Posted by Arnessa on April 20, 1998 at 15:18:42:
In response to Lucy Steele. What's in a name?!, written by Cynthia V on April 20, 1998 at 14:28:37
There was discussion a long while ago on Austen-L about whether JA uses names to point to character traits, and while most agreed it was probably not so, I think there is something to this. Especially with Lucy Steele. It's like you get a mini-portrait of the character in just that surname Steele. She's got a will of steel, she's cold (hearted), she's strong,
I have a question. Is Lucy Steele the only successful woman opportunist in JA. Generally opportunists fare poorly in the novels (see Isabella Thorpe, Mr. Elliot, Miss Bingley, et al), but Lucy gets her man and the money as others pointed out. Did JA also have a sly admiration for such women?
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