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|Harriet Unintentially Insults Emma?
Written by Jane Marie
(2/16/2011 6:27 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Good point, penned by Erica M.
Suppose the taste of the gathering is for Italian Opera, but the mucisian plays a country dance, then the muscician has not "taste" - or the music which will appeal to the crowd.
So, Harriet's taste may be for a country dance. However, Mr. Knightly may well appreciate the sweet sounds and complexities of an Italian opera. Since Mr. Knightly does not usually dance, the Italian opera was likely in good taste for him, and likely for the majority in this particular crowd, but not to Harriet.
In this instance, Harriet may not have fit into her company well. Perhaps after being exposed to Italian opera, she may understand it better and grow to like it.
Emma recognises many in the party, most of the party, appreciated Jane's music. So, Emma was ashamed that her skill-level would not accommodate many of her friends taste.
So taste does vary, and because it varies, it tells us much about Emma, her family and friends, and of Harriet.
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