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Written by Chandra S
(3/12/2013 12:09 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Very insightful..., penned by Alison Y
"Why she did not like Jane Fairfax might be a difficult question to answer; Mr. Knightley had once told her it was because she saw in her the really accomplished young woman, which she wanted to be thought herself; and though the accusation had been eagerly refuted at the time, there were moments of self-examination in which her conscience could not quite acquit her." (Ch. 20)
So, it seems that she secretly somewhat resents Jane for being so "perfect" and accomplished, and dislikes the uncomfortable feeling of comparing herself to Jane and coming up short. It makes sense that it would be easier to feel compassion and even real liking for Jane when she is suffering, appearing to not be such a paragon but rather a real human with real troubles. Emma can feel both compassionate and superior to Jane when she sees her as ill or unhappy. She only feels discomfort and dislike when she sees her as a brilliant pianist with beautiful handwriting who is so very good to her aunt and grandmother and so polite and well-spoken and pretty and ... etc.
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