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|Emma's Control and Charity to a Rival
Written by Jane Marie
(3/8/2011 12:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, My favorite part of the novel, penned by Glenn
"It struck her (Emma) with dreadful force, and she was ready to give it every bad name in the world. Some portion of respect for herself, however, in spite of all these demerits -- some concern for her own appearance, and a strong sense of justice by Harriet (there would be no need of compassion to the girl who believed herself loved by Mr. Knightley -- but justice required that she should not be made unhappy by any coldness now), gave Emma the resolution to sit and endure farther with calmness, with even apparent kindness. For her own advantage indeed, it was fit that the utmost extent of Harriet's hopes should be enquired into; and Harriet had done nothing to forfeit the regard and interest which had been so voluntarily formed and maintained, or to deserve to be slighted by the person whose counsels had never led her right."
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