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|Emma's superior position
Written by Nikki N
(3/19/2011 1:31 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Perhaps Jane Fairfax, penned by Ramya
Everyone expects Emma to be the bigger peson because she occupies the supeior status -- both Emma and Jane were gentlemen's daughters, but Emma was rich and Jane was poor, it was for Emma the rich gentlewoman to do more to extend the hand of friendship to Jane the poor gentlewoman.
And in their mutual apologies at the end -- Emma was actually conscious of earlier neglect as well as the wrong she had more recently done in the Dixon suspicion, but Jane's apology was for her recent "cold and artifcial" manners when she always had to play a part since her secret engagement with Frank.
I don't think there had been any wrong-doing on Jane's part earlier, Jane's refusal of Emma's kindness was only when she was ill (and unable to think properly) after breaking off her engagement, when she must have believed that Emma was the rival that led Frank to regret his engagement to her after his words on Box Hill.
Previously, Jane would have politely accepted any little kindness that Emma had shown to her and Miss Bates. But the fact that Emma was sorry and a little surprised but not really shocked when Jane refused her kindness during Jane's illness is due to Emma's consciousness of "She [Jane} will never like me now, I have neglected her too long" that she had already felt at the time of the dinner for the Eltons.
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