seems to be perfect for her.
The whole of Lucy's behaviour in the affair, and the prosperity which crowned it, therefore, may be held forth as a most encouraging instance of what an earnest, an unceasing attention to self-interest, however its progress may be apparently obstructed, will do in securing every advantage of fortune, with no other sacrifice than that of time and conscience. (Ch. 50)
This sentence might have been ment to be sarcrastic, but you could also take it face value. Is it just me or does anybody else wish to have seen Lucy a bit less prosperous in the end?
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