She is in most ways a contrast to Maggie. As a child she is all the things Maggie is not: she is quiet, well-behaved, neat, and not over-intelligent. She is "pretty little pink-and-white Lucy," and this remains the basis of her adult character. However, as an adult Lucy takes on considerably more depth. Her reactions and her thoughts are secondary to Maggie's, and as a result they are played down. But she has human reactions and human complexity. Lucy's complexity can be easily overlooked because it is of such a subdued kind, especially in Maggie's presence.