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|These lines have always bothered me
Written by Lauren Ashley
(3/14/2011 1:26 p.m.)
In the concluding Chapter 55 we seem to have several indicators from Emma and the ON that Harriet will now sink into quiet farmer life, out of good society and away from real friendship with Emma- in short that she sinks back to her rightful place in society, this seems to confirm all Emma said when she earlier told Harriet that the could not be friends in she married Mr Martin (7)
"She would be placed in the midst of those who loved her, and who had better sense than herself; retired enough for safety, and occupied enough for cheerfulness."
"Harriet, necessarily drawn away by her engagements with the Martins, was less and less at Hartfield; which was not to be regretted. The intimacy between her and Emma must sink; their friendship must change into a calmer sort of goodwill"
Is this telling us that in the end Emma's prejudices were right?
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