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Written by Reeba
(1/31/2011 3:52 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Unfortunate 'but...', penned by BarbaraB
Taking your points individually;
1. The 'but' there is for the 'reverse' purpose.
2. Of course, but ;-) Emma has had a sheltered upbringing, seems very provincial and seems unaware of the changes. Good thing that Harriet has brought Robert Martin to close scrutiny.
So to paraphrase my other comment;
Mr Knightley thinks well of them, which doesn't raise their level....which is what Emma is aiming for Harriet and is bent upon pointing out that 'these' characteristics of Robert Martin are not a match to Mr Weston's or Mr Elton's, the level/class she, Harriet, has to learn to belong to.
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