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Summary Chapter 24

Elinor brings up the subject. Lucy is glad of this, for she feared that she had offended Elinor the last time. Elinor had seemed angry, and Lucy claims she regretted talking to her. She is glad to hear that Elinor isn’t angry. It was a relief to tell her the secret.

Elinor comments that Lucy’s situation is difficult, as Edward is dependent on his mother. Lucy admits she wouldn’t mind the poverty, but she doesn’t want to deprive Edward of his inheritance. He has never given her any reason to doubt him during this long engagement. Lucy admits she is a jealous person. However, she doesn’t wish to risk Mrs. Ferrars of disinheriting Edward by demanding that they marry now.

Elinor asks Lucy if she knows Edward’s brother Robert. Lucy says no, but she supposes that he is unlike Edward in every way. Lucy’s sister overhears this and comments that Lucy’s beau is modest and well-behaved. Mrs. Jennings says the same about Elinor’s beau.

Lucy tells Elinor that she was hoping that Elinor could persuade John Dashwood to help Edward so that they could marry. Elinor feels that Fanny would be of more help, for she is Edward’s sister. Lucy says Fanny wouldn’t approve of Edward going into the church. Elinor replies that she could do little to change Fanny’s opinion.

Lucy thinks she should break the engagement and asks Elinor’s advice. Elinor refuses to give it.

Lucy asks if Elinor will go to town in the winter. Elinor replies no. Lucy is sorry for this. She will be visiting relatives, though this is a pretense to visit Edward.

Elinor finds it unfortunate that Edward is tied to a woman he does not love. After this, Elinor no longer indulges the conversation with Lucy.

The Miss Steeles are induced to prolong their stay by Sir John.

Jane Austen