Sense and Sensibility - Chapter 22 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 22 Summary

In this chapter Elinor starts to cultivate a friendship with Lucy, whom she finds is charming for short periods of time. While on a walk, Lucy asks Elinor about Edward's mother. When Elinor answers cautiously, Lucy tells her that she has been secretly engaged to Edward for the past four years. She shows Elinor that she has a picture of Edward in her locket, and tells her that Edward had been visiting the Steeles before he came to Barton Cottage. Lucy asks Elinor for advice, and the stunned Elinor manages to avoid the question until Lucy returns to Barton Park.

Chapter 22 Analysis

This chapter reveals the true reason why Edward has a lock of hair under his ring, and explains why he seemed uncomfortable and out of sorts during his visit with the Dashwoods. Austen again uses irony by having Lucy confide in Elinor, since Elinor herself...

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