Emma and Darcy
Written by bridget d
(9/20/2013 11:50 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, principles vs temper, penned by Nikki N
I agree that that's how JA may define it. I am just not quite in line with her on that.
WRT EMma, I think that she was less impolite than D partly because she was a woman and quite simply women couldnt get away with quite teh same behavior as D could, such as "walking about the room looking haughty". Plus she is stuck in teh same little village all the time.. she can't be TOO proud and rude, since unlike Darcy she's not able to get away so easily.
It is true that she does her duty to a point iwth Jane F, but as she notes it is always "more than she wanted to do but less than she ought to do". If she's not "called out" for this, it is becuase everyone in the village looks up to her and noone but Mr Knightley can see hr faults.
And at least once, she lets her irritation at always having to "do the polite" to those a bit below her burst out, in public, and in a way that attracts criticism.. when she is snarky with Miss Bates.