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Written by Patricia AA
(2/1/2011 8:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Do we agree with Mr. Knightley's assessment, penned by Lauren Ashley
I tend to agree with Mr. Knightly, in that Mr. Martin is the superior in terms of understanding and social status. Harriet is not very clever, but appears to have a sweet and unassuming disposition. I would say that being illegitimate must weigh heavily against her...but at this stage of the novel, without knowing the identity of Harriet's father, it is really difficult to say.
Just a thought, but that may be why Emma stated that if she were in Harriet's position, she would pursue the identity of her parent much harder than Harriet...in other words, Emma would want to know exactly what her social status was.
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