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Written by Reeba
(3/1/2011 12:40 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Not directly, perhaps, ..., penned by gianni
Going especially to visit Miss Bates (considering she does not even go out much, it would be a real effort) where she has to sit politely as a guest and listen to Jane's letter several times over or her incessant chatter is not the same as meeting her politely among a whole lot of other people where she's not required to say more than a hello or ask after her good health.
She's also very used to entertaining her at card parties at Hartfield.
An example of Miss Bates in a crowd of guests, spreading her cheer around instead of concentrating on Emma can be had in CH:38
"Dear Miss Woodhouse, how do you do? Very well I thank you, quite well. [................] Ah! Dr. Hughes I declare -- and Mrs. Hughes. Must go and speak to Dr. and Mrs. Hughes for a moment. How do you do? How do you do? Very well, I thank you. This is delightful, is not it? Where's dear Mr. Richard? Oh! there he is. Don't disturb him. Much better employed talking to the young ladies. How do you do, Mr. Richard?[......] -- -- Mrs. Otway, I protest! and good Mr. Otway, and Miss Otway and Miss Caroline. Such a host of friends! and Mr. George and Mr. Arthur! How do you do? How do you all do?"
I think there would have definitely been a polite greeting.
Emma reminds me of that boy in school who is definitely up to no good sometimes, but gets blamed and accused for everything.
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