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Written by Nikki N
(3/13/2013 11:48 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, PS: Condescesion, penned by Reeba
I think Emma is quite like lively Elizabeth, and both heroines havde their faults. Emma had some of Eliz's faults of prejudice and over-confidence in her own cleverness to form judgments of other people. But Emma's faults were alos compounded by her upbringing as a spoiled heires,, so she had some of Darcy's faults of conceit and social snobbery as well. Darcy was given good principles (but also spoiled) by his parents, Emma was given good principles (but also spoiled) by Miss Taylor who took the place of Emma's mother. Darcy and Eliz were also nominally in the same class, Mr Bennet was a landed gentleman, not a yeoman farmer like Martin. I think Darcy, after his improvement, became more like Mr Knightley -- the leading gentleman who was not snobbish, but could be friendly with a yeoman farmer, and socialize with a country solicitor/attorney (Mr Cox). As Allison Y says in her post, Mr K is the most upright of JA's heroes.
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