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Written by Joan Ellen
(3/30/2008 1:21 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Harsh, penned by Barbara
Emma might be saying Robert Martin speaks in something like a monotone, rather than having more musical and pleasing ups and downs (variations of strength, tone, or pitch) in his speech. But it could also refer to his simply speaking too loudly. Perhaps as someone who is so much out-of-doors, he has never learned to tone down the volume in the parlor (or she imagines so).
Emma might be particularly aware of the sounds of voices because of her father's sensitivity to noise -- right in chapter one he says of the servant, Hannah: 'I observe she always turns the lock of the door the right way and never bangs it.'
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