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|Every thing was to take its natural course
Written by Stephanie
(3/19/2011 7:30 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, future match, penned by Nikki N
I am not so sure that Author Austen withheld judgment on 'a mere passive scheme' (so-called in ch. 39) that is not to be followed up with any action. The passage wherein Emma gets the idea to turn Frank Churchill over to Harriet Smith (or is that the other way around?) in light of later events seems to be a recipe for difficulties in reading people for someone of Emma's tunnel-vision.
It is more likely a humourous nudge to remind the reader that Emma is still Emma, whether thankful, penitent, felicitous or settling her own future.
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