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|Do we agree with Mr. Knightley's assessment
Written by Lauren Ashley
(2/1/2011 5:29 a.m.)
Obviously we know that Emma thought Harriet far above Robert
And we know Robert thought so too: "whether I approved his choice altogether; having some apprehension perhaps of her being considered (especially since your making so much of her) as in a line of society above him." (8)
But then of course we have Mr Knightley's point of view: "No, he is not her equal indeed, for he is as much her superior in sense as in situation....The advantage of the match I felt to be all on her side; and had not the smallest doubt (nor have I now) that there would be a general cry-out upon her extreme good luck. " (8)
Since they all probably have a biased perspective I wonder who we should believe? Is Harriet is fact above, beneath or just about equal to Robert Martin in terms of social standing?
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