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|Yes, and Emma oblivious to Harriet's present situation....
Written by jeffrey
(2/15/2011 8:31 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I am not inclined to be so severe on Harriet (long), penned by Anne-Marie
"...... She is the natural daughter of nobody knows whom, with probably no settled provision at all, and certainly no respectable relations. She is known only as parlour-boarder at a common school. She is not a sensible girl, nor a girl of any information. She has been taught nothing useful, and is too young and too simple to have acquired any thing herself....."
It was a sad fact that a young single woman like Harriet as described by Mr. Knightley, could likely suffer a life of poverty and want because of a lack of fortune, dubious parentage, and in Harriet's case, no apparent skills for useful employment. What Emma is doing borders on recklesss endangerment to Harriet's very survival at best. Yes, this is a worst-case scenario but worthy of consideration.
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