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Written by jeffrey
(2/11/2011 12:28 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The reserved Jane Fairfax (Chapter 20) -- long, penned by Anne-Marie
I think also there is some envy/jealousy that goes both ways in this relationship. Jane, I believe by her description, is the equal or superior in beauty to Emma and it grates on Emma.
Also, Jane is more accomplished in the skills that were expected of women at that time: Singing, music, and "elegance."
Emma has never had to bow to anyone; Jane will be in a position of servitude in the future. That would be enough to make anyone adopt an air of reserve.
At this point, Jane is, for all intents and purposes, a "gentlewoman" of equal or superior accomplishments than Emma with the exception of her lack of fortune. This has to be an irritant to Jane to be without fortune but otherwise be so eligible.
I have mentally taken Miss Faifax under my "protective wing" and am hoping most fervently for a favorable outcome for this so-deserving young woman!
I think for the first time in her life, Emma has more than met her match and it is not sitting well with our heroine!
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