CHAPTER 20•The Dashwood sisters show up dutifully at the Middletons house, and Mrs. Palmerrushes over to greet them.•Mrs. Palmer announces that she and her husband have to leave too London. Shehopes that they will meet again soon in London•The Dashwoods say that they wont be going to London.•Mrs. Palmer tries to get her husband in on convincing the girls, but hes uninterested.•Everyone else shows up, and Sir John teases Marianne about how often she walksaround Allenham, Willoughbys ancestral home.Marianne looks serious and doesntrespond. Mrs. Palmer tells her not to worry – shes familiar with Willoughby, sincetheyre live in the same part of the countryside, and she thinks hes a very handsomeman.•When everyones at dinner together, the Dashwoods witness some rather awkwardfamily dynamics between Mr. Palmer and his in-laws.•Mrs. Palmer genuinely laughs off her husbands bad behavior.•Mrs. Palmer once again asks the Dashwood girls to come and stay at Cleveland. Sheand Mr. Palmer bicker a little more – apparently hes running for Parliament, and hasbeen going around trying to get people to like him.
•Elinor asks about Willoughby – what do people think of him where the Palmers live?•Mrs. Palmer, who claims to know Willoughby very well, despite the fact that theyve neverspoken, says that she can understand why Elinor is curious, since Marianne is supposedlygoing to marry him.•Elinor is surprise, and wants to know how Mrs. Palmer heard such a rumor. Mrs. Palmerran into Colonel Brandon one day in London, and basically asked him to confirm the rumorthat Marianne was to marry Willoughby. Colonel Brandon didnt say anything, but Mrs.Palmer assumed that this was a sign of agreement.•The pair briefly discusses Colonel Brandon, whom Mrs. Palmer dismisses as nice butdull.•Finally, Mrs. Palmer gets back to the original topic – Willoughby. Apparently, he has agood reputation in his home, and everyone likes him. Elinor and Charlotte (Mrs. Palmer) go back to the subject of Colonel Brandon; Charlotteclaims that he wanted to marry her back in the day, but obviously her mother didn’tapproved . Shes happy with Mr. Palmer, anyway – hes apparently exactly what shewants.
CHAPTER 21•The Palmers return to their home at Cleveland the next day, but there are more visitors instore for Barton Park.•The two visitors are distant cousins of Mrs. Jennings.•Sir John rushes over to fetch Marianne and Elinor, wanting them to meet the new arrivals.He cant believe that the Dashwoods arent stumbling over themselves to get there.•Elinor and Marianne finally go to see the visitors a couple of days later. Elinor admits toherself that the two sisters do have some common sense; theyve figured out that the wayinto Lady Middletons heart is by praising her children.•Everyone sits and admires the children, even though one of them, Annamaria, has ascreaming fit.•The Steele sisters began to talk with Elinor and Marianne. Anne asks if theyve beenenjoying their new home in Devonshire, and comments that they must have been sad toleave Norland. Elinor is a little taken aback, and responds rather cautiously that she was.•Theres some small talk about Norlands beauties, in which Lucy seems a little apologeticfor her rude older sister.•Miss Steele then pushes forward, asking if the Dashwoods had many handsome beauxthere – that is, did they have a lot of boyfriends?•Lucys embarrassed again by her sisters comments.
•Anne goes on and on about the boyfriends. Everyone else is kind of mortified bythe turn of conversation. Lucy changes the subject, but the damage is done – theDashwoods leave, certain that they dont want to hang out with the Steelesanymore. Elinor cant stand the older one, and even pretty Lucy kind of turned heroff with her obvious shrewdness.•Unfortunately, the Steeles dont feel the same way – they simply loved theDashwoods, and think theyre going to be best friends.•Sir John joins the side of the Miss Steeles, and insist that the young ladies all hangout together.•The Miss Steeles (especially the elder) join in the Middleton family pastime ofteasing Elinor and Marianne about their suitors.•Sir John lets slip the name of Elinors supposed "beaux" – Ferrars. It turns out Lucyand Anne know him through their uncle(Mr. Pratt). She wonders what exactly theyknow about him.
CHAPTER 22•Marianne has had it with the visitors, so its up to Elinor to keep them entertained.•Lucy is naturally pretty gifted, shes also smart and witty. However, shes not veryeducated or well-read, and Elinor finds her something of a boring companion.•Elinor and Lucy walk from the park to Barton Cottage, Lucy asks about Mrs. Ferrars,she is a little weirded out by this question.•Lucy says that she and Mrs. Ferrars might be intimately related in the future.•Elinor asks if perhaps Lucy is engaged to Robert Ferrars, the youngest brother.However, Lucy admits that shes engaged to his older brother!•Lucy goes on placidly, seemingly unaware of her companions utter shock and horror.First of all, she rather insultingly says that Edward looks upon Elinor and Marianne ashis own sisters. Secondly, she demurely admits that theyve been secretly engaged forfour years. She met Edward thanks to her uncle Mr. Pratt.•Elinor protests that this cant be the same Edward Ferrars. However, Lucy even goesso far as to show Elinor a little portrait of Edward that she carries around, proving onceand for all that this is the same guy.•Elinor responds rather coldly to Lucys revelation, saying that their secret is safe withher, but she cant understand why she was the recipient of it in the first place.•Lucy claims that she trusts Elinor instinctively, and that she feels like theyve knowneach other for a long time. Apparently, the only other person who knows is Anne, Lucyssister.
•Lucy weeps a little, whining that she and Edward only get to see each other once ortwice a year. Elinor is not sympathetic.•Lucy wonders if she should stick with Edward, or if she should just call the whole thingoff. She asks Elinor what she should do – and obviously, Elinor doesnt have a reply.•Lucy goes on, asking if Edward was acting weird when he was visiting the Dashwoodsat Barton (apparently hed come from visiting Lucy beforehand). Elinor admits that hewas a little sad in the beginning of his visit.•As if we havent had enough proof of Edwards situation yet, Lucy shows Elinor a letterfrom him, which is undoubtedly in his handwriting.•Lucy tells the final proof to Elinor, saying that the ring Edward wears is set with a lock ofher hair – not, as Elinor and Marianne believed.•Fortunately, the girls arrive back at the cottage, and end their conversation. The Steelesgo back home, and Elinor is left alone with her miserable thoughts.
CHAPTER 23•Elinor has no doubt about Lucy and Edward relationship. Her feelings are all over theplace. After all, everyone else is also sure that Edward loves Elinor.•Elinor also feels bad for Edward; after all, hes the one who is going to be stuck withuneducated, shrewd Lucy Steele. Even if he was infatuated with her as a teenager, whatmust he think now? Furthermore, whats going to happen when theyve been married foryears and years? Also, theres the problem of Edwards mom, wholl surely have aconniption fit when she finds out that hes engaged to Lucy, whos inferior to Elinor insocial station.•All things considered, Elinor feels worse for Edward than for herself. She resolves tokeep her troubles from Marianne and Mrs. Dashwood, figuring that they cant possiblyhelp her with any of this.•Elinor resolves to talk more to Lucy about this whole thing. She wants to see how muchLucy actually cares for Edward. Elinor also has a feeling that Lucy might be jealous ofher, given how much Edward praises her, as well as Sir Johns jokes about how she andEdward are in love.•Unfortunately, there are very few chances to talk privately with Lucy, since Sir John andLady Middleton keep everyone busy with dinners, games, and group activities
•One day, though, Lady Middleton invites all of the young ladies over to keep hercompany at dinner while Sir John hangs out with his guy friends. It turns out to bequite a dull gathering, but Elinor hopes to find a chance to talk to Lucy alone.•Lucy, taking a hint from Lady Middleton, says shes going to work on a basket shesmaking for Annamaria, while everyone else plays cards. Elinor takes this opportunityto also opt out of the card game, saying that shell go help Lucy with her task.•Lucy and Elinor settle down to work (and talk privately) near the piano, so nobodyelse will hear their conversation.
CHAPTER 24•Elinor starts right in, saying that shed like to serve as Lucys confidante. Lucy isrelieved, since she was worried that Elinor was offended by the secret. Elinorassures her that its not true.•Lucy notes that Elinor was clearly made uncomfortable and unhappy by the fact thatshe and Edward are engaged, and says that she was sure that Elinor was angry withher. Shes glad this isnt the case.•The pair dive right in to a practical conversation about money matters. Its clear thathed get more money out of his mom to have a good future.•As for the problem of Mrs. Ferrars, Lucy doesnt want to be too hasty; she thinksthat Mrs. Ferrars might be so angered by news of the engagement that shed give allher money to the younger son, Robert.• Lucy exposes her new cunning plan, which is to get John and Fanny to give theNorland "living" to Edward.•Elinor basically shoots this down – since Fanny wouldnt be satisfied with Edwardbecoming a pastor, surely her intervention wouldnt help at all.•Lucy tries to pull the pity card, saying that the easiest thing would probably just toend the engagement. She asks for Elinors advice on the matter.•Elinor smiles to disguise her emotional turmoil, saying that surely her opinionwouldnt make a difference to Lucy. Lucy denies it and even claims that its withinElinors powers to make her break off the engagement.
•Lucy gives up, and changes the subject asking if will the Dashwoods be in Londonin the winter?•Elinor says that they absolutely wont. Lucy says shes sorry to hear it, butotherwise, shes only going to see Edward.•Finally, Elinor is called back to the card table; she grows some kind of dislike toLucy.•From then on, Elinor doesnt bring up the engagement, though Lucy reminds her ofit constantly. Lucy and Annes stay is drawn out for longer than expected, andeventually, they end up staying almost two months.
CHAPTER 25•It turns out that Mrs. Jennings actually has a home of her own in London. Sheinvites Marianne and Elinor to visit her at this house over the winter.•Elinor turns down the invitation politely, saying that Mrs. Dashwood needs her olderdaughters over the winter. Mrs. Jennings makes a refusal, saying that surely theycan works everything out.•Sir John says that Marianne probably wouldnt mind going to London (to seeWilloughby, presumably), with or without Elinor. Marianne warmly exclaims that shewould love to accept, but shes afraid that Elinors right – they need to stay home.•Mrs. Jennings keeps insisting upon the visit, and Marianne doesnt put up a fight.Despite her dislike for Mrs. Jennings, shes desperate to go to London.•When told of the invitation, Mrs. Dashwood decides that its fine – the girls can go tothe city. She insists that they accept.•Elinor reminds her mother that appearing in town with Mrs. Jennings wont do themany social favors, but Mrs. Dashwood reminds her that theyll always be with LadyMiddleton, a perfectly respectable woman.•Mrs. Dashwood reasserts the fact that they should both go and enjoy themselves.She hints that Elinor should enjoy herself – particularly with Edwards family.•Elinor, knowing what she knows, says rather coldly that she likes Edward verymuch, but it doesnt matter to her if his family likes her or not.
•Everything is settled with Mrs. Jennings, and the travel plans are all made. SirJohn, Lady Middleton, and Mrs. Jennings are all very happy, and the Steelesclaim that they are, too. Everyone gets ready for the big trip to London – Elinorreluctantly, and Marianne with great excitement.•The Dashwood girls and Mrs. Jennings leave at the beginning of January; theMiddletons, Lucy, and Anne plan to follow a week later.
IMPORTANCE OF THE CHAPTERSThe introduction of Lucy is a critical turning point in Elinor’s life. She beginsto show her true emotions and her way of thinking.The author focus on her main character and starts to reveal the sense andrationality that are characteristic to Elinor.The symbol of sense is seem as the dominant trait but at the same timeSensibility appears as an opposing force.
CHARACTERS AND SETTINGA. Characters: 1. Elinor Dashwood: Main character of Austens novel. She falls in love with Edward Ferrars. 2. Marianne Dashwood: Younger sister of Elinor. 3. Mrs. Charlotte Palmer: Invites the Dashwood sisters to stay at her home in Cleveland on their way from London to Barton. 4. Mr. Thomas Palmer: Husband of Mrs. Palmer. 5. Lucy Steele: Mrs. Jennings cousin and a selfish, and insecure young woman. She has been secretly engaged to Edward Ferrars. 6. Anne Steele: Lucy Steeles older, unmarried sister. 7. Mr. Pratt: Steele’s uncle and teacher of Edward.B. Setting: Barton ParkC. Mood: Good Humored, surprisingly and conflict.