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|GR: the other woman
Written by Barbara
(8/30/2003 12:49 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Feeling sorry for Lucy, penned by B. Michelle
]realizing how evil lucy really is. She has no consideration for anyone and uses everyone she knows to meet her ends.
It's amazing how Jane Austen is able to make us have these types of feelings towards the characters, isn't it?
I cannot feel sorry for Lucy because of her mean-spiritedness, but if you think about it, it is Elinor who is the 'other woman' in this case.
Were the situation reversed, and it had been Elinor who had been engaged to someone for four years, only to have him fall in love with someone else and then return speaking very highly in the other woman's praise, I could not feel less than outraged and incensed on her behalf.
Edward does 'belong' to Lucy, fair and square as it were, and really Elinor is the one who is intruding on Lucy's territory (although unknowingly), and yet JA has our feelings all the other way. Quite amazing!
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