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Written by gianni
(2/15/2011 12:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, We can certainly agree, penned by Kathleen Glancy
"At least neither Emma nor Harriet is completely comfortable about it, though as Harriet has such a tiny mind she will probably get over it faster, which is rather unfair as her behaviour is rather worse - ingratitude and cowardice versus snobbery and self-deception."
... even in our modern world people are frequently unable to decide whether ingratitude toward one person's kindly actions is preferable to ingratitude toward another person's magnificent condescension. Think of the attitudes Harriet would have had to deal with in her world!
I don't advance this as a necessary defense of Harriet; rather as something to consider in any such case, and particularly in the case of a "tiny mind". Rather than scorn, I would feel a distressed sympathy.
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