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Written by Laraine
(3/30/2008 11:29 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Yes, penned by Laraine
In any time, even today, I think it would make something of a difference in a small community, but in Austen's time, Harriet's being a "natural daughter of somebody" (ch. 3) was a very big deal. The Martin's affection for her is a very strong point in favor of their goodness--because they could be ridiculed for it, and Emma is really above that ridicule.
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