A Letter from Mrs. Lucy Ferrars to Mrs. Elinor Ferrars
by
Imogen Stubbs

 in
The Sense and Sensibility Screenplay & Diaries

ScreenplayUS
amazon.com
Paperback - 288 pages (August 2002)
Newmarket Press; Revised edition
ISBN: 1557042926
ScreenplayUK
amazon.co.uk
Paperback (March 1996)
Bloomsbury; ISBN: 0747528608
ScreenplayUS
amazon.ca
Paperback - 288 pages (April 30, 2002)
Newmarket Press ; ISBN: 1557042926


        From After Jane by Jenny Scott,  August 3, 2003 
During the filming of Sense and Sensibility in 1995, the Director, Ang Lee, asked members of the cast to write character studies.  Emma Thompson writes in her diaries that Imogen Stubbs, who played Lucy Steele in the film, won "a prize for the best effort in the form of a letter to Elinor from Lucy some years after their respective marriages".  This letter is published as an appendix to the Diaries.

Imogen Stubbs portrays Lucy, now Mrs Robert Ferrars, as a rather spiteful character.  In the letter she patronises Elinor, Edward, Marianne, Margaret and Mrs Jennings.  She boasts of her five children (drawing attention to Elinor's childlessness).  She speaks of a stay with the Prince Regent, her close relationship with her mother-in-law and her affluence. As this letter gives details of the lives of the characters after the ending of Sense and Sensibility it is considered to be a continuation of Jane Austen's novel.