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Jealousy in July: Elinor Dashwood and Lucy Steele Discuss Edward Ferrars by Mary Simonsen — 19 Comments

  1. My oh my. How conniving Lucy is try to entrap Elinor into revealing secrets. How very jealous and mean feeling, after all, “So much of your plans require that someone die.” It makes her so very unattractive. Thank you for this scene this morning.

    • Glad you enjoyed it. Lucy Steele is one of those characters that makes you realize how brilliant JA was. She gets under your skin in a minute.

    • JA did a brilliant job in drawing Lucy’s character, esp. since we all know someone like her. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Lucy and Fanny deserved each other. I hope they made each miserable until they both left this world. Edward was lucky to be rid of the two of them no matter how much money he lost in the process.

  3. Never liked Lucy Steele. Such a snake in a woman’s dress!

    Good for Eleanor for outwitting her even with her own heartbreak.

    • Lucy Steele is thoroughly unlikable. JA did a great job in conveying what a conniver she is. Thanks for commenting.

  4. Lucy Steele is one of those individuals that always make me roll my eyes. Really? Putting it on kind of thick don’t you think? LOL I love the line at the end from Elinor. Everything Lucy plans requires someone to die, not a great way to plan I’m thinking. LOL

    • Lucy gets under your skin almost from the minute she is introduced. She should fit right in with Fanny and the mother. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Elinor may not think she is a wit but she certainly isn’t stupid enough to let Lucy get the best of her! I so enjoyed that vignette!

  6. None of us like Lucy. She is sly and conniving. But she has some intelligence in first of all recognizing just who Mrs. Jennings is talking about when she teases about “Mr. F”. She also must have fears about Edward’s affections no longer being engaged by her self in the scenes we read of. She is constantly hinting at or just plain speaking of the prior attachment she and Edward enjoyed. But she has recognized the turn in his countenance and now seeks to turn Elinor away and to make sure that no attentions are enjoyed by Elinor who can’t speak of anything Lucy told her. How awkward for E. and how torturous to have to constantly seek double meanings in all the Lucy says and then to guard what one says in response.

    Of course, I am using part of what I know from canon here. I did enjoy your adding to the story. Thanks.

  7. Good analysis. I think Elinor is one of Austen’s most tortured characters. She can’t really open up to Edward or Marianne, and then Lucy comes along and gloms on to her, knowing full well that she loves Edward. Thank y ou for commenting.

    • Yes, Elinor did negotiate a minefield. If I had my way, I’d send Edward on his way and have Elinor make a play for the Colonel. I’ve written that book in my mind ten times. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  8. Haha, yes poor Elinor to be stuck in such a spot!

    I also liked the line, “So much of your plans require that someone die,” Elinor said without thinking. “Either Mrs. Ferrars or the Vicar of Norland must go in order for you to marry.” LOL, yes, either would have suited Lucy I’m afraid!

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