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Written by Nina RG
(1/27/2011 11:43 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Harriet was brought to Hartfield.., penned by Reeba
Harriet is a poor girl who is not used to wealth and luxury. I think she is genuinely impressed by first Abbey Mill Farm and later Highbury because she is not used to wealth like that - Imagine someone having EIGHT cows?!
I don't see her as being impressed in a Lucy Steele-like manner, deciding she must ingratiate herself to these people and benefit from their wealth. Rather I think she is impressed the way I am impressed when I go see old country houses in England - the wealth, the luxury, the details are impressive, but I am not planning to marry the sons so that I could have a future at one of the country houses:D
I think Harriet is genuinely impressed by the new world she is being introduced to and I would not describe her as an upstart or as materialistic.
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