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Written by Bridget D
(2/5/2011 3:32 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Only a draper., penned by Reeba
EVERYBODY was "under this influence". People tried ot marry as well as they possibly could. THey saw marriage as a way of advancment and of improving their family's postion. THey were conscious of their social position in a way that seems OTT to us now but it was common then....
To her, Emma's social dictats have almost the force of a royal command, just as Lady Catherine's opinions have with Mr Collins. But then agian I'd say very few girls in her position would not be pleased and flattered by the notice of a woman like Emma and would not be better pleased ot have a chance of marryigng a well to do gentleman rather than a farmer....
I dont see that Harriet shoudl have to marry RObert or remain best friends with the Martins just because she was friends with teh girls at school and spent a holiday with them. She certainly should not drop them rudely, and when Emma presses her to cool down the freindship, she does so clearly with some discomfort. She is a little at fault but not so much as Emma. After all Emma is the social superior, if SHE tells her that it si right to cool off her friendship with the Martins, who is harriet to say no to her???
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