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Written by Nikki N
(3/14/2011 4:33 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Reprehensible Feelings, penned by Robbin
When she was feeling more charitable, Emma suspected it was only hopeless love on Jane's side, but there were times when Emma's dangerous imagination did suspect that there was something very improper going on between Jane and Mr Dixon, e.g. --
1. that the piano was a secret gift from Mr Dixon, and
2. in chap 34 --
She could have made an inquiry or two, as to the expedition and the expense of the Irish mails; -- it was at her tongue's end -- but she abstained. She was quite determined not to utter a word that should hurt Jane Fairfax's feelings".
Emma's dangerous imagination had at times led her to think that Jane was capable of accepting an expensive gift secretly from her best friend's husband, and that she was anxious to fetch her own letters because she had a secret correspondence with him. Jane would be a treacherous young woman without principle or integrity indeed if she was capable of such betrayal of the friend who had been like a sister to her. If Emma had not disliked Jane and been inclined to imagine the worst of her, she might well have suspected that there was something romantic going on, but not a treacherous romance with a married man.
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