must surely be also extolling the virtues of the Woodhouses especially Emma.
While Emma went through 'three months' of constant letter reading from Miss Bates without any respite, what about Jane.
Do we know anything about her reactions? Lets analyse;
-she felt kindly towards them for enabling her dear aunt to have a good time at Hartfield playing cards etc - BUT she doesn't show this, so cancelled.
Hmmm. This answer from CH 21 "I believe it requires that with me" tells of a feeling of not neutrality but more like 'I won't tell you what I think, I'm not like you Highburians.'
If only we knew what was in her head!!!!!
-she's equally irked by these pieces of information -
BUT- has her Weymouth trips, her parties on the water etc to keep her life interesting and not dwell on it like Emma, who is constatntly reminded of it even if she wanted to not dwell on it-
I was just trying to give an example of how your title to the post says
>'So, I look up every early reference I can find to Jane,
but in the end it is Emma, Emma and her thoughts.
No one knows anyone's thoughts except tghey themselves.
By giving us Emma's details the author really made people dislike Emma.
And, Jane is reserved **not only with Emma** but also Mr Knightley who says in CH:33;
"She is reserved, more reserved, I think, than she used to be:"
So it's not Emma's behaviour that makes her so 'with' Emma, but with others as well.
Making Jane into a victim of Emma is unfair IMO.