Posted by Ashley B on March 25, 1998 at 21:07:01:
In response to Miss Lucy Steele, written by Angela on March 19, 1998 at 20:36:20
] After having memorized S&S2, I decided it was time for me to read the novel in JA's own words. (I was very happy to find it was even more wonderful than the movie! Of course!) I noticed, first of all, there are two Miss Steeles. Also, it is much easier to dislike Lucy in the novel--she really is despicable!--, while in the film she doesn't seem as calculating. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I think Lucy is much better in the novel and adds to Elinor's misery, which makes me all the more sympathetic with her. But, perhaps, I am missing something in the film adaptation.
] If this topic has been discussed to death, please forgive me.
I am currently doing a five part research paper on Emma Thompson's screenplay, and I have read it and seen the movie MANY times. The first time that I saw the movie, I could see that Lucy knew the pain she was inflicting on Elinor. Everything she did, from "confiding" in Elinor to using Edward's handkerchief, was a bold statement telling Elinor... He is MINE, don't touch him. Lucy is very calculating in both the book and movie
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