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|Mr Knightley's concern for Harriet
Written by kathleen (elder)
(1/27/2011 6:04 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, That is the factor, penned by nan duval
And as for Harriet, I will venture to say that she cannot gain by the acquaintance. Hartfield will only put her out of conceit with all the other places she belongs to. She will grow just refined enough to be uncomfortable with those among whom birth and circumstances have placed her home. I am much mistaken if Emma's doctrines give any strength of mind, or tend at all to make a girl adapt herself rationally to the varieties of her situation in life. They only give a little polish.
He seems to be taking a very protective stance toward Harriet, to be worried that she will learn to think too well of herself. Could Mr Knightley be thinking of Mrs Goddard here ("uncomfortable with those among whom birth and circumstances have placed her home") or possibly of the Martins (who rent a farm from him)? He surely wouldn't know Harriet well enough to have personal concern for her.
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