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Written by Barbara
(9/8/2003 2:19 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Conflicting gossip from the Steele's, penned by joe m
It's interesting, because even though Nancy was only eavesdropping and not supposed to know anything about this, her version of what happened seems closer to the truth than what Lucy says. Lucy's letter, intended for Elinor, puts a 'spin' on the events that is little short of lying.
This is what I find interesting about all the gossip in the novel. There is a temptation to disregard or discredit the gossip and the gossipers, but often they are getting accurate reports while interested parties who are more in a position to officially know the 'real' story are skewing it to suit their own purposes.
Mr. Donovan's version of what happened at John and Fanny's house is more believable to me than what John says.
] Is it at all possible that Lucy is not "a good-hearted girl as ever lived" as Mrs. Jennings thinks? (-; To paraphrase S&S2, perhaps she was deceived. (-;
Perhaps indeed ;-)
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