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|Not entirely Emma's invention
Written by Tarn
(1/28/2011 8:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Harriet was Emma's doll, penned by Glenn
Fanny Burney's Evelina (in Evelina or the History of a Young Lady's Entrance into the World) was a 17 year old, of obscure birth, raised in a secluded village.
This odd similarity between Emma's presumptions and Evelina makes me think Emma may have read books other than the ones she listed to receive credit for her judgment. Her self-gratulation on this project as a 'very kind undertaking' (3) could hardly be explained in a world where country girls of unknown origin don't turn out to be the daughters of rascally baronets, and imperfect ball room protocol does not lead to miseries of the acutest kind.
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