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Written by Robbin
(10/21/2012 12:22 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Primed for Lucy, penned by Barbara
I agree and thank you Barbara. (:D) In Ch. 39 Col Brandon tells Elinor, “Mrs. Ferrars does not know what she may be doing -- what she may drive her son to .” His words would be prophetic if they had not already come true four years previous when Edward proposed to Lucy. Mrs. Dashwood knew Edward’s “heart to be warm and his temper affectionate” (3). I imagine such a boy and young man would long for the same in others especially when there is no hope of finding it at home. Elinor describes Lucy as “naturally clever; her remarks…often just and amusing; and as a companion for half an hour…agreeable” (22). I wager Edward found “agreeable” an immense improvement over the situation at home and it follows, as Elinor theorizes, the “youthful infatuation of nineteen would naturally blind him to everything but her beauty and good nature” (23). Edward did not stand a chance; after all, four years ago Lucy must have been just as artful and determined with him as she has been with Elinor.
I like to think Mr. Edward Ferrars Senior was a far better person than his wife. I imagine Edward is named and takes after his father! Also that Mr. Ferrars was the victim of an arranged marriage but lived his life in the tradition of Lady Elliot in Persuasion! Edward’s choice to stand by his promise to Lucy is right and honorable. It is impossible such a sacrifice could have been learned from his mother’s example. When Edward shuns her bribes to end his engagement her reaction is anger and incredulity. Refusing to enrich himself at Lucy’s expense was beyond his mother’s comprehension because she has no understanding of honor. However, in my opinion marriage to Mrs. Ferrars would have required constant sacrifice of a kind, again, taking Lady Elliot as my model for her husband’s behavior. Anyway, a good father is a happiness I give to Edward since Miss Austen left us a little wiggle room on the point. (;D)
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