Despite Marcus' supposition of Lucy's female attraction, I do not think Lucy has repressed lesbian desires. When Lucy meets other female characters, she immediately comments on their beauty; this is true in the case of females she encounters on her trip to Villette, whom she describes as "handsome," "perfectly handsome," and "pretty and fair" (112-3); Madame Beck, whom she calls "dumpy" (126); Ginevra and Paulina, both of whom she repeatedly calls beautiful. Nevertheless, her attraction to the beauty of others is not sexual but is a result of her own desire to be beautiful. As in the case of the Cleopatra painting, Lucy is interested in what men think is beautiful, though at the same time, she does experience the undoing that Marcus describes. Ultimately, Lucy does not develop any lasting female friendships, as the marriages of both Paulina and Ginevra cause her to lose contact with those women.
*Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (2007) by Sharon Marcus
The above painting is Idleness (1900) by John William Godward.