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Segalas's conformist view of women's role as softening social injustice and blunting cruelty leads her to oppose the institution of slavery (XXII-XXIII), and proffer the "poor ignorant blacks" her civilizing assiduities.
Although Elinor pities Lucy for her ignorance, she finds fault with the manipulative actions she observes in her new acquaintance, noting "the thorough want of delicacy, of rectitude, and integrity of mind, which her attentions, her assiduities, her flatteries at the Park betrayed" (127).