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|Mr Woodhouse's motive
Written by Nicki
(3/30/2008 3:53 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, On their own terms, penned by Barbara
I think the key thing is not how they act, but their ways of thinking. Mr Woodhouse is 'never able to suppose that other people could feel differently from himself', which makes him care for their wellbeing in the same way that he is told to care for his own. Also, he does not dictate the people who come and visit him out of pride, but more out of necessity.
Emma, on the other hand, is more of a snob. She's condescending towards the people in Highbury, including Harriet. She is very aware that she is the lady highest in Highbury society, and so she manipulates them as she wishes. Of course, she has other motivations, but this is one way in which she differs from Mr Woodhouse in her good deeds towards other people.
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