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|Emma and Harriet
Written by Anne-Marie
(1/26/2011 11:34 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, No companion for her, penned by Stephanie
I think Harriet is useful to Emma not just as a friend near her own age -- and I think we can agree Emma needs one -- but as a "project." Emma is bored. She isn't looking forward to spending all her time with her father's old friends, and there's no Miss Taylor to make her spend her time more constructively. I have to think that even though Miss Taylor wasn't as strict as a governess might be, she did nonetheless have enough influence on Emma to keep her busy and out of mischief. In addition, Emma's respect for Miss Taylor might have kept Emma from getting her own way all the time.
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