Yes, but . . .
Posted by Mary Anne on August 26, 1998 at 07:50:49:
In response to Lucy's success, written by Barry on August 26, 1998 at 00:16:12
Elinor seems completely frozen in place, until rescued by events once again put into place by Lucy in furtherance of her self interest. I cannot name a more ultimately formidable female opponnet in all of Jane Austen.
True enough,but it speaks highly of Elinor's integrity that she stands by her discretion and devotion to duty, even though it appears the price will be her happiness. I'm not sure of the novel, but I believe it is one of George Eliot's characters who make a comment about how some battles are still worth fighting even though the outcome is doubtful, and goes on to say that "there are a good many victories that are worse than a defeat." If Elinor had gained Edward by what she would consider a betrayal (of Lucy's confidence and her own duty), I think she would have considered the victory worse than a defeat.
- But.... Lynn 12:33:12 8/26/98 (4)
- Elinor's options Barry 16:29:36 8/26/98 (3)
- The problem with any of Elinor's options... Kathi 22:37:40 8/26/98 (2)
- And if you think about that, the logical conclusion is... Kathi 04:13:35 8/27/98 (1)
- Lucy's motive. Barbara 17:07:17 8/30/98 (0)
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