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Written by Ra
(2/11/2011 2:54 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Where did Emma's Class Sense From?, penned by Jane Marie
Mr Knightley's feelings about Harriet are coming to mind. His main objections to her are her illegitimacy and consequent poorer schooling, aren't they? I'm sure he would never withold Harriet's human rights or anything like that - he was quite happy for her to marry Mr Martin - but he assumes because of her background she will be doing very very well to marry him.
Everyone else, though, has more contact with people Emma sees as 'third rate' like the Martins and the Coxes. It seems as if Emma is very confident in her own small social circle, but hasn't had much opportunity to mix. She assumes people she doesn't know very well have dreadful characteristics because their manners are a little different.
I suppose we must remember Emma's youth here. I remember myself at that age and I was quite similar at times. In a way, as a product of her older age "Emma" is blunter about all the failings immaturity gives you. It may be less flattering, but I found it more true.
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