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|Emma the Snob -- her terrible attitude toward Robert
Written by AnnetteJ
(1/26/2011 11:37 a.m.)
Martin -- makes me want to reach through the pages and give her a good shake! Her views on Robert Martin as being unsuitable for Harriet Smith seem more about Emma than anyone else. Even before meeting him Emma seems determined to keep him away from Harriet -- Harriet tells her that he reads, even if what he reads are farm journals, so she knows he is not illiterate, but still Emma persists in saying that is. He "obviously" is coarse because he is a yoeman farmer, even though his sisters were educated at Mrs Goddard's school; even after seeing him in a conversation with Harriet where nothing untoward seems to have happened, she calls his behavior "clownish!" She predicts that he will only be able to marry a coarse and vulgar woman, which will mean that Harriet can never visit him again. This attitude is really making me dislike Emma, for it is based on sheer class snobbery and seems to have no basis in fact. Yet, as Mr Knightly relates in a conversation with Mrs Weston, Emma is an intellegent person. How can an intelligent person be so hidebound in her attitude?
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