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Written by Bridget D
(2/1/2011 1:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I cannot accept that, penned by Ramya
The Martins AREN'T the same class as the Knightleys or Woodhouses, they are not even "just below" in status. While Mrs Goddard gets invites ot Mr Woodhouse's table, sometimes, teh Martins would not...
Emma's views on teh Martins are nothing remarkable. Nobody would expect a farming family to have teh same social graces or education as a gentry family. Where Emma is wrong is in trying to dissuade Harriet from marryign Robert on the grounds that he's not genteel enough for her and she can hope for a gentleman to marry her....
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