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Written by gianni
(3/14/2011 7:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't read it that way, penned by Laraine
Emma accompanies Harriet to the church for Harriet's wedding -- and participates?
"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; and, fortunately, what ought to be, and must be, seemed already beginning, and in the most gradual, natural manner. "
I like to think of it as being the natural consequence of Harriet's integrating into the family of her in-laws, and the distance (that I, at least, infer) between Hartfield and Abbey Mill Farm.
I really like the idea that Emma will now be able to "notice" the second-rate of the neighborhood, along with Mr. Knightley and the nouveaux gentry like the Westons and the Coles.
...Maudlin romantic that I am ...
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