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Written by Sarah Hannah
(2/13/2011 1:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Where did Emma's Class Sense From?, penned by Jane Marie
Perhaps the anser might be found in the opening passage to chapter 3:
I don't think anyone consciously taught Emma to be so condescending about the lower classes; no one she looks up to would have done so. I think she has taken her cue from Mr. Woodhouse, except that she has added a rather supercilious edge to it. He doesn't meet with other people because any kind of change makes him nervous; she might have decided for herself, in a fit of teenage haughtiness, that there must be other reasons he leaves out certain people from Highbury. It's just that she hasn't given it much thought since then, or had reason to wonder whether these other folks have merit.
Am I explaining this well?
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