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Written by Bridget D
(3/15/2011 9:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I don't agree, penned by Ramya
I agree about lunch. I was thinking more of later in teh century, but I still hold that if H was invited to Hartfield it woudl be more informal, like a morning call with tea or a "nuncheon" and a litlte chat iwth Dear Mrs Knightley... but not that often.
And as for Dinner. I was meaning that the formal "Invitation to dinner" was more of a status thing... peoeple changed their dress, ate a formal meal, it was more of a "big thing". And I dont think that the Martins woudl be expected to join in something like that except on speical occasions. They mgight not have hte appropriate clothes, they woudl nto problaby dine in formal style themsleves so they could not reciprocate....
Sorry but I think one of thte main points of "Emma" as a novel is that the class system is comically vindicated... and as Austen tells us, the intimacy between the 2 girls must sink into a calmer more distant friendship...
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