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|No flight of generosity run mad. Emma's reflections.
Written by Reeba
(3/9/2011 4:55 a.m.)
Emma's adventures and opinions about class etc come out as laughable - to me personally.
Imagine Emma's shock when the man meant for Harriet proposes to her in the carriage coming home after a Christmas eve dinner, followed by reflections and penance and what not.
Then there's the man Harriet meant for herself and he too goes ahead and proposes to Emma.
The first proposal highly repulsive, the second one, life itself.
Emma's reflections about how best to do good in a messy situation are sometimes entertaining especially when the narrator herself chirps in, and sometimes they are very indepth reflections.
In this last case in CH: 49 her reflections helped by the narrator is a good mixture of the two.
there was time also to rejoice that Harriet's secret had not escaped her, and to resolve that it need not and should not. It was all the service she could now render her poor friend; for as to any of that heroism of sentiment which might have prompted her to entreat him to transfer his affection from herself to Harriet, as infinitely the most worthy of the two -- or even the more simple sublimity of resolving to refuse him at once and for ever, without vouchsafing any motive, because he could not marry them both, Emma had it not.[:-)] She felt for Harriet, with pain and with contrition; but no flight of generosity run mad, [:-)] opposing all that could be probable or reasonable, entered her brain. She had led her friend astray, and it would be a reproach to her for ever; but her judgment was as strong as her feelings, and as strong as it had ever been before, in reprobating any such alliance for him, as most unequal and degrading. Her way was clear though not quite smooth.
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