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When Lucy Stowe boards a ship to travel to Villette she is asked Are you fond of a sea-voyage by the yet to be known Ms Fanshaw Since this was Lucys first trip abroad she answers that her fondness is yet to be experienced Nonetheless Lucys partiality for the sea is evident throughout the novel She illustrates her past with a myriad of nautical metaphors and imageries of water that suggests a spiritual connection to the sea This connection appears to derive from water being the main form of traveling during the 19th Century and travel through lifes experiences is what we do Life is heeded as a journey so Lucy therefore is a vessel that endures the tumultuous waters of lifes social stigmas and the stresses of familial relationships or the calm waters of lifes pleasuresLucy uses the metaphor of sea travel to demonstrate her familial relationship with Mrs Bretton as comparison between a traditional matriarch and a modern independent lady She says The difference between her and me might be figured by that between the stately ship cruising safe of smooth seas with its full complement of crew a captain gay and brave She refers to Ms Brettons allegorically as a person of means She has a full crew that supports her needs and a captain to guide her respectfully these terms could allude to the acceptance and support within the social or familial structure as a widow of a wealthy respected man The captain could be an allusion to her son who even in the adverse circumstances after the loss of their fortune still had him to support her comfortably enough Lucy goes further to say the Luisa Bretton never was out of harbor on such a night her crew could not conceive it This further signifies that as one ship relates to another Mrs Bretton was a woman supported by her social and familial status and real hardship is unknown to
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