“Yes, here, here…” (Braddon, 16)
When reading the beginning of the passage, I sympathized with Lucy when Braddon explains her misfortunes during her “babyhood.” She even insists that Sir Michael could have any other women much more superior than herself, but he chose her. However, we later see Lucy’s materialistic motivations become a contributing factor to her decision later.
I believe this passage is explaining the idea of love and status through Lucy’s reaction to Sir Michael’s proposal. Throughout the passage, Lucy makes a lot of words that can contrast between the idea of poverty and beauty; accomplished but poor. The passage also uses “you” and “we” in a way to explain that Sir Michael will never be able to relate to her life. Thus, being impossible for her to really fall in love with him even though he would help rescue her from poverty, “you cannot tell; you, who are amongst those for whom life is so smooth and easy; can never guess what is endured by such as we,” (Braddon 16). Lucy also repeats the lines, “you ask too much of me,” in the beginning of the passage. However, she later changes the wording to, “Do not ask too much of me, then,” (Braddon 16) after she explains her upbringing of poverty. This can imply that when Lucy accepted his proposal, she wasn’t hiding that some of her decision was based on his wealth and luxurious lifestyle. I am interested in seeing if Lucy’s motivations change from being somewhat wealth relate to real love throughout the book.