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Written by Robbin
(3/13/2011 4:05 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Knightlye's words, penned by Nikki N
Good point. (:D) Mr. Knightley is angry at Emma and perhaps it makes his “downright, decided, commanding sort of manner” (4) blunter than ever. It seems to me Mr. Knightley always saw Harriet’s deficiencies but had not felt a reason to plague Emma with them before. I agree her assertion Mr. Martin is not Harriet’s equal provokes him to regale her with Harriet’s deficiencies of birth, nature and education in, I feel, an attempt to force Emma to see the reality of her friend’s situation. IMO Mr. Knightley realistically describes Harriet and her situation and as such does not demean as in “to lower in dignity, honor, or standing” (dictionary.com). (:D)
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