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Written by Stephanie
(10/28/2012 1:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I think Lucy would see honor as a weakness, penned by amytat
I can't say you nay; it is only an impression I have that Lucy thinks no one else has any honour.
I get the feeling that Lucy Steele thinks that social impact is what keeps most people outwardly honest, or generous, or sweet... She does this herself, of course, putting on the air of kindness, attentiveness, or honour; remember how her letter to Elinor directly contradicted what Nancy Steele had overheard? Nancy said that Edward tried to get Lucy to break the engagement, and Lucy claimed that she offered Edward his freedom, but that he declined? The effect that had on Mrs. Jennings was exactly what it was intended to be (Elinor had not told Mrs. Jennings the details of what Nancy had told her), but did Lucy think Mrs. Jennings would actually feel vicarious pride in Lucy's integrity, or did she think Mrs. Jennings would put on a show of approving Lucy, since that would make Mrs. Jennings appear better herself?
So, I guess it is only opinion whether she believes that others have the qualities that she lacks so completely, but it makes her more vile to me if she cannot even comprehend disinterested morality or compassion, so I am going to stick with that interpretation. I can not be so certain that I will try to get anyone to agree with me, however. Read it whichever way makes the story more enjoyable to you.
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