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Written by Frances G
(2/15/2011 10:56 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I am not inclined to be so severe on Harriet (long), penned by Anne-Marie
"Should I send it to Mrs. Goddard's, ma'am?" asked Mrs. Ford. "Yes -- no -- yes, to Mrs. Goddard's. Only my pattern gown is at Hartfield. No, you shall send it to Hartfield, if you please. But then, Mrs. Goddard will want to see it. And I could take the pattern gown home any day. But I shall want the ribbon directly -- so it had better go to Hartfield -- at least the ribbon. You could make it into two parcels, Mrs. Ford, could not you?"
She changes her mind 6 times in one short paragraph, and then tries to have it both ways.
I've always thought that Harriet was a very simple-minded girl, but now I'm not so sure. There is no one else who counterbalances the influence of the powerful Emma Woodhouse. So, if Harriet is still torn between two identities, it's her own strength or her comfort zone that's the counterweight. Something to ponder.
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