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Written by Reeba
(3/5/2011 5:17 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Emma's Forgetfulness, penned by Robbin
is what's in Emma's head as we see from two circumstantial pieces of evidence - Jane from drowning and perhaps dying (LOL) and Harriet from those horrible gypsies who might have kidnapped her, done physical harm in trying to grab her hat or coat or money or chain. :-D
I think Mr Knightley danced with Harriet to make up for her rejection by Elton and to make her feel good. IMO he wasn't doing it to show people that they should treat Harriet well and not neglect her.
I'm not one of those who think Emma's or Elton's behaviour is going to bring any change in people's attitude towars Miss Bates or Harriet.
"It was her own universal good-will and contented temper which worked such wonders."
No, Emma would never speak to her father that way.
In all fairness to Emma she does see the value of Miss Bates;
It's her letter reading and chatter that tests her patience, and that is what she said at Box Hill, about her talking.
Mr Knightley agrees to Emma's devalued opinion of Miss Bates.
It's just that Emma shouldn't have said it.
All is well as far as I'm concerned :-D
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