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|Highbury  afforded her no equals
Written by Stephanie
(1/30/2011 10:46 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Truth, penned by Robbin
Emma has a youthful self-confidence, but she is undeniably in a well-placed social position. However, no one tells Emma of her deficiencies (ch1: Mr. Knightley, in fact, was one of the few people who could see faults in Emma Woodhouse, and the only one who ever told her of them: [...]), and nowadays a social inferior would quite likely dislike a woman handsome, clever, and rich, (ch1) just on principle.
If so, not all would look up to her: they would think she was taking on airs not suitable to someone as young as she; would think Mr. Woodhouse was a tiresome, fussy hypochondriac; would think that every notice the Woodhouses took of another was patronizing, and every time they failed to take notice showed their class-consciousness.
In short, the airy way Jane Austen says this, it sounds like Emma's voice to me. I wondered what others thought.
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