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|honesty, not half-truths
Written by Nikki N
(3/16/2013 11:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Desirous to avoid a meeting, penned by Thérèse
Harriet would feel no resentment in being "exiled" from Hartfield as you put it, after all, Emma arraanged for her to visit Isabella in London at that time, and Emma and Harriet would have written to each other while Harriet was in London (with amuements and variety) in any other circumstances. I see Emma as too honest for subterfuge and half-truths, it would be cowardly and unworthy of Emma -- what if Harriet somehow heard the news from someone else e.g. from John or isabella, if Mr K wrote to them about it? I believe the quotations from the text make it clear that Emma told Harriet everything, and that would also give Harriet more time to get over it when they met again.
Earlier, when Emmaa thought Harriet was in love with Frank, when she heard of Frank's engagement, she resolved to tell it to Harriet at once, even though "Emma had promised [not to tell anyone [of Frank's engagement to Jane]; but still Harriet must be excepted. It was her superior duty." (chap 47)
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