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|Under Emma’s spell
Written by Robbin
(2/4/2011 12:25 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Only a draper., penned by Reeba
I will stick with my comparison to Darcy & Bingley. I don’t see that the differences in situations and backgrounds make Harriet’s trust in and reliance on Emma’s judgment any different than Bingley trust in and reliance on Darcy’s judgment. Emma and Harriet did not need years to build a friendship because they do not really have a true friendship—they are something like teacher and student. Emma dictates and Harriet listens, follows and worships but they do have a kind of mostly one way intimacy—Harriet shares everything with Emma while Emma only shares what she wishes Harriet to know in order to better manipulate.
The fact Harriet consulted Emma rather than her guardian about Mr. Martin’s offer shows how far Emma has infiltrated Harriet’s life and how important Emma’s counsel is to Harriet. Harriet is cow-like and follows Emma wherever she leads so long as she is leading but even after rejecting the proposal “Emma believed if the young man had come in her way at that moment, he would have been accepted after all” (7). If Emma had dropped the rope and kept the “Miss Woodhouse disapproves” signals to herself Mr. Martin would have had a more agreeable answer. Emma herded Harriet down the rejection path.
I still feel Harriet is a pushover for Emma. (:D)
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