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|neither provocation nor resentment were discerned
Written by Stephanie
(2/14/2011 3:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Duty versus sincerity?, penned by Patricia AA
Upon the whole, Emma left her with such softened, charitable feelings, as made her look around in walking home, and lament that Highbury afforded no young man worthy of giving her independence; nobody that she could wish to scheme about for her.
These were charming feelings, but not lasting. Before she had committed herself by any public profession of eternal friendship for Jane Fairfax, or done more towards a recantation of past prejudices and errors, than saying to Mr. Knightley, "She certainly is handsome; she is better than handsome!" Jane had spent an evening at Hartfield with her grandmother and aunt, and every thing was relapsing much into its usual state.
If one wishes to attribute discernment to Miss Fairfax, it might be better aimed that Miss Fairfax did not think Miss Woodhouse's goodwill would be lasting, rather than that it was not there at all when her coolness provoked Emma's resentment.
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