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Written by Barbara
(3/30/2008 10:06 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Poor Mr. Martin, penned by Robbin
I agree. Some of the abuse Emma heaped on him was plainly unfair. He had forgotten to buy the book, but he was not illiterate. He did read to his mother and sisters (and Harriet) at night from Elegant Extracts and also read The Vicar of Wakefield. If he has read a novel and is willing to read more, then illiterate is not at all just.
Also, the 'clownish' insult. He is described (by the narrator) as looking "very neat" and "sensible", so what did Emma mean to suggest there?
I have to admit that I really don't understand what a lot of the criticisms even mean in terms of actual behaviour. For example, she talked about the voice being modulated and that gentlemen like Mr. Knightley would naturally be able to so this where Robert Martin would not. Does that have to do with speaking loudly or softly or what?
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