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Written by Robbin
(2/1/2011 1:06 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The concept..., penned by Reeba
I agree Emma is in a higher social class than Mr. Martin but I disagree it precludes her being a snob or gives her any moral authority to systematically persuade Harriet out of her admiration by devaluing his person and talents. (:D) Mr. Knightley may not socialize with them but it is pretty clear in Ch. 8 that he does associate with the Martins. He has “a thorough regard for him [Robert Martin] and all his family” and is so much acquainted that he believes Robert Martin considers him "one of his best friends” (8). I think Mr. Knightley is saying best friend in the same sense that Mr. Darcy was Wickham’s best friend (P&P, 16). Thanks! (:D)
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