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Written by Ra
(3/9/2011 4:43 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, without solicitation, or plea, or privilege, penned by Stephanie
Mr K, in his position as the elder, more mature one in the relationship, should be wary of how he describes people. It is true Harriet is young, inexperienced and in all likelihood illegitimate, but that does not of itself reduce her value as a person, no matter what some others in Highbury may think. Nor does it mean she should not be described with respect, which I do feel at the beginning Mr K does not manage to do. He is mean in that he is demeaning, not actually inaccurate.
He is pleasantly surprised when he realises she has probably not been as bad an influence as all that - the irony is that later on Emma picks up on all this high and mighty attitude when Harriet starts claiming her rights of equality. People are fine with advancing the claims of others so long as the others don't try and take what they feel is their's by right!
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