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Written by Alison Y
(3/11/2013 9:34 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Suffering., penned by Reeba
I think you both made very good points. And I think rather than her sympathy for others having to do with illnesses, I’d prefer to think that it was the kind nature in her that stirred the tender feelings inside . It might have been through illnesses that she’s more apt in understanding the needs of others, but I think if she didn’t have a kind heart to begin with, nothing could have moved her at all. She could have tended to her father or visited the poor simply out of duty, but she genuinely cared for her father and had concerns for the well being of the poor. Perhaps her heart was a little hardened toward Jane Fairfax because of Jane’s accomplishment, but her sympathy was easily aroused when she realized Jane’s situation, whether it was Jane’s illness or her accepting the governess post. Miss Bates was always very cheerful, coupled with her talkative nature, it might have made it difficult for Emma, who’s clever but not mature until towards the end of the book, to understand the true evil of her situation and have sympathy for her.
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