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|Emma's persistent wrong-headedness
Written by Sarah Yorkshire
(2/1/2011 10:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Harriet is dazzled by the fact that Emma, the uncrowned, penned by AnnetteJ
Emma can appreciate Robert Martin's finer qualities - his letter writing, etc. What she is guilty of is imagining Harriet to be better than she actually is, and therefore Robert Martin, to quote Mr Knightley, 'will not do'. For a gentleman's daughter, like Emma herself, Robert Martin would be beneath Harriet's attention - and Emma is determined that Harriet should be a fitting companion for herself. As she tells Harriet, 'I could not have visited Mrs. Robert Martin, of Abbey-Mill Farm. Now I am secure of you for ever.'
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