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|The Unfortunate 'but...'
Written by BarbaraB
(1/31/2011 3:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not really :), penned by Reeba
1. "A better written letter, Harriet (returning it,) than I had expected," but his sister must have written it for him.
2. Mr. Knightley thinks well of the Martins, but they must be coarse and unpolished. Okay, as an aside, I understand that farmers were generally viewed this way for eons but the farming revolution as well as the industrial revolution were on the move by this time IIRC. Smart gentleman farmers such as Mr. Knightley who employed smart rental farmers like Robert Martin, who were industrious and stayed abreast of new farming techniques, were becoming upwardly mobile and getting themselves educated. How she would not be aware of this living next to Mr. Knightley all her life is beyond me but supposing she didn't. As she gains information about Mr. Martin and his family it becomes obvious that the Martins are an exception to the coarse, unpolished people, which was the accepted view of farmers for so many years. This family has an obviously warm and comfortable home with a thriving farm with the best bids on their wool than anybody in the country (county). They have, at least, an upper maid and a shepherd with plans to hire an indoor guy seemingly as their finances continue to improve. The daughters have been educated at Mrs. Goddards. If the girls have been educated, it stands to reason that Robert has had schooling and he reads Agricultural Reports as well other books apparently related to his work as well as fiction, verse & poetry. Emma is blinded by her prejudice for Mr. Elton and against> Robert Martin so she makes no effort to adjust her perception.
3. When they meet Mr. Martin on the road, Mr. Martin looks at Emma respectfully, and she sees that he is neat and looks like a sensible looking man but he is clownish and totally without air.
I have noticed throughout the book so far that when Emma makes a good observation, if it does not suit her plans, she changes or adjusts information to bring it in line with the way she wants it to be. Heaven forbid we should let facts or the truth get in the way. :)
I wonder that when she realized that the Martins were a family associated with Mr. Martin and that he thought well of them that out of respect for a long family friend she didn't refrain from criticism of them in any way but...
Anyway, just something I've noticed. :)
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