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Written by Bridget D
(3/13/2011 8:18 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr. Knightley the snob?, penned by Frances G
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
Neither of them are snobs... except by modern standards. Both believe in teh class system as did most people - and while Mr K may be a little more willing to associate with families like the Coles who are "on the way up" than Emma is, he's not really any differnt to her in his thinking. He is willing to pay attention to the Bateses because tehy are "fallen gentry" and as such entitled to be still treated as much as possilbe as if they were still well off gentlefolk. He pays attention to ROb Martin because he is his tenant and he likes the man but he does not invite him to dinner as a rule... If Rob M were to do very well financially, buy more land and be able to send his son to a public sschool, Mr K might feel that the boy had achieved almost gentry status and invite him to Donwell socially... (albeit I'd say that he woudl still flinch at a young Martin son marrying his daughter...)
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