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Written by Nikki N
(2/26/2011 2:02 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Well, I don't think..., penned by Reeba
I don't think Mrs Elton would have considered recommending more fashionable styles to Emma as "open disrespect". Mrs Elton would have thought that she was being kind and agreeable to Emma in making such recommendations if she thought that Emma needed it. She need not do so by criticizing Emma's clothes but by sympathizing with her -- e.g. in chap 32 she sympathized with Emma's situation in not being able to mix more with the world because of Mr Woodhouse and recommending Bath for his health and Emma's "introduction" to society -- she could have said something along similar lines about the clothes e.g. difficult for Emma to keep up with the fashions because she did not mix much with the world and offering her advice.
As for Harriet's apparently greater interest in gowns -- I've noticed that it is possible for someone with fewer choices in dress to be more preoccupied with it, eg. Emma need not worry about what to wear for the Coles' party, because she has many fine clothes that can be worn. In MP, Fanny Price (not at all a vain girl) was more preoccupied about what to wear for the ball than Mary Crawford, because Fanny had fewer choices as well as less experience.
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