Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

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In Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 21, what is Austen saying about the characters of Sir John, Lady Middleton, and Lucy Steele?

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In Chapter 21 of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen is using the characters and character traits of Sir John and Lady Middleton to establish the character of Lucy Steele who is a very important character in the novel. In the interactions of Lady Middleton, her children and Lucy Steel, Elinor sees that Lucy Steels has sense, and she perceives readily what kind of sense it is: it is manipulative of circumstances to produce advantages for herself. This is contrasted to Marianne, who wouldn't manipulate anything for any advantage or any cost. The proof is that Elinor...

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