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|marrying outside the sphere
Written by Nikki N
(3/13/2011 1:00 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Pride & Prejudice, ch. 42:, penned by gianni
yes, Mr Bennet had married "a woman of weak understanding and illiberal mind", and she was also of inferior social class -- he was a gentleman, while she was from a tradesman's family -- although there was no question about her legitimacy.
Mr Knightley was being realistic about Harriet, concerned that Emma was giivng unrealistic expectations that would cause unhappiness to Harriet --
Emma was not encouraging Harriet to try to rise above her birth because she felt that Harriet should be given that opportunity, Emma's fantasy was that Harriet was a gentleman's daughter by birth. Emma did not believe in equality or that people should be encouraged to rise above the class they were born in -- she was so fixed in her fantasy that she believed that the Martins were being ambitious and conceited in wanting Robert to marry Harriet, she thought that the Martins wanted to rise themselves through Harriet's unknown connections! Miss Martin had the same education as Harriet -- she might even be cleverer and had learned more -- but Emma did not want to give her an opportunity to rise above her class.
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