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Written by Buba
(9/8/2003 8:06 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: the other woman, penned by Barbara
] 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.
But would Elinor have formed a secret engagement of 4 years? I highly doubt it. She is more reserved knowing Fanny Dashwood and Mrs. Ferrars disapprove of her. And forming a secret engagement in such circumstances is very unlikely for Elinor. More likely she would have followed Anne Elliot's example in dissolving or not entering into it.
] 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!
However, this engagement was formed precipitately. IMO, it was rushed by Lucy to secure Edward. It was not motivated by love on her side. True, Lucy needs to secure her position in society, but she neglects integrity and honesty. That's why few feel sorry for her.
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