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Written by Chandra S
(10/6/2012 9:24 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Listening to Lucy Steele, penned by Frances G
Breeding was a big deal, of course, but those examples that you cited of her poor grammar point more to her lack of education than breeding, I think.
As Elinor (or the ON, not sure) notes in Ch. 22, "her powers had received no aid from education, she was ignorant and illiterate ..." I had always believed that this was the point JA was emphasizing with Lucy's grammatical butchery.
In other JA novels, Lydia Bennett is a gentleman's daughter, but speaks very casually and sometimes incorrectly - Penelope Clay is both lowborn and well spoken. I think JA uses poor grammar to indicate ignorance more than breeding.
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