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Written by jeffrey
(3/18/2011 8:39 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, That's a lovely projection, but...., penned by Reeba
Our Miss Austen portrays a final "put-down" of Mrs. Elton regarding the marriage, with only her dissenting on one side and EVERYONE else on the other side with Emma and Mr. Knightley. I think with this final snub, Highbury shows where their heart belongs.
I only see Mrs. Elton as a distant second around Highbury because of her deficiencies of character that do not show any self-remedy.
Emma, I think, has all but overcome her deficiencies and will be pre-eminent in esteem among the citizens of Highbury.
How else could an incurable romantic see it? (chuckles smugly to himself)
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