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Written by Kathleen Glancy
(2/14/2011 3:38 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Which would mean one can..., penned by Reeba
that if Jane visits Hartfield and accepts the Woodhouse hospitality, you would consider that as placing an obligation on her to answer any intrusive questions that Emma may put to her, about matters which are none of Emma's business, and it is rude of Jane to stonewall but not rude of Emma to ask? If so I must respectfully disagree. Betraying your closest friend by offering your views on her marriage and husband (and no more than Emma do we know what Jane's views are - if she thinks Mr Dixon is unbelievably dull but as Miss Campbell, though sweet-natured, is also not very bright that won't stop them being happy together, would you argue that she should tell Emma so?) to someone who is not really your friend is surely rather a high price to pay for dinner and the chance to play a good piano. And I seriously doubt that Miss Taylor would ever have taught Emma that asking probing questions was the proper way for a true lady to offer congratulations on a recent marriage - but then we already know that Emma though esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment is chiefly guided by her own.
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