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|GR: Anne Steele--tactless or...?
Written by Barbara
(8/26/2003 11:41 p.m.)
Elinor has this much put together by Ch. 23:
But, if we look back at the events leading up to Elinor drawing this conclusion:
Anne remarks that Elinor must have been sorry to leave Sussex and Norland must be a prodigious beautiful place----Lucy thinks an apology is necessary.
Anne wonders whether Elinor had a 'great many smart beaux' back at Norland---Lucy looks 'ashamed' and changes the subject to admire the furniture at Barton.
And on it goes with Miss Steele (apparently) blundering from one tactless remark to another as Lucy looks angrily at her, makes amendments to her remarks, and exclaims 'Lord, Anne!'
So, here's what I am wondering--was Anne Steele really that dense, or is there a possibility that Lucy wanted her to help extract information and get some kind of an admission from Elinor without looking suspicious herself, kind of like a 'good cop, bad cop' routine.
I don't mean to imply that Anne had anywhere near the smarts to really pull this off, but does it seem to anyone else like maybe this whole thing was more of a set up than it first appears?
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