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Written by Kathleen Glancy
(2/15/2011 2:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Divert me against my Conscience, penned by Robbin
At least on that occasion she did do Miss Bates some justice when after the reflections on poor old maids you mention she admits after accusing the whole class (my, what a lot of poor old maids she seems to know for someone so little travelled) of being illiberal and cross she admits "This does not apply, however, to Miss Bates; she is only too good natured and too silly to suit me" and adds "Poverty certainly has not contracted her mind: I really believe, if she had only a shilling in the world, she would be very likely to give away sixpence of it".
Perhaps, just perhaps, she would have added some similar softening remark to what she says to Frank Churchill if Mr Woodhouse had not interrupted them.
Her mimicry, though it is funny and clever, is rather cruel and Mrs Weston does not hestitate to say so. It is a pity Emma, though esteeming Mrs Weston's judgement, thinks her own superior and will probably continue to be unkind about Miss Bates.
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