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Written by Stephanie
(10/10/2012 3:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Much further than first cousins, if at all..., penned by Chandra S
Considering that the numbers of genteel families was finite in 1790 in England, I would presume that anyone could 'discover' a perfect stranger to be a relative. Mr. Pratt has a gentleman's education, or he would not have been hired to teach Edward. the Steele's might be poor, but they are not of the servant class.
We do not need to see any underhandedness in THIS to think Lucy Steele a horrible person. She is so obvious in her other manipulations, I think that had Author Austen wanted us to see Lucy's plotting being this clever and in-depth, she would have dropped a hint about it.
I think this is just one of the coincidences of the novel. Life has coincidences, too, so I do not feel like much caviling at Author Austen for indulging in such flights to move the plot forward.
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