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|Poor Mr. Martin
Written by Robbin
(3/30/2008 2:17 a.m.)
Mrs. Weston was the object of a regard, which had its basis in gratitude and esteem. Harriet would be loved as one to whom she could be useful. For Mrs. Weston there was nothing to be done; for Harriet every thing. (Chapter 4)
In her kindness to guide and do every thing for Harriet, Emma does a terrific job trashing Mr. Martin in Chapter 4, a quick review of the attack:
He is pain, entirely wanting in gentility, so very clownish and totally without air, illiterate and coarse with an awkward look and abrupt manner. When he grows old he will be a completely gross, vulgar farmer, inattentive to appearances and thinking of nothing but profit and loss. Emma even goes so far to predict poor Mr. Martin is destined to marry a vulgar stupid woman who Harriet must not consort with because she must be careful of keeping odd acquaintances.
After the clobbering is over, still Chapter 4, Emma then regales Harriet with personal praise she solicited from Mr. Elton which gets her to blushing and smiling and admitting she always thought him very agreeable.
Emma has set her match-making plan in motion and Harriet seems to be sort of dazed by it. She feels embarrassed for liking Mr. Martin and his family so well and is desirous of pleasing her new friend. She is sort of being pulled in two directions I think. Emma finally induces Harriet into being displeased with Mr. Martin because he forgot to purchase the novel she recommended; IMO a feeling quite unnatural to Harriet’s sweet, docile, grateful disposition which did not occur till Emma put it into her head. I think Emma is trying to improve Harriet’s taste in young men, to make it more like her own but if her displeasure is not natural to Harriet then is that a change of taste or expectations—and is it right? Emma lives at Hartfield but she is quite heartless in her efforts to turn Harriet firmly away from any admiring thoughts of Mr. Martin. (;D)
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