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|Mr. Knightley the snob?
Written by Frances G
(3/10/2011 10:18 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Emma says that before the Ball, penned by Ramya
Mr. Knightley seems to exhibit similar behaviour with Harriet. While he's introduced to her, he scorns her in social situations. Does that make him a snob too, despite his attentions to the Bates and Mr. Martin?
I think it reveals yet another of JA's amazing insights into human nature. When we are familiar with people, we can evaluate them based on their individual characteristics. But with people we don't know, we resort to other indicators to determine if they are an acquaintance we wish to establish. Some people (think Charles Bingley) will befriend everyone. But others -- maybe most of us -- use filters to help us choose. Both Emma and Mr. Knighltey definitely apply these filters.
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