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Written by Robbin
(2/1/2011 11:57 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sure! :), penned by Reeba
We have yet to see Emma in a roomful of socially inferior people however we have seen her standing on the Donwell road with Harriet and Robert Martin in Ch. 4. Her choice was not to notice the socially inferior farmer just as Darcy chose not to notice all those unfashionable yokels at the Meryton assembly (P&P, Ch.3). Neither broke with the established etiquette of introductions yet in my opinion both neglected duty by ignoring what was due to other people. I think the object of etiquette and proprieties of conduct are to make people comfortable and civilized. Emma knows Robert Martin (and his family) has been extremely kind to Harriet and that fact should have counted for something in her decision. Also asking Harriet to introduce her friend would have been gracious and an honor and kindness to Harriet. Really what skin does it take off Emma’s nose to notice Robert Martin? It is not as if just noticing him by allowing an introduction obligates her to socialize with him or any of his family. (:D)
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