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|GR: Elinor's escape from Mrs. Ferrars's clutches (Ch 35)
Written by Ana L
(9/1/2003 4:31 p.m.)
After Elinor has met Edward's mother and she is thankful at her narrow escape (had Edward been free) of having her as a mother-in-law and suffering under Mrs. Ferrars's "caprices" or her lack of good opinion, Austen says:
...Or at least, if she did not bring herself quite to rejoice in Edward's being fettered to Lucy...
Does Austen mean here that Elinor could have, out of spite and anger at Edward, been happy that he got stuck with Lucy? (But she is not?)
And, ...(Elinor) determined that had Lucy been more amiable, she OUGHT to have rejoiced.
Am I reading this right that Elinor feels that if Lucy had been nicer, she would have put aside her personal feelings and would have been happy for Edward's sake at his upcoming marriage?
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